Granted, music is not necessary to get the run done. Give me some comfy shoes, a bright ensemble of clothing, and favorable weather conditions and I'm a very happy gal. If I'm running with friends, even better. But if I'm running solo, I usually prefer to have music with me.
It's no secret that I love music. Especially on long runs, music is vital for keeping me entertained. I typically don't have the volume very loud, but just having a little bit of "ambiance" really helps me enjoy the experience. I don't rely on music for speed or cadence, but hearing the tunes and the rhythmic beats certainly gets (and keeps) me energized!
I have a very eclectic mix of music on my Ipod, ranging from 80's pop, new wave, disco (no judging!), and classic rock. If I were to choose my favorite genre for running tunes, though, it would have to be classic rock...and AC/DC would be front and center.
These are a few of my absolute favorite AC/DC tunes. The guitar riffs and solid beats of the drums guarantee that I'll be moving and grooving (and possibly singing out loud):
First and foremost? It's a Long Way to the Top if You Wanna Rock and Roll. The video is not the best quality, but this song has it all...a fast beat, awesome lyrics, and the bag pipes! Go ahead, try to run slow to this song...I dare you.
Highway to Hell. When I was a new half-marathoner, I remember hearing this song around mile two of a race (on a rainy morning). Ironically, the race (Dam to Dam) is a point-to-point route, so there's essentially no turning back once you cross the start line. It starts out on a dam, and the first 6-7 miles are on a highway, en route to another dam in downtown Des Moines. It really felt like the highway to hell....but I have gone back and run this race every year since, and will be running my 11th Dam to Dam in June .Whenevr I hear this song, it takes me back to that race.
Thunderstruck. Hands-down, the guitar intro not only gets my heart pumping, but it feels like a shot of adrenaline surges through my veins when this song starts to play.
Who Made Who. Though the tempo isn't super fast, the song has a super heavy beat.Money Talks. Another awesome song with a lot of great guitar work going on, and a fast beat.
Last of all, who doesn't love You Shook Me All Night Long? It's another song with a slower beat, but a strong beat that keeps you moving.
So, tell me...are you an AC/DC fan? I liked some of their stuff when I was younger, but it wasn't until the last several years that I have developed a deep appreciation for their work.
Do you listen to music when you run or workout? Favorite genre? Favorite artist? Favorite song?
**disclaimer** Much of the text and videos first appeared in a previously published post, On the Run with AC/DC (Feb. 6, 2017).
I'm linking this with Marcia and Patty and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run