RUNNING SONGS OF SUMMER
SUMMER THEME MUSIC PLAYLIST
There are quite a few songs with “summer” in the title or lyrics, or have this theme. More than 100 over the decades fit into this category. But not all have a regular beat that make them easy to take on a run.
It’s commonly recommended that the best tunes to help runners pump up the pace possess rhythms with a high number of beats per minute (140-180 BPM range). However I haven’t ever paid attention to that number in the summer and added music that would provide good company on long hours+ runs.
My music playlist building skills are not top notch. But love of summertime running has motivated me over the years to collect summer- themed songs, most of which are oldies because they hold a beat and are energizing and fun. Some of the magic of this season lies in our expectations and fond recall of the best, and sometimes worst, summers of our past (“Cruel Summer” has been my #1 favorite for years…I almost always spent my teen summers working at horrid jobs).
These songs are evocative of my summers.
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