Favorite Walking Music Mixes and Playlists

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What music do you walk to? Enjoy these walking workout music mix recommendations from walkers.
Walkers' Favorite Workout Music

Making Your Mixes Match Beats Per Minute - BPM

If you want to set the right pace, selecting music based on its beats per minute will help you keep in rhythm. A good walking beats per minute is from 115 to 120.

PaceDJ App: This iOS or Android app searches your mobile music for songs that match your chosen beats per minute so you can build your own playlist.

If you are looking for new tunes, they also have suggested playlists for moderate walk, easy walk, and runs.
Review: PaceDJ app

Freeware: "With a freeware program I found, I analyze beats-per-minute and sort a variety of music so I can start slow, work up to almost a jog, and then cool down over an hour (about 4 miles). It's fun to match my steps exactly to the beat like a dance. Old rock & roll like the Stones, Irish folk songs, ambient new age--anything with a beat from 110 to 135." Jainen.
Software for Mobile DJs
BeaTunes: A shareware iTunes helper that analyzes the beats per minute of your music library and helps you organize your iTunes library.

Podcasts

Podrunner: Free weekly 1 hour podcast
"I am addicted now to a free podcast download from iTunes called Podrunner. The mid range fixed beats per minute options are really great for when I am doing my speed training for an event. They help me keep my pace.

The lower range is good for days I am just trying to get off the couch and move. It is relaxing to me to have the uninterrupted block of sound, I forget distractions, and can't help matching my steps to the beat. Many thanks to djsteveboy who provides this free podcast service. He is my new hero." LB
Available from iTunes or Beatport.com

Albums

Deborah Cox "Remixed" - R&B
"I walk on the treadmill to a Deborah Cox CD titled "Remixed". The beat matches my walking speed of 3.9. It's perfect and keeps me going when I need it the most." Paul
Buy from Amazon.com

Dixie Chicks "Taking the Long Way" - Country
"When I walk, I listen almost exclusively to the Dixie Chicks. They have a great mix of really nice fast paced songs and some that are good for warm ups and cool downs." MK
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Juice Newton "Greatest Hits: Nashville" - Country
"I rediscovered Juice Newton this summer and I love her music for its fun, emotion, and beat. I use "Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me" as my power song when I need to pick up the pace." Wendy Bumgardner
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Hosanna Integrity "Shout to the Lord 2000" - Christian Rock
"Some very good, hard-driving, fast songs such as "Friends in High Places", "My Redeemer Lives" and "Jesus is Alive". Some slow ones two, but I always double-time to those!" NH
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Mozart Still Moves Us: Classical Music
Two walkers wrote to say they enjoy good old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Geoff listens to classical music while walking and prefers Mozart in the classic style. But another walker likes the Hooked On Classics version.
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ABBA "The Definitive Collection": 70's Pop
Debby writes: "It has several songs that are just the right pace for me when I'm walking quickly and also several that work for the "cool'down" pace." I agree with Debby, I put the faster ones on my iPod nano for the marathon.
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Songs

"I Can See for Miles and Miles" The Who
"One song that goes through my head on my walks when I do a short jog sprint is "I Can See For Miles and Miles" by the Who. The words that come into my head though, are "I Can RUN for Miles and Miles." IC

"I'm Gonna Be (I Would Walk 500 Miles)" The Proclaimers
Not only about walking, but it's Scottish!

Audiobooks

For many years I've walked while listening to audiobooks. Here are my favorites for fiction:
Top 10 Fiction Audiobooks

Brian's Walking Music Mix - 120 to 135 BPM - 4 to 5 MPH

Brian writes:
I'm pretty eclectic when it comes to music. I usually listen to folk, country, and classic rock. But since walking I've been into some techno and heavy metal (really intense workout music).

I start my walk listening to music with a beat of about 120 beats per minute (BPM) and work my way up to 135 bpm. That starts me out at around 4+ mph to 5+ mph.

I have a program called BeaTunes that determines the beats per minute of all the songs in my iTunes library (over 10,000 songs to choose from) and I create my list from this.

