The 25 Songs You Need To Add To Your Walking Playlist

For a lot of us it seems as though daily walks have become a newly-discovered essential part of our day. A moment of calm in the midst of all the madness that’s happening right now. And a moment when we get to head out and get some much needed fresh air. I know that for me, walking has become one of my favourite things to do at the moment. Which is mostly down to the fact that I can just switch off and listen to some good music while I do it.

But finding the perfect music to listen to on my walks took a little while. I spent a fair bit of time looking through Spotify for the perfect pre-made walking playlist but never really had much luck with it. It seemed to be a running theme that a walking playlist must automatically be super upbeat. Which, for those of you that love a good power walk is absolutely perfect. But what about those of us who prefer a chilled walk around our local area? Since I couldn’t find any ready-to-listen playlists I ended up making my own, and I thought it could be a nice idea to share it on here.

The 25 Songs You Need To Add To Your Walking Playlist - Female Original
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The 25 Songs You Need To Add To Your Walking Playlist

So, as I’ve mentioned, when it comes to heading out on my daily walk there’s a certain vibe that I like to go for with my music. And that’s what I’ve created with this playlist. It’s a mix of funky walking beats, some more relaxed tunes and a few tracks that I’m going to describe as “stompers”. Simply because I reckon you could have a really good stomp along the road to them. I’ve even organised them in an order that I think really flows so there’s no sudden transitions to distract you on your walk.

The 25 Songs You Need To Add To Your Walking Playlist: Track Listing

  1. Day DreamingAretha Franklin
  2. Here, There And EverywhereThe Beatles
  3. Baltimore – Nina Simone
  4. Use Me – Bill Withers
  5. Cannock Chase – Labi Siffre
  6. august – Taylor Swift
  7. Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
  8. I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King
  9. Spooky – Dusty Springfield
  10. Didn’t I – Darondo
  11. How Long Do I Have to Wait for You? – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  12. Walking Away – Craig David
  13. Oxford Comma – Vampire Weekend
  14. Cornerstone – Arctic Monkeys
  15. I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) – Daryl Hall & John Oates
  16. Brass in Pocket – Pretenders
  17. What a Fool Believes – The Doobie Brothers
  18. Mr. Big Stuff – Jean Knight
  19. Bad Bad News – Leon Bridges
  20. Young AmericansDavid Bowie
  21. Love Is A Losing Game – Amy Winehouse
  22. Holding On – Gregory Porter
  23. Walk on By – Dionne Warwick
  24. That’s the Way of the World Earth, Wind & Fire
  25. Remember Where You Are – Jessie Ware
The 25 Songs You Need To Add To Your Walking Playlist - Female Original
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My Favourites On The List

If I had to choose a favourite song from this playlist it’d have to be track 1, Aretha Franklin’s Day Dreaming. What makes it such a favourite of mine to walk to is the fact that you can just slip off into a daydream when you’re listening (pretty apt considering the song’s title). It’s also one of those songs that just instantly calms you which, in my opinion, is exactly what you need when you’re having a stroll. Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac has got to be up there as a favourite as well. It’s the perfect tempo for a ‘walking with purpose’ walking speed (hopefully you get what I mean by that!). I also enjoyed getting to add a bit of old skool Craig David to this playlist. I just couldn’t make a walking playlist without putting Walking Away on it.

What songs are on your walking playlist? Do you like a fairly chilled playlist or are you all about the upbeat tunes? Let me know in the comments.

Female Original

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76 Comments

  1. Kayleigh Zara
    January 28, 2021

    These are some amazing suggestions for walking music, I already have some Taylor swift and some artic monkeys on mine x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 28, 2021

      Thank you! Arctic Monkeys are my forever favourite band so I had to include them. I’m loving Taylor Swift’s latest two albums πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  2. Jaya Avendel
    January 28, 2021

    So . . . here I am admitting none of these songs are on my playlist! Which means I will definitely be checking the songs out. I love finding new music to motivate me and Day Dreaming sounds so zen. Quieter music is wonderful for walking with; you can still appreciate nature. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 29, 2021

      Sounds like you’ve got some fun listening to do! Day Dreaming is one of my favourite songs at the moment so I hope you enjoy giving it a listen πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  3. Lauren Kenny
    January 28, 2021

    Some fab songs on here and some I haven’t heard so will be getting on that straight away. Love posts like these as I’m always looking for new music πŸ™‚

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 29, 2021

      So glad you enjoyed reading! Hopefully you’ll discover some new tunes πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  4. Becky | Uptown Oracle
    January 28, 2021

    So many good suggestions to add to my own playlist! (although mine is mostly for in the house rather than walking πŸ˜‚)

    Becky | Uptown Oracle

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 31, 2021

      Glad I could help! Hahaha I so feel this x

      Reply
  5. Payton
    January 28, 2021

    Great playlist as always! Loved the song choices. πŸ™‚

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  6. Paige
    January 29, 2021

    I’ve just been popping on a random playlist when out on my walks lately, so it’s great to have some suggestions for new tunes! Taylor Swift already frequents my music library often so it leads to the obvious conclusion that her music is essential for completing tasks and activities of all varieties.

