Won’t You Be My Deejay?

I try not to do this too often, but sometimes it’s just plain necessary. I’m in need of new walking music, and I need your help. I hear songs all the time that I think might be good for walking, but I’m usually somewhere I can’t write them down and that’s that. (I’d blame it on age, but I’ve always been this way.)

Anyway, I come to you with souvenir Austin biking/walking hat in hand to ask for recommendations for new tunes for my walking pleasure. I’m including at the bottom of this post a list of my current roster, so that you can see my tastes (or lack thereof). You’ll note the absence of country music, heavy metal, belligerent rap, and spoken word. There’s a reason for that. I listen to some of that off-trail, but for walking, I want music that has meaningful (to me) lyrics (see: Heather Small’s Proud and/or a beat I like (see: everything else.)

So give me a hand, will you, please? What songs might you recommend for me? I do appreciate your help! In exchange, I’ll…well, I’ll highly recommend all of these songs for your walking program. :)

Cammy’s Current On-the-Go Shuffle

Song Artist(s)
Respect Aretha Franklin
If I Had $1,000,000 Barenaked Ladies
Boom Boom Pow Black Eyed Peas
I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas
Let’s Get It Started Black Eyed Peas
It’s My Life Bon Jovi
Who Says You Can’t Go Home Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles
You Might Think The Cars
Tubthumping Chumbawamba
Brick House The Commodores
I Touch Myself Divinyls
25 Miles Edwin Starr
Don’t Stop Fleetwood Mac
Rescue Me Fontella Bass
We Got the Beat The Go-Go’s
Proud Heather Small
Running On Empty Jackson Browne
I Love Rock ‘N Roll Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Express Yourself Madonna
If Today Was Your Last Day Nickelback
Hella Good No Doubt
Get the Party Started P!nk
Let’s Go Crazy Prince
U Got The Look Prince
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers
Super Freak Rick James
What I Like About You The Romantics
All for You Sister Hazel
Higher Love (Full) Steve Winwood
Roll With It Steve Winwood
Brand New Day Sting
Walk the Dinosaur Was (Not Was)
Oh Yeah Yello
These Are Days 10,000 Maniacs

Thanks bunches!

19 thoughts on “Won’t You Be My Deejay?

  1. Hmmmm…. not sure if my tastes would be of interest to you LOL!

    Seems like some old school rock in there. How about Queen?

    I love Hot Club of Detroit or Hot Club of France (different decades) – I usually run to these, but also walk.

  2. “Best of You” by Foo Fighters and “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys are also good moving songs. I’ve always been meaning to add “One Way or Another” by Blondie to my playlist.

  3. I am of no help.. I listen to classic, 80’s & oldie rock mostly… upbeat to keep me moving during my crazy workouts. I have a few others but I mostly need something fast to keep me going….. Beatles, Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, Boston, Cars & things like that. I also keep a few songs from David Cook, Carly Simon & others that just speak to me….

  4. I can’t help you – I have not ipod or whatever other little gadget it takes to listen to music. When I am home or in the car, I like silence. At the gym, the instructor does the music. Every once in a while I hear a great song and think “If I ever get an ipod I hope I remember I want this song on it!”

  5. I have most of your songs on my MP3 player!! I’ll have to add those that I don’t have – good tunes!!!

    These are some of my go to songs….
    Mr. Roboto – Styx
    All Summer Long – Kid Rock
    Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot (my theme song! ha!ha!)
    Better Be Good To Me – Tina Turner
    Call Me – Blondie
    Cherry Bomb – John Mellencamp
    Funkytown – Lipps Inc.

  6. ZOMG! I haven’t thought about “Walk the Dinosaur” in years! I may have to go look that one up!

    I’m mostly doing videos these days, but my workout list is still on my iPod. Here are a few of my favorites from that list:

    Sweet, “Little Willy”
    Shakira, “Ojos Así
    The Shins, “Turn a Square”
    Veruca Salt, “Seether
    Tori Amos, “Bouncing Off Clouds
    Joan Osborne, “Right Hand Man” (I once caught my husband dancing around the kitchen to this one … and he doesn’t dance)
    Jimmy Eat World, “The Middle
    Liz Phair, “Supernova
    Indigo Girls, “Go

    And they’re so cliché that I won’t even bother linking to them, but Lady GaGa’s “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” are both made of awesome for working out.