Poor Misguided Fool – StarSailor - 116
Lets Dance (Extended Mix) - David Bowie - 116
Like A Hurricane - Neil Young - 117
Long Train Runnin' - Doobie Brothers - 119
Be The Rain - Neil Young - 120
Trip Like I Do - Crystal Method - 120
Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd - 123
Losing My Religion - R.E.M. - 125
Sweet Child of Mine - Guns N Roses - 125
Dragula - Rob Zombie - 125
Du Hast – Rammstein - 125
Silver And Gold – U2 - 125
No Favela - Deep Secrets - 126
Remember – ATB - 126
The Hand That Feeds - Nine Inch Nails - 128
Sin - Nine Inch Nails - 128
Ich Will - Rammstein - 128
True Grit - Crystal Method, The - 128
Ready Steady Go - Paul Oakenfold - 128
Starting Over - Crystal Method, The - 128
One Of These Days - Pink Floyd - 128
Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz - 130
Eifersucht – Rammstein - 130
Wollt Ihr Das Bett in Flammen – Rammstein - 130
The wonders of You - Andy Hunter - 130
Born Too Slow - Crystal Method - 130
Just One Fix – Ministry - 133
Let U Go – ATB - 133
Rockin In The Free World - Neil Young - 133
Sleepless - King Crimson - 133
China Girl - David Bowie - 134
Dedicated – ATB – 135

Bob's Music to Walk Fast

Bob sent this list of his favorite fast walking music:
Spice Girls (good production of peppy pop songs)
Christine Agulara - Stripped
Dire Straits - Making Movies
John Fogerty - The Long Road Home
Betty Davis Eyes
Jessie's Girl and lots of Bonny Tyler and Nick Gilder

Karen's Walking Music Mix for 3.2 to 3.5 MPH

Karen sent this list for walking at speeds from 3.2 to 3.5 miles per hour. It's heavy on the 70's and 80's disco.

"Machine Gun" Commodores
"One Night in Bangkok"
"Gloria" Laura Brannigan
"I Want a New Drug" Huey Lewis
"Hot Stuff" Donna Summer
"Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" Fleetwood Mac
"Long Time" Foreigner
"Get on your Feet" (appropriate) Gloria Estefan
"Jump" Pointer Sisters
"Give Me the Night"
"Gimme!

Gimme! Gimme" from Mamma Mia - ABBA
"Born to be Alive"
"Nothing from Nothing" Billy Preston
"Fame"
"The Look"
"Freeze Frame" J Geils Band
"Eye of the Tiger"
"We are Family"
"Get Ready for This"…famous sports/athletic song

Steve's Walking Mix

Pon de Replay (Radio Edit) 3:36 Rihanna
Don't Cha (Kaskade Radio Edit) 3:35 The Pussycat Dolls & Busta Rhymes
Black Betty 3:57 Ram Jam
Bananza (Belly Dancer) [12" Version] 3:58 Akon
Strokin' 4:36 Clarence Carter
100% Pure Love 4:39 Crystal Waters
Shake That (Edited Version) 4:35 Eminem
Get Down On It 3:32 Kool & The Gang
Sexual Healing 3:58 Marvin Gaye
Wildfire 4:50 Michael Murphey
Dr Feelgood 4:48 Mötley Crüe
I Left My Heart In San Francisco 2:54 Tony Bennett
Honky Tonk Badonkadonk 4:01 Trace Adkins
Swing 3:28 Trace Adkins
It Wasn't Me 3:47 Shaggy

Jan's Favorites

I loaded my MP3 player with all fast, upbeat songs and lots of Yanni!
I get a good walking workout with John Mellencamp, Dixie Chicks, Tanya Tucker, Kenny Loggins, Barry White, Martina McBride and of course, Yanni.

Debby's Music Mix

I have a selection of oldies and late 80s-90s tunes that I got my grandson to download for me last year - I chose them because I liked them, but they turned out to be a great walking mix.
Gloria by Laura Brannigan
Do You Believe in Love by Cher
Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits
Walk of Life by Dire Straits
Centerfold by J.Geils Band
Freeze Frame by J.Geils Band
Up by Shania Twain
Red Rubber Ball by Cyrkle
Sooner or Later by Grassroots
Midnight Confessions by Grassroots
Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf
Proud Mary by CCR
Put Me In Coach by John Fogarty
All My Lovin' by The Beatles
I Wanna Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
Album: ABBA The Definitve Collection: has several songs that are just the right pace for me when I'm walking quickly and also several that work for the "cool'down" pace.

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