The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 20

Track 20 – Lola’s Theme – The Shapeshifters (2004)

I started to get a bit precious about this list. The first 10-15 tunes that I love to run to were easy to choose. Then, I would take a look at the long list of tunes that I’ve noted down and think “That’s not hard enough, that’s not fast enough” as if every one of them has to be the perfect running tune. I was in the car the other day and one of the tunes came on and thought “This tune is wicked and I’d love to run to it. That tune was Lola’s Theme by The Shapeshifters.

When I first heard this track  I thought it was a vocal sample (which it is) taken from the Anthony White – Love Me Tonight (Percapella) track using the line “I’m a temperate person” (the line is actually “I’m a different person”, I’ve been getting the lyrics wrong for 20 something years) which was the first track on one of my first mix CDs (The Tunnel Mixes). I thought this is why I liked it so much.

The body of the song is actually taken from Johnnie Taylor’s 1982 R&B song – “What About My Love

The track went straight to No 1 in the UK charts in 2004 and topped some US dance charts.

Horns and the kick drum (I have a thing for kick drums), the soaring chorus with a strong message. It’s just a real feel-good tune that makes you feel good.

Track 1 – Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim (1999)

Track 2 – Levels – Avicii (2011)

Track 3 – The Greatest – Sia (2016)

Track 4 – Around the World / Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk (2007)

Track 5 – Big Love – Pete Heller (1999)

Track 6 – Catch – Kosheen (2001)

Track 7 – Lose Yourself – Eminem (2002)

Track 8 – Beachball – Nalin & Kane (1997)

Track 9 – Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore and Lewis (2012)

Track 10 – Mas Que Nada – Echobeatz (1998)

Track 11 – Sun is Shining – Funk Star Deluxe (1999)

Track 12 – Gym and Tonic – Spacedust (1998)

Track 13 – Nightmare – Brainbug (Sinister Strings Mix) (1997)

Track 14 – It Feels So Good – Sonique (2000)

Track 15 – Dark and Long (Dark Train) – Underworld (1994)

Track 16 – Seek Bromance – Tim Berg (2010)

Track 17 – Faded – ZHU (2014)

Track 18 – Don’t Kill My Vibe – Sigrid (2017)

Track 19 – Work – Kelly Rowland (Steve Pitron & Max Sanna Radio Edit) (2008)

Track 20 – Lola’s Theme – The Shapeshifters (2004)

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