My Exercise Playlist

Well, everyone’s exercise playlist is different, and here’s mine. There is much on here that’s not really at a great exercise tempo. I’ve finally decided that there must be two things going on: I pick songs based on karma, and in many cases these songs go back to when I was younger – and faster!


A-Ha – Take On Me
A-Ha – Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale
A-Ha – The Sun Always Shines On T.V.
A-Ha –  Here I Stand And Face The Rain


After Hours Community Band – Forge of Vulcan


The Alan Parsons Project – Some Other Time
The Alan Parsons Project – Prime Time
The Alan Parsons Project – Don’t Answer Me


Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah – Lake Shore Drive


Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe – Brother Of Mine – I) The Big Dream, II) Nothing Can Come Between Us, III) Long Lost Brother Of Mine


Jon Anderson – For You For Me
Jon Anderson – Everybody Loves You
Jon Anderson – Olympia


The Apartments – The Shyest Time


Aphrodite’s Child – Aegian Sea


Asia – The Heat Goes On
Asia – Eye To Eye
Asia – Heat Of The Moment
Asia – Wildest Dreams
Asia – Cutting It Fine
Asia – Go


Klaus Badelt – The Medallion Calls
Klaus Badelt – He’s A Pirate


Banks, Tony – This Is Love
Banks, Tony – Man Of Spells
Banks, Tony – Thirty Three’s
Banks, Tony – Charm


Beach Boys, The – Good Vibrations


Big Country – In a Big Country (Radio)


Nikki Blonsky – Good Morning Baltimore
Nikki Blonsky – I Can Hear The Bells
Blood, Sweat & Tears – Lucretia MacEvil


Blue Man Group – Above
Blue Man Group & Tracy Bonham – Up to the Roof
Blue Man Group, Tracy Bonham & Rob Swift – I Feel Love


Blue Öyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper


Tracy Bonham – Shine

Boston – Peace of Mind
Boston – Foreplay/Long Time


Bowie, David – Changes
Bowie, David – Rebel Rebel
Bowie, David – Golden Years


The Buggles – Adventures in Modern Recording
The Buggles – I Am a Camera
The Buggles – Rainbow Warrior
The Buggles – Living in the Plastic Age
The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio-star
The Buggles – Kid Dynamo
The Buggles – I Miss You (Miss Robot)
The Buggles – Clean Clean
The Buggles – Elstree
The Buggles – Johnny on the Monorail


The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man
The Byrds – I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better
The Byrds – The Bells of Rhymney
The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
The Byrds – All I Really Want to Do
The Byrds – Chimes of Freedom
The Byrds – Eight Miles High


Camper Van Beethoven – Pictures Of Matchstick Men


Chase – Open Up Wide
Chase –  Get It On


Chicago – 25 Or 6 To 4


Chilliwack – Fly At Night


Cleveland Symphonic Winds; Frederick Fennell, cond. – Commando March


Coldplay – Clocks


Cranberries, The – Linger


Cream – Badge


Crosby, Stills & Nash – Suite: Judy Blue Eyes


Dallas Wind Symphony – Little Suite #1- Rondo
Deep Purple – Hush


Derek & The Dominos – Layla

Neil Diamond – Solitary Man

Disney – Sanctuary! (Hunchback of Notre Dame Score)
Disney – Honor To Us All (Mulan Score)
Disney – I’ll Make A Man Out Of You (Mulan Score)
Disney – I Won’t Say (I’m In Love) (Hercules Score)


Dolby, Thomas – She Blinded Me With Science
Dolby, Thomas – Flying North
Dolby, Thomas – Europa And The Pirate Twins
Dolby, Thomas – One Of Our Submarines


The Doobie Brothers – Long Train Runnin’
The Doobie Brothers – Listen to the Music
The Doobie Brothers – Black Water
The Doobie Brothers – It Keeps You Runnin’


Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Changing States
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – The Enemy God
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – The Barbarian
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tank
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Fire
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tank
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Hoedown
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus (Conclusion)/Take a Pebble
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Abaddon’s Bolero
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tank


