5 albums to listen to on the run

I meticulously curate race playlists. Unless my entire race plan blows up, I’ll be listening to exactly the song I want from the start to the finish line. My day-to-day running playlists, though, are a hodgepodge. And if I put one of those playlists on shuffle, I inevitably end up hearing the exact wrong song at some point during the run. For shorter runs, my favorite solution is to queue up an entire album and listen to it straight through. Mellow tunes for easy runs, uptempo for speed intervals, or something with a strong beat for tempo runs.

These are my current favorite albums for various “running moods”. I’ve also got the length of each album, because nobody wants their music to end 10 minutes from home; and my favorite tracks, in case you just want a few new songs to add to your own running playlists.

After It AllDelta Rae

Genre: Southern folk rock

Best for: tempo runs

Length: 43 minutes

Song choice: “Run”, “I Will Never Die”, “My Whole Life Long”

All Your Favorite BandsDawes

Genre: West coast folk rock

Best for: easy runs

Length: 48 minutes

Song choice: “Things Happen”, “Somewhere Along the Way”

Positive Songs for Negative PeopleFrank Turner

Genre: British folk/punk

Best for: interval runs

Length: 40 minutes

Song choice: “Get Better”, “Glorious You”


Genre: pop

Best for: angry runs

Length: 49 minutes

Song choice: “Praying”, “Finding You”

Signs of LightThe Head and the Heart

Genre: indie folk

Best for: runs when you’re dragging

Length: 49 minutes

Song choice: “All We Ever Knew”, “Library Magic”



What’s your current music of choice for running?

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18 Comment

  1. Those all sound like great ones to run to!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      They are!

  2. Thanks for the suggestions! I have a list of random songs that I mix up, but it gets old after a while

    1. Hannah says: Reply


  3. Wendy says: Reply

    I think listening to Kesha would make me angry! LOL! I used to listen to what my coach called “angry music”. Heavy metal, rap, just really dark stuff. I am not in that place anymore, which is a good thing. But I still do need driving music to push me. I’m grateful for Spotify because I change up my music quite often!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I like a driving beat that’s still melodic, if that makes any sense.

  4. I used to like the old pop ish Kesha not sure I like the new angry music. Thanks for the fun ideas!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      There’s a pretty broad variety on this album. I would say still pop-ish overall?

  5. I stopped listening to music on the run a few years ago. I guess I’ve just gotten used to listening to my thoughts!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I go through phases, sometimes I’m not interested but currently in a music phase.

  6. I’ll have to check some of these out, though I haven’ run with music for a few months now. I’m sure eventually it will find its way back into my running life.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I’m the same way, sometimes I go a while without any music and then I want it again.

  7. I need to get back into listening to music over podcasts because they’re so much more motivating! These playlists sound perfect!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I definitely prefer music to podcasts!

  8. That is so cool that you curate your playlist so specifically – I’ve never thought to be that detailed, I usually have my playlist, hit shuffle, and let it ride!

    I have a ton of playlists and have various genres that I enjoy – but Top40 is probably the most popular overall.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Only for races – I shuffle a playlist for runs sometimes, but sometimes I don’t appreciate shuffle’s song selection/timing.

  9. Farrah says: Reply

    I’m always up for finding new music to listen to–these sound great! 😀 Looking forward to checking em’ out!

    1. Hannah says: Reply


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