ms. fresh fish

Running Playlists

This page is dedicated to all of those who seek musical inspiration to reach their goals. I’ve now run two half-marathons in the last year and while I had hoped to train for my third – the National Capital Marathon in Ottawa, May 2007, given all of my travel in the months preceding the race, I had to settle for doing the 10K instead. While no strict set of songs is going to get you through an entire training regimen, I personally am excited to mix it up a bit with recommendations from other runners.

I couldn’t help feeling a little exposed writing these out, because goodness knows one’s musical “taste” is always up for judgment. I promise, and hope you will too, not to judge someone for songs they recommend and instead, will take the opportunity to get to know them a bit better. Hey, the way I see it, if I can learn to like Dolly Parton, what else am I missing? 

May 2007 Ottawa National Capital 10KM Race Playlist:

  • I Am The Resurrection, Stone Roses (this song was such an unbelievable start-up, I had to play it twice) 

  • Creepin’ In, Norah Jones & Dolly Parton 

  • Freedom ’90, George Michael 

  • Violet, Hole

  • Believe, Franka Polente (Run Lola Run Soundtrack)

  • Mr. Brightside, The Killers

  • Miss World, Hole

  • Common People, Pulp

  • I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor, Arctic Monkeys

  • Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson

  • Shimmer, Shawn Mullins (Sundance Film Festival Version)

  • No Heaven, DJ Champion

  • Cry me a River, Justin Timberlake (remember, no judging…)

  • Crazy, Gnarls Barkley

  • 2006 Niagara Falls Half-Marathon Training Playlist:

  • Bright Side of the Road, Van Morrison

  • Love and Peace or Else, U2

  • Sunday Bloody Sunday, U2

  • Build Me Up Buttercup, The Temptations

  • Last Nite, The Strokes

  • I Am The Resurrection, Stone Roses (this song RULES.)

  • Spice Up Your Life, Spice Grrls (I can’t believe I just admitted to that)

  • She’s Electric, Oasis

  • Creepin’ In, Norah Jones & Dolly Parton

  • It’s My Life, Gwen Stefani

  • Gold Digger, Kanye West

  • Rock Your Body, Justin Timberlake

  • Sweet Child of Mine, Guns N’ Roses

  • Freedom ’90, George Michael

  • Better Version of Me, Fiona Apple

  • Lose Yourself, Eminem

  • Suspicious Minds, Elvis

  • Love Child, Diana Ross & The Supremes

  • Fortunate Son, CCR

  • Beautiful, Christina Aguilera

  • Back To You, Bryan Adams

  • Jealous Again, Black Crowes

  • Thunderstruck, AC/DC

Current Training:

  • Violet, Hole

  • La Vie Bohème, Rent Soundtrack

  • Used to Love Her, Guns N’ Roses

  • Bad Habit, Offspring

  • Mr. Brightside, The Killers

  • Miss World, Hole

  • Sabotage, Beastie Boys

  • Love Child, Diana Ross & The Supremes

  • Somebody Told Me, The Killers

  • Dreaming of You, The Coral

  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl, Jet

  • Rasputin, Boney M.

  • Keep On, DJ Champion

Some days, I need a slower playlist:

  • Solsbury Hill, Peter Gabriel

  • Travellin’ Thru, Dolly Parton

  • The Long Way Around, Dixie Chicks

  • California Stars, Billy Bragg & Wilco

  • Lodestar, Sarah Harmer

  • The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan

  • Love Street, The Doors

  • When Doves Cry, Prince and the Revolution

  • Surrounded, Chantal Kreviazuk

  • Hand In My Pocket, Alanis Morissette

  • Things Are Gonna Get Easier, Five Stair Steps

  • Natural Woman, Aretha Franklin

  • What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye

  • Oh Very Young, Cat Stevens

  • Ode To My Family, The Cranberries

  • Almost, Sarah Harmer

Other Lori:

  • Believe, Run Lola Run Soundtrack

  • Maneater, Nelly Furtado

  • What’s My Age Again, Blink 182

  • Girl at the Rock Show, Blink 182

  • What a Wonderful World, The Ramones

  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Dial Drunk, Plain White T’s

  • I Wanna Be Sedated, The Ramones

  • Eight Easy Steps, Alanis Morissette

  • Boten Anna, Basshunter

  • Nuro Shava, Hara

  • Maria, Scooter

  • Denial, Lizband

  • It’s My Life, Gwen Stefani

  • Faith, George Michael

  • Kickstart My Heart, Motley Crue

  • Hit That, The Offspring

  • Baba O’Riley, The Who

Suggestion for cool down: The Weight, The Band 

Ryan McCarville’s (cheating) proposition


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oh my god! these are great! I have to give some of the a try (I’ll even give Boney M a try!!!)

gotta run…

Comment by lolablue

Thank you so much for the welcome. As I’ve mentioned before, this blog (Electronic Village), has been a bright spot in my existence here on the Blogosphere. I look forward to our continued interaction. More spyicficalle, I look forward to us collectively making a difference.

Comment by Tommy

Ok, I have a few additions (not that my iPod is working)…

Summer of 69, Bryan Adams
Talk Dirty to Me, Poison
Paradise Ciry, G n’ R
Pour Some Sugar on Me, Def Leppard
Crazy, Gnarls Barkley
Shook Me All Night Long, ACDC
Manic Monday, The Bangles
Tight Fittin’ Jeans, Conway Twitty (don’t judge me…)
Miss World, Hole
Awful, Hole
Pop Goes the World, Men Without Hats
She, Green Day
Dreams, Van Halen
Almost Golden, Courtney Love

Comment by lolablue

K, I have a lot of songs in common with both of you. Guess I should send mine in soon.

Comment by Joanne

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Lori – excellent initiative! It’s so easy for the playlists to get stale, especially when you’re training a lot…and a few new songs can really help to shake things up. My current faves (old and new) are Last Nite by the Strokes, Rough Gem by island (plus, they’re from Mtl…), Rebellion by the Arcade Fire, Gore Veil by the Deadly Snakes and Dear Confessor by Immaculate Machine. But for a cheater list like Ryan’s, I found a few good tips at bluelines . Happy running!

Comment by kails

I have a few cheeky suggestions that help me run with extra effot!

Always on the Run – Lenny Kravitz
Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
Elevation – U2
Bodyrock – Moby
Get on the Good Foot – James Brown
Work It! – Missy Elliot
Just What I Needed – The Cars
Sufragette City – David Bowie
Toxic – Britney Spears
Living Loving Maid – Led Zeppelin
Rocks – Primal Scream
Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake
Bad Reputation – Joan Jett
B.O.B – Outkast (perfect when you want to go FAST!)

Comment by Kat

Shipping off to Boston- Dropkick Murphy’s
I run for life- Mellisa Ethridge
The wind blows- All American Rejects
Knock You Down- Keri Hilson

just some more!

Comment by Megan

Here’s what get me going during long runs, to name a few:
1) Livin La Vida Loca–Ricky Martin
2) Friday I’m In Love–The Cure
3) You Gotta Be–Des’ree
4) Invincible–Pat Benatar
5) Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough–Michael Jackson
6) Feelin’ All Right–Joe Cocker
7) Yellow–Coldplay

Comment by KK

Some new ones –

Dixie Chicks: Not Ready to Make Nice
Mary J. Blige + Bono: One
Melissa Etheridge: Piece of my Heart
Just Like a Pill: Pink
So What: Pink

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