2014 Running Songs of the Week

So much awesome new music this year (with some classics thrown in for good measure). What was your favorite new running song of 2014? — Mags

1. “Elephant” by Tame Impala

2. “You Already Know” by Arcade Fire

3. “Cut to Black” by Lemaitre

4. “Through the Wire” by Kanye West

5. “Digital Witness” by St. Vincent

6. “Brotherhood” by Cassius

7. “Lightning Bolt” by Jake Bugg

8. “C’Mon Sea Legs” by Immaculate Machine

9. “Right Action” by Franz Ferdinand

10. “Riot” by Miss Chiff

11. “Tin Man” by Future Islands

12. “Everything You See” by Portugal. The Man

13. “Shooting Stars” by Bag Raiders

14. “Barton Hollow” by The Civil Wars

15. “Come With Me Now” by Kongos

16. “Called Out in the Dark” by Snow Patrol

17. “Digital Humpty” by The Hood Internet

18. “The Ballad of Mr. Steak” by Kishi Bashi

19. “Fever” by The Black Keys

20. “Red Eyes” by The War on Drugs

21. “Thunder Clatter” by Wild Cub

22. “Water Fountain” by tUnE-yArDs

23. “Slow Motion” by Phox

24. “Lazaretto” by Jack White

25. “Back in the World” by David Gray

26. “Private Eyes” by Hall and Oates

27. “Stranger to My Happiness” by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings

28. “Don’t Mess With Me” by Brody Dalle

29. “Run Fast” by The Julie Ruin

30. “Greet the Sacred Cow” by Primus

31. “What a Fool Believes” by The Doobie Brothers

32. “Stolen Dance” by Milky Chance

33. “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” by U2

34. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

35. “Riptide” by Vance Joy

36. “Happy Idiot” by TV on the Radio

37. “Daydream Believer” by The Chipmunks

38. “Mind Over Matter” by Young the Giant

39. “If Rap Gets Jealous” by K’naan

40. “Operation Critical Bowie” by DJ LA*Jesus

41. “Do You” by Spoon

42. “Dancehall Domine” by The New Pornographers

43. “Stubborn Love” by The Lumineers

44. “Shelter Song” by Temples

45. “Don’t Wanna Lose” by Ex Hex

46. “Violent Shiver” by Benjamin Booker

47. “Carol of the Bells” by Trans Siberian Orchestra



Race Day Playlist: Columbus Marathon

For the Columbus Marathon, I am wearing an iPod Shuffle, which I plan to actually shuffle, so the order of these rad tunes doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that every song was chosen with care, some of them with special people in mind. It really helps for me to connect with my people during a marathon because they remind me of why I’m able to run in the first place.

I only have 3 hours and 40 minutes of music here, so I’ll need the Shuffle to recycle the tunes for an extra half hour or so. I’m confident the music will keep flowing, and I won’t lose my mind in the process. If I do lose my mind, the music won’t matter anyway.

  1. Dixieland Delight, Alabama  (for my mama, who’s been cheering for me since day one)
  2. Fake ID — Big & Rich
  3. More Than a Feeling — Boston
  4. Crazy Bitch — Buckcherry
  5. Fighter — Christina Aguilera
  6. Born to Run — Bruce Springsteen (for Douglas, who has always believed)
  7. Survivor — Destiny’s Child
  8. Counting Stars — OneRepublic
  9. Latch (feat. Sam Smith) — Disclosure
  10. Turn Down For What — DJ Snake & Lil Jon (for Owen, who never fails to make me laugh)
  11. Sing — Ed Sheeran
  12. Burn — Ellie Goulding
  13. ‘Till I Collapse — Eminem
  14. Work B**ch — Britney Spears (for my loyal-as-f*ck girlfriend, Shannon)  
  15. Basket Case — Green Day
  16. Womanizer — Britney Spears
  17. When I Come Around — Green Day
  18. Welcome to the Jungle — Guns N’ Roses
  19. Tick Tick Boom — The Hives
  20. I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) — Icona Pop
  21. Bang Bang — J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
  22. History of Rap (feat. Justin Timberlake) — Jimmy Fallon (for Maggie)
  23. Peacock — Katy Perry
  24. Come With Me Now — KONGOS
  25. Defying Gravity — Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel (for Mackenzie, who defies gravity every single day)
  26. No Mercy — L.A. Guns
  27. Applause — Lady Gaga
  28. Daylight — Maroon 5
  29. Don’t — Ed Sheeran
  30. All About That Bass — Meghan Trainor
  31. Enter Sandman — Metallica
  32. Somethin’ Bad (with Carrie Underwood) — Miranda Lambert
  33. Classic — MKTO
  34. I Melt with You — Modern English
  35. Kickstart My Heart — Mötley Crüe
  36. Smells Like Teen Spirit — Nirvana
  37. Tennessee Bound — Old Crow Medicine Show (for Xavi, my little ball of energy )
  38. Lucky Strike — Maroon 5
  39. Love Runs Out — OneRepublic
  40. Titanium — David Guetta (for Jen, who’s bulletproof)
  41. Lose Yourself — Eminem
  42. Ain’t It Fun — Paramore
  43. Gone, Gone, Gone — Phillip Phillips
  44. Black Betty — Ram Jam
  45. Remember the Name — Styles of Beyond, Fort Minor
  46. Shake It Off — Taylor Swift  (for Max, who shake-shake-shakes)
  47. Africa — Toto
  48. Blister In the Sun — Violent Femmes
  49. Here I Go Again — Whitesnake (for Kate, just because)
  50. Come As You Are — Nirvana
  51. Maps — Maroon 5

