Monday, November 10, 2008

Genius My Ass

A little over a year ago, I went from never listening to music while running to almost always doing so. (Thanks again, E! Did you know my ipod survived even an epic soaking in a thunderstorm?) (Also, the pants fit, and belated thanks for those ...)

My problem: I don't have enough songs. Turns out, my favorite music is not my favorite running music. For running, I need:
  • A driving beat
  • Lyrics -- I can't run to the podrunner music, for instance -- but the lyrics must be interesting or funny, unless the beat is REALLY good
  • A certain je ne sais quoi -- and therein lies the problem
So it was with great excitement that I tried out the Itunes Genius feature. Finally! A way to locate songs that are like the songs I like but that I never heard of!

Some middle of the night insomniac hours later, I have come up with exactly one new song.

So I need suggestions from the real geniuses out there: you guys. Here's a snapshot of a few of my current running favorites:

Help me out here, people. What am I missing?

72 comments:

Sue said...

I see you have some Cake in there - I think anything from Fashion Nugget or Prolonging the Magic would fit your criteria. Perhaps certain Smashing Pumpkins tracks (bullet with butterfly wings, etc). I used to like working out to Black Eyed Peas before they were completely overplayed.

I seem to be on a food theme here. Okay, have you ever heard Ozomotli? Try them!

Ev said...

OK Doc Ma, this is a question/comment, sorry. I couldn't find your email b/c I am retarded. I have been running 2-4 days/week now partly b/c of your blog. Thank you, thank you. I have got the shoes, the wear, the socks, the ipod, and now some questions:

1) what do you think of interval training, the walk-jog-run deal. Does it really burn more calories? Is it better/worse than my usual sloooow jog.

2) I was reading a running FAQ site and the "expert" recommended speed walking for people who run slower than a 10min/mile. He said that jogging can cause more injuries, so if you are "running" that slowly anyways, you'll burn more calories/be more safe by walking briskly. I can barely do a 11 min/mile but have been jogging nonetheless. Do you dis/agree? I would love to hear your take on both my questions from another doctor's perspective. Thanks for your time and wisdom!

P.S. some of the 90s boy band songs are great for running. The Backstreet boys', "I want it that way" has the perfect beat/drone. I totally hate them otherwise.

Anonymous said...

try out Pandora.com and see what they suggest that goes along with what you already like!

tinshee said...

Ahhh! Short Skirt Long Jacket is my favorite!!! I'm not doing great with the running yet, but when I do I find I really like when "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" (Big and Rich) and "Girlfriend" (Avril Lavigne) come up on my ipod. :)

tinshee said...

...Oh! And "Here It Goes Again" by OK GO.

Artemis said...

Ally and AJ "Break Up Song" has a great fast beat and always perks up a run; same with Rhianna "Pon de Replay". I won't listen to these voluntarily unless I've got my running shoes on...

Apple has a site where you can find remixes of songs set to a certain beat - 150 bpm, etc. I can't stand listening to most of them, so haven't spent the money, but you can preview them and decide if the pace is what you're looking for.
A

Anonymous said...

This is what I run to:

"She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals

"Come on Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Ramblers

"Beyond Belief" by Elvis Costello and The Attractions

"Hey Ya" by OutKast

"Stutter" by Elastica

"Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats

"Heart of Glass" by Blondie

"Underdog" by Spoon

"Don't Try Suicide" by Queen

"When You Were Mine" by Prince

"But Anyway" by Blues Traveler

"Rehab" by Amy Winehouse

"You Spin Me Round" by Dead or Alive

"Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash

"U Can't Touch This" by M.C. Hammer

"Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes

-victoria

Binkytown said...

Try Ray of Light by Madonna or Please don't stop the music by Rhianna..

Leslie said...

Hmm...

"No Key, No Plan" Okkervil River
"My Blue Heaven" The Pogues
"Good Work" BoDeans
"She Moves in Her Own Way" The Kooks
"Turning of the Tide" Bob Mould covering Richard Thompson

I could go on for hours... these are just a few that work well for me.

electriclady said...

