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101 Running Songs, Lap 2

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101 Running Songs, Lap 2 Review

by Jon O'Brien

Following the success of their Driving, Housework, and Barbecue collections, the 101 Songs brand returns with its second collection of songs designed to soundtrack the perfect running workout. Indeed, with over five discs' worth of material, there is enough music included here to accompany a marathon, let alone a quiet jog around the block. Highlights from the first slightly alternative disc are Blur's two-minute classic “Song 2,” Justin Timberlake's electro-R&B number one “Sexyback,” and Calvin Harris' old-skool “Ready for the Weekend.” Kelly Rowland's bhangra-fused “Work,” Shakira's playful “She Wolf,” and Kelly Clarkson's attitude-laden “Since You've Been Gone” are the standouts from disc two. Faithless' hypnotic “We Come 1,” Underworld's anthemic “Born Slippy,” and Basement Jaxx's remix of N.E.R.D.'s “She Wants to Move” are the tracks most likely to get the pulses racing from the dance-heavy third disc, while the harmonious sounds of the Beach Boys' “I Get Around,” Run-D.M.C.'s innovative “Walk This Way,” and Haircut 100's uplifting “Fantastic Day” are the choice cuts from the last two retro-focused discs. However, there are a few bizarre inclusions, from the easy listening jazz-pop of Eliza Doolittle's “Pack Up” to the chillout soul of Alicia Keys' “Empire State of Mind,” which are more likely to inspire a relaxing sitdown than any endurance training. With a track list covering several decades (from Katy Perry's recent number one “California Girls” to Jackie Wilson's '60s soul classic “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher”) and covering various genres from drum'n'bass (Apollo 440) to pure pop (Kylie Minogue) to heavy rock (Deep Purple), 101 Running Songs, Lap 2 should provide enough motivation for even the most reluctant athlete.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 JXL / Elvis Presley 03:32 Amazon
2 Kasabian 03:47 Amazon
3 Justin Timberlake 04:03 Amazon
4 Blur 02:01 Amazon
5 Iggy Pop 04:39 Amazon
6 Calvin Harris 03:38 Amazon
7 Red Hot Chili Peppers 03:21 Amazon
8 Electric Light Orchestra 03:06 Amazon
9 OK Go 03:00 Amazon
10
Apollo 440 03:33 Amazon
11 The Black Eyed Peas 03:34 Amazon
12 Kenny Loggins 03:30 Amazon
13 Michael Sembello 04:04 Amazon
14 David Bowie 02:39 Amazon
15 The Hoosiers 02:46 Amazon
16 Generation X 03:46 Amazon
17 The Vapors 03:43 Amazon
18 Bangles 03:21 Amazon
19 The Kooks 02:49 Amazon
20 Shawn Mullins 04:32 Amazon
21 Santana 03:57 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Christina Aguilera 04:08 Amazon
2 Eliza Doolittle 03:12 Amazon
3 Kylie Minogue 03:22 Amazon
4 Katy Perry 03:54 Amazon
5 Yolanda Be Cool / DCUP 04:30 Amazon
6 Roll Deep 03:43 Amazon
7 Alexandra Burke 03:22 Amazon
8 Shakira 04:47 Amazon
9 Cutee B. / Bob Sinclar 03:17 Amazon
10 Usher 04:36 Amazon
11 Kelly Rowland 03:33 Amazon
12 Kelly Clarkson 03:09 Amazon
13 Lily Allen 03:27 Amazon
14 Kesha 03:53 Amazon
15 Britney Spears 03:44 Amazon
16 P!nk 03:34 Amazon
17 Avril Lavigne 03:36 Amazon
18 DJ Fresh 03:14 Amazon
19 Tinie Tempah 03:57 Amazon
20 Professor Green 03:12 Amazon
21 Alicia Keys 03:38 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Gorillaz 04:05 Amazon
2 Swedish House Mafia 02:42 Amazon
3 N.E.R.D 05:12 Amazon
4 Mylo 04:04 Amazon
5 David Guetta 03:00 Amazon
6
Roll Deep 03:57 Amazon
7 Riva Starr 03:35 Amazon
8 Deadmau5 03:10 Amazon
9 Goldfrapp 03:51 Amazon
10 Eliza Doolittle 03:05 Amazon
11 MGMT 05:03 Amazon
12 Bomfunk MC's 02:53 Amazon
13 ATB 02:41 Amazon
14 Faithless 03:43 Amazon
15 Underworld 04:19 Amazon
16 Tiësto 03:25 Amazon
17 Barthezz 03:33 Amazon
18 Baby D 03:41 Amazon
19 Moby 03:22 Amazon
20
Olive 04:09 Amazon
21 Pink Floyd / Eric Prydz 03:21 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Run-D.M.C. 03:37 Amazon
2 Billy Ocean 04:09 Amazon
3 Rick Springfield 03:13 Amazon
4 The Psychedelic Furs 04:10 Amazon
5
Rio
Duran Duran 04:44 Amazon
6 Blondie 03:29 Amazon
7 Robert Palmer 04:13 Amazon
8 The Human League 04:03 Amazon
9 The Stranglers 02:55 Amazon
10 Pat Benatar 04:11 Amazon
11 Haircut 100 03:14 Amazon
12 Madness 03:31 Amazon
13 Supergrass 03:18 Amazon
14 Judas Priest 02:34 Amazon
15 Deep Purple 06:07 Amazon
16 Phil Lynott / Gary Moore 04:17 Amazon
17 Sweet 04:01 Amazon
18 The Doobie Brothers 03:44 Amazon
19 Talking Heads 04:03 Amazon
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