running to the beat

November 22, 2011

Most of the time, I run solo. While I would much rather always have a running buddy, it’s not always the way it turns out — unless you count Charlie, but in that case, I have to watch our because he has tripped me one too many times.

When I do run solo, I need music for my long runs. I rarely run with music when I run 3-4 miles, but anything longer than that and I need a beat to run to!

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My current playlist looks like this:

Move — Mercy Me

The One That Got Away — Katy Perry

Moves Like Jagger — Maroon 5

Last Friday Night (Glee Version) — Glee Cast

Good Feeling — Flo Rida

Mr. Saxobeat — Alexandra Stan

We Found Love — Rihanna

Sexy and I Know It — LMFAO

Mean — Taylor Swift

Stereo Hearts — Gym Class Heroes

Super Bass — Nicki Minaj

Jesus Saves — Jeremy Camp

Born This Way — Lady GaGa

Mine — Taylor Swift

Dirty Dancer – Enrique Iglesias, Usher

I Lift My Hands — Chris Tomlin

Baby — Justin Beiber

Break Your Heart — Taio Cruz

Better Than Revenge — Taylor Swift

Raise Your Glass — Pink

Party Rock Anthem — LMFAO

Fairly eclectic, wouldn’t you agree? I have always liked a lot of different music — and it’s a shame I can’t run well to Josh Groban or Michael Buble! I have a fairly fool proof system when it comes to downloading music. I go to the iTunes store, look at the Top 100 singles, and download the ones I like. Genius, I tell you. Or, You could use a cool running song websites like Running Music Mix or Jog Tunes.

Question: What is on your running playlist right now? How do you choose your songs?

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

Lyn @ FueledBySalad November 22, 2011 at 6:03 am

I always end up having to run alone too – my friends don’t particularly like it. But I always run without music! I can’t survive with a playlist. ><

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cleaneatingchelsey November 22, 2011 at 11:28 am

that’s interesting!

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nicole marie November 22, 2011 at 6:08 am

i don’t run for long distances anymore because my smooshie mouthed puggle prefers to walk (haha), but during those avid running days, “candyman” by christina aguilera was SO energising! i also enjoyed avril lavigne’s “girlfriend.” they were very good compliments to my running. love your playlist! x

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 22, 2011 at 6:09 am

Moves Like Jagger — Maroon 5 = I love that song and it gets in my head and it plays over and over in my head some days…and that’s ok :)

I also have 80% of the songs you have on this list on my playlist. I just made a new one about 3 weeks ago.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 22, 2011 at 11:28 am

I always look like a fool when I run to that song because I end up dancing!

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Khushboo November 22, 2011 at 6:09 am

That is so scary- our playlists are SO similar! Given your playlist, you MUST add “Where Them Girls At” by Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

I will download it tonight!

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Jess @ Jess Go Bananas November 22, 2011 at 6:09 am

I usually run alone too! Your playlist rocks! I basically listen to the same tunes with the addition of a little ke$ha and beyonce! :)

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Heather @ For the Love of Kale November 22, 2011 at 6:35 am

Love your playlist, Chelsey! “We Found Love” is my anthem right now. It’s totally inspiring to run to.

When I’m running, I tend to pick upbeat songs that make me smile and give me an extra pep in my step. I usually mix in some “climbing” songs for intervals, since I’m not running outside too much. I’m loving:
“Without You – David Guetta/Usher
“We Found Love” – Rihanna
“Rumour Has It” – Adele
“Bass Down Low” – The Cataracs
“Medicine” – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

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cleaneatingchelsey November 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

I LOOOVE We Found Love – it’s the best. I’ll have to add some of those songs to my list!

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 22, 2011 at 6:40 am

I run in the country and have promised the husband and mother that I won’t run with music because I can’t hear a truck coming down the road- they think I’ll get hit or something. So, better safe than sorry. I listen to birdies chirping and my feet hitting the dirt road.
I do love your playlist though! There are some really great ones on there!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

I totally agree – no earphones for you! When I have to run on the street, the earbuds come out!

