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October 19, 2010

In February, before I ever met my good friend Ashley, I sent her an email in reply to her asking for running song selections. While I was cleaning out my email recently, I came across said email and was reminded of my awesome taste in music. And by awesome, I really mean old.

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to some friends of a friend. One of them asked me the ever popular getting to know a stranger question, “What kind of music do you listen to?” The question itself is a fun one. When we ask an until-recently -stranger this question what we are really saying is, “I hope you mention a band that I also like so that I find you relatable and we can be friends, even if only for a few minutes until I realize that you followed my favorite band of all times (Dave Matthews Band) with a musical artist that can best be described by my friend and former roommate/MOH Kelly as “This music makes me want to stab my eyes out with a spoon.” (Uncle Kracker)

The question gains speed in the entertaining department when I finally get around to answering the newly introduced friend of a friend. “You know…Stuff I listened to in high school and college.”

This baffles my new friends. “You don’t listen to anything new?” they question.

“Well. Only if it’s covered on Glee. Or I hear it on a DVD mix at the mall.”

I don’t really listen to new music. If I listen to the radio, it’s 99% of the time tuned to NPR, and although I love me some Buried Life and Teen Mom, we all know that it’s hard to find a music video these days on MTV. The first time I heard Katy Perry’s California Girls was when she performed it on the season premiere of SNL a few weeks ago, noting “Oh, this is the song that everyone keeps talking about. Also, what is with the life-sized version of the Candy Land board game, and how can I find my way to lollipop lane?”

Occasionally, I get to know a song from the current year because it plays within a four hour loop of music at the shoe store where I am lucky enough to work part time. Sometimes these songs get stuck in my head for weeks at a time, until I break down and purchase them from ITunes. This would explain the work mix labeled “Shake It” which includes notable tunes such as “Good Girls Go Bad” by Cobra Starship and Blair (or Leighton – whatever) and “We are Golden” by Meka. (both highly recommended to those who like to, well, shake it.)

Mostly, however, I stick to what I know and love. My favorite Pandora station as of late is “All For You – Sister Hazel” which is basically a mix of late 90’s/early 2000’s all male groups singing with some guitars. Blessed Union of Souls. Goo Goo Dolls. Blues Traveler. Third Eye Blind. Occasionally, I reach farther back to the songs I grew up on, song my parents grew up on, and songs my grandparents grew up on.

Heather’s Running Playlist: Dance on the Trail

Since You’ve Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys

Run-Around – Blues Traveler

Inside Out – Eve 6

Da Doo Ron Ron – Sha-na-na (I may or may not sing “I Do Run Run!” while I run it)

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey (Or Glee. Or Rock of Ages Soundtrack. Or maybe all 3 are on my playlist.)

Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz

Express Yourself – Madonna

All For You – Sister Hazel (this is my all-time favorite song, so it holds a special place in my heart)

I’m a Believer – Monkies

All I wanna Do – Sheryl Crow

Spiderwebs – No Doubt

Saturday in the Park – Chicago (mainly when I run. In parks. On Saturdays.)

What I like about you – romantics

Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind

Light Speed – Twin Atlantic

Bonus Track: Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong by the Spin Doctors was at one time included on the playlist, but has sense been removed after I ate a bug while singing around the 2 mile mark one day. How’s that for running fuel?

A few questions for you:
-What is your favorite song of all times?
-What is your favorite Pandora station as of late?
-What was the last song (or current song) you heard?
-What kind of music do you most enjoy running/working out to?
-How do you find new music?

27 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2010 10:51 am

    The only songs I recognized on that list were the ones by the Beach Boys, Sha-na-na, and the Monkees… I know you’re not surprised at all.

    Oh and “Don’t Stop Believing”… Which I was introduced to at my wedding (in 2008…I’m not kidding, either).

  2. October 19, 2010 10:56 am

    I could listen to these songs on repeat for HOURS:
    – Train’s “Meet Virginia”
    – Rent Soundtrack’s “Out Tonight”
    – Britney Spears’…well pretty much everything
    – Sister Hazel’s “Your Winter”
    – Cary Brothers’ “Blue Eyes”
    – Glee’s “Rain On My Parade” (Season 1)

    I find new music through YouTube. I am fairly new to it. I figured I might as well look into it since everyone else is always talking about how they laugh super hard while watching.

