Crowdsourcing Music!

Dec 30 2013 Published by under Harebrained ideas

Many people run to music. I do sometimes. Mostly for races, when I need something to keep my heart rate up. For practice runs, I prefer the company of a friend, or an audiobook. I've gotten through many, many audiobooks that way (including the unabridged Les Miserables, which is not for the faint of heart. Did you know it inclueds an entire chapter on the history of sewers in general and the Paris sewer system in particular? Riveting).

But I need some more music suggestions! I've got a dependable playlist, but often you need something new and fun to inspire you.

Some of my favorites:

Any suggestions?

4 responses so far

  • Carlie says:

    I really like this set of mashups from a Women, Action, and the Media event last year: soundcloud source. It used to be available for download at their site with a suggested donation; now you can get them from the dj's site at soundcloud. Some are kind of clunkers, but the Kanye one is my go-to "need to move faster right now" song.

  • ForensicToxGuy says:

    Depends on what you like. Here is some of what is on my current running playlist:

    System of a Down - Chop Suey!
    AWOLNATION - Burn It Down
    Blink 182 - Dammit
    The Used - Pretty Handsome Awkward
    Stabbing Westward - Shame
    The Hives - Walk Idiot Walk
    Halestorm - Love Bites (So Do I)
    Egypt Central - Over and Under
    The Aquabats - Meltdown!
    Semi Precious Weapons - Magnetic Baby
    Hadouken! - Levitate
    Wolfmother - The Joker and the Thief
    Marilyn Manson - Fight Song
    Y&T - Don't Stop Runnin'
    Incubus - Nice to Know You

  • Nsikan says:

    A few from my current running playlist:

    Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix) - Two Door Cinema Club
    Awkward - San Cisco
    Bury Us Alive - STRFKR
    Get In My Way - Robin Thicke
    Ways To Go - Grouplove
    Birth In Reverse - St. Vincent
    E-Pro - Beck
    Sleepless - Flume
    Amanaemonesia - Chairlift
    Can't Hold Us - Macklemore
    Happy - Pharrell Williams
    You're Not The One - Sky Ferreira
    Stay The Night - Mariah Carey

  • Carlie says:

    Another things I really like is the Cadence program. It is a bit glitchy for auto-analysis, and the full version I think only works in itunes, but the tapper is more universal (if more slow). It gives you beats per minute for any song, and if it analyzes your music library you can sort by bpm and then choose from groupings in whatever speed you need for workout. I've made some surprising (to me) playlists that work well using songs I wouldn't have thought to use otherwise.

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