Emerson, Lake And Powell – Touch And Go


Enya – Caribbean Blue
Enya – Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)


Ethos – Intrepid Traveler
Ethos – The Spirit Of Music
Ethos – Long Dancer


Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again


Fixx – The One Thing Leads To Another
Fixx – The Red Skies
Fixx – The Stand Or Fall ( Live )


Fleetwood Mac – Tusk


A Flock of Seagulls – Wishing (I Had A Photograph Of You)


Focus – Sylvia
Focus – House of the King
Focus – Hocus Pocus (Reprise)
Focus – Hocus Pocus

John Fogerty – Rock And Roll Girls

Furniture – Brilliant Mind


Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers
Peter Gabriel – Shock The Monkey
Peter Gabriel – Biko


Genesis – Follow You Follow Me
Genesis – Turn It On Again
Genesis – Watcher of the Skies (New Stereo Mix)
Genesis – Abacab
Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Genesis – Squonk (Live)
Genesis – The Carpet Crawl (Live)
Genesis – Robbery, Assault and Battery (Live)
Genesis – Afterglow (Live)
Genesis – Firth of Fifth (Live)
Genesis – I Know What I Like (Live)
Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Live)
Genesis – The Musical Box (Closing Section) [Live]
Genesis – Cinema Show (Live)
Genesis – Dance On a Volcano (Live)
Genesis – Los Endos (Live)
Genesis – Turn It On Again (Live)
Genesis – Abacab (Live)
Genesis – Afterglow (Live)
Genesis – One for the Vine (Live)
Genesis – Fountain of Salmacis (Live)
Genesis – Dance On A Volcano
Genesis – Squonk
Genesis – A Trick Of The Tail
Genesis – One For The Vine


Giovannini, Caesar – Jubilance – An Overture


Glass, Philip – Opening
Glass, Philip – Closing


Grateful Dead – Touch Of Grey


Grey, Barry – stingrayTitles
Grey, Barry – zerog (Fireball XL-5 opening titles)


Grimethorpe Colliery Band – Floral Dance


GTR – When The Heart Rules The Mind
GTR – Imagining


Guthrie, Arlo – City Of New Orleans


Haslam, Annie – Moonlight Shadow


Havermanns, Cyril – The Humpbacked Flute Player


Heart – Crazy On You


The Hollies – Bus Stop
The Hollies – Carrie-Anne
The Hollies – Stop, Stop, Stop
The Hollies – Look Through Any Window
The Hollies – Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress


Howe, Steve – Pleasure Stole The Night
Howe, Steve – Running The Human Race


Intergalactic Touring Band – Heartbreaker


The J Geils Band – Centerfold
The J Geils Band – Freeze-Frame
The J Geils Band – Love Stinks


James Gang – Bomber: Closet Queen/Bolero/Cast Your Fate to the Wind


Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love


Jethro Tull – Living In The Past


Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – All Along the Watchtower


Jobson, Eddie/Zinc – Green Face
Jobson, Eddie/Zinc – Listen to Reason


Jon and Vangelis – Friends of Mr. Cairo, The


Michael Kamen – From The Earth To The Moon Main Theme
Michael Kamen – From The Earth To The Moon End Theme
Kansas – Relentless
Kansas – Got to Rock On
Kansas – Belexes
Kansas – Journey From Mariabronn
Kansas – The Wall
Kansas – Questions of My Childhood
Kansas – Cheyenne Anthem
Kansas – People of the South Wind
Kansas – Song For America
Kansas – Musicatto


King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man Including Mirrors
King Crimson – The Court Of The Crimson King Including The Return Of The Fire Witch And The Dance Of The Puppets


Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Music from ‘The Right Stuff’
Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Star Trek: Main Theme (The Movie)
Greg Lake – Nuclear Attack
Greg Lake – Retribution Drive


David Lanz – Vesuvius
David Lanz – Dancing On The (Berlin) Wall
David Lanz – Dark Horse
David Lanz – Firedance
David Lanz – Tuesday Afternoon
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
Led Zeppelin – Rock & Roll
Led Zeppelin – Four Sticks
Led Zeppelin – Going To California
Led Zeppelin – Kashmir