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake November 22, 2011 at 7:01 am

I do the same thing… look on iTunes top 100 & chances are, that’s where the music I like is!

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 22, 2011 at 7:15 am

Haha I have a lot of the same songs, and that’s how I find songs too! Thank goodness for iTunes…

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 22, 2011 at 7:19 am

Love your playlist! I need to revamp mine ASAP!!!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 22, 2011 at 7:25 am

Great minds think alike! I just posted some of the techno songs I run to. I love your playlist!! Mine needs a major makeover haha.

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chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files November 22, 2011 at 7:33 am

The Rumor Has It Mash up from Glee! Best running song ever, I also love to run to Raise Your Glass by Pink
Any song that is upbeat and I can sing along to so I forget that I’m running!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

Oh I definitely have to download that other glee one now!!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 22, 2011 at 7:35 am

Great playlist! Moves Like Jagger is my favourite workout song right now! I’m also loving “Don’t Wanna Go Home” by Jason Derulo and “Tonight” by Enrique.

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

I need music to run any distance – it just makes the time go so much faster! I like all of the LMFAO songs – great beats for running.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 22, 2011 at 8:23 am

Great playlist!! Love anything by Glee lately! Hahah :D

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Morgan @ Becoming Rooks November 22, 2011 at 8:25 am

I have a lot of Taylor Swift on my running mix, too! I’ll be adding Christmas music soon, I expect. Anything that puts me in a good mood is good running music for me!

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Lindsay @ biking before bed November 22, 2011 at 8:27 am

I actually try to avoid downloading top 40 hits because I get sick of listening to them o the radio. If I want popular music I will use pandora. Otherwise I like weird older pop and punk that I liked in high school and college. Blink 182 is still a favorite:)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

haha I love it!

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed November 22, 2011 at 8:33 am

I may or may not be running to Christmas music already. It’s possible.

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Kristy November 22, 2011 at 8:34 am

Love the playlist! LOVE Moves Like Jagger and just about anything by Maroon 5, big fan of Mercy Me and LMFAO certainly gets me moving!

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Jenny November 22, 2011 at 8:41 am

For some reason I really like running to acoustic music! yes yes granted I have to be in the right set of mind, but sometimes it can be so peaceful and actually lets me think more and use running as more of a meditative activity. othertimes I just like to rock out to David Guetta :)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

I like that!

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kathleen @ the daily crumb November 22, 2011 at 8:42 am

i have my entire iTunes library on my nano and just put it on shuffle. i love when throwback songs that i had totally forgotten about come on!!

super bass is my song of the moment, though, ever since seeing the little girls do it on ellen!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

That is kind of fun! Usually though when I do that, I end up skipping through about 10921029 songs because there’s some pretty slow ones on there!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 22, 2011 at 9:39 am

I spent 2 hours making a playlist (with MANY of the same songs as this actually) for my half this past weekend and didn’t end up listening to my music at all! Go figure. I need music that is fast paced and upbeat. I’m stealing a few of these from you ;)

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 22, 2011 at 10:20 am

Love this list! You should download my friend, Cory Asbury’s Psalm 18! He’s a Christian artist from my hometown, currently leading worship at IHOP in Kansas City! All of his stuff is wonderful, but that one you can workout to!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

I’ll look him up!!

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Lisa @ Healthy Diaries November 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

This will be so helpful! I’ve been meaning to update my play list for the longest time! I’ve had the same one full of my favorite summer songs.

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katie November 22, 2011 at 11:07 am

I have such a mix of songs on my ipod! I downloaded INXS and Duran Duran songs the other day!

Happy Tuesday love! xoxo <3

Hope your sister is excited for her little girls first thanksgiving!!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

Thanks, she is! I get to take her 2 month photos tomorrow afternoon!