If you're going to go the embarrassing '90s boy bands route, I'd recommend "Larger Than Life" over "I Want it That Way" from BSB, and lots of 'Nsync songs, like "Bye Bye Bye" have good running/workout beats.

(covering face in shame)

Michelle said...

Here is my running playlist. I shuffle it to mix up the artists a little. I too would love to find some more songs like these.

Dreaming by Blondie

Union City Blue by Blondie

I've Been To Memphis by Lyle Lovett

Heroes And Villains by Brian Wilson

Girl Of My Dreams by Bram Tchaikovsky

Ever Fallen In Love? by Buzzcocks

Back Of My Hand (I've Got Your Number) by The Jags

Hearts In Her Eyes by The Searchers

One Week by Barenaked Ladies

No Rain by Blind Melon

Kiss Me, I'm Shitfaced by Dropkick Murphys

Walk Away by Dropkick Murphys

What I Wouldn't Do by Old 97's

Who Needs Sleep? by Barenaked Ladies

Alex Chilton by The Replacements

I'll Be You by The Replacements

Can't Hardly Wait by The Replacements

Oliver's Army by Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Shabby Doll by Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Accidents Will Happen by Elvis Costello & The Attractions

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Underst... by Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Kodachrome by Paul Simon

You're The Wish You Are I Had by XTC

Death or Glory by The Clash

Clampdown by The Clash

Spanish Bombs by The Clash

Bonzo Goes To Bitburg by The Ramones

Rockaway Beach by The Ramones

Sheena Is A Punk Rocker by The Ramones

The KKK Took My Baby Away by The Ramones

Howling At The Moon (Sha-La-La) by The Ramones

Little Mascara by The Replacements

Hold My Life by The Replacements

Starry Eyes by The Records

Tessie by Dropkick Murphys

jt said...

I like to run to several songs off of the first album by Panic At The Disco.

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Beth said...

I love Michelle's list!

My iPod is filled with filthy West Coast rap, which I didn't see represented in your current list, so I'll leave those off.

Australia by the Shins
The Passenger by Iggy Pop
Float On by Modest Mouse
The View by Modest Mouse
Cheated Hearts by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Killer Queen by Queen

Anonymous said...

I see several songs on your running list that are also on mine, so maybe our tastes are similar.

These rather cheesy oldies work for me.
"7" by prince
"Southern Cross" Cros/Nash/Young
"running blood" Michael Martin Murphy
"I Got a Man"
"Now that we've found love" by Heavy D
"one good woman" by peter cetera
"That's the way it is" Celine Dion

Annie said...

in no particular order:

the kills - cheap and cheerful
new order - blue monday
rachel yamagata - sidedish friend
duran duran - girls on film
the pierces - kill kill kill
nada surf - always love
kate nash - foundations
the raconteurs - steady as she goes
kirsty maccoll - in these shoes?
juliana hatfield - this lonely love
propellerheads and shirley bassey - history repeating
the killers - mr. brightside
the decembrists - the perfect crime
arcade fire - no cars go
little jackie - 28 butts
blur - girls and boys
ce'cile - rude bwoy thug life
christina aguilera - candyman
belly - now they'll sleep
daddy yankee - lo que paso, paso
missy higgins - peachy
robyn - konichiwa b****s
the ting tings - that's not my name, great dj
replacements - androgynous, waitress in the sky
fleshtones - right side of a good thing
peter bjorn and john - young folks
sebadoh - ocean
shakira - las de la intuicion
ska cubano - big bamboo
girls aloud - can't speak french
the waterboys - when will we be married
wham - wake me up


on another topic overall - I just started (as in, bought sneakers on saturday) running, doing couch to 5 k thing. Since May 1, I have lost 78 lbs, and have another 120 to go. I want to thank you for emphasizing over and over again that running is not reserved for the already fit, or even for the almost fit, and for the reminders to go slow. without that, I'm not sure I would've bought the sneakers, much less put them on for 3 days in a row.

Anonymous said...

Bust a Move puts me in mind of a few other favorites from the era

Principal's Office (also Young MC)
Funky Cold Medina (Tone Loc)
Let Your Backbone Slide (Maestro Fresh Wes)

I've had running buddies for the past several months, a little running club a few of us have started, so I haven't thought of this in awhile!

