Choose your own (musical) adventure

As a great many people have pointed out, cycling all day every day with just your thoughts for company might result in some serious introspection/boredom/mind-numbing inner monologues.  To alleviate this I’m attempting to assemble some musical distractions. A certain Mr Matthew Armstrong has suggested the following arrangement:

Picture of a guy on a bike laden with speakers

Had to leave the tent behind - couldn't find space for it


However, I think perhaps some of that new MP3 technology might be more appropriate. And that’s where you come in! I know some of you have great musical taste. And others of you, well, you’re very enthusiastic about music. So I’ve created two collaborative playlists (no, I didn’t know you could do that either until tonight) on Spotify that I’m hoping you will all help me with. “Why two?” I hear you ask. Well, one is for when I’m feeling strong, cycling with the wind and/or downhill and everything is hunky-dory. And the other one is for when the going gets tough and I’m struggling with fatigue, saddle sores, long hill climbs, or just bad hair. I won’t provide any guidelines on what genres of music would suit these two playlists -- I’ll leave that entirely up to you. It should be fascinating to see if everyone agrees on a style/mood for each of these playlists. Don’t be swayed by what others have selected!

You know how some albums really remind you of a particular place, because that was where you were when you first heard it or you played it all the time when you were there? Well, what I’d love is to have a bunch of songs that I probably won’t have listened to before that I can play all the time as I’m cycling and, years from now, when I hear them again I’ll instantly be transported back to the open roads of rural America. That’s the vision. But now I need you to help make that vision! Please add as many songs as you want:

Riding free -- downhill Riding free -- uphill

(If you don’t have Spotify, feel free to just post your music suggestion in the Comments section)


3 Responses to “Choose your own (musical) adventure”

  1. Charles says:

    Doors – Light my fire (live version)
    Don McLean – American Pie
    Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction
    Rolling Stones – Paint it Black
    Kraftwerk – Autobahn
    Hendrix – All along the watch tower

  2. Ninjim says:

    Pendulum – Immersion (any)
    Daft punk – Alive 2007 (any)
    Progidy – Jilted Generation (any)
    Rocky theme
    Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
    Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow

    Up[very steep]hill:
    Rage against the machine – Rage against the machine (any)

    Conjure one – Conjure one(any)
    Top gun OST – Top gun anthem
    iiO – Rapture
    Enigma – Mea Culpa
    Enigma – Cross of changes
    The Digital Blonde – Mooga (Mandrake Remix)
    Ludvico Einaudi – Le Onde
    Faithless – Salva Mea
    Faithless – Drifting away

    Standing on crest of hill:
    Faithless – God is a DJ
    Linkin park – What I’ve done
    Jay-Z and Linkin Park – Numb/Encoure
    Queen – Bicycle race

    • Graham says:

      James – absolutely love these, thanks!

      Have added all the ones I could find on Spotify to the relevant playlists.

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