Wish me luck, Angels! It’s been three years since I’ve run a full marathon, and while I’m an expert at planning, we all know the marathon can take before it gives. Here’s hoping that my random-ass music mix can keep me distracted and focused, all at the same time. — Amie

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

Race Day Playlist: Bix 7 2014

For last year’s Bixtivities, Maggie and I compiled a dual playlist of guilty pleasures, and it was seven miles of pure ear candy. How could we possibly top it this year? Well this year, my friends, we were inspired by Jock Jams.

I dusted off my trusty ol’ CD case, found these relics and toiled over which cheesy awesomeness would and wouldn’t make the cut. I can’t wait to run up Brady Street to “Llllllllet’s get ready to rummmblllllle!” blaring in my earbuds. My 15-year-old self is giddy with joy. — Aidz

Playlist stats: 20 songs, 1:08 total time

1. Let’s Get Ready to Rumble! — Michael Buffer
2. Get Ready 4 This — 2 Unlimited
3. Mo Money, Mo Problems — The Notorious B.I.G.
4. Strike It Up — Black Box
5. Jump Around — House of Pain
6. Come Baby Come — K7
7. Gridiron Groove — Unknown
8. Gonna Make You Sweat — C+C Music Factory
9. Hip Hop Hooray — Naughty By Nature
10. Pump Up The Jam — Technotronic
11. Unbelievable — EMF
12. Twilight Zone — 2 Unlimited
13. Rock And Roll Part 2 — Gary Glitter
14. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) — Backstreet Boys
15. Push It — Salt-N-Pepa
16. Ready to Go — Republica
17. No Diggity — Blackstreet
18. Robbi Rob’s Boriqua Anthem — C+C Music Factory
19. Cotton Eye Joe — Rednex
20. Mueve la Cadera — Reel 2 Real


150 Running Songs

We’ve been doing this blog for three-plus years, and that also means we’ve been posting Running Songs of the Week for three-plus years. In fact, our first post ever was a RSotW, “Say It” by the Beastie Boys, less than a week after they released their final album. (RIP MCA.)

So now I’ve done you a solid and compiled all 150 RSotW in one place. It’s about 8 hours of music, or roughly enough to fill two marathon playlists.

Get after it! — Mags


1. “Say It” by the Beastie Boys

2. “Did Not the Lights Go Out for You” by Shadow Shadow Shade

3. “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You” by Black Kids

4. “Do You Want It All?” by Two Door Cinema Club

5. “Cradle” by The Joy Formidable

6. “Gold and Warm” by Bad Veins

7. “Get Better” by Mates of State

8. “Bad Things” by Jace Everett

9. “Long-Forgotten Fairytale” by Magnetic Fields

10. “Bumper” by Cults

11. “Corner of the Sky” by Cut Copy

12. “Go Go Go” by The 88

13. “Where’s Your Head At?” by Basement Jaxx

14. “Home” by LCD Soundsystem

15. “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

16. “I Got Soul, I’m So Wasted” by wallpaper.

