The WORST Songs to Have Stuck In Your Head While Running
We asked our readers for their most despised running songs. With apologies in advance, here’s what you wish you could erase from your memory.
Sometimes having a song stuck in your head can power you forward and set a rhythm for your run.
Then again, it really depends on the quality of the song.
One minute you could be out exploring a new trail, far from civilization and society’s ills, solving the world’s problems one mile at a time. …Then suddenly your brain elects to play “Who Let the Dogs Out” in a perpetual loop, and it’s all you can do not to collapse in a sweaty, weeping ball in front of oncoming traffic. And that’s to say nothing of how runners have suffered in the aftermath of Rebecca Black’s “Friday.”
So this week Running Playlists wades into dangerous waters in search of terrible running songs. We posed the question, “What’s the worst song to have stuck in your head on a run?” to our readers on Facebook (inadvertently cursing everyone involved to an hour or two of history’s worst music), and the responses were nearly unanimous.
Here’s what you’d love to get out of your head:
5. Christmas songs
Maybe it’s the time of year—or maybe there’s a huge segment of the population who can’t resist running over hills while laughing all the way (or the thought of a reindeer plowing down an aging grandparent). Whatever the reason, Christmas songs were voted as the best music to have stuck in your head during the first mile of a run, after which point they become unspeakably torturous.
4. The SpongeBob Theme Song
“…Whooooooo lives in a pineapple under the sea?“ Presumably a lot of you have kids (or are just kids at heart) because having cartoon theme music stuck in your heads is reportedly a consistent, sweeping problem.
3. The Hamster Dance
It’s unlikely anyone’s actually heard the Hamster Dance since 2001, which speaks to the enduring potency of this aural abomination.
2. “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has been bedeviling the public’s ears since her fourth studio album, Bangerz, dropped in August and elevated her oeuvre to radio ubiquity. Apparently runners would prefer to internalize the message of “We Can’t Stop;” “Wrecking Ball,” however, is something you simply cannot abide.
1. “What Does the Fox Say” by YIvis
Watch it if you dare, but readers everywhere agreed that this viral earworm has already terrorized the lives of too many citizens in our community. Norwegian duo Ylvis garnered global attention for their (seemingly earnest) investigation into animal sounds, which became an unlikely hit song. I recommend you give the video a wide berth, or risk dooming your thoughts on foxes forever.