Running Playlist: Guilty Pleasures

Caught the baby listening to some Avril

I promised I’d be posting some of my favorite running playlists and I’m not one to break a promise. …And also my life is pretty boring these days so a can’t-stop-dancing-while-running playlist is about as exciting as it gets. Today I’m sharing with you my Guilty Pleasure Playlist. Now I realize that my definition of a guilty pleasure may be very different from yours, and by no means am I trying to hate on the people who non-guiltily indulge in some Paramore (but really?). I do, however, find that my favorite guilty pleasure songs tend to be great to run to.

Running Playlist:
Guilty Pleasures

  • Rihanna – Shut up and Drive : She may need a few classes in finishing school, but man do I love Rihanna. This is a great song for heading over to the track (or walking to warm up) ’cause it definitely puts you in the pump up mentality.
  • Katy Perry – Part of Me : Or [insert Kary Perry song here]. With the exception of a few songs, Katy Perry’s dance pop is great to run to. I love this song in particular to start my jog because, as I mentioned, I dig a good “scorned woman” song.
  • The Veronicas – 4Ever : This is definitely among the guiltier of the indulgences on this playlist, but the part of me that wants to be belting along with the song fuels me to run a little faster instead. If I run fast enough no one sees me shake my shoulders and hips in time to the music while I run..
  • Paramore – Misery Business : I’m a little embarassed by how much I like running to this song, but it has a high enough BPM to push you, and it’s so catchy. Plus hearing someone yell in your hear “God it just feels so good” can trick you into the “hurts so good” mentality, even if you’re out of breath and don’t want to keep going.
  • Pitbull – Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) (Feat. T-Pain) : I don’t know what Pitbull did to earn the self-given nickname “Mr. Worldwide.” I do know that when you get him together with the rapper most likely to wear a top hat (that would be Mr. T-Pain) it makes for great running music.
  • Black Eyed Peas – Pump It : I really can’t stand the Black Eyed Peas and have absolutely no reason, but I respond well to Will.I.Am telling me to Pump It Louder for three and a half minutes.
  • Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend : This song is kind of my jam. As someone’s girlfriend I know I should be offended by it (or so I’ve been told?), but there’s a part of me that can’t help singing along with her when she sing-talks “And hell yeah I’m the mother f*cking princess” (Again, not a “clean” playlist). It’s the sort of bubblegum pop disguised as pop rock that makes for incredible running music.
  • Kylie Minogue – Love at First Sight : Kylie Minogue is pretty much the queen of infectious dance music, and I find it incredibly hard not to enjoy myself when I’m listening to her.
  • Miley Cyrus – See You Again : Ignore the part where this song was performed by a 13-year-old, and the fact that the lyrics are atrocious, and the fact that Miley Cyrus is highly unlikable. Embrace your inner middle school girl and jog your heart out to this pop anthem.
  • Jonas Brothers – SOS : While I’m on the subject of middle school music I might as well throw in the Jonas Brothers. I’m only half-embarrassed to be in love with Nick, the youngest JoBro, and not at all embarrassed to admit that running to this song makes me so incredibly happy. Plus, sometimes you just need a short transition song, and this is definitely that, clocking in at just under 3 minutes.
  • David Guetta – Turn Me On (Feat. Nicki Minaj) : I actually can’t stand this song when it plays on the radio, mainly because it’s been months now of Nicki Minaj non-stop on every station. It is, however, an undeniable pump-up song.
  • Ke$ha – Blow : This song definitely when up in my book when I saw the music video and how willing James Van Der Beek was to make fun of himself in it. Music video aside though, this is one of those guilty pleasures that I’m almost unwilling to call a guilty pleasure. She’s untalented (like I am at running) and just trying to have a good time (the only way I get through a run). If anything, I relate most to Ke$ha while running.

The amount of additionally guilty pleasure music I have on my iPod is just overwhelming. Lucky for you I pared it down to these few running songs, leaving out all the embarrassing power ballads (Celine Dion, anyone?).

More playlists to come, because let’s face it: I have a lot of spare time to make playlists, and have a lot of good running music hidden away.

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3 thoughts on “Running Playlist: Guilty Pleasures

  1. Great choices! I have a lot of those on my lists, too … pretty much anything Katy Perry, Rihanna, Usher, David Guetta or Calvin Harris has running or cycling written all over it 🙂

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