Time for another edition of My Top 10! This is already super fun to do, so I'm hoping I can get into a groove of doing this regularly.
Today, I'm talking about my favorite running music! If you know me at all, you know that music is my life. As in, the only thing I do more than breathing or blinking. There is never a moment where music isn't playing in my head. Which I'm pretty sure is actually a clinical disorder. Music is my profession, my greatest hobby, and is solely responsible for over 90% of the people I know. Thanks, band!
Now that you know that I'm a gigantic weirdo, I want to share a few of the songs that I have on all my running playlists. Most are not your stereotypical upbeat workout song! My standards for recreational music are a little different, and will probably be explained in a future post about my favorite songs in general. For now, get ready for the most bizarre smattering of songs ever. These are not in any particular order.
1. Animals (Martin Garrix)
Pretty normal running song. I mostly like this one for the ridiculously satisfying moment at the beginning when the clock ticks fall in with the beat. Don't mind the music video, it's effed the eff up.
2. Spectre Induction (Mass Effect OST)
This track is from Bioware's first Mass Effect game. In my opinion, the Mass Effect games are the greatest video games ever created. Bioware really knows how to tell a story and make me cry so hard. This particular track occurs during one of the most epic moments in the entire trilogy. I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon to this song.
3. The Blood of Cuchulainn (Boondock Saints theme)
Let's be real: this song is on every mixtape I've ever created. Boondock Saints is an awesome movie and Celtic themes are among my favorites.
4. You Make Me (Avicii)
I like this song for the piano chord-mashing and the wobbly synth going on. Also, it's the perfect tempo to run to.
5. Burning Heart (Survivor)
Although just about every Rocky song ever is on my playlist, this is one of my favorite songs in general. I love 80's music! When I discovered that this song was in GTA 5, I flipped out.
6. Uma Thurman (Fall Out Boy)
I became a semi-fan of Fall Out Boy about 3 weeks ago when I heard their latest album for the first time. Never been crazy about their music, but they really got it right this time! The whole album is incredible, but this one makes me dance.
7. Here's to Life (Streetlight Manifesto)
Warning: ska music. I haven't kept up with the band's music very much, but I've been listening to this album for the past 7 years and still love the songs. They change pace so much, it's like hearing 5 or 6 songs in one.
8. Killin' It (Krewella)
Not a huge fan of dubstep (or as my husband calls it- "transformer music"), but this song is really motivating to me!
9. Fire (Gavin DeGraw)
Not much to say about this song, other than it has a pretty good message and is a great motivational song for younger people. I use this one in Music Therapy a lot.
10. Brooklyn (Youngblood Brass Band)
The version of this song that I linked is the album recording (aka the "pretty" version). The recording that I have is a live version that I couldn't find on YouTube, but it's much "dirtier" and, in my opinion, better. The band was playing in London, and they must have been pretty jacked because it sounded way cooler and the improv was insane. You still get the point. Plus, you can't hate music that features badass trombone playing and sousaphone multiphonics.
That's about it for my favorite running songs! Hopefully you discovered at least one song that you liked! If not... sorry. Enjoy the rest of your Hump Day!