“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” – Jimi Hendrix
David Guetta, She Wolf. One of the best running songs I’ve found in a long, long time. If you’re a fan of Guetta, definitely check this one out. I’m pretty sure it made me go faster. Maybe it was just the downhill slope though. Listen here.
Madeon, Finale (Dillon Francis Remix). Listen closely: This French-inspired electronic blend serves up a serious dose of awesomeness. Turn this up when you have, like, a massive hill coming up soon. You’ll have no other choice but to crush it. Trust me. Listen here.
Poolside, Harvest Moon. If you love oldies, then you’ll get a real kick out of this Neil Young remake by Poolside. For lack of a better or less geeky way to describe it, it’s simply groovy, and comes in real handy when you’re in the “cruising” stage of your run. Night running? Even better; songs that go with the scenery are kind of inspiring. Listen here.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Fiya Wata. I first heard this song while seeing Edward Sharpe live on Governor’s Island and fell head over heels in love. (Little did I know that I’d run a 10k on that very island only 2 years later.) It’s soulful, and perfect for a morning along the water in the same satisfying way that Eddie Vedder’s voice will always be. This song at sunrise or sunset? Yes please. Listen here.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Man on Fire (Little Daylight Remix). Play this once and tell me that it doesn’t remind you of a young Paul Simon circa Diamonds on the Souls of her Shoes. Amirite? There is nothing about this song that won’t make you happy. Ignore the double negatives in that last sentence, and listen. It’s amazing. Life changing even. (Did I mention I overreact to great music?) Listen here.
Lana Del Ray, Summertime. I’ve been on a huge Lana Del Ray kick this summer, so it seems appropriate that this song is called Summertime. The background sounds somewhat like that Enya song Sail Away too, so there’s that. I definitely don’t suggest this for challenging moments. Think of it more like easy running music, better suited for when there is a body of water or something aesthetically pleasing to look at. Listen here.
Lana Del Ray, Bluejeans (RAC Remix). Despite what all DJs and producers will tell you, I discovered this song. I’m just saying; and I’m not at all territorial. At any rate, I love this and have all summer. It’s chill, it’s motivating, and it sounds like it was made for Kill Bill, Volumes 1 and 2. When I hear it, I imagine Uma Thurman in that yellow spandex suit, and if you ask me, that’s not a bad image to conjure. Listen here.
Avicii and NERVO, You’re Gonna Love Again. This is pretty standard Avicii and is perfect for putting your body in cruise control mode. Slow start, but once it gets going, it gets going. Listen here.
Avicii, Don’t Give Up On Us. More standard Avicii. I swear, if this guy didn’t play at raves so often I’d suggest that he set up shop at races across the country. His music, including this song, is just so incredibly uplifting while pounding pavement. Listen here.
Avicii, David Guetta, Sunshine Remix. You know that moment when you’re like, damn, I wish I had a song to pump me up for the next 4 minutes? I get incredibly happy every time I hear this one blare through my headphones, and I think you will too. You’re welcome. Listen here.
Florence and The Machines, Cosmic Love (Seven Lions Remix). I love that this song manages to blend electronic with typical emo-Florence and The Machines type music while still adding in a heavy dose of dubstep to boot. It’s simply enchanting, and I love it. Listen here.
Grouplove, Tongue Tied. The quintessential Grouplove song, this one isn’t exactly original. Regardless, it’s a solid song to incorporate into any running playlist, especially after work when the weather is a little cooler (which for me is exactly when I don’t run, but oh well). I’m not so sure I’d want this one while trying to amp up my speed or climb any significant incline. You know the drill. Listen here.
Matisse and Sadko vs. Axwell vs. The Temper Traps, Beating of my Heart vs. Sweet Disposition. Love the below two songs? Then you’ll REALLY LOVE this mash-up of the two. There’s really no explanation needed. Just listen, and you’ll get it. Then run really fast, because this is the kind of song that is perfect for PR’s. Listen here.
The Temper Trap, Sweet Disposition. A little bit hipster and a lot a bit funky, Sweet Disposition somehow manages to pump me up despite its less-than-upbeat tone. I also love that it makes me think that I’m in a movie; like I have my own soundtrack while running along. Listen here.