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Amber K November 22, 2011 at 11:11 am

Ok, why do I not have Mercy Me’s Move on my MP3 player yet? I love that song and it’s a great one to get moving!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

I love it! It’s so upbeat!

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Caitlin November 22, 2011 at 11:39 am

I love Ke$ha for working out!

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Lauren @ Forward is a Pace November 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

I have been known to dance to “Baby” while I’m running. I’m sure it’s pretty comical to everyone else who is out there.

I also love 90s pop. ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, Hanson, LFO…

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Jenn's Adventures November 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm

LOVE THE LIST!!! I *have* to run to music no matter how short =D

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles November 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I love using workout playlists as an excuse to keep and music that I’m embarrassed to enjoy on my iPod!

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Mama Pea November 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm

We have near identical taste in music. Christian Contemp, fast paced pop/RB for running & Taylor Swift :)

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nicole @ simply Nicole November 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm

i usually jam out to Pandora on my iphone during my runs.

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life November 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

VERY eclectic! I’m doing a 5K in 5 weeks running plan on my blog each week from last Thursday and last week I focused on the importance of music when I run – I can’t do without it, not even 3 or 4 miles like you (though I can’t run as far as you!) And Mr. Saxobeat is such a must on my running playlist!

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Leonor @FoodFaithFitness November 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I can’t run without music. Well….if I have to I will, I just don’t like to. I have a wide variety, from Christian to dance to techno to alternative. I am loving Rihanna’s new song.

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Angela @ MyPinkyToes November 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

For some reason I have started loving to run sans music for my long runs. Weird, I know. I think it is because my music is on my phone, and my phone is big and annoying to carry. However, I always feel like I want to run when I hear certain songs on the radio…especially ANYTHING Lady Gaga. I’m in love with her.

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Ty November 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I especially love “Get it Faster” by Jimmy Eat World, “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People, and “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine because they all talk about going faster/running and for some reason that helps me MOVE IT.

For good uptempo beats I like “Pardon Me” by Incubus, “Quiet Little Voices” by We Were Promised Jetpacks and “Straw Dog” by Something Corporate.

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Michaela November 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm

this is my playlist!!

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Kit-Kat November 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I find myself not listening to music if I run reeeeeeeeeeeealy early, because then I kinda go by how the darkness turns to light, and that keeps me occupied. However, in the day, I need music to keep me from focusing on “am I done yet?” thoughts.
I listen to lotsa Disney singer songs, pumped-up country (I’m lookin’ at you Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley!), and I would HIGHLY recommend Pirates of the Carre=ibean music (REALLY pumpy!).
Like that recomendation?

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Hilary November 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm

My playlists are always pretty ecclectic too – I may have to borrow a few ideas from yours. A few of my favorites off my current playlist are:
Beyonce – Countdown
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
Kelly Clarkson – Mr. Know it All
Blake Shelton – God Gave Me You
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know

I would never survive my cardio workouts without music (terrible, I know!)

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Michelle @ Blogitness November 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Great play list! That is definitely a list of songs I could run to!

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Kristin @ STUFT Mama November 23, 2011 at 2:08 am

I LOVE running alone. It’s therapy. :) So much better than pushing the stroller. Loving your playlist. Mine needs a serious update as the highlights right now are Kelly Clarkson and Kenny Loggins. Oops. :)

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Bryn November 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

Thank you so much for the ideas! I ran 6 miles on the treadmill last night and hated most of it because I had such crappy music. Long weekend = time to update my playlist! (ps- I’m nervous that my sentence isn’t grammatically since I’m writing to a teacher)

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Megan@eatmybeets November 23, 2011 at 8:43 am

I actually don’t listen to music when I workout unless it’s a class or it’s playing out loud at the gym. But when I did, it was a random mix of fast paced songs I like

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Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles November 24, 2011 at 3:21 am

I have tons of those songs on my playlist! There’s absolutely no way I can do cardio without upbeat beats! =D

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