100 Best Motivational Running Songs with pace / bpm (7 to 10 min pace) (bpm 140 to 190)

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by John on December 9, 2012

With over 60 hours of running music, we wanted to pick the very best! If you’ve searched the web for running music, you’ll notice that most “best” lists do not agonize over lyrics to be sure they are motivational or inspirational. Most do not give you the Beats Per Minute (bpm) that is critical for optimal performance. Most also will have only pop songs, or maybe classic rock songs. So if you care about your music, you’ve come to the right place. You will not find “Eye of the Tiger” (too slow with bpm…see below) and you will not find “Blister in the Sun” (great song, but not exactly motivational). You will find indie, progressive, rock, with some R&B and rap songs mixed in. Nothing is experimental or avant-garde. I’ve tried not to have more than one song per artist, but a few favorites like Belle & Sebastian, Elvis Costello, Spoon, and the Strokes could not be denied. If you like pop music, but are open to listening to music that for some reason didn’t make it on the radio, give some of below a try. Every single song below is outstanding, runner tested and approved :)

All songs also meet our standard of being either about running, inspirational, or at least fun w/ a great beat. We also limited this list to only songs we have posted that are between 140 to 190 bpm. We are always looking for the top motivational songs for running or fitness. For over 70+ hrs more of music for running and fitness music, go to home page at Bold Pace Music.

Wondering if music can really improve your performance? We give links to several studies and discuss in more detail at our Bold Pace Music home page.

There are 100 songs below with a total playtime of 6.3 hours. Enjoy…

100 Best Motivational Running Songs with pace (7 to 10 min pace)

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    1. Pump it up – Elvis Costello (140): “Pump it up until you can feel it.” From Marathon Playlist #2: Monica’s Mix
    2. This Year – The Mountain Goats (140): Can easily substitute “marathon” for “year” in the chorus “I am going to make it thru this marathon if it kills me”. From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix
    3. The Boy with the Arab Strap – Belle and Sebastian (141): This critically acclaimed Scottish indie-pop band may get more well known when front-man Stuart Murdoch’s movie “God Help the Girl” gets released. In the meantime, this catchy beat will keep you going. From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    4. Blinded by the Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (141): What could be more appropriate than “Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night”? You can also enjoy listening to “some brimstone baritone anti-cyclone rolling stone preacher from the east” and just try to understand anything else they are talking about with these bizarre lyrics. From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    5. Can’t Hardly Wait – The Replacements (141): On every band’s list of “influenced by”, let the Replacements get you into the running groove with: “‘Try and try and try” and “Hurry up, hurry up, ain’t you had enough of this stuff?” From Half-Marathon Playlist
    6. Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram (141): Another song that might sound familiar from ipod commercials. This fast talking song doesn’t have as fast of beat as it may seem, but it will definitely feel like you are starting to go faster. From Marathon Playlist #3: Jean’s Mix
    7. Generals & Majors – XTC (141): A minor hit from my favorite all-time band…you can appreciate running vs. being in Iraq or Afghanistan. From Marathon Playlist #3: Jean’s Mix
    8. Ali in the Jungle – The Hours *explicit lyrics* (142): One of my all-time favorite running songs. Just enjoy the motivational lyrics and chorus “Everybody gets knocked down, how quick are you gonna get up?” (you might recognize this from this Nike commercial) From Marathon Playlist #5
    9. Low Rider – WAR (142): “Low Rider is a real goer”…pretty much says it all. From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    10. Suedehead – Morrissey (143): Many people have tried to understand the meaning of “suedehead” and this song, but it is one of his best. “Suedeheads” where a offshoot of the “skinhead” subculture in the UK and they grew their hair slightly longer, wore more formal fashion, and enjoyed music that was slower and more soulful. It seems that the song is about a love affair gone wrong with a suedehead, but “it was a good lay”. And as it ends on that last note, I think that is still motivational :) (plus it’s an all-time favorite song…had to make the list!) From
    11. What Are You Waiting For? – The Rushes (143): In the vein of Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, and the Bravery, the Rushes are a UK band from London that released this song in 2006. The lyrics are perfect with “everything that you do, you are…what you waiting for” From Workout Playlist #2. Could only find the video on itunes: What Are You Waiting For – The Rushes the song is on the “Corners EP” on Amazon: What Are You Waiting For?
