#SDW50 – an unexpected playlist

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I enjoy music when I’m running but very rarely when I’m running ultras, this has been very much the case since I started the longer distances but I’m going to give it a go at the SDW50 because if my performance is going to be as poor as I think it is then I might well just need that bit of tunefulness to get me through to the finish.

However, it came to me last night that we, as runners, will write about all sorts of things from shitting in the woods to the bargains we picked up in the latest Sweatshop shoe sale but we don’t talk about music. It also more than once been brought to my attention that given my grumpy appearance my choices of running music are almost wholly surprising.

So here is the list I shall be running with this weekend. A surprising list for those that know me and a shit list for those that don’t 🙂

Skyfall – Adele
Maggie May – Rod Stewart
Threshold – Beck
Under my Thumb – The Rolling Stones
River Deep, Mountain High – Glee Cast
Stop in the Name of Love – The Supremes
William Tell Overture – Hans Zimmer
Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones
Everything is Awesome – The Lego Cast
Lovin’ Machine – Paulo Nutini and Jools Holland
Born to Hand Jive – Glee Cast
Barroom Blitz – The Bilge Pumps
The Jean Genie – David Bowie
Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meat Loaf
Aphrodite – Kylie Minogue
Le Freak – Chic
Shake Señora – The Hit Crew
Delight – Jamie Berry featuring Octavia Rose
Gold Gun Girls – Metric
Reet Petite – Cee Lo Green and Jools Holland
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
Paradise City – Tom Cruise
Black Sheep – Metric
Katayanagi Twins v Sex Bob-Omb – Cornelius and Beck
Dancing Queen – ABBA
I Know Him So Well – Melanie C
Going Down – Melanie C
Amnesty is Granted – Meat Loaf
Defying Gravity – Idina Mendzl
Mamma Mia – ABBA
You Can’t Stop the Beat – Hairspray Cast
Bad Romance – Glee Cast
Moses Supposes – Adam Cooper
There Must Be an Angel – Eurythmics
This is a Call – Foo Fighters

The perception attached to my musical taste is that it’s all Nine Inch Nails or Van Morrison or some form of miserable, aggressive or meaningful music – but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I love and need show tunes, lots of ABBA and a healthy dose of MoTown combined with a smattering of my favourite Glee tracks. Further down the list are some quality Michael Jackson tunes and a lot more from Queen. But what about you? What will you listening to this weekend as you burn some calories off?

  1. Good luck!
    My music is as mixed but I stick to the higher tempo to keep me moving, but then I do run a lot less miles!
    I’m adding ‘happy’ to my marathon playlist and I’m hooked on ‘uninvited’ by the freemasons.

    • I might well consider ‘happy’ I tend to prefer the higher tempo stuff but it depends on which bit you focus on. I love Franz Ferdinand’s Take me out when I need to gear up. Or Does you momma know from ABBA when I need to sprint

  2. I know you love show tunes and I share your affection for Scott Pilgrim so there aren’t too many surprises on this list. I don’t have any favourite running tunes but I do like a bit of camp Disco in my spinning classes, ‘I feel love’ by Donna Summer is a must for a hill climb. Disco beats and exercise clearly go together.

    • You should add the ‘Everything is Awesome’ song to your exercise list. It makes me happy

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