17. “New Direction” by Black Lips

18. “Ghosts” by the Head and the Heart

19. “Squeeze Me” by Kraak and Smaak

20. “Lights and Music” by Cut Copy

21. “Clint Eastwood” by Gorillaz

22. “POWER” by Kanye West

23. “Africa” by Toto

24. “This Too Shall Pass” by OK Go

25. “I Ain’t Saying My Goodbyes” by Tom Vek

26. “Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads

27. “Midnight City” by M83

28. “The Devil is in the Beats” by the Chemical Brothers

29. “Ashin’ Kusher” by Kid Cudi

30. “Slight Figure of Speech” by the Avett Brothers

31. “Running From the Cops” by Phantogram

32. “Story Problem” by the Envy Corps

33. “Stop Stop” by the Black Keys


34. “Amsterdam” by Peter Bjorn and John

35. “Ambling Alp” by Yeasayer

36. “Diamond Dave” by the Bird and the Bee

37. “Scared as F@&!” by An Horse

38. “Family Affair” by Mary J. Blige

39. “Houdini” by Foster the People

40. “You” by Atmosphere

41. “We Still Got the Taste Dancin’ on Our Tongues” by Wild Beasts

42. “We Are Young” by fun.

43. “Traveller’s Digest” by Library Voices

44. “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men

45. “Sunrise” by Childish Gambino

46. “Percussion Gun” by White Rabbits

47. “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb” by Spoon

48. “Kids” by MGMT

49. “All I Ask of You” by Skrillex ft. Penny

50. “Marathon Runner” by Yellow Ostrich

51. “Don’t Run” by Bad Veins

52. “So Whatcha Want” by the Beastie Boys

53. “My Roots Go Down” by the Seedy Seeds

54. “Don’t Send the Searchlights” by Gold Motel

55. “Little Secrets” by Passion Pit

56. “Infinity Guitars” by Sleigh Bells

57. “Cruel” by St. Vincent

58. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

59. “Spin” by Wildlife Control

60. “Sting’s Teacher Years” by The Kickback

61. “I Never Can Relax” by hellogoodbye

62. “Lip Gloss” by Lil Mama

63. “Default” by Django Django

64. “Crimewaves” by Matthew Dear

65. “Go” by Santigold ft. Karen O

66. “Gangnam Style” by PSY

67. “I Look to You” by Miami Horror ft. Kimbra

68. “It’s Like That” by Run-DMC vs. Jason Nevins

69. “Generation Handclap” by Library Voices

70. “Sleep Alone” by Two Door Cinema Club

71. “In a Big Country” by moe.

72. “Bang Bang Bang” by Mark Ronson and the Business International

73. “Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears

74. “Romance” by Wild Flag

75. “Valerie” by Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse

76. “The Scrappy” by BS 2000

77. “Take a Walk” by Passion Pit

78. “Barlights” by fun.

79. “Build Me Up Buttercup” by the Foundations

80. “What Gets You Alone” by Divine Fits

81. “2 Legit 2 Quit” by Hammer

82. “Breadcrumb Trail” by Buried Beds


83. “American Boy” by Estelle ft. Kanye West

84. “King and Lionheart” by Of Monsters and Men

85. “Turn It Around” by Lucius

86. “Time to Run” by Lord Huron

87. “Black Magic” by Magic Wands

88. “And Then the Girls” by Donora

89. “Goodbye, Goodbye” by Tegan and Sara

90. “Move It” by Balkan Beat Box

91. “Harlem” by New Politics

92. “Heavy Mood” by Tilly and the Wall

93. “Gimme Sympathy” by Metric

94. “Vaccine” by Mew

95. “Too Fake” by Hockey

96. “Candy” by Robbie Williams

97. “Out of My League” by Fitz and the Tantrums

98. “Janglin” by Edward Shape and the Magnetic Zeros

99. “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs

100. “Supernaturally” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

101. “Odessa” by Caribou

102. “Got to be Real” by Cheryl Lynn

103. “Give Life Back to Music” by Daft Punk

104. “Mosquito” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

105. “The Magic Clap” by the Coup

106. “Diane Young” by Vampire Weekend

107. “Crazy Pills” by Archie Powell and the Exports

108. “Untouched” by the Veronicas

109. “Hummingbird” by Imaginary Cities

110. “Hate to Say I Told You So” by the Hives

111. “Regent’s Court” by the Get Up Kids

112. “Cult Logic” by Miike Snow

113. “Stop” by Jane’s Addiction

114. “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News

115. “Birds of Prey” by Bearstronaut

116. “Montage” from “Team America: World Police”

