Sweet-Tooth Friday: My Girly Running Mix

Hey everybody!  This is Christine, checking in for Sweet-Tooth Friday.  Instead of a new dessert recipe this week, I felt a need to respond to my brother’s recent post on his running songs for 2010.  You see, I took one look at his list and thought, “That is such a boy’s list!”  I can definitely see how they would be great running songs…just not for me.

What a Girl Wants

Matt was considerate enough to post a female angle with “Joan Benoit Samuelson’s Women’s Marathon Mix,” but somehow that mix didn’t quite do it for me.  Am I a total girly girl?  Nah, but I see nothing wrong with being a cupcake-baking, toe-nail polishing, pink iPod rocking athlete.  In fact, I think that should be celebrated!  That’s why I made this list of super-fun all-female running songs.  Don’t worry, it’s not all bubblegum pop—these artists span many genres from hip hop to indie to jazz.  And guess what?  You don’t have to be a girl to rock out to them either!

My All-Female Running Playlist

  • Feist – I feel it all. Feist - The Reminder - I Feel It All I love starting off my run with this song—bright enough to get me energized without going over the top.  You may remember their song 1234 from those iPod commercials, but don’t neglect other gems their album The Reminder like My Moon My Man and Sealion.
  • Brigitte Bardot – Moi je joue. Brigitte Bardot - The Best of Bardot - Moi je joue Yes, that Brigitte Bardot!  The time-less sex kitten puts out some delicious sixties style french pop.  Who cares what the words mean, just run with it!
  • Shakira – Hips don’t lie. Shakira - Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 - Hips Don't Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean)Something about Shakira makes me want to move.  Well, me and the rest of the latin world!  I tend to speed up my pace while daydreaming about shaking my hips half as convincingly as she does!
  • Yoko Ono & Peaches – Kiss Kiss Kiss. Yoko Ono & Peaches - Yes, I'm a Witch - Kiss Kiss KissOk let up already, Yoko didn’t actually break up the Beatles!  If you’ve found her music difficult to swallow in the past, check out her album of techno remixes, Yes, I’m a Witch. This edgy cute one remixed with Peaches is full of hand-clapping goodness.  Also worth checking out are Everyman Everywoman and O’oh.
  • Lil Mama – Lipgloss. Lil Mama - VYP (Voice of the Young People) [Deluxe Version] - Lip GlossYou’ll roll your eyes when you hear these superficial lyrics about lipgloss and high school drama…but before you know it you’ll find this addictive little rap on repeat!  The cheer-style claps and stomps make for a great running stride so it’s win-win.
  • Rilo Kiley – Breakin’ up. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight - Breakin' UpJenny Lewis, the lead singer of Rilo Kiley, is a true indie princess.  You get all the joy of an addictive melody with the rocker street cred to back it up.  While you’re at it, check out the song Silver Lining too.
  • Christina Aguilera – Ain’t no other man. Christina Aguilera - Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits - Ain't No Other ManSometimes the best way to celebrate being female is to celebrate the man you love.  With trumpets and soulful backup singers.  Just don’t tell the next artist that I said that.
  • Ani DiFranco – Gravel. Ani DiFranco - Little Plastic Castle - Gravel I’m not sure if you had any super angsty grrl-power teen years, but when I did, Ani DiFranco was there for me.  Her violent guitar and intense lyrics always said it better, and now they help me fight a little harder during my run.
  • Sarah Vaughan and Gotan Project – Whatever Lola Wants. Sarah Vaughan & Gotan Project - Verve Remixed 2 - Whatever Lola Wants When Verve records let their classic jazz recordings get remixed by modern house DJ’s, it resulted in three AMAZING albums.  Perfect for working out when you need the beat but just can’t take another top-40.  Also check out the remix of Nina Simone’s Sinnerman by Felix Da Housecat.
  • Amy Winehouse – Valerie. Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse - Version - ValerieThis is from Mark Ronson’s album Versiona very modern yet totally retro and soulful collection of covers.  The song opens with such a snappy drumbeat, and once you hear Amy’s voice you’ll forget all about her tabloid adventures.
  • Pink – So What. P!nk - Funhouse (Deluxe Version) - So WhatA hard-rocking punky Irish song- by a girl!  Something about this song makes me want to fight- maybe it’s the line “I wanna start a fight!”
  • Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing). Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)If you’ve never been into rap or hip hop, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is an exquisite and accessible introduction.  But if you can manage to sing along while running, you’re not going fast enough!
  • Britney Spears – I’m a Slave 4 U. Britney Spears - Britney - I'm a Slave 4 UI said my list wasn’t all bubblegum pop, but I didn’t say there wasn’t any!  To be perfectly honest, the hardest decision on this list was deciding which of my many favorite Brit Brit songs to choose.  If you’re feeling indulgent, check out Womanizer and If U Seek Amy.