    12. Hormones – Tracey Thorn (144): If you haven’t heard of Tracey Thorn, you are in for a treat. After putting out amazing music with partner Ben Watt as Everything But the Girl (they have a fun website called ebtg.com), Tracey stayed home in 2000 to raise their 3 children. Thorn began writing again in 2007 and her latest album “Love and Its Opposite” is a critically acclaimed mature singer/songwriter masterpiece. I’m sure many Moms can relate to these lyrics in Hormones… “Yours are just kicking in, mine are just checking out” and “we’re gonna have to tough it out, you turn the music up, I, I try to think before I shout…hey, hey…” (Monica also did a post on hormones/menopause). From Workout Playlist #1
    13. Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken – Camera Obscura (145): This song is a response to Lloyd Cole & the Commotions Lloyd Cole and the Commotions: 1984-1989 (Remastered) - Lloyd Cole“>”Are You Ready to be Heartbroken” (which is a great song by an awesome band…too bad it has slow bpm). Just a fun, upbeat song to keep you moving even if you “can’t see further than {your} own nose at this moment”. From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix
    14. The Underdog – Spoon (145): Another for the all-time favorite list. As you pass another runner, enjoy singing to yourself “you got no fear of the underdog, that’s why you will not survive” From Marathon Playlist #5
    15. Bloody Well Right – Supertramp (145): Time to think of your running motto…whatever it is, use this song to re-inforce: “‘Right, you’re bloody well right…You know you got a right to say”. From Half-Marathon Playlist
    16. Clampdown – The Clash (146): Great song! One of my favorites by the Clash…enjoy “You don’t owe nothing, so boy (substitute “girl”) get runnin’, it’s the best years of your life they want to steal”. From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    17. The Headmaster Ritual – The Smiths (148): The Smiths serve up their usual intellectual, heady fare with a great rhythmic beat. As you continue to run, enjoy Morrissey’s infectious rant “Belligerent ghouls run Manchester schools spineless bastards all”. From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    18. Bubbles – Biffy Clyro (148): Fun, up-beat song from this Scottish band… “I can’t keep up with you” *see at NME’s “50 Best Tracks of 2010″. From Workout Playlist #1
    19. My Sharona – The Knack (149): My younger son always likes to hear this song to get psyched up for a soccer game…should work for running too. From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    20. Come on Lets Go – Paul Weller *explicit lyrics* (149): This will be your new running favorite. It’s the perfect up-tempo motivational song by the master in Paul Weller (formerly of the Style Council) “You say where to, I say I don’t know, I just need to run, and you need it too, and I catch your eye, and I feel the wind, and it feels so high” From Marathon Playlist #5
    21. Banditos – The Refreshments (149): Channel your inner geek (ignore any political correctness) and enjoy this chorus “Well give your ID card to the border guard; Yeah, your alias says you’re Captain Jean-Luc Picard, of the United Federation of Planets, ’cause he won’t speak English anyway” and “Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people, so meet me at the mission at midnight and we’ll divvy up there“. From Marathon Playlist #5
    22. Use Me – Bill Withers (150): Better known for the classics Lean on Me and Ain’t No Sunshine, here’s another great tune from this R&B legend…
    23. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen (150): Got have the Boss giving it to you straight. Can’t live in NJ without loving Bruce. From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    24. Hey Now Now – The Cloud Room (150): Gotta love Twitter…this song suggested to me by @linwoodstudios and hadn’t heard of this band. Great song w/ fun chorus and beat and named a “top ten single of the year” by Rolling Stone in 2006. If David Bowie, The Arcade Fire, and Spoon have all been to see The Cloud Room in concert, they must be doing something right. (Thanks Jonathan!) From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix
    25. Radio, Radio - Elvis Costello (150): “You better listen to the voice of reason”…Elvis is king. From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    26. I Ran - Flock of Seagulls (150): Taking you back to the 80’s “New Wave” music…it’s now a “classic” running song. From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    27. Getting Down – The Kills (150): Great band with very original sound. Enjoy the harmonies, the “aa, aa, aa, ah” chorus and lines like “What’s going on fire, I want you to know my spirit’s alive”. From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    28. Talk to Ya Later – The Tubes (150): Good thing there were no video cameras when I did this song at a karayoke. But even that image wouldn’t keep you from enjoying this infectious beat and sarcastic “I’ll just see you around!” From Marathon Playlist #3: Jean’s Mix
