When I’m biking I don’t listen to music (unless my friend Micah’s with me; he usually brings some tunes and if I stick close enough, I can enjoy them as well). How else would I hear all of the Lance Armstongs telling me they’re ‘on my left’. Also, I’d never (!) play music on a hike. Too much blissful silence to get absorbed in when you’re out in the wilderness. But I wouldn’t be able to complete a six mile solo walk through town without my playlist.
I’ve been working on the optimal playlist and thought I’ll share my initial picks. All the songs that make it have to have a walking beat. You know, that background boom boom boom to help keep up the steps. I’ll be doling out twelve songs at a time, which should last you about three miles or so, if you boogie.
Mind you, I realize that everyone’s musical preference is different. Yours might be vastly different from mine, but perhaps I can throw out a few titles for inspiration.
“Finally Moving” by Pretty Lights
This is a great warm up song. It gets you finally moving and eases you into the walk. Repeating “getting a good feeling” is good too, because now you’re ready for a long-ass walk and you’re getting a good feeling and before you know it you’ve walked 1/4 of a mile.
“She Knows “(feat. Amber Coffman & Cults) by J. Cole
Ok, there are some explicit lyrics here, but hey, the earbuds are in, so no children can be scarred for life by the bad language. This song picks up the pace and now you can walk faster.
“Take a Walk” by Passion Pit
What is this song about? Some white collar criminal making bad investments, or something? It’s depressing and makes you never want to get a “real” job. But the riff is great and keeps repeating that you should take a walk. Now we’re well into our first mile and are taking a walk!
“Time to Pretend” by MGMT
This is another depressing song, for different reasons though. This one is about missing your childhood and living like a rock star, which could be almost as bad as making bad pension investments. Anyways, it’s about making bad choices. But I love MGMT and the melody here is awesome and will keep you walking fast. Besides, when the line “live fast and die young” comes on, I like to change it in my head to “walk fast and die strong”.
“Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun
Another walking song and it tells you to keep “pushing up the hill”. This song is good especially when you live in a hilly area, such as Seattle.
“Memories” by Waldeck
A great electronic swing song. It has that constant background beat that won’t let you slow down, even if you try.
“Right On” by The Roots, Joanna Newsom & S.T.S.
What I want to know is how did The Roots and Joanna Newsom even get together! Who called who? How did this ever happen?! Now, I cannot listen to Joanna Newsom on her own (sorry; not sorry), but with The Roots she sounds pretty cool. Anyways, the beat is great here, obviously…
“Light It Up” (feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG) [Remix] by Major Lazer
I’m not sure there is a Major Lazer song that doesn’t make me want to get up and shake my booty! Or at least one that won’t get me all energized on my walk. Major Lazer is just great on long walks.
“Truth” by Chiddy Bang
Another high energy song that begs you to “notice my exhilaration” or is it “acceleration”? Either one works when you’re trying to keep up a quick pace!
“Cobrastyle” by Robyn
Now, the Teddybears/Mad Cobra version is awesome and I definitely play that one as well. But I do like the Euro-version of Robyn’s “Cobrastyle.” Definitely a great walking song.
“Froot” by Marina and the Diamonds
A really good outdoorsy song, especially during fruit season.
“Look at Where We Are” (Major Lazer vs. Junior Blender Remix) by Hot Chip
By this time, if all goes well, you should be pretty good and lost. So you can look around and wonder “look at where we are…”