So that’s my girly running playlist for you!  This mix totally pumps me up without grating on my sense of musical integrity—I hope you feel the same.  I’m going to need it over the next month too, because I just signed up for Baltimore’s Shamrock 5K!  I’m running it with my camogie teammates (St. Patrick’s day is great for Irish sports!).  This will be my first race, since last year I fractured my foot while training.  I’d love to add your favorite female artists to be my playlist—please comment with some ideas for me!

Until next time, stay sweet!
xoxo Christine

Please note: The links to iTunes here are affiliate links, so I earn a few cents if you buy any of the songs I mentioned.



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  1. thanks for your girly list Christine!

    I’m definitely going to check these out.
    .-= Morgan @ Life After Bagels´s last blog ..I’m Losing My Glow =-.

  2. Some of these songs I have on my own running playlist, like Breakin Up, and most of the other songs I love the artists in general! There are definitely some new ones that I will add to my playlist, thanks!

  3. I love this playlist!! I’m a huge fan of Feist. Her voice is amazing and would be great for running with. Ugh…I need to buy a new set of headphones as soon as possible!

    Thanks for sharing this list! 😀

  4. love the playlist!!!! always on the lookout for new running jamz! i love moi je joue
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Korean Kim-Chi =-.

  5. Thanks, Christine! I have been looking for new songs! I have Gravel on my workout playlist but the rest will be new to me. One for you … I really like Feist’s “Mushaboom” performed by The Postal Service. That one gets me running fast!
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..Snowboarding=Insane =-.

  6. Oh, I do love some Rilo Kiley. I run to their music all the time! I like Jenny Lewis’s solo album a lot too.

  7. I’m a Rilo Kiley fan too. I actually saw Jenny Lewis when she toured for her first solo album. I’ve never thought of running to any of it! But come to think of it, the Under the Blacklight album does have a lot of upbeat, dancy songs.

    I like this post a lot; I’ll have to borrow your iPod one day, and hope nobody catches me listening to all those girly songs and beats me up.

    Britney Spears knows that “U” isn’t really how you spell “you,” right?

  8. Great play list! Thanks for sharing, I’m always looking for new workout tunes.
    .-= Fit Chick in the City´s last blog ..National Wear Red Day =-.

  9. Good list. The ones I know, I like, so I think it’s time for me to add the others to my player.
    .-= Anne Moss´s last blog ..The New Balance KV686 KO Hybrid Running Shoe for Kids =-.

  10. Great list, Christine! I love so many of these songs!
    .-= Nicki´s last blog ..People Pleasing =-.

  11. Great songs! I’m actually now motivated to replace some of my Elvis Presley songs on my ipod. And to take off the Christmas songs. This list really helps me get unstuck with my exercise music. Thanks- Mom

  12. It’s great to hear how achieved you are on a vegetarian diet. I am vegan and I’m training for my first half marathon right now. I get scrutinized DAILY from friends and coworkers but it’s so true that the body functions better on a plant based diet! I’ve never felt better! I love your all girl running playlist! Especially Feist!
    .-= Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well´s last blog ..Trying to Live In Purr-fect Harmony =-.

  13. Jenna McDonald says:

    Love it Christine! Definitely downloaded the Feist song and Valerie. I also am tempted to get Lip Gloss, its pretty fun. Do you ever listen to Matt and Kim?? I enjoy working out to a couple of their songs including Daylight and Lessons Learned! I’m off to the gym now on yet another snow day!

  14. I have a few of those songs but love your other recommendations. Thanks for pointing me to some new music!
    .-= CharmCityKim´s last blog ..Cabin Fever and the Attack of… =-.

  15. What the Hell by Avril Lavigne is a good girl one! Hey, there’s no shame if it gets you pumped, right?


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