    Paige

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Glad I could help! Haha her two new albums are just so good aren’t they πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  7. Jenny in Neverland
    January 29, 2021

    Thank you for these suggestions! I’ve been really into music this year so far and discovering a few new songs to add to my playlists. I need to start making walking playlists as I go for a lot of walks and it’s always more fun bopping along to some music.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Agreed – music definitely makes walking a lot more fun! Glad I could help you discover some new tunes πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  8. Caroline
    January 29, 2021

    Great suggestions! My favourites are by Taylor Swift xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thank you! I’ve been loving Taylor Swift’s latest albums πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  9. Lucy
    January 29, 2021

    I’m going for a lot of walks at the moment to get some much needed fresh air and I would to listen to this playlist on my walks, this is so good Faye! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thanks so much Lucy! Hope you enjoy listening πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  10. Molly @ Transatlantic Notes
    January 29, 2021

    I was just creating a playlist for this today — you must have read my mind! I got stuck for ideas so this is great!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Haha what a coincidence! Glad I could help out πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  11. Jenna
    January 30, 2021

    Some great songs! I need to add some of these for sure πŸ™‚
    Jenna β™₯
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed reading πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  12. A Cup of Wonderland
    January 30, 2021

    A really great walking song playlist! I normally listen to an audiobook when walking but will try this out I think next time.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 30, 2021

      Thanks so much! I’d love to get into listening to audiobooks – I bet they’re so calming to listen to on a walk πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  13. Katie
    January 30, 2021

    WOW thanks for the recommendations, I’m still trying to build up my ultimate work out playlist so this is so helpful!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 30, 2021

      Glad I could help! Hopefully there are a few tracks in here that you can add πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  14. Lily
    January 30, 2021

    This is such a great idea – and great choices! I haven’t listened to a lot of these before! Walking is definitely something I think we all appreciate a lot more atm πŸ™‚

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thank you so much! For sure, I think it’s definitely something that we’re all appreciating right now πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  15. Nancy
    January 30, 2021

    I never realize how peaceful walking can be- especially with a good playlist if you want some true distractions. I love the different ranges of music in your playlist, from T Swift to Fleetwood Mac! Oh wow! Vampire Weekend is something I haven’t heard for ages!! Love these recommendations! I don’t really have a walking playlist – just a driving playlist @__@.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thanks so much Nancy! I always love putting together a playlist with a mix of old and new songs. A driving playlist sounds really fun πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  16. Lozza
    January 30, 2021

    There’s so many of these songs that I haven’t heard of!

    This is such a great idea to have a walking playlist so thanks for sharing!

    Love Lozza x
    http://girlygabble.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thank you! Hopefully you can discover some new tunes from the list πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  17. melissa major
    January 31, 2021

    These are some wonderful songs to play while walking! I need to update my walking playlists πŸ™‚

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thanks so much! πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  18. Zoe
    January 31, 2021

    Great idea!! I love Spotify but like you said their playlists are more aimed at running rather than walking. I love your playlist choices. Everywhere, Fleetwood Mac is a favourite of mine as is Walk on By x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thank you! Yes exactly – all of their activity-focused playlists are always super upbeat. Glad you enjoyed the playlist! Everywhere is a tune πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  19. Katherine Knowles
    January 31, 2021

    These are some lovely song suggestions for walking, always looking for good walking song so thank you for this.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thank you so much! x

      Reply
  20. Lovely
    February 1, 2021

    This is a cool list! Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thank you! x

      Reply
  21. Kate
    February 1, 2021

    Oh I love this! I’ve been doing a lot of walking lately and have been listening to a piano chill playlist but, I definitely think I need a specific walking list now. Thanks for the inspiration x

    Kate | kindly.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thank you! I listen to a lot of piano music as well – Piano in the Background is one of my favourite Spotify playlists πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  22. Aaliyah
    February 1, 2021