    “…Wanna put my tender heart in a blender and watch it spend ’round to a beautiful oblivion…” 🙂

  3. October 19, 2010 10:57 am

    I love all for you! My favorite Pandora station right now is probably one eskimo- I recently discovered them on my favorite radio station. I love exercising to jazzy, more hip-hop things I don’t normally like to listen to. Hot ‘n cold is one of my favs 🙂

  4. October 19, 2010 10:57 am

    oh, thank you !! I thought I was the only one … I don’t know ANY new music, and rarely even listen to Pandora. last time I did it was Beastie Boys. my favorite. ❤

    I have an iPod and a karaoke machine full of older songs. I LOVE IT. 😀

  5. October 19, 2010 11:06 am

    I looove oldies too! Bring on the Beatles and the Beach Boys 🙂

  6. October 19, 2010 11:10 am

    Would you still love me if I said my favorite Pandora station was Michael Bolton? I KNOW. But, let me explain! It plays cheesy love songs (that I not-so-secretly love) and I can listen to it at work. This is my life…!

  7. October 19, 2010 11:34 am

    Oooh, new ideas for my playlist! I love all of these listed. I do have a few favorites from the present due to the random radio stations piped in at work. I usually listen to podcasts once it becomes untolerable or I’ve heard the same song four times in the same shift! I haven’t used Pandora in a while, so no favorite there. My favorite songs at the moment all are from Glee.

  8. October 19, 2010 11:44 am

    Mmmmmkay, I’d like to live in a world where I wasn’t introduced to California Gurls until SNL (side point, why did she name it “Gurls” and not “girls”?! why?!), in which case, I would have been too giddy at the sight of Amy and Seth reunited to even care about the come to life candyland musical number.

    Although I think I would say I’m semi-literate in new music… I listen to a variety of radio stations, get recommendations from friends and then youtube the songs. And, I’ll pretty much listen to anything, as evidence by the fact I’ve listened to country every day for a week on my morning commute. And if anyone was to find my ipod, they’d think it belonged to a musical schizophrenic. Rap? check, Glee soundtrack? check, cheesy 80’s love songs? check, R&B? check, country? check, Wicked soundtrack? check. Indie bands? check.

    In conclusion, I can’t get Pandora up here in the Northern Tundra, which drives me mental.

  9. October 19, 2010 11:49 am

    I’ve thought about writing a post like this! For some reason I can only run to dance music/rap/pop songs. I’m so picky when it comes to my running playlist!

    My favorite running songs right now:
    DJ Encore – See Right Through to You
    Drake featuring Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Eminem – Forever
    Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be
    Deadmouse – Ghosts N Stuff
    Usher feat. Pitbull – DJ Got us falling in love
    Rihanna – Only Girl in World

    Just to name a few…

    • October 19, 2010 11:51 am

      Case and point – the only song I know on your list is the Black Eyed Peas song, thanks to the DVDs at work.

      I may be prompted to check the others out! xo

  10. Jen permalink
    October 19, 2010 11:51 am

    State Street Brats!

  11. October 19, 2010 11:58 am

    Um we’re totally musical soulmates. I also have almost no music that’s not old. Love it. I’m prematurely old when it comes to tunes. I must download your running song selections asap!

  12. October 19, 2010 12:03 pm

    I’m the SAME way. I don’t listen to much music and my favorites are all old school things. I do listen to contemporary Christian on the radio in the car, but never am up to date with the popular tunes. I get things from Glee too. 😉

  13. Kenley permalink
    October 19, 2010 12:34 pm

    What are all these songs? 🙂 Girl, the 90s is even too “young” for me. I’m addicted to classic rock. 70s, 80s, big hair bands are the best to run/exercise to! Def Leppard, Journey, Depeche Mode, all provide great Pandora choices. My favorite to run to? Earth, Wind & Fire. 🙂 Who’da thunk! I highly advise this. 😀

  14. October 19, 2010 12:51 pm

    Can I just make a confession here?

    I love the lead singer from Eve 6. As in, I have the most ridiculous crush on him I am about to go YouTube some videos.

    Oh lord. In the video for “Promise” around 0:53 he winks. I just relived being 16. Also, I think it’s clear now that I really want a redheaded boyfriend that is a little bit of a punk.

    As for music? Hate the radio. Love rapping to Nicki Manaj. She’s ridiculous and so am I. Love running to Sara Bareilles (new album is amazing) and Coldplay and Florence and the Machine.

