Best songs to add to your walking playlist

As someone who works from home for the majority of my week, a daily walk is an essential part of my day-to-day life. It’s a great way to take a moment of calm in the middle of the working day and head out to get some much-needed fresh air. It also creates an opportunity to enjoy some uninterrupted listening time to some of my favourite music.

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 recurring theme that a walking playlist must automatically be super upbeat. Which, for those of you who love a good power walk is 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, so I thought I’d share it here.

A woman walking and listening to her walking playlist.
A woman walking and listening to her walking playlist.

Best songs 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 are no sudden transitions to distract you on your walk.

Walking playlist | track listing

  1. Day DreamingAretha Franklin
  2. Here, There And Everywhere – The 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 Americans – David 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

78 thoughts on “Best songs to add to your walking playlist

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

    1. 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

  2. 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!

    1. 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

  3. 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.


  4. 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.

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

    1. 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

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

    Katie |

  6. 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™‚

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

  7. 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 @__@.

    1. 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

  8. 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

    1. 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

  9. 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 |

    1. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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!

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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

    1. 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

  17. 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!

    1. 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

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.


    1. 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

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