117. “Don’t Move” by Phantogram

118. “Fixed” by Stars

119. “Get Away” by Fitz and the Tantrums

120. “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire

121. “Shake” by the Head and the Heart

122. “We Like to Party” by Vengaboys

123. “My Number” by the Foals

124. “Free Your Mind” by Cut Copy

125. “Black Balloons” by Local Natives

126. “Bitter Rivals” by Sleigh Bells

127. “Rosa Parks” by Outkast

128 “Home is Where the Start Is” by the Small Cities

129. “I Wanted to Tell Her” by Ministry

130. “The Page” by Chromatics

131. “I Love It” by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX


132. “Elephant” by Tame Impala

133. “You Already Know” by Arcade Fire

134. “Cut to Black” by Lemaitre

135. “Through the Wire” by Kanye West

136. “Digital Witness” by St. Vincent

137. “Brotherhood” by Cassius

138. “Lightning Bolt” by Jake Bugg

139. “C’mon Sea Legs” by Immaculate Machine

140. “Right Action” by Franz Ferdinand

141. “Riot” by Miss Chiff

142. “Tin Man” by Future Islands

143. “Everything You See” by Portugal.The Man

144. “Shooting Stars” by Bag Raiders

145. “Barton Hollow” by The Civil Wars

146. “Come With Me Now” by Kongos

147. “Called Out in the Dark” by Snow Patrol

148. “Digital Humpty” by The Hood Internet

149. “The Ballad of Mr. Steak” by Kishi Bashi

150. “Fever” by The Black Keys


Race Playlist: Madison Half Marathon

Hoping these tunes help propel me to a half marathon PR in lovely Madison, Wisconsin, this weekend. I mean, come on, how could they not? — Mags

Playlist stats: 32 songs, 1:54:50 total time.

1. American Boy — Estelle feat. Kanye West
2. Every 1’s a Winner — Hot Chocolate
3. Gold On The Ceiling — The Black Keys
4. Music — Madonna
5. Set It Off — Girl Talk
6. The Seed (2.0) — The Roots
7. Sure Shot — Beastie Boys
8. Shooting Stars — Bag Raiders
9. Iron Pyrite — Lemaitre
10. The Walker — Fitz & The Tantrums
11. Called Out in the Dark — Snow Patrol
12. You Already Know — Arcade Fire
13. Tin Man — Future Islands
14. Call It What You Want — Foster the People
15. History of Rap — Jimmy Fallon feat. Justin Timberlake
16. Digital Humpty — The Hood Internet
17. Get Ur Freak On — Missy Elliott
18. That’s Not My Name — The Ting Tings
19. Hummingbird — Imaginary Cities
20. Me, Myself and Id — Library Voices
21. Right Action — Franz Ferdinand
22. Default — Django Django
23. Kids — Sleigh Bells
24. America, Fuck Yeah — Team America: World Police
24. Say It — Beastie Boys
26. Spark — Fitz & The Tantrums
27. No Pause — Girl Talk
28. Party Rock Anthem — LMFAO
29. Blue Orchid — The White Stripes
30. Go — Santigold feat. Karen O
31. Thrift Shop — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz
32. List of Demands (Reparations) — Saul Williams

Race Day Playlist: Chi-Town 10K

When you’ve got a short race that you wanna crush, there is but one rule for your playlist: ALL KILLER, NO FILLER. — Mags

Playlist stats: 16 songs, 56:51 total time

1. Everlasting Light — The Black Keys
2. Default — Django Django
3. Valerie — Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse
4. If Raymond Carver Was Born In the 90’s — Library Voices
5. Spark — Fitz & The Tantrums
6. A/B Machines — Sleigh Bells
7. Month of May — Arcade Fire
8. 1901 — Phoenix
9. Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun — Beastie Boys
10. The Walker — Fitz & The Tantrums
11. Thrift Shop — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
12. B.O.B. — Outkast
13. Lip Gloss — Lil Mama
14. List of Demands (Reparations) — Saul Williams
15. Go — Santigold feat. Karen O
16. Sure Shot — Beastie Boys