Happy Friday! Let me say that again, Happy Friday! This week has dragged on and on and I’m so happy that only a few working hours stand between me and the weekend.
I decided to have a little fun with this week’s Friday Five 2.0 post. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I love music. I listen to music for all of my workouts and have quite an extensive collection of songs on my iPod. Because of this, I have several “non-running” songs that always get added to my playlist. These are songs that don’t seem like they would be good for running, but there really are! Here are five of my favorites.
1. I Smile – Kirk Franklin
It’s a much slower tempo song, but I like to add a few Gospel songs to my playlist. I love the message is this song and it’s always makes me thankful for the gift of running.
2. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – *NSYNC
I don’t care if it’s super hot outside in the middle of June, I will listen to this song year round. It’s super cheesy but instantly puts a smile on my face and takes my mind off the run for a few minutes.
3. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
This is definitely not an uptempo song. I can’t explain why I love it, but I just do, especially when running. When I visited the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, I was thrilled to see some of his memorabilia there.
4. You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
I’m not sure when my love affair when Hall & Oates started, but I have loved the for several years. I actually have a majority of their songs on my iPod, but this is one of my faves.
5. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
Trust me. Around mile 20 of a marathon when you feel like week-old roadkill, you’ll want to keep hearing the phrase “staying’ alive”. Plus it’s a Disco song and can you ever really go wrong with Disco?
That’s my list! I hope that you’ll add one or all of these songs to your running playlists.
Do you have any songs on your playlist that would be considered “non-running” songs?
I’m linking up for Friday Five 2.0 with Rachel from Running on Happy and Lacey and Meranda from Fairytales and Fitness.
Ha! I’ve had the BeeGees on my playlist before. The only problem is that I would want to stop and dance when it came on. So I had to take it off. The Hall and Oates song has a peppy beat–I bet that’s a good one to run to!
LOL well I often have that same problem. If no one is around I might do a quick 5 second dance and then continue on with my run haha
Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner says
we were just talking about the Stayin Alive song last night in my CPR class it’s the song you are supposed to have in your head while you give compressions. So-I guess everyone should have it on their playlist! 🙂
Oh wow that’s so cool. I learn something new everyday!
Hall & Oats! Gurrlll! 🙂 That Otis Redding song is a classic. That’s an ear worm I won’t mind having today.
Looks like we have similar taste in music!!
I love Otis Redding’s version of Dock of the Bay! I actually just love his voice singing almost anything!
It’s such a great song!
Hall and Oats gets my toes tappin every time! And OH MY GOSH *NSYNC… how I loved their holiday album. I think that’s going to need to come back into regular rotation this season!
Glad to find a fellow Hall and Oates music lover!
Megan @ Meg Go Run says
All of my musical theater songs are prob not considered running songs but I love them! Only fast paced ones though. It’s not like I’m running to I Dreamed A Dream or something like that. 🙂
I can see how musical theater songs would be great for running!
The Accidental marathoner says
What a fun list! Definitely some great variety there. I don’t listen to music when I run. I sometimes wonder if it would help improve my pace.
I don’t think that listening to music improves my pace but it make the run more bearable for me, especially if I’m struggling!
Kimberly Hatting says
Too funny!!!! How is it we had the exact same idea for today? We must be related or it’s a Kim thing 🙂
LoL right?! I totally laughed when I saw your post. Great minds think alike 🙂
fairytales and fitness says
I love that Nsync song! I once had a Christmas only play list. I would run to it in December when I was doing my snowy runs! Just kind of puts ya in the mood! -M
Christmas only playlist sounds amazing and fun!
I like to run to music only soundtracks. Lately it’s been Star Wars, if I go that route when running. Those songs pep me up, so I don’t know if they’re non-running songs. I never ran to music only in the past, and starting changing it up in the past 6 or 7 years.
Oh that’s a really good idea! I don’t currently have soundtracks downloaded but I might try that one day. Thanks for the suggestion!
These are great. I’ve always loved The Bee Gees. Not long ago I saw Hall and Oates in concert.
Thanks for sharing
I saw Hall and Oates in concert in June and they were amazing!
Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy says
Not a super big fan of Hall & Oates or the Bee Gees, but love Sittin’ on the dock! I actually don’t listen to music on the run anymore, so it’s been a really long time since I’ve considered what would make a good running song!
Sometimes I think that music is the only thing that gets me through a long run lol
Becca | Rabbit Food Runner says
All of these songs make me so happy! I think they’re a good reflection of your personality.
I think a lot of what I listen to on long runs would be “non-running” songs! For long runs I don’t want super uptempo songs because I might subconsciously start speeding up.
That’s a good point. You don’t want to go too fast in the beginning of a long run and then burn out too early.
I <3 Otis Redding. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay is one of my all time favorite songs.
Mine too. He had such an amazing voice.
I love this! I used to have some Kirk Franklin on my running list but I don’t know what happened to that!
I also have some Christmas songs on my list! Lol
Kirk Franklin loves to hype people up with his songs, love it!
hahaha, I love that you have “Stayin’ Alive” on there! 😛
It really is a great song for running lol