Kerry Livgren AD – Beyond the Pale
Kerry Livgren AD – Slow Motion Suicide


London Wind Orchestra / Holst – Suite No. 1 in E flat major – III – March
London Wind Orchestra / Vaughan Williams – Toccata Marziale for military band


Mannheim Steamroller – Going To Another Place
Mannheim Steamroller – Mere Image
Mannheim Steamroller – The Cricket
Mannheim Steamroller – Midnight On A Full Moon
Mannheim Steamroller – Four Rows Of Jacks
Mannheim Steamroller – Come Home To The Sea


March Violets – Turn To The Sky
Don McLean – American Pie


Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance
Men Without Hats – Eurotheme
Men Without Hats – Folk of the 80’s
Men Without Hats – Pop Goes The World

Sergio Mendez & Brazil ’66 – Mas Que Nada

Mo’Rockin – Omrienti
Mo’Rockin – Desert Rose


The Moody Blues – The Voice
The Moody Blues – Painted Smile/Reflective Smile/Veteran Cosmic Rocker
The Moody Blues – Steppin’ In A Slide Zone
The Moody Blues – I’ll Be Level With You
Moody Blues, The – Go Now
Moody Blues, The – Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
Moody Blues, The – I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)
Moody Blues, The – Forever Autumn
Moody Blues, The – Your Wildest Dreams
Moody Blues, The – I Know Your Out There Somewhere
Moody Blues, The – Lunch Break: Peak Hour
Moody Blues, The – Evening: The Sun Set : Twilight Time
Moody Blues, The – The Story In Your Eyes
Moody Blues, The – Visions Of Paradise
Moody Blues, The – Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
Moody Blues, The – For My Lady
Moody Blues, The – Nights in White Satin
Moody Blues, The – Legend of a Mind
Moody Blues, The – Veteran Cosmic Rocker


Nazz – Forget All About It


Nice – Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon
Nice – My Back Pages
Nice – Hang On To A Dream
Nice – Rondo ’69


Oldfield, Mike – Punkadiddle
Oldfield, Mike – To France
Oldfield, Mike – Family Man
Oldfield, Mike – Let There Be Light


Osbourne, Ozzy – Iron Man


Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Electricity
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay


Premiata Forneria Marconi –  Celebration-World Became the World


Procol Harum – Conquistador


R.E.M. – The One I Love
R.E.M. – Fall On Me


Renaissance – Can You Understand
Renaissance – Ashes Are Burning
Renaissance – Touching Once(Is So Hard To Keep)
Renaissance – Opening Out
Renaissance – Can You Hear Me?
Renaissance – Opening Out
Renaissance – Northern Lights


REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You


Richard Rodgers – Song Of The High Seas


Romantics, The – Talking In Your Sleep

Kevin Rowland & Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen

Rundgren, Todd – Hello It’s Me
Rundgren, Todd – I Saw The Light
Rundgren, Todd – Bang On The Drum All Day


Rush – Fly By Night
Rush – 2112: Overture / The Temples of Syrinx (Chronicles Version)
Rush – The Spirit of Radio
Rush – Freewill
Rush – Limelight
Rush – Tom Sawyer


Scottish National Orchestra / Neeme Järvi – Festive Overture Op. 96


Shooting Star – Last Chance


Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson
Simon & Garfunkel – The Boxer
Simon & Garfunkel – I Am A Rock


Smith, Claude T. – Intrada: Adoration & Praise


Steppenwolf – Sparkle Eyes


Cat Stevens – Peace Train


The Strawbs – Lay Down
Strawbs – Hero and Heroine


Styx – Crystal Ball
Styx – Mr. Roboto
Styx – Man Of Miracles
Styx – Sing for the Day
Styx – Lady ’95


