What's your power song?

When I was in San Francisco for the Nike Women's Marathon, Nike was heavily promoting it's Nike+ System, which utilizes your iPod Nano to synchronize your running with your iPod. It has a Power Song feature, from what I understand, that you can set so that on command, whatever "power song" you choose, will be played. All weekend, Nike reps were asking, "What's your power song?"

That got me thinking about the songs that motivate me. If I had to choose one right now, it'd be "Misery Business" by paramore. What? Don't overestimate my ability to dig deeper into my music collection to choose something other than my favorite band of the week.

But I think I've got more of a Power Playlist. A list of songs that've dragged me through mile after mile. And trust me, by mile 25 of a marathon, you need some good shit to get you through another 1.2 miles.

I think I had "How Far We've Come" by matchbox twenty on repeat by that point in San Francisco. Between that song, and coming around the bend to see the Pacific coastline in all its glory, I had enough motivation to not slam my head into the concrete.

And I finished. Without dying. Don't underestimate the power of a power song.

So without further adieu, here is my own list:

  • "Misery Business" paramore
  • "Helena" My Chemical Romance
  • "The Kill" 30 Seconds To Mars
  • "Monsters" Matchbook Romance
  • "Plane" Jason Mraz
  • "How Far We've Come" matchbox twenty
  • "Dance, Dance" Fall Out Boy
  • "Pump It" Black Eyed Peas
  • "Like I Love You" Justin Timberlake
  • "Place For My Head" Linkin Park
  • "You Can Run, But We'll Find You" Matchbook Romance
  • "Float On" Modest Mouse
  • "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" My Chemical Romance
  • "Intermission" Panic At The Disco
  • "For A Pessimist I'm Pretty Optimistic" paramore
  • "Hate (I Really Don't Like You)" Plain White T's
  • "Dance Transylvania" Rediscover
  • "Say 'Ten'" Reel Big Fish
  • "So Much Love" The Rocket Summer
  • "Fences" paramore
  • "Livin On A Prayer" Bon Jovi
  • "Machinehead" Bush
  • "Run It" Chris Brown
  • "SexyBack" Justin Timberlake
  • "Stronger" Kanye West
  • "This Ain't A Scene It's An Arms Race" Fall Out Boy
  • "Dead!" My Chemical Romance
  • "Le Disko" Shiny Toy Guns
  • "Lover I Don't Have To Love" Bright Eyes

What's your power song?