    29. I Want The World To Stop – Belle and Sebastian (151): One of Rawkblog’s Best Songs of 2010 and one of my favorite running music bands. Refined, cool, and smooth…this song should get you started off right. “I run alongside rush hour traffic…a prayer for every car”. From 10K Playlist
    30. When The Night Comes – The Boomtown Rats (151): Just a fun party song that will get you thinking about having a good time after the race… “‘And when the night comes, it’ll help you disappear, and when the night comes, forget about the day that brought you here.” From Half-Marathon Playlist
    31. New Shoes – Paolo Nutini (151): “Hey, I put some new shoes on, and suddenly everything is right”…true, right? From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    32. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking – The Rolling Stones (151): As you pass other runners, listen for: “‘Can’t you hear me knockin’ down your dirty street, yeah” , “Hear me prowlin’, I’m gonna take you down, Hear me growlin’, Yeah, I’ve got flatted feet now, now, now, now” . From Half-Marathon Playlist
    33. Shake a Leg – AC/DC (152): I love AC/DC and this song just rocks. The title says it all. AC/DC are now on itunes! If you don’t have the whole “Back in Black” album, do yourself a favor and download now! From Marathon Playlist #5
    34. Nine In The Afternoon – Panic At The Disco (152): Gotta just love the name of this band. The first line sums it up well for the treadmill… “Back to the streets where we began, feeling as good as lovers can you know, yeah we’re felling so good“. From Marathon Playlist #3: Jean’s Mix
    35. Lasso – Phoenix (152): A band getting more deserved attention w/ catchy, up-beat songs including this one w/ lyrics like “Where would you go with a lasso, could you run into…could you go and run into me”? From Marathon Playlist #3: Jean’s Mix
    36. The Way We Get By – Spoon (152): This Austin, TX band is one of my favorites for running music. This song was featured on The OC. “We go out in stormy weather…and that’s the way we get by”. From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix
    37. Wonder Why – Vetiver (152): One of Rollo & Grady’s Top Songs of 2011. The gym is always a good place to reflect and think about your future goals. Vetiver serves up some themes many can relate to in this song, but in a finely crafted, up-beat, jaunty way and ends with… “Up ahead I know, there’s a rocky road. No complaint could ease the way it rides. Yet how far we are from where we once stood high. Wonder if. Wonder how. I wonder why.” From Workout Playlist #2
    38. Just Like Heaven – The Cure (153): A great fun song and love the lyrics with “Show me how you do it and I promise you, I promise that I’ll run away with you…“. From Marathon Playlist #3: Jean’s Mix
    39. Balance – Future Islands (154): Another Best Song of 2011 according to Noise Toyz. Another great workout song: “But if you want something to change, you gotta change your life, and take your time, it just takes time…hard work and your time” …so true. From Workout Playlist #2
    40. No Rain – Blind Melon (155): A great upbeat song to celebrate that there’s “no rain” during the race (or perhaps lament?). From Half-Marathon Playlist
    41. Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters (155): Scissor Sisters makes impeccable pop and this song is certainly no exception. I hear them channeling a combination of the Bee Gees and Elton John. Love this line for running: ” Now we end up takin’ the long way home, lookin’ overdressed wearin’ buckets of stale cologne, it’s so hard to see streets on a country road, when your glasses in the garbage, and your Continental’s just got towed” . From Half-Marathon Playlist
    42. Zorbing – Stornoway (155): Zorbing is the sport of rolling downhill in an orb. Listening to this fantastic song by Stornoway during a run may make you wish you could jump into a plastic ball and start rolling… “So electrifying, Oh I’m nearly flying”. From Half-Marathon Playlist
    43. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots – The Flaming Lips (156): [Actual bpm is 78, but if you double and run off the half-beats, it works at 156.] I must have played this song a thousand times when I first heard it. My kids now know it by heart and love it too. I feel like this should be playing during an episode of the Big Bang Theory while Sheldon discusses Asimov. It should bring a smile to your face on a run as well…enjoy the story. “she’s gotta be strong to fight them…so she’s taking lots of vitamins”. From 10K Playlist
