Songs That Mention Walking

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What's your favorite song that includes the word walking or applies to walking? The list is of possibilities is lengthy. You may want to make up a walking-themed playlist to listen to as you walk outdoors or on the treadmill.

Walking to music can motivate you to walk farther. It can also help you maintain your pace. And lastly, listening to music while you walk can make the experience more enjoyable—which can help you to walk more regularly and stick to your exercise program.

Always be sure to use safety precautions and wear earbuds or headphones that let in ambient sounds when you walk outdoors.

Favorite Walking Songs

These songs are sure to inspire you to walk further and walk harder during workouts.

  • "Baker Street," Gerry Rafferty ("light in your head and dead on your feet...")
  • "Fire Walk With Me (Twin Peaks Theme)" composed by Angelo Badalamenti
  • "Footloose," Kenny Loggins
  • "I Can See Clearly Now (the Rain Is Gone)," Johnny Nash
  • "I Go Walkin' After Midnight," Patsy Cline
  • "I'm Gonna Be," The Proclaimers ("I would walk 500 miles...")
  • "I'm Walkin'," Fats Domino (yes indeed, I'm talkin'...)
  • "I Walk the Line," Johnny Cash
  • "Love's Been Good To Me," Rod McKuen ("I have been a rover, I have walked alone...")
  • "Tennessee Bird Walk," Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan
  • "The Happy Wanderer" ("My knapsack on my back, val-de-ree...")
  • "The Long and Winding Road," the Beatles
  • "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," Nancy Sinatra
  • "Walk Like a Man," Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  • "Walk Like an Egyptian," the Bangles
  • "Walk of Life," Dire Straits
  • "Walk Right In," Rooftop Singers/New Christy Minstrels
  • "Walk This Way," Aerosmith and Run DMC
  • "Walkin' on the Sun," Smash Mouth
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
  • "Walking in Rhythm" The Blackbyrds
  • "Walking on Air," Katy Perry
  • "Walking on Sunshine," Katrina and the Waves
  • "Wanderer," Dion (he keeps away from Runaround Sue, too!)
  • "You'll Never Walk Alone" from "Carousel," Andy Williams ("When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high...")

Songs for Walking Events

Think of these the next time you are out on a volkswalker or 10K walking event.

  • "A Walk in the Black Forest" (that's where the IVV began)
  • "Cool Walk," Oscar Peterson Trio (far preferred to hot walks)
  • "Easy Walker," Stanley Turrentine
  • "I Shall Not Walk Alone," Ben Harper
  • "I Took a Walk," Shawn Phillips
  • "I Walk Alone," Tarja
  • "I Was Born Under A Wandering Star," Lee Marvin (slow-paced song not recommended to set a racewalking pace)
  • "I'll Walk With You" (the "Touched By An Angel" theme, sung by Della Reese)
  • "Joy Walk," William Belote
  • "Just Walkin' in the Rain," Johnny Ray
  • "Keep Walkin' On," Faith Hill featuring Shelby Lynn
  • "Lonesome Road," Sonny Stitt
  • "Mein Vater war ein Wandersman" (the German original of "The Happy Wanderer")
  • "I Can See for Miles," the Who (the reward for those hill walks!)
  • "Museum Walk," Tangerine Dream (great point of interest)
  • "Night Walk," Rick Braun
  • "On the Road Again (Turn the Page)," Bob Seger
  • "On the Road Again," Willie Nelson
  • "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back," Bruce Springsteen
  • "Ramblin' Boy," Tom Paxton
  • "San Antonio Stroll," Tanya Tucker (home of the AVA)
  • "Take a Walk," Michael Brecker
  • "Telegraph Road," Dire Straits ("walked 30 miles with a pack on his back")
  • "The Dirt Road," Sawyer Brown 
  • "The Walk," Sawyer Brown and T. Lavitz
  • "The Walker," Duane Eddy
  • "The Way We Walk," Genesis
  • "Walk All Over Georgia," Louisiana Red
  • "Walk Away a Winner," Kathy Mattea
  • "Walk Don't Run," Ventures (you can go your own pace, and run if you wish)
  • "Walk in the Night," Junior Walker/All Stars
  • "Walk Into Light," Ian Anderson
  • "Walk On," Neil Young, Reba McEntire, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
  • "Walk on the Water," Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "Walk Out in the Rain," Eric Clapton
  • "Walk Softly," Billy "Crash" Craddock
  • "Walk Softly on the Bridges," Mel Street
  • "Walk Tall," Count Basic 
  • "Walk the Dog," Laurie Anderson
  • "Walkin' and Talkin,'" The Marshall Tucker Band
  • "Walkin' and Talkin' to Myself," Ray Charles
  • "Walkin' Back to San Antonio," Hank Thompson
  • "Walking By Myself," Jimmy Rogers and Johnny Winter
  • "Walkin' By the River," Ella Fitzgerald
  • "Walkin' Down the Road," The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
  • "Walkin' In The Rain With the One I Love," Love Unlimited 
  • "Walking Man," James Taylor
  • "Walking Shoes," Tanya Tucker
  • "Walking Slow," Jackson Browne
  • "Walking Through the Country," Grass Roots
  • "Wandering," James Taylor
  • "Wanna Go Walking," Bruce Cockburn
  • "The Way I Walk," Jack Scott
  • "We Both Walk," Lorrie Morgan
  • "When I Reach the Place I'm Going," Patty Loveless
  • "Wherever I May Roam," Metallica
  • "Women Walk More Determined," Kristin Lems

Songs for Tough Walks

When you need some inspiration to pick up the pace, consider some of these songs.

