We're Turning 60 and Made a Mixtape to Celebrate
New York Road Runners is celebrating its 60th birthday on June 4. To get the party started, we asked NYRR staffers to send in their favorite songs from the past 60 years—ones that help them get up and get out to run.
As you set out to log your miles for Global Running Day, enjoy this compilation of what keeps our team moving when we're out on the roads—or right here in the office. (We tried to keep it to 26 songs, but we added a few more to cover your warm-up and cool-down, too.)
The songs are listed in chronological order, so run through the decades of NYRR history and read on below for some notes from staff about their picks.
Mary Haskins, Volunteer Operations
"Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles
At the end of a marathon, it will elevate and crush you at the same time.
Brandon Gillingham, Event Management and Logistics
"Baba O'Riley" by The Who
Because it was in the movie Pre. Yes, I’m that much of a running nerd to like a song particularly because it makes me think of one of the greatest distance runners ever. Pre was a role model to me as a high school runner.
Tammy Salazar, Runner Products and Services
"Jump Around" by House of Pain
Not only is it a staple house party jam, it's a great boost to get you pumped for your run.
Anonymous Staffer, Runner Products and Services
"Who Let the Dogs Out?" by Baha Men
Because I love the BPM—barks per minute.
Annick Lamar, Youth and Community Services
"I Love NYC" by Andrew W.K.
It’s about my favorite place to run and it’s very up-tempo. When I listen to this song, I drop my pace by a minute per mile.
Also, I have Andrew W.K.’s autograph. My brother met him and told him how much I loved running to his music, so he signed it, “Dear Annick, Good luck in cross country! Your friend, Andrew W.K.”
John Carnes, Event Development and Production
"*" by M83
Yes, this song really is called *.
This is my favorite song to run fast to. It feels like it's never going to end and just keeps building over and over again on that one theme. Fast paced, energetic. Very grateful for this one. Really grateful for early M83 in general. You know what, do yourself a favor and just listen to this album start to finish on a run. That's what I'd recommend.