Mellow long run playlist

A mellow long run playlist to keep you at a comfortable pace throughout your run

“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:

  1. 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;
  2. “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?


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  1. Love this!! A lot of these are new to me, but I love me some Classic Rock!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thanks! Classic rock is so great for workout music.

  2. Rachel says: Reply

    How funny because I am totally right there with you. I listen to podcasts on my long runs usually. Unless I actually do need a pick-me-up. But usually just podcasts. I like them because usually during a long run I want someone to chat with — the podcast makes me feel like I’m in a conversation with someone. πŸ™‚
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I can’t listen to podcasts unless I am doing literally nothing else – even if I am just running along, I will get distracted and then get annoyed that I have no idea what they just said on the podcast.

  3. This is a very chill playlist! Thanks for sharing
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. SO MANY GREAT SONGS! I’d be running for hours and hours with this πŸ˜›
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thanks Kristy!

  5. Why WOULDNT you want a mellow long run and playlist! You are supposed to be running at a relatively mellow. Pace, right?
    I love that Suddenly I See is in there. Love that song.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Totally agree!

  6. Emily says: Reply

    I LOVE low key mellow songs, because I totally agree that pump up songs do start to irritate me after a while or they make me run too fast.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Yay mellow!

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