  • "Against the Wind," Bob Seger
  • "A Walk Across the Rooftops," The Blue Nile
  • "A Walk in the Clouds," Maurice Jarre
  • "Walk on the Wild Side," Lou Reed
  • "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from "The Sound of Music" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
  • "Journey to the Centre of the Earth," Rick Wakeman (entirely about a long walk)
  • "Walk Between Raindrops," Donald Fagen
  • "Walk Into the Wind," Vegas featuring Siobhan Fahey
  • "Walk on the Ocean," Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • "Walking Across Egypt," The Tarwater Band
  • "Walking in Space," Quincy Jones
  • "Walking in the Wind," Traffic
  • "Walking on a Thin Line," Huey Lewis and the News
  • "Walking on Broken Glass," Annie Lennox 
  • "Walkin' All Night," Little Feat
  • "Walking Through Fire," Mary Chapin Carpenter

Try creating a customized walking playlist that starts with medium-paced songs for your warm-up, then switches to faster tracks to keep you moving during your main workout, and finishes with slower songs to help you wind down while you cool off and stretch.

More Walking Songs

These songs may not have made the "Favorites" list, but they are still great additions to your walking playlist.

  • "All Walk Alone," Karla Bonhoff
  • "Bailey's Walk," Pixies
  • "Cat Walk," John Coltrane
  • "Don't Walk Away Renee," The Left Banke
  • "Dream Walk," Keiko Matsui
  • "Freedom Walk," The Outlaws
  • "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson
  • "Just Walk Away," Celine Dion
  • "Leaving Here Walking," Jimmy Burns
  • "Maniac," Michael Sorbello
  • "One Day I Walk," Bruce Cockburn
  • "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line," Waylon Jennings
  • "Rebel Walk," Duane Eddy
  • "She Walked Beside the Wagon," Lorrie Morgan
  • "Sleep Walk," Santo and Johnny
  • "Sometimes by Step," Rich Mullins
  • "Stray Cat Strut," the Stray Cats
  • "The Stroll," The Diamonds
  • "Tiger Walk," Robben Ford
  • "Under the Boardwalk," The Drifters
  • "Walk," Pantera
  • "Walk a Mile In My Shoes," Elvis Presley
  • "Walk a Thin Line," Fleetwood Mac
  • "Walk All Over You," AC/DC
  • "Walk Away From Love," David Ruffin
  • "Fields of Gold," Sting
  • "Walk in My Mind," The Siegel-Schwall Band
  • "Walk My Way," Beth Nielsen Chapman
  • "Walk on By," Dionne Warwick
  • "Walk on Faith," Mike Reid
  • "Walk on Out of My Mind," Waylon Jennings
  • "Walk Right Back," Anne Murray
  • "Walk Right On," Stefan Andersson
  • "Walk Right Up to the Sun," The Delfonics
  • "Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine," Bill Monroe
  • "Walk the Dinosaur," George Clinton/Goombas
  • "Walk the Way the Wind Blows," Hot Rize, Kathy Mattea
  • "Walk Through This World With Me," George Jones
  • "Walk to the Water," U2
  • "Walk Together Rock Together," 7 Seconds
  • "Walk Under Ladders," Joan Armatrading
  • "Walk With Faith in your Heart." The Bachelors
  • "The Walk," Sawyer Brown
  • "Walkaway Joe," Trisha Yearwood ft. Don Henley
  • "Walkin' a Broken Heart," Don Williams
  • "Walkin' After Midnight," Garth Brooks
  • "Walkin' Away," Clint Black
  • "Walkin' Back to Georgia," Jim Croce
  • "Walkin' Blues," Robert Johnson
  • "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," Nat King Cole
  • "Walkin' on the Moon," The Dream ft. Kanye West
  • "Walkin' the Dog," Aerosmith
  • "Walkin' the Floor Over You," Ernest Tubb
  • "Walkin' to New Orleans," Fats Domino
  • "Walking and Crying," BB King
  • "Walking Away," Information Society
  • "Walking Back to Richmond," Dry Branch Fire Squad
  • "Walking Down Madison," Kristy MacColl
  • "Walking Dream," Patsy Cline
  • "Walking In L.A.," Missing Persons
  • "Walking in the Shadow Of The Blues," Whitesnake
  • "Walkin' on the Sun," Smash Mouth
  • "Walking in the Sunshine," Roger Miller
  • "Walking into Sunshine," Central Line
  • "Walking My Cat Named Dog," Norma Tanega
  • "Walking on the Moon," the Police
  • "Walking the Blues," Willie Dixon
  • "Walking the Boogie," John Lee Hooker
  • "Walking the Ghost," James
  • "Walking Up Alone," David Soul
  • "Walks Like a Lady," Journey
  • "Waltz Across Texas," Ernest Tubb
  • "When You Walk in the Room," Paul Carrack
  • "Who Walks In When I Walk Out?" Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
  • "Women Walk the Line," Emmylou Harris
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