    But I love that guy from Eve 6 the most. Back to YouTube.

  15. October 19, 2010 1:43 pm

    I read the title and thought “that’s Eve 6″….

    I have too many favourite songs but Inside Out is one of them. For running to – Arctic Monkeys, The Futureheads, some Blur, anything that’s a bit fast…not that I am.

  16. Corey - The Runner's Cookie permalink
    October 19, 2010 2:55 pm

    When people look at my running playlist they usually make a face…I tend to pick songs with lyrics that I can relate to, not necessarily super upbeat songs. One of my favorite bands to listen to on long runs is U2

  17. October 19, 2010 5:20 pm

    I’m totally with you. The songs on my work out mix are all from my days teaching at NV + a little Britney mixed in. The CD I listen to most frequently is the Glee Soundtrack. The Pandora station on my ipod right now is a Journey station. I believe Baby A’s favorite song is Don’t Stop Believing 🙂 I also throw some Ike into the mix, but E says it it too inappropriate for Baby A, so I listen to it during occassional workouts too.

  18. Sis permalink
    October 19, 2010 6:37 pm

    I am with you, sis. Approximately 99% of the time I am in my car I am listening to NPR (actually, MPR, because as you know Minnesota has the best public radio). While I am not sure of my favorite song of all time, I am currently in love with the band Mumford and Sons; I especially enjoy their song “Little Lion Man.” At work I don’t typically listen to Pandora, instead I stream one of MPR’s channels from the cities — The Current. It features everything from Prince to Mumford and Sons, Cloud Cult to Brother Ali, Bob Dylan to Spoon. It is a GREAT station (and often features local artists too!).

    When I work out I typically pick a song and have iTunes “Genius” it. Some of my favorite work out playlists start with Jay Z’s “December 4th,” Train’s “Hey Soul Sister,” and Hockey’s “Song Away.”

    And as far as new music goes, I get a lot of that from the Current (seriously, you should start streaming it NOW). Also, my office is across from a female residence hall restroom, where they play lots of “today’s hits” (not so much of yesterday’s favorites).

  19. October 19, 2010 7:24 pm

    What is your favorite song of all times? Iris by Goo Goo Dolls. I can sing this til I’m blue in the face.
    -What is your favorite Pandora station as of late? It started as the Glee station but is now the showtunes station. I love singing to Avenue Q and Once Upon a Mattress in my office.
    -What was the last song (or current song) you heard? I listed to Defying Gravity before leaving for my errands this afternoon.
    -What kind of music do you most enjoy running/working out to? Showtunes and random mixes. The constant change keeps me interested and guessing so I want to keep running.
    -How do you find new music? Recommendations of friends and occasionally listening to the radio and then turning it off 😀

  20. October 19, 2010 8:31 pm

    Favorite Pandora stations:

    Mat Kearney
    Jack Johnson
    Kings of Leon

    This is just a few but I do have 80’s afternoon in my office every Friday afternoon which features a little Paula Abdul, Whitney Houston, etc. Love it!

  21. October 19, 2010 9:25 pm

    I am much the same as you with not listening to most current music, most of the stuff on the radio at the moment hurts my ears!

    I’m a big Beach Boys & AC/DC fan and I find running to fast paced songs tends to get me motivated. Lately I’ve been finding the following seeping into my running list:

    AC/DC – Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)
    Wolfmother – Woman
    Beach Boys: Do It Again
    Pendulum – Witchcraft (ok this is a new one)
    Journey – Any way you want it
    Washington – Sunday Best (another new one)

    I may or may not have a whole playlist dedicated to Glee songs also.

  22. SbugarDAD permalink
    October 20, 2010 5:52 am

    Funny that we have identical music choices on our ipods! 🙂

  23. gramshugs permalink
    October 20, 2010 11:06 pm

    favorite song…50 year old “MISTY”…by Johnny Mathis…gramps favorite also

  24. October 21, 2010 9:35 pm

    i am obsessed with 90’s music, your playlist looks like my kind of listening. 🙂 (p.s. i saw Third Eye Blind in concert many years back and have one of his guitar picks somewhere. sigh…)

    for running music, i listen to mostly hip hop and rock, anything i can match my strides to. that said, as of late it’s been Britney Spears “Blackout” album. there’s just something about cheesy music and running that go hand in hand…. 🙂


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