Walking in Song

Ready to Walk with Music and Water Bottle
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I asked you to send in your favorite songs that included the word Walking in the title or somehow applied to walking. I got a list that surely surpasses anything a search engine could produce!

Research has shown that walking to music motivates walkers to walk farther, and an unusual side benefit is that walking with music actually makes you smarter!

My Favorite Walking Songs:

I'm Gonna Be -- The Proclaimers (I would walk 500 miles...)
I Can See Clearly Now (the Rain is Gone) - Johnny Nash
These Boots were made for Walking -- Nancy Sinatra
Walk of Life - Dire Straits
Walkin' on the Sun by Smash Mouth
Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
Baker Street -- Jerry Rafferty (light in your head and dead on your feet...)
Footloose -- Kenny Loggins
Walking on Air - Katy Perry
Fire Walk With Me (Twin Peaks Theme)
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
I'm Walkin' by Fats Domino (yes indeed, I'm talkin'...)
Love's Been Good To Me by Rod McKuen.

(I have been a rover, I have walked alone...)
Tennessee Bird Walk - Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan (love those novelty tunes)
The Long and Winding Road -- the Beatles
The Happy Wanderer My knapsack on my back, val-de-ree......
Walk Like A Man - Bruce Springsteen, Four Seasons, Frankie Valli, Grand Funk Railroad
Walk Like An Egyptian - Bangles
Walk Right In - Rooftop Singers, New Christy Minstrels (baby let your mind roll on....)
Walk This Way - Aerosmith, Run-D.M.C.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Walking in Rhythm (moving in sound....)
Wanderer - Dion (he keeps away from Runaround Sue, too!), Donna Summer
You'll Never Walk Alone - from "Carousel" - Andy Williams, Jim Nabors, Judy Garland, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Pink Floyd (When you walk through a storm hold your head up high....)

If you want to select music by pace, check out the PaceDJ app to analyze your music library and create a playlist, or these suggested by walkers:

Volkswalker Specials:

Think of these the next time you are out on a 10K walking event.

A Walk in the Black Forest (That's where the IVV began)
Cool Walk - Oscar Peterson Trio (far preferred to hot walks)
Do the Stroll (your own pace)
Easy Walker - Stanley Terrentine
I Go Walkin' After Midnight -- Patsy Cline (not allowed on year-round events, but we have some midnight special walks)
I Shall Not Walk Alone - Ben Harper (ah, come to the event anyway, you'll meet somebody new!)
I Took a Walk - Shawn Phillips
I Walk Alone (great, we'll let you!)
I Was Born Under A Wandering Star (slow paced song not recommended to set a racewalking pace)
I'll Walk Alone -- Jayne Morgan (no problemo!)
I'll Walk With You (sung by Della Reese - "Touched By An Angel" theme)
I'm Walking Behind You (don't follow me, I can't read the map....)
Joy Walk - William Belote
Just Walkin In The Rain - Johnny Ray (I'm drip-dry)
Keep Walkin' On (sung by Faith Hill) (You're only at 5K...)
Lonesome Road - Full Access (been there!)
Mein Vater war ein Wandersman (The Happy Wanderer)(val-de-ree, val-de-rah)
(I Can See For) Miles and Miles -- The Who (The reward for those hill walks!)
Museum Walk - Tangerine Dream (great point of interest)
Night Walk - Rick Braun (love those night walk events!)
On the Road Again (Turn the Page)--Bob Seegar (for less good walks)
On the Road Again -- Willie Nelson (for good walks)
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back -- Bruce Springsteen (sounds like a Florida beach walk!)
Ramblin' Boy - Tom Paxton (we need more Boy Scouts on the trail)
San Antonio Stroll -- Tanya Tucker (home of the AVA)
Roundabout --Yes (for up and backs)
Take A Walk - Michael Brecker
Telegraph Road--Dire Straits (lyric "walked 30 miles with a pack on his back")
The Dirt Road - Sawyer Brown (been there!)
The Walk - Sawyer Brown, T.

