Favorite Walking Music Mixes and Playlists

Move to the Beat

Woman walking and listening to music. Field and Study Centre, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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What music do you walk to? Enjoy these walking workout music mix recommendations from walkers.

Making Your Mixes Match Beats Per Minute (BPM)

If you want to set the right pace, selecting music based on its beats per minute (BPM) will help you keep in rhythm. A good walking BPM is from 115 to 120. Here are apps and programs that can help you find the right music:

  • PaceDJ App: This iOS or Android app searches your mobile music for songs that match your chosen beats per minute so you can build your own playlist. If you are looking for new tunes, they also have suggested playlists for moderate walk, easy walk, and runs.
  • BeaTunes: This is a shareware iTunes helper that analyzes the beats per minute of your music library and helps you organize your iTunes library.
  • Podrunner: This site has downloads of fixed tempo music mixes to match your chosen BPM. It is supported by donation.


Here are some album suggestions from walkers:

  • Deborah Cox "Remixed" R&B. This album matches a treadmill walking speed of 4 mph well.
  • Dixie Chicks "Taking the Long Way" Country. Fans say this is a great mix of fast-paced songs and those good for warm-up or cool down.
  • Juice Newton "Greatest Hits: Nashville" Country. Many of the songs are energetic and fun.
  • Hosanna Integrity "Shout to the Lord 2000" Christian Rock. This album contains some hard-driving, fast songs such as "Friends in High Places," "My Redeemer Lives," and "Jesus is Alive."
  • Mozart: Classical Music. Some walkers like listening to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • ABBA "The Definitive Collection" 70's Pop. Another fun album with many songs that match a good brisk walking pace.

Walking Music Mix for 120 to 135 BPM or 4 to 5 MPH

This mix includes folk, country, classic, rock, techno, and heavy metal. Try starting the walk listening to music with a beat of about 120 beats per minute (BPM) and working your way up to 135 bpm. This will be a walking pace from 4 to 5 mph.

  • "Poor Misguided Fool" StarSailor 116 bpm
  • "Lets Dance (Extended Mix)" David Bowie 116 bpm
  • "Like A Hurricane" Neil Young 117 bpm
  • "Long Train Runnin'" Doobie Brothers 119 bpm
  • "Be The Rain" Neil Young 120 bpm
  • "Trip Like I Do" Crystal Method 120 bpm
  • "Run Like Hell" Pink Floyd 123 bpm
  • "Losing My Religion" R.E.M. 125 bpm
  • "Sweet Child of Mine" Guns N Roses 125 bpm
  • "Dragula" Rob Zombie 125 bpm
  • "Du Hast" Rammstein 125 bpm
  • "Silver And Gold" U2 125 bpm
  • "No Favela" Deep Secrets 126 bpm
  • "Remember" ATB 126 bpm
  • "The Hand That Feeds" Nine Inch Nails 128 bpm
  • "Sin" Nine Inch Nails 128 bpm
  • "Ich Will" Rammstein 128 bpm
  • "True Grit" The Crystal Method 128 bpm
  • "Ready Steady Go" Paul Oakenfold 128 bpm
  • "Starting Over" The Crystal Method 128 bpm
  • "One Of These Days" Pink Floyd 128 bpm
  • "Are You Gonna Go My Way" Lenny Kravitz 130 bpm
  • "Eifersucht" Rammstein 130 bpm
  • "Wollt Ihr Das Bett in Flammen" Rammstein 130 bpm
  • "The Wonders of You" Andy Hunter 130 bpm
  • "Born Too Slow" The Crystal Method 130 bpm
  • "Just One Fix" Ministry 133 bpm
  • "Let U Go – ATB 133 bpm
  • "Rockin In The Free World" Neil Young 133 bpm
  • "Sleepless" King Crimson 133 bpm
  • "China Girl" David Bowie 134 bpm
  • "Dedicated" ATB 135 bpm

Walking Music Mix for 3.2 to 3.5 MPH

This list is for walking at speeds from 3.2 to 3.5 miles per hour. It's heavy on the '70s and '80s disco.

  • "Machine Gun" Commodores
  • "One Night in Bangkok" Murray Head
  • "Gloria" Laura Brannigan
  • "I Want a New Drug" Huey Lewis
  • "Hot Stuff" Donna Summer
  • "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" Fleetwood Mac
  • "Long Time" Foreigner
  • "Get on your Feet" (appropriate) Gloria Estefan
  • "Jump" Pointer Sisters
  • "Give Me the Night" George Benson
  • "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme" ABBA
  • "Born to be Alive" Patrick Hernandez
  • "Nothing from Nothing" Billy Preston
  • "Fame" Irene Cara
  • "The Look" Roxette
  • "Freeze Frame" J Geils Band
  • "Eye of the Tiger" Survivor
  • "We are Family" Sister Sledge and Jade
  • "Get Ready for This" 2 Unlimited

Other Mixes

Steve developed this list for walking:

  • "Pon de Replay (Radio Edit)" Rihanna
  • "Don't Cha (Kaskade Radio Edit)" The Pussycat Dolls & Busta Rhymes
  • "Black Betty" Ram Jam
  • "Bananza (Belly Dancer)" Akon
  • "Strokin'" Clarence Carter
  • "100% Pure Love" Crystal Waters
  • "Shake That (Edited Version)" Eminem
  • "Get Down On It" Kool & The Gang
  • "Sexual Healing" Marvin Gaye
  • "Wildfire" Michael Murphey
  • "Dr. Feelgood" Mötley Crüe
  • "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" Tony Bennett
  • "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" Trace Adkins
  • "Swing" Trace Adkins
  • "It Wasn't Me" Shaggy

This list uses a selection of oldies and late '80s and '90s tunes:

  • "Gloria" Laura Brannigan
  • "Do You Believe in Love" Cher
  • "Sultans of Swing" Dire Straits
  • "Walk of Life" Dire Straits
  • "Centerfold" J.Geils Band
  • "Freeze Frame" J.Geils Band
  • "Up" Shania Twain
  • "Red Rubber Ball" Cyrkle
  • "Sooner or Later" Grassroots
  • "Midnight Confessions" Grassroots
  • "Magic Carpet Ride" Steppenwolf
  • "Proud Mary" Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "Put Me In Coach" John Fogarty
  • "All My Lovin'" The Beatles
  • "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" The Beatles
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