Reporter's Notebook

The Weirdest, Greatest Songs on Your Running Playlist
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Readers pick their favorite oddball tracks. Listen to all of the suggestions on Spotify here, and a curated, hour-long playlist of them here.

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A reader adds an uptempo piano to our workout playlist:

Here’s one that I’m sure hasn’t been mentioned: Ben Folds Five’s “One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces.” It’s the best track to end on, especially when you need that extra kick. How many workout songs have that much piano in them?

Army” from Ben Folds has been on my running playlist for years.

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Our latest contributor, Emily Hutchinson, follows up:

As I’ve been running, I’ve thought if other songs to share, like Kishi Bashi’s “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!” No matter how tired I am, I will run my heart out for that song.

Thanks for making this list; I’ve found several great songs that I’ve added to my personal playlist.

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A reader serves up a trifecta of offbeat workout songs:

Darn, I missed your initial call for suggestions. Well, here are a few of mine anyway:

1) “Keep Hope Alive,” The Crystal Method, off their Vegas album (also the soundtrack for The Replacement Killers). When I worked in downtown South Bend, Ind., I ran in Howard Park, which runs along the St. Joseph River and includes a dam and a race waterway/fish ladder and old mills and factories sited on the river that have been turned into apartments among other things. So there is a lot of twisting and turning and little footbridges to run over as well as bridges that carry traffic over the river to run under. It always reminded me of being a little kid just running around outside in a particularly cool backyard. The starts and stops and twists and turns in this track match the mood, plus you feel like Chow Yun Fat or Mira Sorvino escaping gunmen bent on your destruction.