Track of the Day: 'Who Could Win a Rabbit'

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

After Christmas, we started airing a bunch of daily tracks that center on the “weirdest, greatest songs on your playlist”—seven so far. Here’s the latest from a reader:

Hi there! I have two recommendations for your running playlist compilation. (Fantastic idea, by the way.)

The first is Animal Collective’s “Rabbit.” I love this song because it’s mesmerizing, gets you in the moment, and is perfect for a bit of mid-run energy: just a bit over two minutes, with a propulsive time signature largely in 3/4; folksy and earthy and strange and surreal, but with childlike earnestness; then subduing just as quickly as it made itself aware. To me, it’s the embodiment of “runner’s high.”

The song’s music video, seen above, goes from “weird” to “batshit” pretty quickly. The reader’s second pick:

For those moments when you’re worn out but feeling great and wanting to run so hard just one last time that it’s as if you might leave your body behind: “Sæglópur” by Sigur Ros. It is an avalanche of existential awareness. It is optimism in all its desolate glory. It is the sunlight all dazzling your eyes, and your brain is racing, trying to decide whether to stay or to go. Once the chorus hits its first and then second time while you’re running hard, I think you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

The rest of our reader recommendations are here, which we’re planning to curate into a Spotify playlist soon.