Your Power Songs: The Top 5 and More

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I asked and you answered—power songs. You know them instantly—those songs that always pump you up on a run, the songs you never skip when they pop up on your iPod, the songs that somehow get you to push just a little harder, even if for only three and a half minutes.

“I don’t pick the songs,” Tony Garcia of Fullerton, Calif., wrote about his power songs. “The songs pick me and my body responds.”

So if you need some extra inspiration for your winter runs, look up these songs as you cash in those iTunes gift cards that will inevitably find their way into your Christmas stockings and Hanukkah loot. These are the power songs that you the readers picked, or rather, picked you.

1) “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

Who knew? Eminem’s live-in-the-moment anthem was mentioned over and over by readers via comments, Facebook and Twitter. Eminem also got nominated for “Till I Collapse,” but “Lose Yourself” was far and away the readers’ fave.

2) “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin

I put Zeppelin’s ode to wanderlust at number two on my own power song list. It seems my readers did the same. And more than a few people gave Led Zeppelin the thumbs up in general for songs like “Over the Hills and Far Away” that help them get the, ahem, lead out.

3) “Animal” by Miike Snow and “Animal” by Neon Trees

It seems like people like songs named “Animal.” Both of these tunes got multiple votes.

4) Anything by Iron Maiden

Four Iron Maiden songs got shout-outs from different readers: “Fear of the Dark,” “The Trooper,” “Wasted Years” and “Run to the Hills.”

5) Limp Bizkit, Muse and Nina Simone

These artists each got nominated for two different songs by different people: “Re-Arranged” and “Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit, “Knights of Cydonia” and “Uprising” by Muse, and “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free” and “Sinnerman” by Nina Simone.

Finally, the songs from my list that got second votes include “Idioteque” by Radiohead, “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John, “Fa-Fa-Fa” by Datarock and “The Underdog” by Spoon.

From AC/DC to ZZ Top, other reader recommendations—and there were many—include:

“Back in Black” by AC-DC

“Bleeding is a Luxury” by Atreyu

“The Weight” by The Band

“The Funeral” by Band of Horses

“Walk on Water” by Basshunter

“Root Down” Beastie Boys

“I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas

“More and More” by Blood, Sweat & Tears

“Heroes” by David Bowie

“I Will Not Bow” by Breaking Benjamin

“The Distance” by Cake

“25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago

“Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn

“Mr. Syms” by John Coltrane

“One More Time” by Daft Punk

“#41” by Dave Matthews Band (live in Chicago version)

“Your Spirits Alive” by Dropkick Murphys

“Peaceful Easy Feeling” by Eagles

“Jupiter” by Earth Wind & Fire

Anything by Faith No More

“Teonova” by Maynard Ferguson

“Feeling Yourself Disintegrate” by The Flaming Lips

“Earth Jam” by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

“Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine

“Low” by Flo Rida

“Centerfield” by John Fogerty

“There’s Only One Way To Rock” by Sammy Hagar

“Rockit” by Herbie Hancock

“Use the Force” by Jamiroquai

“Tik Tok” by Ke$ha

“My Sherona” by The Knack

“Get Outta Your Mind” by Lil Jon

“Hey Driver” by Lucky Boys Confusion

“Holiday” by Madonna

“Unto the Resplendent” by The Mermen

“Shake It” by Metro Station

“Kickstart My Heart” by Mötley Crüe

“I’m Not Okay” by My Chemical Romance

“No Lies” by Noiseworks

“Nessun Dorma” by Luciano Pavarotti

“Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry

“Chalkdust Torture” by Phish

“Lisztomania” by Phoenix

“Black-Eyed” by Placebo

“Like a Friend” by Pulp

“Vivrant Thing” by Q-Tip

“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

“Gonna Fly Now” aka “Theme From Rocky” from Rocky

“Against the Wind” by Bob Seger

“The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” by Simon & Garfunkel

“Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira

“Blue Moon” by Frank Sinatra

“Underdog” by Sly & The Family Stone

“Dakota” by Stereophonics

“You Had Me” by Joss Stone

“Eye of the Tiger” by Suvivor

“Alligator” by Tegan and Sara

“Your English is Good” by Tokyo Police Club

“Mansard Roof” by Vampire Weekend

“Running With the Devil” by Van Halen

“Still of the Night” by Whitesnake

“Brooklyn” by Youngblood Brass Band

“Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon

“Gimme All Your Lovin’” by ZZ Top

And last but not least…

“Twice As Hard” by The Black Crowes. “Why?” one anonymous poster wrote. “Well, I’m training for the 2011 London Marathon, and I like to remind myself it’s going to be at least twice as hard as training for a half.” Truer words were never spoken.

Thanks for sharing everyone. I know exactly what I’ll be downloading for all my treadmill runs this winter.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


12 2010

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  1. 1

    I’ve also found that Florence and the Machine’s “Cosmic Love” is awesome and very powerful.

  2. 2

    I’ve also found that Florence and the Machine’s “Cosmic Love” is awesome and very powerful.

    Great list!

  3. 3

    Nice choices. Especially Ramble On.
    Can also highly recommend Kanye West – Stronger