Carrie said...

Weezer!!! Good beats, funny lyrics. Pretty much all of their songs.

Cake is also great. The Killers are good for running as well.

SAM-I-am said...

I can't believe Lucinda Williams has something to run to!

There's also a great deal of overlap with my playlist, so I'll leave you some of mine, lots of pop.

Britney Spears - Oops, I did it again! I know it's cheesy and I'm too old to have ever listened to her, but I love Brit when jogging.
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
Pink - Leave Me Alone (lots of P!nk)
White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is
White Stripes - Icky Thump
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Hump De Bump
Kelly Clarkson - Miss Independent
Christina Aguilera - Fighter
Mary J. Blige - Family Affair
Maroon 5 - Wake Up Call
Nickelback - Rock Star
Carole King - I Feel the Earth Move
Fergie - Glamorous
David Byrne - U.B. Jesus
Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
Dire Straits - Money for Nothing
Lenny Kravitz - Lady
Warren Zevon - Boom Boom Mancini
Green Day - Holiday (lots off American Idiot)
Supertramp - Breakfast in America
Kerosene - Miranda Lambert
Nirvana - Come As You Are
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - One (Hu)'man One Vote; Dela; Cruel Crazy Beautifiul World
The Beatles - Get Back

Thanks for the additions to my playlist!

Marin said...

I don't know if this list will date me as a "young person" and therefore worthy of sarcasm, but:
Disturbia by Rhianna
I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
Hot & Cold by Katy Perry
Artists: Panic at the Disco, Dropkick Murphys, Modest Mouse, Gym Class Heroes, Pink, and now I cannot think of any more. Am also too lazy to get up and get my iPod to see what else I have.

~Ashley said...

If you can handle them...
I'd say that the Rolling Stones have a decent beat with lyrics you can think about--- Gimme Shelter, Paint it Black, or Get Off of My Cloud

Creedence Clearwater--Fortunate Son or Centerfield

(ashamed to say it....) Britney Spears-- Toxic

Kanye West-- Gold Digger or Jesus Walks

Destiny's Child-- Check up on it

Vic said...

I don't listen to music anymore while running; however, I do put on the mp3 player while swimming. Here a few selections from my latest play list:

Life is a Highway - tom Cochrane
Mercy - Duffy (damn, she's good)
Get Over It - The Eagles

Cool Down I like to use Jesse Cook.

Anonymous said...

Try some Vampire Weekend - its my current feel good/motivation music

Anonymous said...

I just had to say that I'm obviously a dork, because other that the old school stuff, I don't even recogize the artists.
Becky

bryan torre said...

besides the excellent stuff already mentioned (now i gotta go download a bunch of new music), i like to run to

Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine (warmup song)
Thalia - Amar Sin Ser Amada
Dire Straits - Twistin by the Pool
Shakira - Tango
The Knack - My Sharona
Thalia - A Quien Le Importa?
Pussycat Dolls - Sway
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever
Juanes - La Paga
Shakira - La Tortura
Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple
Mana' - El Rey Tiburon
Jo Dee Messina - I'm All Right
Mana' - Mar y Arena
Madonna - La Isla Bonita
Beethoven's 5th (yeah, I'm serious)
Dire Straits - Walk of Life
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues

And yeah, it's a lot of spanish, so if lyrics are important and you dont' speak spanish, maybe not that great for you, but they've got great beats. When I've got Juanes cranking out La Paga I can run forever...

Anonymous said...

i listen to
ac/dc
loverboy
queen
eagles
38 special
rocky sound track
some beethoven (9th & 5th)
individual songs:
footloose
i run for life
i will survive
another brick in the wall
you shook me all night long
red red wine...
abracadabra
angel in the centerfold

yeah, i am a 80's maggot!!HAHA HTH. Love your brazillian post!!

Eve said...

