Live Better
 
 

Power-up your playlist!

Looking to re-energise your runs? Here are three pumping playlists you should consider downloading.

Songs for straight, flat running

If want a steady pace, then it’s really all about setting a metronomic beat you can keep time with – both in terms of your heart rate, feet rhythm and breath. Scientific studies have shown cranking songs that are 180bpms or more means you hit the best cadence or strike rate. Spotify actually has a giant list of ditties that are either 180bpms or faster, so here’s our pick…

1. Night Life – Scissor Sisters

If Jake Spears’ flamboyant falsetto doesn’t push you along, nothing will.

2. Used to Get High – John Butler Trio

You used to get high, now you get fit – the Aussie troubadour tells it like it is.

3. Love in an Elevator – Aerosmith

Steven Tyler’s elastic wail and Joe Perry’s riffs will squirt a bit of nitro in your veins.

4. The Mile – Dead Letter Circus

Overlapping guitar delays and frenetic beats – the definition of adrenaline.

5. Demons – Imagine Dragons

Imagine both dragons and demons pursuing you and you’ll pick up the pace.

6. The Distance – Cake

C’mon, the lyrics say it all – “Are you going the distance?”

7. Do Me a Favour – Arctic Monkeys

It’s got the classic 4/4 stomper of a beat and a catchy tune. What else do you want?

8. Next Year – Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl and Co. hold the patent on killer rock tunes, so keep going!

9. Drive – Incubus

It’s acoustic, sure, but the hook and the rock solid beat will keep your feet pounding.

10. Mojo – Peeping Tom

Mike Patton’s take on hip-hop is greasy, heart-pumping fun.

Songs for sprints and hills

Here it’s really all about triggering that sudden adrenaline burst in order to push through the pain – and nothing propels a runner faster than a wailing guitar solo, an anthemic hook or a huge riff.

1. Kickstart my Heart – Motley Crue

Ah, hair metal and a guitar riff that sounds like a Harley revving. Pure raucous energy that you can siphon aurally!

2. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Hey, if it worked for Rocky climbing the steps of the Philadelphia Museum, it’ll work for you.

3. Enter Sandman – Metallica

A snarling riff, a heavy metal mantra and a wailing wah solo. Check!

4. Creep – Radiohead

Note the light ‘n’ shade – quiet bits to lull you, soaring power chords to lift you.

5. Spoonman – Soundgarden

Yes, the 7/4 time signature might put a hiccup in your stride, but the chorus is the pay-off.

6. Best of You – Foo Fighters

Tell yourself, Dave Grohl is asking you for your personal best. Keep running!

7. Killing in the Name – Rage Against The Machine

Tom Morello’s funktastic riffs + Zach de la Rocha’s strident rap = instant adrenaline.

8. Paradise City – Guns N Roses

With a thundering beat, rollicking rhythm and the Axl vs Slash histrionics, this will make you run hard.

9. Highway to Hell – AC/DC

By now you’re in hell. Beside a highway, probably. So a bit of AccaDacca to fire things up should work, right?

10. We Are the Champions – Queen

If you can finish on this one, you’re a hero. Even Freddy Mercury says so.

And if all that fails, how about some songs that just happen to have the word ‘run’ in them…

1. Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden

2. Runaways – The Killers

3. Run – Cog

4. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

5. Run to You – Bryan Adams

6. Band on the Run – Paul McCartney

7. Run Like Hell – Pink Floyd

8. Running With The Devil – Van Halen

9. Running On Empty – Jackson Browne

10. Road Runner theme – Looney Tunes cartoon

What songs are on your playlist? Share your favourites #GenBetter

Recommended Reading

Wet weather survival guide for cyclists

Just follow this checklist to stay dry and safe this winter.

Read more

On the ball: Melbourne United’s Kyle Adnam

We chat with Melbourne United basketballer Kyle Adnam.

Read more

What is the best time of day to workout?

AM or PM: When will you get the most out of exercise?

Read more

15% off Thule products for Medibank Strava Club members

Medibank Strava Club members get discounted Thule products

Read more

Team up: Here’s why you should join a sports team

Playing a team sport is a great way to get fit.

Read more

The ultimate super smoothie recipes

Netball's elite spill their secret ingredients.

Read more

Why you should be playing more golf

It’s not just for retirees and rich people.

Read more