We’re now taking requests

So, it’s finally time to start working on the most important preparation for the half-marathon: the race playlist. This list is almost as vital as those 10-mile runs and strength-training classes I’ve been dragging myself to all these months.

Any suggestions? I will entertain all ideas except music involving: Don Henley, Live, Smashing Pumpkins (yeah, yeah … all your rage, rat in a cage … SHUT UP), The Moody Blues and, of course, Creed.

Our lines are open.


Posted on March 10, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. 1. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais, by The Clash.

    2. Powderfinger, by Neil Young and Crazy Horse

    3. When The Whip Comes Down, by The Rolling Stones

    4. From a Buick 6, by Bob Dylan

    5. Whiskey In The Jar, by Thin Lizzy

    6. The Price You Pay, by Bruce Springsteen

    7. Spiders (Kidsmoke), by Wilco

    8. These Roads Don’t Move, by Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard

    9. When the Levee Breaks, by Led Zeppelin

    10. The Have Nots, by X

  2. Green Day, Green Day, Green Day.
    You can credit me when you finish.
    You’re welcome, Margaret the Machine.

  3. Many U2 songs from Achtung Baby are really good for running/jogging! I used to listen to them all the time in my gym days.

  4. A mix of old and new

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers- Running Down a Dream
    The Dandy Warhols- The legend of the last outlaw truckers
    Bob Seger- Hollywood Nights
    Paul Simon- Late in the evening
    Fatboy slim- Right here, right now
    The Verve- Bittersweet Symphony
    Pearl Jam- Love, Reign over me (much better than the Who’s original)
    Pink- So What
    INXS- Suicide Blonde
    Teddybears- Punkrocker
    The Smithereens- I saw her standing there
    Simple Minds-Santify Yourself

  5. Hmm. Well, I don’t run. Not even a little. But here are some suggestions from what’s currently on MY iPod:

    — “Brand New Cadillac,” Clash
    — “Moneytalks,” AC/DC
    — “Jessica,” Allmans
    — “Do You Love Me?,” Contours
    — “Hold On, I’m Comin’,” Sam & Dave
    — “Deadbeat Club,” B-52s
    — “Hollywood Nights,” Bob Seger
    — “Dreams,” BoDeans
    — “Rosalita,” Bruce Springsteen
    — “Land of 1,000 Dances,” Headhunter & the Cannibals
    — “Stone Cold Yesterday,” Connells
    — “Rain King,” Counting Crows
    — “Tear It Up,” Cramps
    — “Diamond Dogs,” David Bowie
    — “Let It Whip,” Dazz Band
    — “Space Truckin’,” Deep Purple
    — “Money for Nothing,” Dire Straits
    — “Knock on Wood,” Eddie Floyd
    — “The Bitch Is Back,” Elton John
    — “Peace, Love & Understanding,” Elvis Costello.
    — “Heartspark Dollarsign,” Everclear
    — “You Dropped a Bomb On Me,” Gap Band
    — “Follow You Down,” Gin Blossoms
    — “Discovering Japan,” Graham Parker & the Rumour
    — “Welcome to Paradise,” Green Day
    — “You Could Be Mine,” G’n’F’n’R
    — “Jump,” Van Halen
    — “Heat Wave,” Martha & the Vandellas
    — “Dance to the Music,” Sly & the Family Stone
    — “Repo Man,” Iggy Pop
    — “Fight the Power,” Isley Bros.
    — “The Harder They Come,” Jimmy Cliff
    — “Rain on the Scarecrow,” John Mellencamp
    — “Get Rhythm,” Johnny Cash
    — “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Joy Division
    — “Rock and Roll,” Led Zeppelin
    — “There Is No Time,” Lou Reed
    — “That’s When I Reach for My Revolver,” Mission of Burma
    — “I’m a Believer,” Smashmouth
    — “Hair of the Dog,” Nazareth
    — “Rockin’ in the Free World,” Neil Young
    — “Head Like a Hole,” Nine Inch Nails
    — “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana
    — “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” Otis Redding
    — “Late in the Evening,” Paul Simon
    — “Evenflow,” Pearl Jam
    — “Where the Cowboys Went,” Pressure Boys
    — “Carnival of Sorts (Boxcars),” R.E.M.
    — “Rockaway Beach,” Ramones
    — “We’ll Inherit the Earth,” Replacements
    — “Every Picture Tells a Story,” Rod Stewart
    — “Night time is the Right Time,” Rufus & Carla
    — “Bad Luck,” Social Distortion
    — “Bodhisattva,” Steely Dan
    — “Wild Night,” Van Morrison
    — “Way Down Now,” World Party

    OK, that ought to get you through the first mile. After that, you’re on your own.

    Good luck! Pullin’ for ya!

  6. So personal! Isn’t this a little like asking what kind of underwear you should wear?

    For my little 30 minute work outs, I like an arc. I’ve been putting this song near the end. It’s different, may not work for you. I like that it doesn’t have lyrics to get in my head and I find it energizing. Your mileage may vary.

    Heke — tky

  7. Lots of great suggestions so far! Almost anything RCHP (esp. “I like dirt”), Foo Fighters (“Learn to Fly”) and The Police (“Demolition Man” or “Synchronicity II”). And Counting Crows – A Murder of One and Tom Petty – Woman in Love always get me pumped! Stick to your wheelhouse and what’s worked in the past (probably best to dump all songs from Sunday’s playlist). And how awesome would it be if you can time it to where you are crossing the finish line listening to Bob!!! Happy mixing!

  8. janet hutchins

    You know me Aerosmith all the way…baby!!!!!

  9. I don’t know about a music list, but I surely see a book in your blog.

  10. I’m running the marathon and I asked my teenage daughter to change up my little shuffle for my last long run (20 miler). I’ve never laughed harder while running. My only request was keep it clean. Selections varied from Jack Johnson to Beyonce, All the single ladies..oh oh oh…fun song. You have some great suggestions to choose from! Good Luck!

  11. Ok – understanding you’re not a country fan (yet!), i won’t go overboard, but trust me on a few of these:

    Mr. Goodtime – Colt Ford
    I Can Sleep When I’m Dead – Jason Michael Carroll
    Kerosene – Miranda Lambert

    They always get me pumped up – I also think – from the non-Country Genre – Born to Run has to make the list and i saw a Paul Simon recommendation, but i would lean more towards something from the Graceland album – Boy in the Bubble, maybe?

    I also hope you kept It’s Raining Men on the list – i had a BLAST with that one on the treadmill the other day – almost fell off!

    GREAT JOB so far!! And i fully agree with the playlist being the most important prep step…

  12. Oh so many, and I know we’ve discussed this before. But I’ll start with Arcade Fire’s “Keep the Car Running.” Also, Tom Petty’s “Makin’ Some Noise.”

  13. Might I suggest “Middle Aged Guy Panting?”
    Oh, I am sorry, that is what I listen to and I don’t use headphones.
    When I did use an iPod I chose heavy metal because it was always fast as motivation and I couldn’t understand a word so it was not distracting. I think if I had tunes now I would probably go with Trance for the same reason but there is a bit more interest and variety in the thumping.
    “It’s Raining Men” is good, but again that may just be the sweat from the aforementioned middle aged man running just in front of you and fading fast.

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