    I actually needed some new songs to be added on my my playlist for when I go on walks so this came at the perfect time! I’m definitely going to add a few of these songs to my list! X

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Glad I could help! πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  23. Gigi
    February 1, 2021

    I love this so much! I am so picky about the music I enjoy, and everytime I search for workout playlists it’s usually the latest pop or some awful remix I don’t care for

    Thanks so much for sharing I’m adding to my walking playlist now!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Hahah I so feel you on this! I have absolutely zero time for weird remixes. So glad you enjoyed the playlist! πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  24. Tea Spangsberg
    February 1, 2021

    Can I just say yes ye syes yes and copied and stolen to my phone.
    I very much enjoy good music and this is definitely good music.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Hahaha thank you! Hopefully it’ll spice up your daily walk a bit πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  25. Georgia
    February 1, 2021

    Love this playlist! I think it’s fab for walking and just for chilling out too. Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac is one of my favourites.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thank you so much! It could definitely be doubled up as a chill out playlist for sure πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  26. Cristina Rosano
    February 1, 2021

    I have heard just a couple of them, so I will take some time to check the rest. Glad to see Nina Simone and Arctic in there! Love the variety! Thanks for sharing x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Thanks so much! Hopefully you can discover plenty of new tunes from it πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  27. Ellie
    February 1, 2021

    I feel so uncultured with music as I’ve not heard of many of these songs! But can’t beat a bit of the arctic monkeys!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 1, 2021

      Hopefully you’ll discover some new favourite tunes from it! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  28. Amanda
    February 1, 2021

    Such a fun post! Some great songs, I’ll have to add some to my playlist. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 3, 2021

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  29. Lynn Mejia
    February 2, 2021

    These are great suggestions for a walking playlist! I love nice chill acoustic music when I go for walks! Thanks for sharing x

    http://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 2, 2021

      Thank you! Chill acoustic music sounds perfect for walking to πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  30. Britt K
    February 2, 2021

    You have some really fun songs here on the list. I am a HUGE fan of using music to help me keep going, regardless of what I’m doing. That being said, I love that you choose a tempo and beat that would match the slightly more laid back walking pace. That’s key!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 3, 2021

      Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed the more laid back tempo of this playlist πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  31. Lauren
    February 2, 2021

    I have only heard of one of these I think πŸ€£πŸ™ˆ Craig David. A walking playlist is a great idea! Thank you for sharing this selection.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 3, 2021

      Hahaha who doesn’t love a bit of Craig David! Thank you so much πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  32. Sophie
    February 2, 2021

    This playlist has such a great vibe to it, it seems so chilled. Going to be honest, I never listen to anything when I’m walking, I usually chat away to Hugo and any of his little furry friends we see when we’re out and about but I need to make an effort to walk without him at some point and give this a listen. x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 3, 2021

      I was definitely going for more of a chilled vibe with this so I’m glad that you like the sound of it! Chatting away to Hugo sounds like a great way to spend a walk πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  33. Macey @ Brine & Books
    February 4, 2021

    solo rambles have been a source of joy and solace for me long before lockdown 1 last year, but they’ve taken on a new meaning when i’m constantly surrounded by my family at home (whom i do love v much, ofc :’)). i absolutely love this concept & need to check this playlist out before my next walk!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 6, 2021

      Hahaha I completely get what you mean, it’s nice to spend some time away from family by yourself every now and then! Hope you enjoy the playlist πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  34. Alice in Sheffield
    February 13, 2021

    Loving this playlist

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 15, 2021

      Thank you! x

      Reply
  35. Sophia patel
    February 22, 2021

    what a great post! Lockdown has definitely got us wanting to get out of the house, so this is the perfect escapism playlist!

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      February 24, 2021

      Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed the playlist πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  36. Tiziana
    March 8, 2021

    Amazing tips! Planning in walks is so important in the times we live in πŸ™‚

    Have a great day,
    Tiziana
    http://www.tizianaolbrich.de

    Reply
    1. femaleoriginal
      March 16, 2021

      Thank you so much! x

      Reply
  37. Sarah Mark
    March 22, 2021

    This is such a great playlist. There are some songs on here I haven’t heard for such a long time. I have just gone and added them to my playlist. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 31, 2021

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy listening πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  38. Lauren
    April 4, 2021

    This playlist sounds great. I love to listen to music when I am walking and exercising. Recently I have been listening to music doing housework and it motivates me.

    Lauren

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 4, 2021

      I love listening to music while I’m doing housework as well! I’ll normally go for a throwback playlist when I’m cleaning though πŸ™‚ x

      Reply

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