Greatest songs to run to

In a story that’s part of my column, The Wisdom Project, I wrote about training for my first marathon. Part of that practical wisdom includes curating a mix of greatest music hits to run by.

These 79 songs compromise my “clutch marathon mix” to inspire me to run. When I’ve largely run out of energy, these are the tunes that can generate more.

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Ho Hey by The Lumineers

Jump In the Line by Harry Belafonte

Hero by Family of the Year

Good Morning by Kanye West

New Dreams For Old by The Room

Archangels by The Wild Swans

Head over Heels by The Go-Go’s

Oh Carolina by Shaggy

Forever Young by Alphaville

Roar by Katy Perry

Common People by Pulp

One Day by Matisyahu

We Are Young by Fun, featuring Janelle Monáe

Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles

Nas Ne Dogonyat (We Will Rock You Mix) by t.A.T.u.

Hopeless Wanderer by Mumford & Sons

Pump It by The Black Eyed Peas

Float On by Modest Mouse

Footloose by Kenny Loggins

Major Tom (Coming Home) by Peter Shilling

Like A Prayer by Madonna

Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Top Gun Anthem by Harold Faltermeyer

Goodbye Girl by Squeeze

Paper Planes by MIA

Our House by Madness

Chaiya Chiaya by A.R. Rahman

Tubthumping by Chumbawamba

Riptide by Vance Joy

Oxford Comma by Vampire Weekend

Wavin’ Flag (Coca-Cola Celebration Mix) by K’naan

Star Wars main title by John Williams

Raiders of the Lost Ark main title by John Williams

The Happening by Diana Ross & the Supremes

Dirty Old Town by David Byrne

A Little Less Conversation (Remix) by Elvis Presley and JXL

God Only Knows by The Beach Boys

Chariots of Fire main title by Vangelis

James Bond main title by Monty Norman

Way Out There (from film Raising Arizona) by Carter Burwell

Let The River Run by Carly Simon

Gonna Fly Now (from film Rocky) by Bill Conti

Gone ’Til November by The Fugees

Ms. Dynamite by Ms. Dynamite

She’s A Rainbow by The Rolling Stones

Peter Gunn Theme by Henry Mancini

Glass Concrete and Steel by David Byrne

8 Mile by Eminem

The Way We Get By by Spoon

Mission: Impossible theme By Lalo Schifrin

La Bamba by Ritchie Valens/Los Lobos

Momma Cass by Mommas and Poppas

Superman title theme by John Williams

Coming Home by Simon and Garfunkel

Born on the Fourth of July title theme by John Williams

End of the Line by The Traveling Wilburys

Three Lions by The Lightning Seeds

Life in a Northern Town by Dream Academy

Starry Eyed Surprise by Paul Oakenfold

Raise Your Glass by P!nk

Another One Bites The Dust by Queen

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Relentless by Red 7

Got My Mind Set On You by George Harrison

Guabi Guabi by Kevin MacCallum

I Am Yours by Jason Mraz

Tonight by The Cars

Everyday by Buddy Holly

Invisible Touch by Genesis

Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel

Bugler’s Dream/NBC Olympics title theme by Leo Arnaud

As by Stevie Wonder

Centerfold by J Geils Band

Take On Me by A-Ha

Hold On Tight by Electric Light Orchestra

Ca Plane Pour Moi by Plastic Bertrand

The Name’s Bond … James Bond (from film Casino Royale) by David Arnold

Hard Knock Life (from the film Annie) by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin

You’re So Cool (from film True Romance) by Hans Zimmer

CNN’s Editorial Director of Features (Travel, Style, Wellness, Science), plus The Wisdom Project column. This account represents my personal views, not CNN’s.

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