Okay, so my list is heavy with cheese, but it works for me:

Motley Crue - Kickstart my Heart
Poison - Talk Dirty to Me
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult - Sex on Wheelz
Prince - Sexy Motherf*&^$*
Georgia Satellites - Hippy Hippy Shake
Fabulous Thunderbirds - All Shook Up
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancing
Lou Bega - Mambo Number 5
Nine Inch Nails - Head like a Hole, Hand that Feeds
MC Hammer - Can't Touch This This
Sir Mix-a-Lot - Baby Got Back
The Wiseguys - Start the Commotion
Brian Seltzer - Jump, Jive and Wail
Ram Jam - Black Betty
Stone Temple Pilots - Sex Type Thing

etc...

I think I have over 100 songs, so if you want more I got them!

magicdrgn said...

Be My Lover - La Bouche

Mary said...

I'm a walker, not a runner, and my ipod is filled with electronic dance music - I just go for the compilations from Ministry of Sound, Cream or Gatecrasher (all UK club labels). can't listen to them at home or in the car, but they are PERFECT for the gym or walking or running!

Lisa said...

Rock Me Tonight- Billy Squier
No Rain- Blind Melon
Rainbow in the Dark- Dio
Do Ya- ELO
Sweet Child of Mine- Guns N Roses
Flagpole Sitta- Harvey Danger
Express Yourself- Madonna
In My House- Mary Jane Girls
Right Back Where We Started From- Maxine Nightingale
Spiderwebs- No Doubt
I can't Wait- Nu Shooz
Even Flow- Pearl Jam
Shiny Happy People- REM
Beast of Burden- Rolling Stones
1979- Smashing Pumpkins
Burning DOwn the House- Talking Heads
Never Let You Go- Third Eye Blind
Life is a Highway- Tom Petty
ACDC- Have a Drink on Me
Only the Good Die Young- Billy Joel
Cannon Ball- Breeders
After the Fire- Der Kommissar
Mamma's Got a Squeezebox- Dr. Hook
Kryptonite- 3 Doors Down

I hope this helps.

Dr. Wannabe said...

At the risk of being totally humiliated, may I suggest:

Britney Spears - Womanizer
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Rhianna - Please Don't Stop the Music
- Dysturbia
Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster Stronger
- Technologic
Metro Station - Shake It

Yes, I like pop music too much.

Ariella said...

I would definitely check out the Format. Poppy beats, funny/interesting lyrics - can't beat it.

Patti said...

Here's my jogging playlist:

Soldier Boy
Like a Feather- Nikka Costa
Sinnerman Mix- Nina Simone
Crazy- Gnarls Barkley
No One- Alicia Keys
Wake Up Call- Maroon 5
Burn the Witch- Queens of the Stone Age
Such a Night- Elvis Presley
Maneater- Nelly Furtado
Country Roads- Hermes House Band (House remix of the John Denver classic)
Fat Bottomed Girls- Queen (this comes at a crucial time in my jog, it's more an anthem)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap- AC/DC
Icky Thump- White Stripes
Me & Julio Down By the School Yard- Paul Simon
Jesus Walks- Kanye West
ABC- The Jackson 5

Patti said...

I just my playlist, but I can't believe I forgot the best group to come along in years:

The Killers.

The album Hot Fuss has several songs that are great to jog to: "All these Things that I've Done", "Somebody Told Me", "Mr. Brightside", "Change your mind".

The album Sams Town has my current fav: "Read My Mind". This is a fantastic song to jog to.

Good luck!

Blue said...

I second the Pandora.com suggestion. I've discovered many new artists and songs that I'd otherwise never have encountered. You "seed" a station with song(s) or artist(s) you like, and then it populates it with additional songs with similar qualities. You can fine tune the sound by giving each song a thumbs up or down. It's an amazing tool.

speaking of running. I was doing really well till last month. i had been doing the MaggotTraining program successfully when someone convinced me to sign up for a 1/2 marathon. so i started training a bit more seriously for that, and was doing well. I'd gotten up to 8 miles of running with no pain, no shortness of breath, my heart was strong and I felt really good. I couldn't believe it was really going to work! ME! The Ultimate Sloth. Running!

