The heat has broken in most of the country, and the days are filled with crisp fall air. But it is not winter yet. NOT. WINTER. YET. We are going to cling to these last days of pleasant weather with every fiber of our beings! Get out and enjoy it!
This playlist is full of upbeat songs that will make it easy to go for a light, fall-weather jog, or a longer run. Running is repetitive, so these are songs to help get into the groove of that. And with 40 minutes of music, this playlist is perfect for those of us just learning to run, as well as the heroes currently training for the fall marathons. Or if you just aren't feeling it (or it's raining), this playlist is also suitable for dancing in one's bedroom.
But, really, you should get outside. Who knows how much time we have left?
"If I Go" by Ella Eyre
Start your run with the rhythmic beats and soulful voice of Ella Eyre, the 20-year-old British songstress. "Will you love me when I come back?" you will sing to your past, non-running self.
"Tough Love" by Jessie Ware
Jessie Ware's new album, Tough Love, drops October 21, and this is the debut single. It brilliantly showcases Ware's vocal range and ability, and it's catchy bass line will keep you moving.
"Wings" by Haerts
Haerts is a Brooklyn indie-pop band with a twinge of German pop inspiration. Haerts's first full-length album drops October 27, making now the perfect time to let the group's harmonies and stop-and-start style sink into your eardrums.
"Lost in My Bedroom" by Sky Ferreira
By this point in the run, you're warmed up and ready to go. With her danceable rhythms and electronic background, Sky Ferreira still manages to record a song with a pop-rock rhythm and a guitar solo.
"Timebomb" by Tove Lo
The Swedes rule pop music, and Tove Lo's new album, Timebomb, is electro pop at its catchiest and rhymiest. The entire chorus of this song is "You and I are a time bomb/bomb/bomb/bomb/bomb/ We're not forever. You're not the one. You and I are a timebomb." It's repetitive, sure, but you will love it. Trust us.
"I Love It" by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX
Charli XCX wrote this song for Icona Pop, and it is pure, angry pop, which is to say it's really unhappy but really upbeat. "I threw your shit into a bag and pushed it down the stairs," the singers yell in happy voices! Pretending to be happy while actually being really angry? Sounds like running to us!
"How To Be A Heartbreaker" by Marina and The Diamonds
"Rule number one/ is that you gotta have fun/ but baby when you're done/ you gotta be the first to run," Marina sings at the beginning of this song. Good job. You're well on your way to being a heartbreaker.
"On Our Way" by The Royal Concept
The Royal Concept is the indie-pop version of One Direction. These Swedes create beautiful harmonies, and their debut single was titled "Damn." Sounds like a great fit to us.
"Break The Rules" by Charli XCX
Here's some more music from Charli XCX, one of the biggest up-and-coming pop stars, who drops her new album in December. "Break the Rules" is a song with momentum, heavy bass, and a big heaping of teen angst.
"La Belle Epoque" by Kent
Does this list really need more Swedish electro pop? Of course it does if it's Kent! This group has a bit more of a rock feel, actually. They also sing in Swedish, but by this point in your run, you will have pushed through all known human barriers and will speak all languages. If not, you can take solace in the fact that Kent is also literally the most popular band in Sweden, having won 20 Swedish Grammys.
"Paper Heart" by Chlöe Howl
Chlöe Howl is a more pop version of singer-songwriter Laura Marling. Her songs center on romantic relationships and their feelings, which is unsurprising because she's only 19. She lost the 2014 BRIT Awards: Critics Choice Award to Sam Smith, but not by much, making her a name you should know. This song is great, and so is she.
"Youth" by Foxes
Louisa Rose Allen, the voice and face of Foxes, creates a song that is the perfect wind-down tune for this playlist. She is gentle, and subtle with her use of careful drums, and it creates a song with a quiet, beautiful energy. Listen to it while you are passed out on your lawn, trying not to die.
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