Great North Run playlist

18 September is the Great North Run and I am in it. First long race (it’ll take me ~2hr) for a while that I have been able to use my iPod. So I’m looking for some suggestions for the playlist. There are songs below that are on the longlist but I’d be interested in new suggestions. What’s your favourite? What would be fun/ inspiring/ silly to listen to?

Cheesy run tunes
Iron Maiden – Aces High
Moby – Go
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Irene Cara – Fame

Remind me of my family…
Glen Campbell – Rhinestone Cowboy
New Order – Blue Monday

Mr Moss & days to remember…
Savage Garden – Affirmation
Ronan Keating – Life is a Rollercoaster
Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Impression that I get

Random things I’ve collected along the way
Glen Campbell – Good Riddance
Jack’s Mannequin – Swim
Jason Aldean – She’s Country
Barenaked Ladies – One Week
Buzzcocks – Ever fallen in love?
Foo Fighters – Wheels
Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench
James – How was it for you?
Loop – Soundhead
Lynryd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Zac Brown Band – Toes
60 Ft Dolls – Stay
Dixie Chicks – Not ready to make nice
Sugarland – It happens
Indigo Girls – Pendulum
Sugarland – We Run


  1. I find the Pogues Streams of Whisky is just the job, and keeps me at more or less half-marathon pace. That said, I use, nature’s iPod, that is to say I sing it to myself

  2. I don’t usually run with music, but if (like tonight) I’m feeling really lazy and not at all enthused, I take my iPod shuffle and it always gets me going. The following make it on to my list:

    Killers ‘All these things that I’ve done’ is always a favourite on my running soundtrack. Complete nonsense, but great to run to!

    I also like ‘Old apartment’ by Barenakedladies. Makes me remember my final year as an undergraduate, with rose tinted nostalgia.

    ‘Little favours’ by KT Tunstall

    ‘Dakota’ by Stereophonics

    ‘Elevation’ by U2 (I love this for running)

    ‘I predict a riot’ by Kaiser Chiefs

    Don’t hold it against me, but I’m also partial to a little Girls Aloud when running stupidly far.

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