    44. Keep Your Head – The Ting Tings (156): Enjoy this great beat and here’s the verse to focus on “yes, you’re gonna see, ten minutes to go and you’re keeping it, you’re head’s up (keep your head up), keep it low, be right, push it… “. From Marathon Playlist #3: Jean’s Mix
    45. Blue Orchid - The White Stripes (156): Just enjoy that guitar. If this doesn’t get you pumped up, you might need something more than music. From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    46. Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked – Cage the Elephant (157): “I can’t slow down, I can’t hold back…there ain’t no rest for the wicked, until we close our eyes for good“. From Marathon Playlist #5
    47. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen (157): A classic and the ultimate inspirational song as you picture Freddy Mercury flamboyantly declaring “I’m a shooting star leaping through the sky…I’m gonna go, go, go, there’s no stopping me!”. If you like Queen, this is an excellent book on Freddy Mercury’s life: Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury
      From 10K Playlist
    48. Reptile – The Church (158): One of my all-time favorite bands and this is from one of their best albums…Starfish. Key verse here is “Go now, you’ve been set free”…just forget that Steve Kilbey is talking about an ex-lover and comparing her to a reptile :) From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix
    49. Never Miss a Beat – Kaiser Cheifs (158): A fun, sarcastic song with a faster beat to help bring it home…“Take a look at the kids on the street, no they never miss a beat”. From Marathon Playlist #5
    50. Barely Legal – The Strokes *Explicit Lyrics* (158): But sometimes in a race, you might just need some explicit language. Remember “I didn’t take no shortcuts”. From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    51. Joker and the Thief – Wolfmother (158): Wolfmother sounds like a combination of The Scorpions and Rush and just an enjoyable power song w/ lyrics like “he makes his way across the land” and the chorus of “we are not going home”…rock on! From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix
    52. Run Right Back – The Black Keys (159): A perfect running song from El Camino… “‘Before she hits the ground, she’s gonna want to explode, never step aside, never run and hide”. From Half-Marathon Playlist
    53. Niagara Falls – Harlem Shakes (159): Just LOVE this song. Reminds me of Vampire Weekend with the clever beat and varied instruments (the piano is awesome). With our own pun laden running t-shirts (sold at A bold pace via Spreadshirt), we love the line “I don’t even get the t-shirt’s pun“. From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix
    54. Hey Ya! – OutKast (159): “You think you got it”! From Marathon Playlist #1: Jamie’s Mix
    55. Reptilia – The Strokes (159): A fiery, aggressive song from the Strokes as you keep it moving with the heart of the workout: “I said please don’t slow me down if I’m going too fast”. From Half-Marathon Playlist
    56. Sex and Candy – Marcy Playground (160): Feel free to deconstruct this song yourself on the run :) It certainly feels like a relaxing, mental escape… “this surely is a dream”. From Half-Marathon Playlist
    57. Walcott – Vampire Weekend (160) *explict lyrics*: I love that they want to “get out of Cape Cod” and head “all the way to New Jersey” (not sure why someone would want to do that…but love it anyway). Very unique sound and a band I hope continues to grow and experiment. From Marathon Playlist #3: Jean’s Mix
    58. Center of Gravity – Yo La Tengo (160): A light and breezy track from the adventurous, multidimensional, and consistently amazing Yo La Tengo… “Whenever you are next to me, center of gravity, can’t feel both feet on the ground”. From Half-Marathon Playlist
    59. Are We Lovers or Are We Friends?- Acid House Kings (161): A Best of 2011 song according to b sides narrative. A wonderfully exuberant, up-tempo song for a workout playlist that will have you humming later in the day… “Baby are you mine?”. From Workout Playlist #2. Free download here from Pitchfork or get here:
    60. Lewis Takes Off His Shirt – Owen Pallett (163): This singer/violinist from Toronto has a unique sound on this song that makes it feel like getting lost in a rainstorm and having your “senses bedazzled by the parallax of the road”. Listen for: “I am muscle, I am bone”. From 5K Playlist
