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Your favorite running songs

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  April 11, 2013 06:00 AM

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ipod22.jpgMusic and running have long been a perfect match. While many races ban the use of headphones during the event, wearing them on training runs can make pounding out the miles a little easier.

Running lists are personal. They can be embarrassing. As a guy I'm not usually comfortable telling the world I rock out to Katy Perry, but for the purpose of this exercise myself, my boss, and some of my friends agreed to reveal our musical preferences. Look at our lists, then submit your own favorite running songs for other Boston.com readers and for posterity.

-- Gary Dzen:

Stay, Dave Matthews Band
We Found Love, Rihanna
All of the Lights, Kanye West
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Michael Jackson
Forever, Chris Brown
Ants Marching, Dave Matthews Band
Flake, Jack Johnson
Empire State of Mind, Jay Z
Seven, Dave Matthews Band
Big Country, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

-- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor:

For Those About to Rock, AC/DC
Ride the Lightning, Metallica
Shoot to Thrill, AC/DC
Little Dreamer, Van Halen
In God's Country, U2
Sweet Emotion, Aerosmith
Don't Stop Believing, Journey
Disco Inferno, The Trammps
Green Grass and High Tides, Outlaws
Run to the Hills, Iron Maiden

dinardoplaylist.jpg-- A late addition, Bennie DiNardo, deputy managing editor for multimedia here at the Globe, was particularly proud of his list. He says his list was, " Scientifically selected so that every song is in the range of 75 to 85 beats per minute to keep the old man on pace. Many live versions of classic songs that have a little extra juice to them." Click on the thumbnail to the right to see this beauty.

The following are lists from some of my hardcore running friends:

-- Ann:

Sexy Back, Justin Timberlake
Love Sex Magic, Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake
Living on a Prayer and You Give Love a Bad Name, Bon Jovi
Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga
Raise Your Glass, Pink
I Like It, Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull

-- Amy:

Elevator, Flo Rida
LoveStoned, Justin Timberlake
The New Workout Plan, Kanye West
Skew It on the Bar-B, OutKast
Rapper's Delight, Sugar Hill Gang
Nasty Girl, Notorious B.I.G. ft. Nelly and Jagged Edge
No One, Alicia Keys
Manwomanboogie, Q-Tip
Gold Watch, Lupe Fiasco

-- Kevin (says he likes to run to songs with a steady bpm):

Gamma Ray, Beck
Alec Eiffel, Pixies
The Rat, The Walkmen
It's Alright for You, Police
Rearviewmirror, Pearl Jam
Rise or Fall, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Heart is a Beating Drum, Kills
Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine, White Stripes
Surf Wax America, Weezer
Smiley Face, Gnarls Barkley
Do You Feel Loved?/Even Better Than the Real Thing, U2
Just Like Heaven, Cure

-- Courtney:

Any LCD Soundsystem (for long runs)
Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins (for serious)
This Is Radio Clash, The Clash
Any and all Van Halen from the David Lee Roth era, especially Hot For Teacher, Runnin With The Devil, or I'm The One
Train Kept A Rollin or Back In The Saddle, Aerosmith
Disparate Youth, Santigold

-- Tania:

Lose It, Eminem
Britney Spears (an embarassing amount)
Songs from the Run Lola Run soundtrack.
Florence + the Machine,
El Camino, Lonely Boy,
Flo-Rida (also am embarrassing amount),
For Nancy, Pete Yorn
Paper Planes, MIA
Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen
Thrift Shop, and Flower (Moby)

-- Danielle:

The Race Is On, Sawyer Brown
Fastest Girl in Town, Miranda Lambert
Wild Ones, Flo Rida
Try, Pink
Thrift Shop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Can't Hold Us, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Cowboy Casanova, Carrie Underwood
Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen (yes, still!)
Beer Money, Kip Moore
Part of Me, Katy Perry
Defying Gravity -- Wicked Soundtrack (cheesy, yes, but it really pushes me through that last section of stairs, to the finish line, etc.)

-- Even elite runners like Shalane Flanagan like to rock out to some hot jams. In an interview with Pepin, Flanagan said she listens to music on some of her runs.

"I have a good group of training partners, which is ideal, but if I do have some solo runs, like I'm about to go on, I have a little shuffle and I definitely jam and bop down the road," said Flanagan. "It's definitely motivating when I don't have chit-chat with my girlfriends.

"I have a wide range on my nano, everything from like country to some pop to some rock. It's a good mix. I'm a Maroon 5 fan, Mumford & Sons, Alicia Keys, Madonna, every once in a while I'll put some old school on, like Britney Spears."

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