  7. Stronger by Britney Spears is a good one for me – meaning and beat!
    Now That We’ve Found Love – Heavy D and the Boys
    Yeah – Usher
    Pump It – Black Eyed Peas
    We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
    Rythym is Gonna Get Ya! and Get on Your Feet – Gloria Estefan
    Little Less Conversation – Elvis
    Gonna Make you Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – C+C music Factory

    And I second Lady Gaga

  8. I get lazy and sometimes just listen to an entire album. Cyndi Lauper (don’t laugh) has a great one for moderate walking” “Bring Ya To The Brink”. There is one cut that I like in particular because it makes me laugh, but it does have an explicit word in it (probably why I laugh) – “Same Ol’ Story”.

    If you want to go old school, ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” comes in at about 128 bpm.

    I could give you some opera arias by my favorite sopranos, but I’m probably the only one in the world who walks to opera (along with pop, rock, dance, etc.)

  9. Hey Cammy, I just gathered a bunch of songs night before last for when I’m on the recumbent bike — here are 25 that range in style and speed that I hope translate as well for walking (in no reall order):
    Shining Star Earth, Wind and Fire

    Do Your Thing – Basement Jaxx

    Don’t Change – INXS

    Same Direction – INXS

    Crash! – Propellerheads

    Loves Me Like a Rock – Paul Simon

    A Little Respect – Erasure

    The Rockafeller Skank – Fatboy Slim

    Praise You Fatboy – Slim http://ilike.myspacecdn.com/play#Fatboy+Slim:Praise+You:38267:s504518.9503178.13200524.0.2.43%2Cstd_ee592af6359a46a685dd5790b7105274

    Bad Reputation – Joan Jett

    I Love a Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbitt

    Can You Feel It – Jackson 5

    Blame It on the Boogie – Jackson 5

    Am I Sexy – Lords of Acid

    Spiderman – The Ramones

    Rock and Roll High School – The Ramones

    Ready to Go – Republica

    Bad Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce

    Good Times – Jimmy Barnes and INXS

    Start the Commotion – The Wiseguys

    Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol

    Sincerely Me – Better Than Ezra

    Soul Bossa Nova – Quincy Jones

    Love Rollercoaster – Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Tiny Meat – Ruby

    Hope you find something you like! I’m looking forward to checking out some of the songs on your current list and other commenters’ that I don’t know. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love, love, love The Killers and they are on almost every one of my playlists. Also, Duran Duran, Gwen Stefani, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Audioslave, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Blink 182, Pearl Jam. I like all kinds of music.

  11. Wow, I wish I could come up with something, but I am brain-dead!

    You have some great ones already! 25 miles by Edwin Starr!! I haven’t heard that one since the “Build me Up Buttercup” era!

    How about “Get Ready” by Rare Earth? How about some Motown?

  12. I don’t know if any of the music I listen to will appeal to you I’ve got an extremely varied “all over the show” taste in music – but most of my exercise/workout stuff tends to be club type music…

    Some of my current tracks include:
    Tomoyasu Hotel “Battle Without Honour” (Kill Bill soundtrack)
    Enur ft Natasja “Calabria”
    Kelly Rowland ft David Guetta “Commander”
    Bodyrockers “I like the way you move”
    Tom Petty “Life is a Highway”
    Outkast “Bombs over Baghdad”
    All Saints “I know where it’s at”
    Scooter “It takes 2″
    AC/DC “Thunderstruck”
    Basement Jaxx “Red Alert”
    Nina Sky “Come on and Dance”
    Warp Brothers “Blade Theme” (aka Phatt Bass)
    Kevin Rudolph “Let it rock”

  13. Great songs! The only few I might add are:
    Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)
    Your My Best Friend and/or Under Pressure (Queen)
    There She Goes (The La’s)
    Shine On (The Kooks)
    Escapade (Janet Jackson)

  14. Oh my gosh, more than half of your songs are on my iPod, too! We could happily exchange iPods for a day, I’m quite sure :)

    I love and have to always listen to Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up. I’m also quite fond of Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC.

  15. One song that I can’t help but bounce to every time I hear it is “Cooler than me” by Mike Posner; also, anything by Kevin Rudolf keeps me walkin’ quick!
    That’s all I have, since the rest of my songs are already on your list!!


  16. These songs came up on my MP3 player yesterday and had a good walking beat – who’d a thunk???

    Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
    Taking Care of Business – Bachman-Turner Overdrive

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