Run, dance

I’ve recently been getting into my running again for some cardio and rediscovered a fair few great running songs. My top running songs of the moment are the ones that push me harder, make me run faster. I’d love to hear what you think – and listen to.

One of my all-time favourites is Eminem’s Lose Yourself. It starts slow but both lyrics and rhythm keep pushing me to run harder once I’ve gotten into it and found my pace. It makes me enjoy every step and be motivated long after my run is over. Great lyrics. I find it almost meditative running to Eminem’s rap.

A fairly mellow track that still drives me and sometimes makes me sing out loud while running is Snow (Hey Oh) by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They’ve got lots of great songs but that particularly one is fab for running.

Smiley Faces by Gnarls Barkley is great for keeping my pace up and – as the song suggests – puts a smile on my face. There’s simply no way I can run to this track and be unhappy. The video is also worth watching… Who is Gnarls Barkley? Does he exist?

And a really recent addition from a great album The E.N.D. is Rock That Body. The Black Eyed Peas have done it again – created a whole album full of goodness… for dancing, running and bopping along. And thankfully their latest album is totally different from the ones before. It’s a great reinvention of their style. If you see me running past with a slightly silly smile on my lips, it’s ’cause I’m rocking that body right – to the music. And how good’s the video?!

I leave you with a lesser-known song from Swedish band The Cardigans (of Lovefool fame). I love their singer’s voice, the lyrics, the chorus and beat. From Sweden with love, here’s the ¬†YouTube video.

What makes you get up and go?

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