7/15/18: A Revised Ultimate 15-k Playlist

Updated playlist:

  • Lord Huron – Time to Run (109)
  • Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels (76)
  • Modest Mouse – Float On (101)
  • Radiohead – 15 step (94)
  • Of Montreal – Suffer for Fashion (148)
  • Flaming Lips – Yeah yeah yeah song (108)
  • Gnarles Barkley Going On (150 BPM)
  • The Strokes – 12:51 (145)
  • Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc (139)
  • Broken Social Scene – Halfway Home (143)
  • Architecture in Helsinki – Heart it races (100)
  • R.E.M. – What’s the frequency (95)
  • Foo Fighters – Monkeywrench (174)
  • Vampire Weekend – A Punk (175 BPM)
  • Japandroids – House that heaven built (161)
  • Dead Weather – I feel love (94)
  • Arcade Fire – Ready to start (190)
  • Miike Snow – Paddling out (128)
  • Queen – Don’t stop me now (156)

Songs on their way out:

Warren G – Regulator (feat. Nate Dogg): While I love this song, it is a bit too slow and too monotonous. During my warm up I found it had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of helping me relax into the pace I felt myself getting antsy to go faster and to get to the next song. Sorry Warren and Nate, time to roll out

Edward Sharpe – Home: It was a cute thought to listen to this while running in Utica. In practice, however, it felt like it took the wind out of my sails a bit. This would probably be a great cool-down song or a long, slow run song. During a hard training run, however, it wasn’t consistent or exciting enough to carry me.

Beastie Boys – Hold it now, hit it: This wasn’t as fun as advertised. I often struggle with my identity as it pertains to my feelings about the Beastie Boys. Do I like them or do I want to like them? This song made me feel frustrated. My frustration probably had nothing to do with this song or the band and it was just an easy target. However, frustrated is not the feeling I want while running. Time to accept the truth – I’m not the biggest fan of the Beastie Boys. Time to hit it and quit it.

Outkast – Hey, ya!: This song is purely, 100% the victim of circumstance. I love this song (and the group) and I am only taking it off because this was playing when the pain in my hip started. I have a conditioned response now and will need some time to get over it. Hey, ya may come back later but for now we are on a break.

Songs on their way in:


Modest Mouse – Float on: Taking Warren G’s spot, Float On may add a bouncy, light feel to my early warm-up. The lyrics are catchy and the chorus (We all float on) may prove to be a helpful reminder to keep my steps light and my stride easy. I love Modest Mouse. They are squarely in the therapeutic range of weird music. Their lyrics are cryptic while also being relatable. Their music is strange but familiar and totally engrossing. Don’t let me down Modest Mouse.


Gnarles Barkley – Going on: I was torn between Run and Going On. Their BPM is similar and I like both songs. I went with Going On for a few reasons. First, the opening string build (if that’s what it is) gets me really amped up. Second, the intro drops hard into the drum beat and Cee Lo singing – I can’t help but run faster with that all going on. Third, the chorus/refrain (You can stand right there if you want) has the music drop out. It’s a nice break up that gives some variability. It’s easy to pay attention to.


Gorillaz – Feel Good, Inc: Taking the place of the Beastie Boys is a group I have no questions about my loyalty to. The Gorillaz is an amazing project with a catalogue I love. This song goes through a variety of different movements and has so much variability while still being a significantly coherent piece of music. Also, this is a good time to remind/delude myself that I am feeling good.


Vampire Weekend – A Punk: I have a strange conditioned response to A Punk. Whenever my car Bluetooth picks up my phone it launches into the start of A Punk (first in my phone alphabetically). In my car, I lunge to turn it off. I love the song, and the band (whom I think are a modern-day Beach Boys) but the jarring, unwanted repetition has all but ruined the song for me. I hope having this quick paced, up beat song late in my run can inject some energy into my legs and help me take back a song my car has tried to kill.

Possible Future Contenders:

Kanye West – We Don’t Care (85 BPM)

Gorillaz – Dirty Harry (96 BPM)

Mountain Goats – This Year (139)

Outkast – B.O.B. (154)

Young Fathers – Shame (159)

Black Star – Respiration (179 BPM)

Green Day – Brat (179 BPM)


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