M-3ox ft. Heidrun, Beating Of My Heart (Matisse and Sadko Remix). Just when I thought I’d have nothing new to run to during the More/Fitness Half Marathon, I stumbled upon this beauty. Upbeat and super house-y, I’m thinking it’ll definitely help to propel me up Harlem Hill. (And if it doesn’t, I don’t know what will.) Listen here.
Kaskade Live At Coachella 2012. People, readers, and countrymen; it isn’t even normal how amazing this is. All I want to do when I hear Kaskade’s 2012 Coachella set is race, and run up big hills, and totally kick ass. (There was a time when it would have made me want to go to a rave, but see how far I’ve come?) This is going to be a playlist staple for weeks to come. Listen here.
Kavinsky, Nightcall. OMFG not a remix? That’s weird. No fear though, the collaboration between French electro house artist Kavinsky and the genius that is Daft Punk makes it remix enough. Nightcall is the title song from the weird movie Drive – you know, the one where Ryan Gosling doesn’t say anything but stabs a bunch of mafia guys? The movie probably isn’t worth your time. The song definitely is. Listen here.
Swedish House Mafia, Greyhound (Rule of Eight Remix). Warning, if you’re not into house music, stay far, far away from this one. If you don’t like house music, but have an open mind, this might be for you. If you love house music while running as much as I do, this song is the equivalent of wearing a jet pack. Listen here.
Porter Robinson, Language (Original Mix). I’ve been told I would like Porter Robinson’s dubby style for a while, but because I’m stubborn and like discovering my own music, it’s taken me this long. Fortunately, I happened to stumble upon this one before the D.C. 10-Miler, and it was a welcome addition to my playlist. Listen here.
Taj Mahal, Lovin’ in my Baby’s Eyes. There is just something so incredibly innocent and amazing about this song. Not only can it brighten any run, no matter how challenging it is, but I find that it creates a really nice backdrop to a river run or an early morning park run. Listen here.
Ellie Goulding, Your Song (Butch Clancy Remix). The beauty of this song is that it’s for everyone, whether you’re into dub step, Elton John, or Moulin Rouge. Now how many songs can you say that about? Listen here.
Skrillex, Pop Dance. I’m not the biggest Skrillex fan since typically the sound of pots and pans clanging together hurts my ear drums. I love this song though. It’s a bit more poppy and less painful. I hope he keeps dropping beats like this. Listen here.
Sufjan Stevens, Futile Device (Shigeto Remix). Ever since he put out that Michigan album, I’ve loved this man. This song in particular is a little chill if you prefer upbeat music for running, but I actually like to mix it up between raging maniac and lay-low. This falls in the category of the latter. Listen here.
Calvin Harris, Feel So Close (Benny Benassi Remix). Calvin Harris – so hot now. But not as hot as this Benassi remix. The drop will make you want to run at rocket-like speeds. It’s hard, but it’s especially awesome when you’re dodging in and out of foot traffic. Listen here.
Foster The People, Don’t Stop. As the title implies, I seriously can’t stop listening to this jam. Sometimes, I put it on repeat while looping around the park. Sometimes I’ll venture to other songs and come back. Foster The People, why are your tracks so catchy? Anyway, if you need a pop-ish song that isn’t all over the radio (yet), this one’s for you. Listen here.
Monarchy, I Won’t Let Go. Because it’s just feel good, with a bit of 80′s inspiration. I imagine it’s what Duran Duran would sound like if they released a song in 2011. Listen here.
Eddie Vedder, Big Hard Sun. If you’re a New Yorker, I suggest timing your run so that when this song comes on, you’re running past the reservoir in Central Park. If you’re anyone else, find yourself a pretty place to jog, and turn it up. Listening to this song while running is as delicious as a really good stretch. Listen here.
Martin Solveig’s Annual Radio Smash Mixtape 2011. (If you have music ADD, you’ll love this. It’s an hour long. It gets really good around 30 minutes in. Listen here.)