    61. My Generation – The Who (163): I grew up with a friend that loved the Who and could play any Who song on his drums. I’ve seen them in concert several times and I can still picture Pete doing his signature windmill guitar, Roger swinging the microphone around and bringing it back just in time to start singing again, and Keith having a brain aneurysm on the drums (of course, John Entwistle would just be standing there looking disinterested, but playing a mean bass guitar). As you get close to the end, use this song to remind yourself to tell all the people running behind you “why don’t you all ffff…fade away!” If you love the Who and Pete Townshend, you have to see this Da Vinci Rock Man T-shirt. From 10K Playlist
    62. You Wreck Me – Tom Petty (164): Tom Petty (without the Heartbreakers) delivers another running music standout on the Wildflowers album…“But you move me, honey, yes you do” and “Now and again I get the feeling, well if I don’t win, I’m a gonna break even, rescue me, should I go wrong, if I dig too deep, if I stay too long”. From Half-Marathon Playlist
    63. Sydney (I’ll Come Running) – Brett Dennen (165): If you take a look at Brett Dennen’s website, he looks like he’s in high school. He actually put out his first EP in 2004, and this song “Sydney” is off his 6th release called “Loverboy”. He’s definitely a talent to watch. This song is perfect for running…enjoy the lyrics: “if you ever need me, call me…I’ll come runnin’ straight to you” “straight from the airport (I’ll come runnin’)…cut thru the customs line (I’ll come runnin’)…” I travel a lot, so I just love this chorus. From 5K Playlist
    64. Age of Consent – New Order (165): You’re strong, you’re an individual, you’re a runner! “And I’m not the kind that likes to tell you just what you want me to”. From Marathon Playlist #2: Monica’s Mix
    65. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police (165): This song used to be so overplayed, I couldn’t enjoy it. However, Monica tells me it’s sometimes nice to have a familiar song during a race–this is certainly pop done well… From Half-Marathon Playlist
    66. When the Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkeys *Explicit Lyrics* (166): Love the line “And he told Roxanne to put on her red light, it’s all infected but he’ll be alright cause he’s a scumbag”. (love that this song just happened to fall right behind a Police song!) Best on this song to “Overt your eyes and (keep) staring at the ground.” From Marathon Playlist #2: Monica’s Mix
    67. Come Together – Beatles (167): One of my favorite Beatles songs just happens to be one of the few with a fast beat. I’m sure you can find at least one runner that works w/ this first stanza: “Here come old flattop he come grooving up slowly, He got joo-joo eyeball he one holy roller, He got hair down to his knee…Got to be a joker he just do what he please” From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix. The Beatles: Abbey Road at Amazon
    68. Jigsaw Falling Into Place – Radiohead (167): What an awesome band. This song just has a smooth, relaxing quality to it that lets you get “lost between the notes” and remember “you’ve got a light you can feel it on your back”. From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix
    69. Amber – 311(167): “Amber is the color of your energy”, “You ought to know what brings me here you glide through my head blind to fear.” From Marathon Playlist #2: Monica’s Mix
    70. End of the Line – The Traveling Wilburys (168): A perfect song toward the end. Leave it to this true rock supergroup with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison. Enjoy lyrics like: “Well its all right, if you live the life you please; Well its all right, even if the sun don’t shine; Well its all right, were going to the end of the line”. From Marathon Playlist #3: Jean’s Mix
    71. Marathon Not a Sprint - Camera Obscura (169): Another quintessential running song…not only is the title perfect, the song a gem (from a great band), it’s also from an album called “I Love My Jean”. From Marathon Playlist #3: Jean’s Mix
    72. If She Wants Me – Belle and Sebastian (170): One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands. Love this chorus: “If I could do just one near perfect thing I’d be happy, they’d write it on my grave, or when they scattered my ashes, on second thoughts I’d rather hang about, and be there with my best friend, if she wants me”. From Half-Marathon Playlist
    73. Lose Yourself – Eminem (172): From the movie “8 mile” (which was actually pretty good and Eminem can act…or perhaps he was just being himself). Anyway, great motivational song… “Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted–one moment–would you capture it or just let it slip?” From Marathon Playlist #2: Monica’s Mix
