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Could you please recommend me some good "pumpy" music for running?

Asked by shrubbery (10236points) December 15th, 2010

I need some new music because I want to start going for runs again, and I do far better when I have good music to listen to.

For example, songs like Hunting for Witches by Bloc Party, I’m Not Alone by Calvin Harris, Sandstorm by DaRude, Warp 1.9 by The Bloody Beetroots etc etc…

So really, songs that have a really good beat and lots of bass. The kinds of songs you would hear out in clubs even. I just really need to get pumped up! If I listen to a song and really feel like dancing, I can put that energy into running instead.

Preferably if you know a whole album or artist that is good that’d be great but single songs are lovely too.

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Afos22's avatar

Dashboard by: modest mouse
Survivalism by Nine inch nails
Black Holes and Revelations- album -Muse

mrlaconic's avatar

Last ones standing by example always puts me in a running mood.

MissAnthrope's avatar

The Run Lola Run soundtrack is great. I’m not a runner, but I would listen to RLR if I ran.

Par example

Also, upon further consideration, BT – Dreaming.

DeanV's avatar

Pendulum – Witchcraft
Netsky – Iron Heart
The Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats
Jack Beats – Get Down
Noisia – Split The Atom
Noisia – Stigma
The Prodigy – Voodoo People
Boys Noize – Starter
Chase And Status – Against All Odds

I think drum & bass is the best genre for running (lots of bass, around 170bpm) so this list is predominately that. And it’s all electronic.

Tink's avatar

Crystal Castles’ ”Crystal Castles (Bonus Track Version)” It almost makes me want to powerwalk.

jerv's avatar

I find that nearly anything by Marc A. Pullen works. It’s a little tricky to find, but I got a bit from downloading Sauerbraten , finding the music files there, and transcoding them from OGG to MP3. It’s fast, percussive, and gets the heartrate up.

Captain Jack has a few that I like, and Genie by Airbase is pretty cool, but for fast and hard, I have a soft spot for old-school Slayer. Seasons in the Abyss and War Ensemble are great, and Raining Blood doesn’t suck either. They give me a nice rush of adrenalin and testosterone that makes me want to go out and break shit.

There was also a CD put out by (of all people) Nissan a while back that had some good tracks It’s a little hard to find, but maybe you could search for the tracks and/or artists listed in that link. And then there is the old Mechwarrior 2 game. The CD plays in a regular player, so it isn’t hard to rip the music off of it, and some of it is pretty well-suited for this.

(If you don’t want to go through the hassle of digging and transcoding, PM me and I’ll get the files to you somehow.)

Likeradar's avatar

Little Bit of Riddim by Michael Franto and Spearhead. I play it over and over when I need extra motivation for running.
Stronger by Kanye West
Music is the Victim by Scissor Sisters.

Doppelganger19's avatar

How about the theme from “Rocky”?

Eggie's avatar

Its the final countdown….thats a great 80’s song for pumping

OpryLeigh's avatar

I always want to get up and move when I hear Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas!

gondwanalon's avatar

“Yanni Live at the Acropolis” over and over will take me from the start to the end of a full marathon. Fast moving “ZZ Top” music is good too. Hit it!

janbb's avatar

Almost anything from the Flashdance album particularly Maniac.

filmfann's avatar

Life During Wartime by the Talking Heads

demonictruth's avatar

Well if you are just the kind of person who wants a beat to run to and don’t really care about the lyrics you could try anything by Daft Punk. Great upbeat music that, in my opinion, is perfect for running.

john65pennington's avatar

You probably have never heard of this artist, but his instrumental music is perfect for people who run. check out Youtube: Freddy King and Hideaway. his album is fantastic. he is an old rocker that still has plenty on the ball. you are gonna like it.

marinelife's avatar

This is what we always used in aerobics class in the 80s. Also, it features an Aussie singer.

stratman37's avatar

Barracuda by Heart
Flight of the Valkeries
William Tell Overture
Flight of the Bumblebee
Radar Love by Golden Earring
pretty much anything by Bullet For My Valentine

marinelife's avatar

@stratman37 Lurve to you for Barracuda and Radar Love alone.

Likeradar's avatar

@likeradar Michael FrantI, not franto.

gottamakeart's avatar

Try this: “Alo and the Narcissist”
Here’s their website:

There should be plenty of energetic tracks for you to choose from. :)

gorgeousgal3's avatar

Waiting for the End by Linkin Park and The Time by thr Black Eyed Peas

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