When music complements the exercise, walks can turn into joy rides. Looking for more walking inspirations? Here are some great songs by various artists for a better walking experience to enhance performance. From rock to rap and hip hop, there’s something for everyone. We’re coming in strong. All songs are found on YouTube.com.
The Breeders are known for “Saints” and “Cannonball”, both need no introduction. Formed in 1990, the band came out with “Cannonball” and “Saints” in 1993 (single released in 1994) from Last Splash. “Saints” digs right into action from note one. Listen to this when you start getting truly pumped, sweat is running down and you need some motivation candy. “Cannonball” is much more feasible when played closer to the beginning of your walk.
Jumper soundtrack “My Day So Far” is a smooth beat to keep things at a good walking pace. I find it nice at the tail end of a walk. Find this song tagged under “Jumper”, the 2008 film.
Smashing Pumpkins “Bury Me” off of Siamese Dream (released in 1993) starts out questionable but give it those two seconds and everything changes. The instrumental would be perfect. If there was one. Point of fact, Smashing Pumpkins and Jack White are not for everyone. But walk with “Bury Me” and see how it feels.
Jack White “Lazaretto”, released June 2014. Here’s an eccentric electrifying side of Jack White, a highly skilled musician who miraculously flies under the radar. Only one way to figure out whether Jack is going to be part of the walk. Take him with you and click play. You’ll find the tootsie in the center of this song.
The Verve “Bittersweet Symphony” (from Urban Hymns) is best known for the beautiful entrance leading to percussion. One for English alternative rock! Once the drum taps, off you go! The brutal “Cruel Intentions” might pop up inside of your mind during this song since it was a huge part of the 1997 soundtrack.
The Heavy “How You Like Me Now” can pump anyone up. Just remember to walk with the beats. Constant beats. Made for speed walking? Not really. Yet it still contributes to good results.
Chicago “25 or 6 to 4”, the classic 1970 song most can fall in love with again, is good during or winding down from any form of walking exercise. But it is best heard by laid back ears. Walked to Chicago lately?
Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill” strolls in like a walk in the park. The perfect location for a song like this. Over four minutes of Gabriel to walk with.
Moving along to a faster beat.
Puff Daddy “It’s All About The Benjamins” baby. No one can listen to this song without nodding their head at least once. “What’cha wanna do?” Take that speed walk to the rhythm. Not only will steep hills be easier to manage, but you get back sooner. Puffy is just warming you up for the next choice.
Madonna with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland in “4 Seconds” (2008). I particularly like this song due to the timing. A solid fast pace. Solid. Perfect for uphill battles.
Jamie Foxx “Winner” (from Best Night of My Life) inspires better performance. “Winner” speaks for itself. The lyrics offer that spark. And there’s nothing like exercising to a competitive tune. “Winner”, the single, was released in 2010.
Rihanna “Cheers”, a festive tune from Loud (2010). “Cheers” carries that happy beat which motivates those lazy feet. Best played on Fridays.
69 Boys “Tootsee Roll”, don’t laugh! The joke may be on you. “Tootsee Roll” (1994) may have been voted worst on the charts but you can’t ask for a better continuous beat to fast walk to.
Mark Ronson “Ohh Wee” (2003) from Here Comes The Fuzz is excellent for most low energy exercise. Even that everyday walk. Smooth, easy going, yet motivated enough. Listen to “Ohh Wee”, twice.
“Drumline”, the movie, need I say more? “Final Battle” takes walking up a notch. Speed marching? You bet! Every time I listen to this on my walk, I’m seeing fast results. Step to the drum rolls. It may even take you back to half-time at high school.
Fort Minor “Remember the Name” will knock you out while you’re punching the speed bag, lifting a free weight, or pounding the pavement. LL Cool J “Momma Said Knock You Out”, again, hit it! Get motivated.
Not everyone will enjoy the same exercising music. Here are some other songs I would suggest.
“Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson (1979). Keep going.
“Shake Ya Tailfeather” by Nelly (1993). Get motivated.
“Tick Tick Boom” by The Hives (2007). Time to move.
“Whoomp! There It Is” by Tag Team (1993). Go get it.
“Breathe & Stop” by Q-Tip (2000). Give it what’cha got!