    74. Remember The Name – Fort Minor (172) *explicit lyrics*: [Actual bpm is 86, but if you double and run off the half-beats, it works at 172.] Here’s your mantra: “10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain, and 100% reason to remember the name!” From 10K Playlist
    75. Ten-Twenty-Ten – Generationals (172): One of the Best Songs of 2011 (so far) according to The Wounded Jukebox and influenced by such favs as the Jam, the Kinks, and the Shins, this band knows how to craft a catchy, up-beat tune. It will make you feel like running… From 5K Playlist
    76. Fire it up – Modest Mouse (172): Time to “Fire it up”…’nuf said. From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix
    77. Only a Lad – Oingo Boingo (172): Former Oingo Boingo lead singer Danny Elfman’s name is now one of Hollywood’s most in-demand film composers. But Oingo Boingo was at it’s best with some of it’s earlier music including this story of a troubled child in “Only a Lad”. Enjoy the story and how Elfman ends with “Hey there Johnny boy, I hope you fry!” From Marathon Playlist #2: Monica’s Mix
    78. Black and White Town – Doves (173): Your running mantra perhaps?: “Here comes the action…Here it comes at last…Lord give me a reaction…Lord give me a chance”. From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix
    79. Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega (174): Here’s a classic one-hit wonder that is full of energy…listen for “Jump up and down and move it all around, shake your head to the sound put your hands an the ground, take one step left and one step right, one to the front and one to the side”. I happen to be partial to “A little bit of Monica in my life” :) From Workout Playlist #2
    80. She Said – Collective Soul (175): If you like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Live, Bush, and/or Candlebox, you gotta love Collective Soul. Their “Greatest Hits” album is incredible (for some reason it’s not on itunes, so see Amazon link below). Here’s some motivational running lyrics: “She Said…And only the strong shall survive…She Said…But I’m feeling quite weak…She Said…Will you comfort and forgive me?” From Half-Marathon Playlist . Here’s 7even Year Itch: Collective Soul Greatest Hits 1994-2001 on Amazon
    81. Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones (175): “Hey ho, let’s go! Hey ho, let’s go!”…What more do you need? From Half-Marathon Playlist
    82. Answer to Yourself – The Soft Pack (175): A good review here from “Leaps and Bounds” declares this album #2 on their Top 10 albums of 2010. Lyrics speak for themselves… “You gotta answer to yourself, you can’t depend on anyone else, you gotta know where you stand, and what’s in your hands“. From 10K Playlist
    83. Return to Innocence – Enigma (176): “Love…Devotion…Feeling…Emotion” …This song by Enigma will have you running faster as you lose yourself in the ethereal sound and inspirational lyrics: “Don’t be afraid to be weak, Don’t be too proud to be strong, Just look into your heart my friend, That will be the return to yourself, The return to innocence”. From Half-Marathon Playlist
    84. I Believe – R.E.M (177): So bummed about R.E.M breaking up (called it quits on 9/21/11) as they were one of the few bands that stood the test of time since the 80’s. Here’s a tribute to R.E.M and a great motivational running song for you… “trust in your calling, make sure your calling’s true, think of others, the others think of you”. From 10K Playlist
    85. Wolf Like Me – TV on the Radio (177): “My mind has changed, my body’s frame, but God I like it…my heart’s aflame, my body’s strained, but God I like it“. From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix
    86. Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen) – Baz Luhrmann (178): This song was taken from an article titled “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” written by Mary Schmich and published in the Chicago Tribune in 1997. It is often erroneously attributed to a commencement speech by Kurt Vonnegut. In any case, it starts with…“Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine” and has plenty of other words of wisdom to ponder on the run. It ends with “Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.” Love that! From Half-Marathon Playlist Not on itunes, find on amazon: Everybody’s Free (to Wear SUNSCREEN) THE SPEECH SONG
    87. Friday On My Mind – The Easybeats (180): It didn’t get great reviews, but if you love music, you have to see Pirate Radio. I laughed so hard during this movie that my wife was embarrassed for me. This song had a prominent role in the movie and it should lift your spirits on any run. From 5K Playlist