Supertramp – The Logical Song
Supertramp – Goodbye Stranger
Supertramp – Breakfast in America
Supertramp – Child of Vision
Supertramp – School
Supertramp – Hide in Your Shell
Supertramp – Dreamer
Supertramp – Sister Moonshine
Supertramp – A Soapbox Opera
Supertramp – Give A Little Bit
Supertramp – Babaji
Supertramp – Fool’s Overture
Supertramp – Crazy
Supertramp – It’s Raining Again


Surfaris – Wipeout


Toon Tunes–  Jonny Quest


Toto – Rosanna
Toto – Africa


Pete Townshend – And I Moved
Townshend, Pete – Overture (Tommy)
Townshend, Pete – See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You (Reprise)


The Tubes – She’s A Beauty


U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love)
U2 – New Year’s Day


UK – Nothing to Lose


Utopia – You Make Me Crazy
Utopia – Caravan
Utopia – Feet Don’t Fail Me Now


Vega, Suzanne – Luka


Virginia Wind Symphony – Rhythm of the Winds


Wakeman, Rick – Going For The One
Wakeman, Rick – Siberian Khatru


The Who – I Can See For Miles
The Who – Athena
The Who – Eminence Front
The Who – The Kids Are Alright
The Who – Love Reign O’er Me
The Who – Baba O’Riley (Remixed Version)
The Who – Bargain
The Who – Going Mobile
The Who – Behind Blue Eyes

John Williams – The Time Tunnel – Main Title

Mason Williams And Mannheim Steamroller – Classical Gas
Mason Williams And Mannheim Steamroller – Vancouver Island
Mason Williams And Mannheim Steamroller – Baroque-A-Nova
Yes – Shoot High Aim Low
Yes – Tempus Fugit (Tracking Session)
Yes – Dancing Through the Light
Yes – Siberian Khatru
Yes – Roundabout
Yes – Going For The One
Yes – Awaken
Yes – No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
Yes – The Prophet
Yes – Astral Traveller
Yes – Dear Father
Yes – Future Times / Rejoice
Yes – I’ve Seen All Good People
Yes – Parallels
Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Yes – Changes
Yes – Cinema


Young, Neil – Cinnamon Girl
Young, Neil – Hey, Hey, My My (Into the Black)


Zebra – Tell Me What You Want
Zebra – Who’s Behind the Door


The Zombies – Time Of The Season


10,000 Maniacs – Candy Everybody Wants

2 thoughts on “My Exercise Playlist

  1. I realize this is one of your older post, I just started working out and my playlist is not very motivating. Whats your top 5 suggestions?? I m not really into rap or electronic. I m southern so I prefer country music but clearly most of that genre is not something that makes you want to run 5 miles lol

    • Sorry for the delay ( I seem to say that a lot).

      I understand exactly what you’re saying! I noted that a lot of the music on my playlist isn’t really stuff that has a rhythm or pulse that has that “perfect 180 beats per minute for running”, in fact far from it. I think it’s a very individual thing. In my case, I discovered that, subconsciously, a lot of my exercise music was stuff from my much younger years (back when any music would have been carried in your head), and it simply reminded me of when I was fast!

      I think that, no matter what you pick, it simply has to be something you like. Or, at least, that works for what you are doing at the time – and yes, I think I just contradicted myself here. I remember that I absolutely hated disco back in the ’70’s (well, still do, actually). But something occurred to me was that disco is great – WHEN YOU’RE IN A DISCO! So maybe you just give some of the “run pacing stuff” a try. Otherwise, if I were you I would country away!

      Unfortunately, I’m afraid I can’t help much on the “run pacing stuff”. In fact, I am generally listening to music while running a bit less now, or at least not one hundred percent of the time. It’s not a sad thing although it sounds that way. There are a couple for reasons. One is that you are not allowed to listen to music during triathlon, so as I raced more I got used to that. Of course “race day” is different and you don’t miss it like you might think you would! Also, some of my workouts have segments (do something for 30 seconds, something else for 15, repeat 30 times) and I program those on my watch and need to hear it beep at me (the beep does a countdown but the vibration doesn’t).

      Sorry I’m not much help there, but thanks for an interesting question. Best of luck!

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