Best Workout Songs
Brand New – Sowing Season (Yeah) – I don’t know if there is an argument to possibly made that this isn’t one of the best songs ever. Starts slow and kicks into a gear only possessed by supercars.
Coheed and Cambria – In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 – Epic is about the only word I can use to describe this song.
Goldfinger – Open Your Eyes – A band that typically makes bubblegum pop punk music released a really heavy track that I love running to.
The Hives – Hate to Say I Told You So – I’ve pretty sure this was an Apple iPod song back in the day. However, right around the time these guys came out, there were about 50 bands that started with “The”, so I could easily be confused.
Hot Water Music – A Flight and a Crash – I think myself and Seton from the Dan Patrick Show are the only people that give these guys the credit they deserve.
Live – I Alone – If anyone were to ask me why music was better 15-20 years ago than it is today, I would point to this song. This is your typical song that was played on the radio in the late 90s. Now, you’re stuck listening to Katy Perry and David Guetta.
Muse – Stockholm Syndrome – I literally forgot about this as a running song for a good two to three years. It’s a great one, though.
Tyler Bates – Fever Dreams – 300 Violin Orchestra gets a lot of love as a instrumental song that kinda rocks, but I prefer this Tyler Bates track from “300.”
Best Easy Running Songs
Beastie Boys – So What’Cha Want – I love old school hip hop, so it probably comes as no surprise that I’m a big Beastie Boys fan. RIP MCA…
Fitz and the Tantrums – MoneyGrabber – I can’t put my finger on exactly what old school influences this rock band reminds me of, but I quite enjoy most of their songs.
Florence + The Machine – Dogs Days Are Over – Almost all of Florence + The Machines songs have an epic feel to them. I have no trouble pounding the pavement to this one.
The High and Mighty – B-Boy Document ’99 – This song might be 14 years old, but it’s still resoates with me.
Incubus – Pardon Me – This song is at times really mellow and really aggressive (in a controlled way). Perfect for a mid-tempo run…
Macklemore – And We Danced – I was onto Macklemore before a good percentage of the billion people who’ve supported him in the past year. His music is a) really good and b) at times, ridiculously funny.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge – Another epic song. Slow start to a big build. Plus you’ve got the mental image of Anthony Keidis running at the end of the song. So there’s that…
Silverchair – Without You – A song with a huge sound from Silverchair’s forgotten album.
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know – Crazy catchy guitar riff.
The xx – Intro – This song should be in movie trailers, featured on episodes of Law & Order knockoff shows… just everywhere!
Best Steady State Songs
The Airborne Toxic Event – Does This Mean You’re Moving On – A pretty straight forward rock(ish) song from TATE’s first album.
Anberlin – The Feel Good Drag – I don’t get sick of running to this song even though it’s been out for a hot minute now…
Billy Talent – Try Honestly – I find this guy’s voice a little grating normally, but this song just seems to work for me.
The Bravery – Fearless – It’s a bummer that these guys have seemingly disappeared as I liked their dance rock. Dance rock is always good to run to…
Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It) – An oldie but goodie. I find the Deftones to be a real hit or miss band, but for me, this is their biggest “hit.”
E.S. Posthumus – Pompeii – Hard not to get sucked into this epic feeling track by a band with three album full of epic tracks.
El-P – Request Denied – El-P used to make goofy rap that I kinda found a little unappealing yet strangely liked. His new album is a big step in the right direction as far as I’m concerned, though.
Foo Fighters – My Hero – Probably the most commercial rock sounding of all the Foo Fighter songs, I still can throw this on a running playlist and enjoy even if this song reminds me of the rock equivalent of Mariah Carey’s “Hero.”
Ice Cube – Wicked – He may have made a lot of money appearing in Barbershop and Coors Light ads, but old school Ice Cube is how I’ll always choose to remember him.
La Roux – Bulletproof – Pretty poppy, but still somehow likable.
Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds – Another upbeat song by a band I used to think was crazy…
Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train – A classic rock song that still makes for a good running tune…
P.O.S. – Half Cocked Concepts – Before he started experimenting with combining elements of electronica and hip hop, P.O.S. did the rap/rock thing better than anyone who’d come before (or has come around since).
The Prodigy – Voodoo People – This song might be about 20 years old, but it still gets me going.
The Rapture – Whoo! Alright – Yeah… Uh Huh – One of my favorite dance rock songs of all-time by hands-down my favorite dance rock band (not named Bloc Party) of all-time.
Rise Against – Prayer of the Refugee – I actually like the live version of this song because it’s about 20% faster (which is really, really, REALLY fast).
Sum 41 – Still Waiting – From their third album, this song rocks a little harder than the tracks that came before it.
Taking Back Sunday – Cute Without the “E” (Cut From the Team) – True story… I got into this band because they had a song with the word “Timberwolves” in the title. Sure glad I did, though…
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition – For a mellow song, this song – with it’s Edge sounding echo/hypnotic guitar sounds – is a fantastic song for the start of any running playlist.
Thursday – Understanding in a Car Crash – OK, this is probably a little hard for some. It’s strangely a mix of melodic and screamy yet completely depressing music.
U2 – Elevation (Live from Milan) – A song that is much better live than on the record. Much better energy.
Wu-Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck – My daughter has listened to this song about 500 times… probably since it’s the only hip hop song sans swear words that I had on my phone for the first two years of her existence.