    88. Hannah – Freelance Whales (180): From the album “Weathervanes” which was one of NPR’s “Best Albums of 2010″. Combining the cleverness of the fast-talking intro and verse with the slower chorus and layered instrumentation gives this song an uplifting vibe. “I’ll work on the limbs if you work on the torso, if it gets too much then you can lend a helping hand”. From 5K Playlist
    89. Love Of The Common People – Paul Young (180): One of my older favorites and an excellent beat. These lyrics work well for winter running: “But the closer the knit the tighter the fit, and the chills stay away, you have to take ‘em in stride, for family pride.” From Half-Marathon Playlist
    90. Street Boy – Rodriguez (180): Had to get a Rodriguez song in here because this might be the most amazing story I’ve ever heard in music. Trust me, go see “Searching for Sugarman” if you still can (I’m predicting an Oscar for best documentary of 2012…UPDATE 2/25/13:  It WON the Oscar!). The music is just as incredible as the story and “Street Boy” is just a glimpse. He’s a Detroit version of Bob Dylan, and just as talented as a songwriter. Also check out his original two albums Cold Fact and Coming from Reality. Here’s some lyrics from Street Boy: “‘Street boy…You’re gonna end up alone, You need some love and understanding, Not that dead-end life you’re planning…Street boy…There’s one last word then I’ll conclude, Before you pick up and put on your attitude, Bet you’ll never find or ever meet, Any street boy who’s ever beat the streets” From Half-Marathon Playlist. The soundtrack to “Searching for Sugarman” is on itunes:
    91. Philadelphia – Standard Fare (180): Here’s a great review of this song and the album “The Noyelle Beat” from Buzzin’ Music. I may be biased on this one, but this is one of my favorites. As I’ve mentioned before, I do a lot of traveling and I live just outside Philadelphia. So, I definitely relate to the chorus “I’m going to have to wait all year to see you again in Philadelphia”. From 5K Playlist
    92. The Distance – Cake (182) [actual bpm is 91, but works as 182 with half-beats] This is a classic running song… “He’s going the distance, He’s going for speed” and “No trophy, no flowers, no flashbulbs, no wine, he’s haunted by something he cannot define, bowel-shaking earthquakes of doubt and remorse, assail him, impale him with monster-truck force, in his mind, he’s still driving, still making the grade”. From Half-Marathon Playlist
    93. Me and the Farmer – Housemartins (182): Another all-time favorite band. Just an enjoyable, fast-paced song w/ great lyrics like “Me and farmer like brother, like sister, Getting on like hand and blister”…well, hopefully no blisters… From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix. The Housemartins–“Now that’s What I Call Quite Good” on Amazon (they are being way too humble…this is EXCELLENT!)
    94. Friend or Foe – Adam & the Ants (184): Always good for a fun, up-tempo song, Adam Ant stands and delivers with “I want those who get to know me, to become admirers or my enemies”. Take a look around and size up the competition…“Friend or Foe”! From Marathon Playlist #4: Jane’s Mix
    95. Give It Away – Red Hot Chilli Peppers (184): I doubt that Anthony Kiedis is talking about “giving away” anything that has to do with running, but “what he’s got” is definitely an ATTITUDE and you can use that energy and confidence to finish the race hard… “reeling with the feeling, don’t stop–continue”. From 5K Playlist
    96. Break on Through - Doors (185): A classic running song with nice, fast pace down the home stretch reminding you to push your limits and “Break on Through to the Other Side”. From Marathon Playlist #2: Monica’s Mix
    97. Beyond Belief – Elvis Costello (186): One of my favorite Elvis songs, this should help you bring it home. Perhaps you’ll relate to “I got a feeling I’m going to get a lot of grief, once this seemed so appealing, now I am beyond belief.” From Marathon Playlist #2: Monica’s Mix
    98. Lawyers, Guns, and Money – Warren Zevon (186): Another song with a sense of humor to help finish strong… “I’m a desperate man, send lawyers, guns and money, the shit has hit the fan”. From Half-Marathon Playlist
    99. Ready to Start – Arcade Fire (190): Another killer song from “The Suburbs”. This one should take you to the homestretch…“your mind surely opened the door, to step out into the dark, now I’m ready”. From 10K Playlist
    100. Fame – David Bowie (190): Now cross the finish with one of the best songs ever recorded. A Bowie classic… “Is it any wonder you are too cool to fool? Fame. Fame, bully for you, chilly for me, got to get a rain check on pain. Fame.” From Half-Marathon Playlist

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