Music for Running: A Guide to the Perfect Playlist

Categories: Runnin' Wild

Punk Rocker

Try: "Police On My Back" by The Clash

This cover of The Equals rhythm and blues classic adds a sense of urgency to any run as Joe Strummer screams he's been running all seven days of the week from the fuzz for a crime he didn't commit. The guitars resemble sirens so you might as well be on the run yourself.

Avoid: "Once In A Lifetime" by Talking Heads

This song is so steeped in philosophy that any run can feel the "same as it ever was." The standout track from the band's "Remain In Light" album keeps a good beat but its message can slow you down quick.

Metalhead

Try: "Master of Puppets" by Metallica

It's the obvious choice from Hetfield and company, but it is nearly nine minutes of driving guitar and drums that never let's up. Slam your feet against the sidewalk instead of banging your head as you bow to your master.

Avoid: "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne

The familiar "aye-aye-aye" plays at every sporting event from a Cardinals game on Sunday to your neighbor's Saturday morning cricket match. As obvious as my Metallica pick was, it still makes you feel like a badass. "Crazy Train," on the other hand, makes you feel like a has-been.


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