Track of the Day: 'O… Saya'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader starts off our series of the “weirdest, greatest” songs to run to:

I start my run to “O… Saya” from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack (A R Rahman feat. MIA). It starts slowly, not unlike my body at the beginning of a run. It builds intensity with Taiko drums, which reminds my legs that yes, running is a thing they do. The guitar starts, legs slightly warm, head up—yep, I can do this.  By the time MIA starts singing about running, speed, and ninjas, I feel like I too could conquer Who Wants to Be A Millionaire—or at least feel smarter than the Fox News talking head on the screen on my treadmill (it’s there by default; I’m just too lazy to change the channel).

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