Race Day Playlist: Chicago Marathon

Here it is!

To be honest, I’m not 100 percent thrilled with this playlist; I’ve tinkered with order and songs so much, it’s sort of ridiculous. But considering that I’m over-stressed and over-analyzing every single thing about this marathon, it’s not too surprising.

What is surprising is the huge response I received for my song-for-a-donation deal, which helped me raise $1,562.40 for the American Cancer Society. What what!!!

Thanks so much to everyone for their donations and support. Let’s do this. — Mags

Playlist stats: 66 songs (22 from my generous ACS team donors), 4:07:14 total time

Playlist notes:

  • Names in parentheses are my donors. (As part of our deal, they get credit on the blog!)
  • My mom sucks at picking running songs. Our actual conversation:

“What the hell, Mom?”

(Laughs) “That’s what your father said. ‘That’s the worst song you could pick for running!'”

“I have to agree with him, Mom.”

“Well, put it at the beginning when you’re trying to go slower.”

“And when the crowds are so loud that I can’t really hear it.”


  • I’ve got about 30 minutes of extra music (assuming I hit my goal), which I recommend for anyone who’s making a marathon playlist. Read some of my other tips here.

1. Back In The World —David Gray
2. King and Lionheart — Of Monsters and Men
3. Every 1’s a Winner — Hot Chocolate
4. A Pirate Looks at 40 — Jimmy Buffett (Mom and Dad)
5. Mind Over Matter — Young the Giant (Lesley Tuton)
6. There There (The Boney King Of Nowhere) — Radiohead (John Boyle)
7. Default — Django Django
8. People Say — Portugal.The Man (Troy Couture)
9. Hummingbird — Imaginary Cities
10. If Raymond Carver Was Born In the 90’s — Library Voices
11. Daydream Believer  — The Chipmunks (Matt “Big Rascal” Muller)
12. Private Eyes — Hall and Oates
13. Home — LCD Soundsystem (Royal Rarick)
14. Running Away — Hoobastank (Lisa Beecher)
15. School Of Rock — School Of Rock
16. The Seeker — The Who (Tim and Tracy Brady)
17. If Rap Gets Jealous — K’naan (Erica Reid Gerdes and Fuzzy Gerdes)
18. Electric Feel — MGMT
19. No Diggity — Blackstreet
20. Call It What You Want — Foster the People
21. Crush — Jennifer Paige (Will Petty)
22. Brand New Key (The Rollerskate Song) — Melanie (Kendra Stevens)
23. Peaches — Presidents of the United States of America
24. Under Pressure — Queen and David Bowie
25. What a Fool Believes — The Doobie Brothers
26. Spark — Fitz & The Tantrums
27. It’s So Easy — Guns N’ Roses (Jennifer Scroggins)
28. Up Around the Bend — Creedence Clearwater Revival (Rod Howe)
29. Eye of the Tiger — Survivor (Rachael Picur)
30. Mosquito — Yeah Yeah Yeahs
31. Ooh La La — Goldfrapp (Amy Sumpter)
32. Digital Humpty — The Hood Internet
33. Mike Tyson’s Punch Out Theme (Mike Giannangelo)
34. History of Rap — Jimmy Fallon ft. Justin Timberlake
35. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) — Michael Jackson (Roberta Lester)
36. Don’t Stop Me Now — Queen (Seth Martin)
37. You Already Know — Arcade Fire
38. More Than A Feeling — Boston
39. Red Eyes — The War on Drugs
40. Thunder Clatter — Wild Cub
41. We Are Explorers — Cut Copy
42. It Takes Two — Rob Base (Stacey Schnauber)
43. Set It Off — Girl Talk
44. No Pause — Girl Talk
45. I Look To You — Miami Horror ft. Kimbra
46. Lazaretto — Jack White
47. Right Action — Franz Ferdinand
48. D**K In A Box — The Lonely Island ft. Justin Timberlake
49. Alright Hear This — Beastie Boys
50. Work B**ch — Britney Spears (Amie)
51. Holding Out For a Hero — Bonnie Tyler (Lauren Hill)
52. Dog Days Are Over — Florence + The Machine
53. America, F**K Yeah — Team America: World Police
54. We Found Love — Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
55. Fever — The Black Keys
56. Africa — Toto
57. 1901 — Phoenix
58. Scared as F**k — An Horse
59. Water Fountain — tUnE-yArDs
60. Lip Gloss — Lil Mama
61. Valerie — Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse
62. Tell Me What Ya Here For — Fitz & The Tantrums
63. Ride Like The Wind — Christopher Cross ft. Michael McDonald (Aidz)
64. A/B Machines — Sleigh Bells
65. List of Demands (Reparations) — Saul Williams
66. Sure Shot — Beastie Boys


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