But 2 weeks before the race, I started having pain in my knee. It was horrible, so i took a break from training. My DH concluded that it was ITB Syndrome. I was hoping that with the break, I'd heal enough that I could run about 4 miles before i had to take a break and walk. But the day of the race I couldn't run a step. I ended up speed walking the whole 13.1 miles in 2.5 hours, every step was painful. Since then I've been a complete sloth...but am trying to get myself back in the saddle with exercising since my jeans that fit a few months ago won't even go up my legs now. Holyschneikey!

So that's the latest. THanks for the motivation and also the running tunes post!

jenny in berkeley said...

Def. check out Pandora... based on your list I'd suggest Santogold, and maybe the Clash (Rudy Can't Fail, Spanish Bombs, Rock the Casbah) and perhaps the Specials.

I might just recommend the whole Grosse Point Blank soundtrack as well - both volumes!

Anonymous said...

thank you dr mama - i'm also one of your maggots who has never felt stronger or more fit. without your posts i never would have believed that i could be a runner. so thanks a million.

george michael's "freedom". loved that video and song back in the day and it has the added benefit of being about 5 minutes long.

"hot blooded" by foreigner is a new favorite. it's proved that i can in fact strut my stuff and run at the same time. it's not pretty but it is possible and definitely fun.

jive talkin' by the bee gees and
tiny dancer by elton john have both been surprisingly well- received additions. go figure.

Laura H. said...

i know EXACTLY what you mean... but have no suggestions because i'm in the same damn boat! ack!

Anonymous said...

My faves for running: Chris Brown "Forever," Rihanna "Disturbia," Katy Perry "Hot N Cold," JT and Madonna "4 MInutes," Kanye "Stronger." Also, the soundtrack to "Music and Lyrics." Yeah, that one's a bit strange.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe nobody has mentioned one of the best running songs of all times - "Lose Yourself" by Eminem. I'm not a big rap fan, but the cadence is perfect for running to. And they lyrics are pretty inspring too.

I also like dance songs - "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga is a good one and "Shake it" by Metro Station.

Tamar

Kris said...

Billy Idol Rebel Yell
Mercy Duffy
Walk Away Kelly Clarkson
Black Horse & the Cherry Tree KT Tunstall
Express Yourself Madonna

Shake It Metro Station
You're the One That I Want Olivia Newton-John
A Little Less Conversation Elvis

Big Dave said...

Fire on High (ELO), Footloose (Loggins), and Turn the Beat Around (Estephan).

Also anything on Jock Jams, Volume One.

bisb said...

These are all mostly old school.

Chambers Brothers - Time has come today
Bruce Hornsby - Sunflower Cat
Jeff Beck - Rollin And Tumblin
Mustard Plug - Too stupid
Pennywise - Bro Hymne
Vanhalen - Hot for teacher
Yardbirds - Over, under, sideways down

Watch out for Sunflower Cat - running will degenerate into mobile, shit-eating grin dancing.

Tanja said...

Banquet by Bloc Party and Everlong by the Foo Fighters both have the perfect beat for a brisk jog...

Anonymous said...

50 Cent--If I Can't (motivational line is: If I can't do it, it can't be done)
AC/DC--Shook Me All Night Long
Bruce Springsteen--Born to Run (obviously)
Counting Crows--Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
Don Henley--All She Wants to do is Dance
James--Laid
Kid Rock--Cowboy
Mika--Big Girl You Are Beautiful
Obie Trice--Hey Lady
Rolling Stones--Honkey Tonk Woman
Soft Cell--Tainted Love
Anything by Stone Temple Pilots
The Killers--All These Things That I've Done
Tom Petty--American Girl

Teacher? Miss Two? Miss Two? Miss... said...

You'll hate me for this one, but...
Miley Cyrus-- See You Again

Also try:
Black Eyed Peas- Hands Up, Let's Get Retarded, Hey Mama, heck the first 5 songs on their Elephunk CD rock.
The Jacksons- Blame it on the Boogie
Earth Wind and Fire- Getaway
House of Pain- Jump Around (I see you like hip hop!)
Maroon 5- Shiver and Harder to Breathe
Mateo- Can't Let Her Go from his Human LP (mateonline. com- just found out itunes doesn't have it!)

