“But why on earth would you want a mellow long run playlist?” (Is what I assume most of you are asking.) First off, mellow doesn’t mean it’s not upbeat; the dictionary definitions include “pleasantly rich, full, or soft : not harsh, bright, or irritating” and “laid-back”. So while I consider the songs on this playlist mellow, they’re also all more or less upbeat. There are two main reasons I want a mellow playlist for long runs:
- The standard “pump you up” type of music really starts to irritate me after a while. I can’t listen to that for 2 hours straight;
- “Pump up” tunes make me want to run faster than I should on a long run. (Sometimes to get rid of the tunes faster; see point 1.) Mellow songs keep me at the laid-back pace that’s ideal for most long runs.
If either of those reasons resonates with you, you might want to pull some songs from my mellow long run playlist to try out on your next run. I say “pull some songs” rather than “try my playlist” because the playlist pulls from a random assortment of genres. (I usually put the whole thing on shuffle to make it even more random.) It probably won’t all be your jam; that’s cool. Running/workout/housecleaning music is a judgment-free zone, right?
Finally, I wanted to share a link to the whole playlist, but it turns out you can’t do that if the playlist contains songs uploaded from your computer. I trust you know how to find songs on the internet. But if you do want the whole playlist, let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can find an alternative method to share.
Mellow (but upbeat) long run playlist
Burn Out Brighter (Northern Lights) – Anberlin
Haight Street – Anberlin
Keep the Car Running – The Arcade Fire
No Cars Go – The Arcade Fire
Live and Die – The Avett Brothers
A Lot of Moving – The Avett Brothers
Slight Figure of Speech – The Avett Brothers
My Life – Billy Joel
You May Be Right – Billy Joel
Captain Jack – Billy Joel
Mistake of My Life – Caedmon’s Call
Money for Nothing – Dire Straits
Take It Easy – The Eagles
Don’t Bring Me Down – Electric Light Orchestra
Home – Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros
Once We Were Anarchists – Frank Turner
We Shall Not Overcome – Frank Turner
Light a Roman Candle with Me – fun.
Take Your Time (Coming Home) – fun.
All Alright – fun.
Cry! Cry! Cry! – Johnny Cash
Hey Porter – Johnny Cash
I Still Miss Someone – Johnny Cash
Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall
Say Please – Monsters of Folk
Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford and Sons
The Only Exception – Paramore
You’ll Always Be My Best Friend – Relient K
Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Stevie Wonder
The Benefits of Language – Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives
On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
Free – Zac Brown Band
Colder Weather – Zac Brown Band
What’s your go-to music for long runs?
Have any songs to add to the “mellow but upbeat” list?