What is it about music that’s so powerful it can instantly change any situation? The right song at the right time can really get you psyched on a run and sometimes all you need is ‘that song’ to get you out pounding the pavements when all you wanted to do was curl up on the sofa and watch the telly.
A survey, done each year before the London Marathon by reallbuzz.com, asks the marathon runners to name the most motivational tune on their running playlist while training for the 42.195km race. For the past 2 years running, there have been a few perennials that have proven to have staying power; with Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’ from the Rocky films firmly in first place, the Spencer Davis Group holding onto the number two spot and Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ finishing comfortably in the top four. While Vangelis’ Chariots of Fire moved up three places from number six to number three.
Refreshingly; there were four surprise new entries sneaking into the top ten for 2010s ultimate playlist for running. In the number five spot we have Journey with ‘Don’t Stop Believing’; at number six we have Bill Conti’s ‘Gonna Fly Now’ – proving that the classic Rocky series has been a big motivator as runners trained for the world famous marathon. The Black Eyed Peas danced in at number seven with ‘I Got a Feeling’ and Ron Goodwin slid in at number nine with ‘The Trap’.
With the flood of new tunes; tracks like ‘Mr. Brightside’ from The Killers and Lady Gaga’s ‘Pokerface’ dropped out of the top ten along with ‘Insomnia’ by Faithless and ‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen. And although ‘Sex on Fire’ by Kings of Leon and ‘Proud’ by Heather Small dropped to numbers eight and ten respectively both tunes managed to grab a place in the top ten.
These tunes are ideal for running, with their beats and rhythm runners are easily able to maintain a steady running pace. If you want to find out more about using music to help you train, what the benefits are of training with music and how you can easily put together your own personalized running playlist based on your bpm then check back here soon, or you might miss out!