Do you listen to songs in other languages? If so:

Nearly anything by Ojos de Brujo (spanish) my faves are Ventilador Rumba-80 and Na en la Nevera

Barrio Boys (spanish) Mayor Que Yo (heh heh reminds me why I'm running since the songs about men singing to an older woman)

Sami Yusef (arabic) Ya Rasulullah- excellent beat

Enjoy!

TwennyTwo dot blogspot

Not Hannah said...

Dreams by the Cranberries

Anonymous said...

Lots of great suggestions, and I can't wait to try Pandora.

May I offer up Monty Python songs - I favor The Galaxy Song, The Medical Love Song (sick, I know), and Every Sperm is Sacred. The soundtrack to Rocky Horror Picture Show always makes me grin. Gnarls Barkley also gets me moving, as do Brian Setzer and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Anonymous said...

Try checking the sountrack to Valley Girl

Anonymous said...

Jump Around - House of Pain
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Walk it out - Unk
Vertigo - U2
Wild Wild Life - Talking Heads
London Bridge - Fergie

Anonymous said...

Songs in my Ipod that always make me hoof it:

Jack Ingram - "Mustang Burn"
Tom Petty - "You Wreck Me"
The Mavericks - "Dance the Night Away"
Fred Eaglesmith - "105","Freight Train", and "Benchseat Baby"

(Can you tell I'm a big Fred fan? If you like funny lyrics that stick in your head you might check out some of his music. If you like country.)

Michelle H.

Artemisia said...

If you like running to the Proclaimers and Tub Thumping, you also need Big Country.

Spoon - Cherry Bomb and the Underdog.

I'll have to check my iPod.

Luckygirl said...

Don't have time to read all the comments, so forgive me if these are repeats. I always get a huge second wind in step aerobics when these two songs come on, so I added them to my MP3 for jogging -
You Shook Me All Night Long ~ACDC
Dancing With Myself ~Billy Idol

gina at la Matriarch said...

Wow - I have not heard of many of these people but previewed them on Amazon and nearly copied your entire list. Now I just need to find the music.

Thanks for the suggestions! I need all the help I can get!

SoCalMom said...

Love these songs:
Just Another Day - Oingo Boingo
Series of Dreams - Bob Dylan
Alone Again Or - Love
Message of Love - The Pretenders

Anonymous said...

This is the best workout/running song I have ever found.

Meatloaf - Bat Out of Hell

It starts out slow and gets faster and faster. It is also about 10 minutes long so I end my runs with it and always finish strong.

Anonymous said...

I'm an old fart (50), so my list will reflect this, but here are a few I used to love in my running days (listened to on an old-school Walkman):

Missionary Man - Eurythmics
Kiss - Prince
When Doves Cry - Prince
Loverboy - Billy Ocean (hokey, I know, but it has a great beat for the early part of the run)
Pasttime Paradise - Stevie Wonder
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Word Up - Cameo

I know I'll think of a few more ...

Anonymous said...

This crazy bellydance-music type group called Raquy and the Cavemen. Some of the music is not so fast, but the stuff that is, is FANTASTIC for running.

You rock my socks, doctormama!

Kim said...

Here's a bunch of stuff I listen to at the gym which are cool:

Steely Dan - Do it again and Reelin in the years.

Beach Boys - good vibrations

Bryan Adams - Summer of 69

Creedance Clearwater - have you ever seen rain.

M People - Search for the Hero and Movin on up

Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl

Mattafix - Big city Life

Green day - Boulevard of Broken dreams.

Plain White T's - hey there Delilah

James Blunt - You're Beutiful

Elton John - Your song and I want love

Celine Dion - The Power of Love

Joss Stone - The Chokin Kind

Sugababes - Too Lost in You

Robbie Williams - Feel, She's Madonna, Tripping

You said you are not really interested in music alone but. Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Tamacun as well as Diablo Rojo. Have good beats - fast and uplifting.

Anonymous said...

