What songs should I listen to for a slow, long distance, trance-like run?
September 20, 2010 8:48 AM   Subscribe

What are some good songs for a slow, long-distance run?

I started running with angry, intense music like hip hop, Girl Talk, and Lady Sovereign. Now I enjoy running more and like listening to happier, but still energetic music. I love running and get into a trance with New Order, The Whitest Boy Alive, Lykke Li, Friendly Fires, etc. Dance rock is great. What else should I listen to for a long, slow run to get into that trance-like, zen state? (Not nec. dance rock)? Thanks for your help!
posted by shortyJBot to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
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posted by Threeway Handshake at 8:51 AM on September 20, 2010

Chariots of Fire - Vangelis. Pretty much what it was written for.
posted by cosmicbandito at 8:53 AM on September 20, 2010

Download any of DJ Fleep's mixes. They are perfect for exactly what you want.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:58 AM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]

Björk, "Who Is It?" Vitalic mix.
posted by hermitosis at 8:58 AM on September 20, 2010

Boards Of Canada.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 9:01 AM on September 20, 2010

Check out the Nike+ Original Run series. Individual artists (Aesop Rock, The Crystal Method, etc) created full-length albums of continuous music designed for long runs.
posted by jedicus at 9:06 AM on September 20, 2010

Tiesto's In Search of Sunrise series. Sublime, chilled trance, perfect for finding the zone on a long jog.
posted by londonmark at 9:14 AM on September 20, 2010

The ten-minute long mix of The Stone Roses' Fools Gold might fit the bill.
posted by googly at 9:19 AM on September 20, 2010

I don't run but if I did I'd be drawn to Saint Germain, Tourist.
posted by rabidsegue at 9:37 AM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]

Queen. Queen. Queen. And Jukebox the Ghost.
posted by General Malaise at 9:52 AM on September 20, 2010

Seconding Boards of Canada. Music has the right to children.
posted by inweaknessbe at 9:55 AM on September 20, 2010

Tangerine Dream. (Sorry I don't have any titles, mine were unlabelled cassettes.)
posted by wenestvedt at 10:34 AM on September 20, 2010

I once ran 10 miles on The Nationals' High Violet and that's been my favorite running record since.
posted by wolfr at 10:42 AM on September 20, 2010

Trance-like state?

I could see running along to the Boredoms album Vision Creation Newsun. (circle) is the first track, and gives you an idea of what the rest of the album is like.

If that strikes your fancy, or if you want something more guitar/feedback driven, how about some Boris? Feedbacker is probably their best-known album.

or, completely free, the shoegazey goodness of A Beautiful Machine. Home
posted by namewithoutwords at 10:45 AM on September 20, 2010

Seconding Fleep.

Adding Sunshine Jones' Sunday Soul to the discussion. He spins up a mature set of house music, generally between 116 and 120 bpm, for three hours every Sunday.

I am also a DJ. If you're interested, I can provide you a link to some mixes I have online.
posted by phoebus at 11:31 AM on September 20, 2010

Best answer: This may sound wacky, but I started my (slow) long runs with a shuffled version of the Keira Knightly playlist on Rhapsody, and have added to it over time, often with more songs by the same artists. In case you don't have a Rhapsody account, here it is:

1. Primitive (The Way I Treat You) by Ambulance Ltd.
2. Assessment by The Beta Band
3. Hyper-Ballad by Bjork
4. Parklife by Blur
5. Yellow by Coldplay
6. We Used To Be Friends by The Dandy Warhols
7. Connection by Elastica
8. Misfit by Elefant
9. 40' by Franz Ferdinand
10. PDA by Interpol
11. Tidal Wave by Longwave
12. This Love by Maroon 5
13. Float On by Modest Mouse
14. Everyday Is Like Sunday by Morrissey
15. Last Of The Famous International Playboys by Morrissey
16. Live Forever by Oasis
17. Wonderwall by Oasis
18. Roses by Outkast
19. Big Brat by Phantom Planet
20. Pure Morning by Placebo
21. Two Thousand Places byThe Polyphonic Spree
22. Glory Box by Portishead
23. Movin' On Up by Primal Scream
24. Common People by Pulp
25. Sad And Lonely by Secret Machines
26. Spitting Games by Snow Patrol
27. Moongirl by Stellastarr
28. Still In Love Song byThe Stills
29. Motorcrash The Sugarcubes
30. Caught By The Fuzz by Supergrass
31. Friday I'm In Love by The Cure
32. Dirty Denim by The Donnas
33. Groovy Train by The Farm
34. Town Called Malice by The Jam
35. Somebody Told Me by The Killers
36. Fools Gold by The Stone Roses
37. Hard To Explain by The Strokes
38. The Drugs Don't Work by The Verve
39. Ride by The Vines
40. The Rat by The Walkmen
41. Killing World byThe Washdown
42. The Hardest Button To Button by White Stripes
43. Walk On The Ocean by Toad the Wet Sprocket
44. Cornflake Girl by Tori Amos
45. Seven Nation Army by White Stripes
posted by bearwife at 1:09 PM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]

Podrunner. Hour long mixes, arranged by BPM.
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 1:22 PM on September 20, 2010

Kraftwerk - Tour de France soundtrack
Four Tet
posted by ifjuly at 8:09 AM on September 21, 2010

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