I’m one of those people who’s incapable of running (or doing any kind of workout, really) without listening to music.
I’m ALSO one of those people who’s incapable of listening to music without singing along to it, which has led to many an embarrassing encounter, when I think I’m alone in the middle of the countryside, and then turn a corner to discover a group of amused dog walkers, all being treated to my best (by which I mean my WORST) Taylor Swift impression. But that’s another story for another time. (Or for NEVER.)
In the meantime, today I’m sharing 10 of my favourite songs to run to. I give you fair warning here: these tracks are not “cool”, or edgy, or any of the things that normally seem to make up most people’s running playlists. Because I am not cool or edgy, or any of those things. Every time I read one of these posts, the playlists are always filled with bands and artists I’ve never heard of, and they only serve to remind me of how very old and out of touch I am. I’m sure those songs are awesome, mind you, but I’m a fairly simple creature, and when I go running, all I want to listen to is something upbeat and fun – something that will prompt me to keep on running, even when I want to stop and have a nice little seat by the side of the road.
The tracks on this list all do that for me: they’re not all “pop” songs, but they are all fast enough to make me want to move around and wave my arms in the air (and I sometimes do that, too), so if you like that kind of thing too, here are ten songs that are perfect to run to. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find my running shoes…
Taylor Swift – Shake it Off
Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us
The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
P!NK – So What
Avicii – The Nights
Katy Perry – Roar
Florence and the Machine – Ship to Wreck
Lady Gaga – The Edge of Glory
Train – Drive By
Christina Aguilera – Fighter