I always listen to the whole CD

Plans- Death Cab for Cutie
Tidal- Fiona Apple
When the Pawn - Fiona Apple
Stories from the City- PJ Harvey
Debut-Bjork
Post-Bjork
Our Time in Eden-10,000 Maniacs
Tigerlily- Natalie Merchant
Jimmy Eats World
The Cars
Jagged Little Pill- A Morissette

movie soundtracks
Good Will Hunting- Elliot
The Piano-Michael Nyman

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Lori said...

It seems like we have similar tastes in music so here goes: (sorry if these are repeats from previsous posters):
Mysterious Ways - U2
Wild Wild Life and Love For Sale - talking heads
Santeria -- Sublime
Seven Nation Army -- the white stripes
steady as she goes -- the raconteurs
hey say (I love you) - Spearhead (I know this is supposedly raggae, but a fun song)
crazy - gnarls barkley
Good luck!

Cadence said...

keep the car running - Arcade Fire
Summers End - Foo Fighters
Stuck Between Stations - The Hold Steady

I'm Amazed - My Morning Jacket
Mind The Gap - Soundtrack of Our Lives

Never stop running....

Anonymous said...

thought of ya this morning on my run:

"Feel Good Inc." - Gorillaz -- this one really cracks me up, b/c both my HS track coach and my bootcamp instructor loved to run behind us and yell "feels good, doesn't it!" as we're all dying on whatever mile it was. :)

"Everytime Tha Beat Drop" - Monica (if you're into hop hop)

"It feels so good" - Sonique (techno)

(When You gonna) Give It Up to Me - Sean Paul featuring Keisha Cole (hip hop)

Anonymous said...

Me again, - let's call me Kay :)

SOS remake by rihanna, nice beats...

obgyn mama said...

On a different but somewhat related note, do you ever run with your kid in a jogging stroller? If so, what kind do you use and would you recommend it? I'd appreciate anybody's input!

Anonymous said...

Are you ok? It's been a long time since we heard from you. -victoria

Anonymous said...

Are you ok? It's been a long time since we heard from you. -victoria

trancine said...

Another doctor/mama/runner here. I've been lurking, loving your blog, and agreeing w/ pretty much every little thing you write. I'm so grateful for new running music from you and all the commenters. Here are some of my favorites (though I have to admit that I run really slowly, so songs that have the perfect beat for me generally don't for real runners):
blinded by the light, manfred mann;
million miles away, plimsouls;
she goes to bed, author unkown, more, jason faulkner;
girlfriend, we're the same, more, matthew sweet;
I wanna be your lover, mountains, Prince;
september, earth, wind, fire;
smile, jayhawks;
inertia, merry go round, more, wonderstuff;
star 69, rem;
needles and pins, juliana nash;
ray, she really wants you, amee mann;
beat surrender, jam;
baba ghanooj, more, cavedogs;
one more time, dawn can't decide, big gay heart, more, lemonheads

Angela said...

I am totally blanking out on who sings this, but they always play it at races:

Eye of the Tiger

drziggles said...

Doctor Daddy here! Here's the playlist I just made for my wife to help her start running a bit (at her request...):

Race For The Prize (Remix) The Flaming Lips
Blue Orchid The White Stripes
Bye Bye Bye *NSYNC
Mirror In the Bathroom The English Beat
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Beyonce
Here It Goes Again Ok Go
Ex Lion Tamer Wire
Triple Trouble Beastie Boys
Rock It Herbie Hancock
Since U Been Gone Kelly Clarkson
Got Your Money Ol' Dirty Bastard
Heavy Metal Drummer Wilco
Astro Zombies The Misfits
Mother Mother Tracy Bonham
All Day and All of the Night The Kinks
Mr. Brightside The Killers
Rhythm of the Night DeBarge

Enjoy! BTW, I and my wife are taking a plane flight with my 14 month old daughter, and hoping it goes better than yours from a few years ago...

Mignon said...

I don't know if you'd run to it, but I really like a song by Brandi Carlile called The Story.

Kirsten said...

Piping in years later. I love:

Gypsy by Stevie Nicks
In a Big Country by Big Country
Steppin out by Joe Jackson
Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty