Music on the Trail

I’ve had some pretty serious blogs about the journey to this point. This time I’d like to have some fun! Often the quiet peace of nature is what I seek. Other times conversation with others can fill the lonely hours in a vast wilderness.  And yes there will be plenty of time to mix in some music to restore lost energy in the middle of a steep climb, encouragement when spirits sag, and to accent an inspiring overlook. Going back to my days playing sports I used music to pump me up, get moving, get in a rhythm. On days I feel good and miles are my goal, I think music can do just that.

Give me 4 or 5 songs you think might help on my hike. I’m a product of the 60’s and 70’s but I’m quite eclectic in my selections. Not sure why some songs stick with me more than others.


  1. A few Beatles naturally.
  2. Definitely U2
  3. The best of Creedence Clearwater Revival
  4. Bob Dylan for sure.
  5. Moody Blues/ Days of Future Passed and several more.
  6. Neil Young and CSNY especially Down by the River
  7. Maybe some Pink Floyd
  8. Canned Heat Going Up the Country and a couple others
  9. Mercy, Mercy Me, What’s Goin On/ Marvin Gaye
  10. Ravi Shankar from A Concert for Bangledesh, if you haven’t heard this it’s awesome!
  11. Tina Turner/ Proud Mary
  12. REM
  13. Santana/ Soul Sacrifice
  14. The Cranberries/Zombie
  15. Creed/ With Arms Wide Open
  16. Behind Blue Eyes/Limp Bizkit
  17. Coldplay/Fix You
  18. Hoobastank/The Reason
  19. AC/DC/Thunderstruck  (probably during my first twenty mile day)
  20. Norman Greenbaum/Spirit in the Sky
  21. The Proclaimers/ I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)
  22. 3 Doors Down/Here Without You
  23. The Original Caste/ One Tin Soldier
  24. The Tokens/ The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  25. Last but not least Hillsong United/Wonder

That’s a few. I have more, let me know your suggestions!

15 thoughts on “Music on the Trail

  1. I too have eclectic music taste! Here are a few of my favorites to get you motivated and put some pep in your step!
    1. Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
    2. Happy – Pharrell Williams
    3. Any thing by Bruno Mars
    4. Switch – Will Smith
    5. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
    6. High Hopes – Panic at the Disco
    7. Give It Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    8. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
    9. Trouble – Ray LamOntagne (This one is a little slower)
    10. Goodbye to You – Scandal with Patty Smyth
    11. Days of Elijah – Twila Paris
    12. No More No Less – Mercy Me
    13. Until the Whole World Hears – Casting Crowns
    14. Fake ID – Big & Rich (from the Footloose remake)

    That’s just a few from my playlist. Enjoy my friend!!

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  2. This Is A Move (Tasha Cobbs Leonard), Raise a Hallelujah (Bethel/ Jonathan Helser), Ain’t No Grave (Bethel, Molly Skaggs), Victory is Yours (Bethel, Bethany Wohrle), Believer, Imagine Dragons, Beautiful Day (U2), Walkin’ on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves), This is Me (Keala Settle/The Greatest Showman), Best Day of My Life (American Authors), Praises/Be Lifted Up (Josh Baldwin/Bethel), Here Comes the Sun (Beatles), You are the Best Thing (Ray Lamontagne), How Come (Ray Lamontagne), I walk the Line (Johnny Cash), Get a Rhythm (Cash), Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell), Mountain to Valley (Bread & Wine/Ben Smith), Be Enthroned (Bethel, Jeremy Riddle), Tennessee (Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors), Glorious Day (Passion/Kristian Stanfill), Catch the Wind (Jonathan David & Melissa Helser), Don’t Give Up (Calling Glory), Do It Again (Elevation/Mack Brock), Survivor (Zach Williams), Miracles (Jesus Culture/Chris Quilala). This Too Shall Pass (City Church Worship). I should probably stop now, haha! Hope you enjoy these, too my friend!

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  3. A few more…A Ha, Take on Me; George Michael, Careless Whisper; George Michael and Elton John, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me; Christopher Cross, Arthur’s Theme; Player and Baby Come Back; George Harrison, My Sweet Lord;

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