The Walker - Duane Eddy
The Way We Walk - Genesis
Walk All Over Georgia - Louisiana Red
Walk Away A Winner - Kathy Mattea (Should be our theme song - everybody is a winner in volkssporting)
Walk Awhile - Fairport Convention (usually about 2 hours for 10K)
Walk Don't Run - Ventures (You can go your own pace, run if you wish!)
Walk In The Night - Junior Walker/All Stars (But be back by the finish time)
Walk Into Light - Ian Anderson
Walk On - Neil Young, Reba McEntire, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Walk On The Water - Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Diamond (No, you don't get volksswim credit)
Walk Out In The Rain - Eric Clapton (easy way to wash your walk clothes)
Walk Softly - Billy "Crash" Craddock
Walk Softly On The Bridge - Mel Street (no marching, please!)
Walk Tall - Count Basic (correct walking form)
Walk The Dog - Laurie Anderson (for all our doggie friends)
Walk with Me (invite a friend!)
Walkin' and Talkin' (what we always do)
Walkin' and Talkin' to Myself' (sometimes I end up alone...)
Walkin' Back To San Antonio - Hank Thompson (heading for the AVA Headquarters again!)
Walkin' By Myself - Jimmy Rogers, Johnny Winter (no problemo!)

Walkin' By The River - Ella Fitzgerald (love those sights)
Walkin' Down The Road - Ozark Mountain Daredevils (keep on the left side!)
Walkin' In The Rain - Grace Jones, Jay/Americans, Marvin Gaye, Ronettes
Walkin' In The Rain With The One I Love - Love Unlimited (the preferred rainy walk)
Walking Man - James Taylor
Walking Shoes - Tanya Tucker (SAS, NaturalSPORT, or Nike?)
Walking Slow - Jackson Brown (Sometimes you just gotta take it slow)
Walking Through the Country (Love the country walks!)
Wandering - James Taylor
Wanna Go Walking - Bruce Cockburn (Canadian singer/songwriter)
Way I Walk - Jack Scott
We Both Walk - Lorrie Morgan
We Shall Walk - Full Access
When I Reach The Place I'm Going - Patty Loveless (Ah, the finish line is in sight!)
Wherever I May Roam - Metallica (Just try to stay on the trail)
Women Walk More Determined - Kristin Lems (Let's go!)

Tougher Walks:

Against the Wind - Bob Seegar
A Walk Across the Rooftops - The Blue Nile
(Take A) Walk on the Wild Side Lou Reed. (doop a doop a doop a doop)
A Walk in the Clouds - Maurice Jarre (really got some altitude...)
Climb Every Mountain - Sound of Music (Ford every stream, follow every rainbow...)
Journey to the Center of the Earth--Rick Wakeman (entirely about a LONG walk)
Walk Between Raindrops - Donald Fagen (tough to do...)
Walk Into the Wind - Perfume (been there....)
Walk On The Ocean - Toad The Wet Sprocket
Walking Across Egypt - Tarwater Band (better take lots of water)
Walking In Space - Quincy Jones (I wanna GO!!!!!!!)
Walking in the Sand (Just try this in Florida!)
Walking In The Wind - Traffic
Walking On A Thin Line - Huey Lewis/News
Walking On Broken Glass - Annie Lennox (OUCH!!!!

Not recommended)
Walkin' All Night - Little Feat (must be the Portland to Coast Walk)
Walking Through Fire - Mary Chapin Carpenter (Not recommended, go around!)

Boo, Hiss...

Don't Walk - Hank Mobley
You Cannot Walk Here - Birmingham 6
Why Walk When You Can Fly - Mary Chapin Carpenter

The Rest of the List:

All Walk Alone - Karla Bonhoff
Bailey's Walk - Pixies
Cat Walk - John Coltrane
Darktown Strutters Ball
Don't Walk Away Renee - Four Tops, Left Banke
Dream Walk - Keiko Matsui
Freedom Walk - Outlaws
From a Sidewalk Cafe
Grand Walkaround
I Walk in the Garden Alone
I'm Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves)
Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Just Walk Away
Leaving Here Walking -- Jimmy Burns
Mango Walk
Maniac -- Michael Sorbello (remember the foot action in the video?)
One Day I Walk
Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line -- Waylon Jennings
Rambling Rose
Rebel Walk - Duane Eddy
She Walked Beside the Wagon (sung by Lorrie Morgan)
Shuffle off to Buffalo
Sleep Walk - Santo and Johnny - early 60's
Sometimes by Step -- Rich Mullins
Stray Cat Strut
The Stroll
Tiger Walk - Robben Ford
Under the Board Walk
Walk - Pantera
Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Bryan Ferry, Elvis Presley, Joe South
Walk A Thin Line - Fleetwood Mac
Walk All Over You - AC/DC
Walk Away - Cheap Trick, Dionne Warwick, Donna Summer, Indigo Girls, James Gang, Joe Walsh, Michael Bolton, Sisters of Mercy, Tom Kell
Walk Away From Love - David Ruffin
Walk in Fields of Gold - Sting
Walk In My Mind - Siegel-Schwall Band
Walk My Way - Beth Nielsen Chapman
Walk On By - Dionne Warwick, Issac Hayes, Leroy Van Dyke, Melissa Manchester, Sybil
Walk on Faith - Mike Reid
Walk On Out of My Mind - Waylon Jennings
Walk On Water - Dio, Eddie Money, Marc Cohn, Marillion, T. Graham Brown
Walk Right Back - Anne Murray, Everly Brothers
Walk Right On - Stefan Andersson
Walk Right up to the Sun
Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine - Bill Monroe, Joey Weiz, Kentucky Headhunters
Walk That Walk - Fabulous Thunderbirds
Walk The Dinosaur - George Clinton/Goombas
Walk The Way The Wind Blows - Hot Rize, Kathy Mattea
Walk Through This World With Me - George Jones
Walk to the Water - U2
Walk Together Rock Together - 7 Seconds
Walk Under Ladders - Joan Armatrading
Walk With Faith in your Heart
Walk, The - Cure, Eurythmics, Jimmy McCracklin, Rufus Thomas, Sawyer Brown
Walkaway Joe - Trisha Yearwood
Walkin' - Bobby McFerrin, Cleve Francis, Miles Davis, Willie Nelson
Walkin' A Broken Heart - Don Williams
Walkin' After Midnight - Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn, Oak Ridge Boys, Patsy Cline
Walkin' Away - Clint Black
Walkin' Back To Georgia - Jim Croce
Walkin' Blues - Big Joe Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Greateful Dead, Hindu Love Gods, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Robert Johnson, Roy Rogers
Walkin' In Jerusalem - Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs
Walkin' My Baby Back Home - Johnny Ray, Nat King Cole
Walkin' on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves)
Walkin' One & Only - Maria Mudlaur
Walkin' on the Moon - The-Dream and Kanye West
Walkin' The Dog - Aerosmith, Luther Allison, Rolling Stones, Rufus Thomas
Walkin' the Floor Over You -- Ernest Tubb
Walkin' to New Orleans - Fats Domino or Chubby Checker - not sure which
Walkin', Talkin'...Beatin' Broken Heart - Highway 101
Walking and Crying
Walking Away - Information SWociety
Walking Back to Richmond - Dry Brance Fire Squad
Walking Down Madison - Kristy MacColl
Walking Dream - Patsy Cline
Walking In L.A. - Missing Persons
Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohn
Walking in the Rain
Walking in the Rain with The One I Love
Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues - Whitesnake
Walking In The Sun - Rufus, Zombies
Walking In The Sunshine - Frank Sinatra, Roger Miller, Statler Brothers
Walking Into Sunshine - Central Line
Walking My Cat Named Dog
Walking on Sunshine - Eddy Grant, Katrina/Waves
Walking on the Moon -- Sting (Police?)
Walking on the Sun by Smash Mouth
Walking the Blues
Walking the Boogie
Walking the Dog
Walking The Floor Over You - Asleep At The Wheel, Ernest Tubb, Sandy Denny, Webb Pierce
Walking The Ghost - James
Walking to Memphis - Marc Cohn
Walking To New Orleans - Fats Domino
Walking up Alone
Walks Like A Lady - Journey
Waltz Across Texas
When You Walk in the Room - Paul Carrack
Who Walks in When I Walk Out? (old ragtime song)
Women Walk The Line - Emmylou Harris, Highway 101, Trisha Yearwood

Many thanks to the dozens of contributors, especially from Walklist

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