The Walt Disney World Marathon is this weekend and after that, the Star Wars Half Marathon weekend is next! That gives me only about 10 days to perfect my running playlist for the Rebel Challenge. Since I’m struggling with that pinched nerve, I’ll need some truly great tunes to help me out.
Since my previous post on my Disney running playlist, I’ve added many new songs to the list, removing some that just weren’t working and adding new discoveries. As a result, here were my top 10 new disney song additions to my upbeat Disney running playlist. They are certain to make it onto my 2016 Rebel Challenge playlist!
1. When Can I See You Again (Owl City)
Not only was this song featured in the end credits of Wreck-it Ralph, but the song was also adapted for Disneyland’s Paint the Night parade. The upbeat, positive song is a perfect addition to my running playlist.
Need proof? Here’s a lyric sampling:
Switch on the sky and the stars glow for you
Go see the world ’cause it’s all so brand new
Don’t close your eyes ’cause your future’s ready to shine
It’s just a matter of time, before we learn how to fly
Welcome to the rhythm of the night
There’s something in the air you can’t deny
2. Mickey and Minnie on a Moonlight Night (Beverly Stanton)
The first version I heard of this song was a done in a 50s doo-wop style (Eric Troyer). I still like that verison, but the techno style is my new favorite and perfect for the run. When it comes on my running playlist, I invariably get a massive grin on my face and pick up my pace. Several of the other songs on the Disney Cuties album (Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Mickey Mouse Club March and Little April Shower) also made it on my playlist, but this remains one of my top favorites.
3. Go The Distance (Julie Griffin)
This has always been a problematic song for me. The lyrics of this Hercules song are absolutely perfect inspiration for running (“I know every mile/ will be worth my while…“). Unfortunately, the movie version is way too slow and the movie’s pop version, still slow, is sung by Michael Bolton… and I can’t stand him. For a long time, I had the Lucas Grabeel version from Disneymania album on my running playlist, but that also started out slow, which is just difficult to have when you’re trying to keep your pace up.
Finally, I found this version on the Mousercize album. Unfortunately, all of the songs on this album are preceded by a short, rather cheesy spoken encouragement, but the one for “Go The Distance” isn’t actually too bad (“Now some races are short and some are long, but it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, as long as you go the distance!”) and seems on point for the playlist. Better yet, the song itself has a perfect back beat to accompany the inspirational lyrics.
4. I Wan’na Be like You (Fall Out Boy)
I had five versions of this classic Jungle Book song already (including the fabulous swing version by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy), but none seemed quite right for a running playlist until I found this version by Fall Out Boy, which really rocks. It may not be my all-time favorite version of this song, but it really moves me forward during training.
Fall Out Boy also performed “Immortals” (from Big Hero 6), another amazing Disney workout song.
5. Main Titles from the movie Endurance (Theodros Tadesse)
I’ve had this on running playlists and workout playlists for years but didn’t realize that Endurance was actually a Disney movie. The movie is about Haile Gebrselassie, a famous ethiopian distance runner who won the gold for the 10,000 meters at the 1996 Olympics. You can probably imagine that the music has a great running rhythm.
Since I only realized it was Disney this year, I’m justifying its place on this list as it is new to my disney playlist.
6. The Ballad of Davy Crockett (The Kentucky Headhunters)
If you are familiar with the ballad (perhaps the version by The Wellingtons) you may wonder how the deliberate pace of the ballad could possibly be a good running option.
Well, the Kentucky Headhunters have made a swinging country version that really moves by comparison. It may not have the fastest tempo on the playlist, but it’s great jogging music and the country vibe is a welcome change of pace from all the techno-type workout music (in small doses, of course).
7. The Throne Room — From Star Tours (John Williams)
John William’s epic score for the final scene of Star Wars: A New Hope was reworked for Disneyland into a much faster piece— perfect for atmosphere music in the parks. Even the fanfare at the begin is speeded up. It still has that epic feel at a workout pace, all adding up to perfection.
8. Pineapple Princess (Annette Funicello, remix by Kinsey Moore)
This might be the weirdest song on this list. Annette Funicello is definitely before my time, but I’ve been listening to her singing since the 1995 Classic Disney Vol. 1 album featured her and the Beach Boys singing “The Monkey’s Uncle” as one of the tracks. I love her version of “My Little Grass Shack” with its punchy trumpets and bold singing, and I came to know her better when I was researching the 1950’s Mickey Mouse Club TV show for my mouseketeer running costume I wore for the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon. After all, she was arguably the most famous and popular Mouseketeer.
“Pineapple Princess” was a popular hit of hers in the 60s and the era reminds me of Disneyland’s Adventureland and Enchanted Tiki Room. I love having the remix on the playlist. It’s a smooth track, a steady beat perfect once settled into the even pace of a long run with a vintage feel that pops up, Annette’s voice hinting at the flavor of the original.
If you have this on a rundisney playlist, it will have you dreaming of dole whip by the end of the race.
9. Rotten to the Core
I never saw the Disney Channel’s recent TV movie Descendants, but I was mildly interested in it. I hadn’t realized it was a musical, but after listening to the music, I had to add “Rotten to the Core” to my playlist. Most its songs were too teen pop for me, and although Rotten to the Core has a bit of that, it stands out. A little bit of that bad girl/boy attitude in the song is a perfect soundtrack for a take no prisoners approach to running.
The “Mirror Mirror on the wall” sections are a little slow, but strengthen the Disney vibe in my mind. I think the movie version might be better than the Sofia Carson version for running— her version seems just a tad slower, although perhaps better overall. Either would work on a running playlist, however.
10. We Are Here to Change the World (Michael Jackson)
Michael Jackson performed two songs for Disneyland’s Captain Eo attraction. I’ve had “Another Part of Me” on my playlist for a while. Of the two, I thought it was the better for running and for a while, I was so tired of Michael Jackson’s music, that I couldn’t have too many of his songs on a single playlist, even though they are great for workouts.
However, “We are Here to Change to World” is an energetic song and I think the melody is a little more uplifting, to say nothing of its lyrics. I had to add it in!
More Disney Running Songs
Of course, in addtion to these 10 new additions, there are a bunch of disney songs that will always be classics to workout to.. There are over 60 songs on my Disney running playlist now (and that only includes the ones that I can find on spotify) and you’re welcome to follow my playlist on spotify, or make your own using these songs for inspiration.
I love mixing disney songs into any running playlist!