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Now let’s talk music. For you marathoners who take on course with some audio and your favorites songs blasting while you bound along to the finish line.

This is a simple guide to compiling a nonstop listening experience to carry through 42km. whether you need 4hrs or 10hrs to complete the marathon you’ll have an arsenal of playlists to carry you through. And since you may occasionally slow down or pace through some meters, you can use your device to select or repeat files.

First Off- Essentials

Who is your favorite artist? Whether it is Beyonce, or Davido or 50Cent or Linkin Park, the easiest thing to do if you are on Spotify or Apple Music is to select playlists that feature these artists and their greatest hits. On Apple music they are simply called essentials. So if you search 50Cent essentials…you’ll find the playlist which features some of his best bangers.

By the time you save up to 5 or 6 essentials of your favorite artists, you are right on your way. now if you are not using music apps like Apple music and you are just going to play songs saved on your phone or on your headphones, then of course you are just going to pile up your favorite albums and playlists there.

Also, if you search for running playlists……your apps will deliver of course.

Here’s a mega mix available.

Best genre of music for running of course are mostly rock, hiphop and even afro beats. So while you jam your Naija songs and rap songs that give you ginger, it is ultimately about what you like and how you feel. So, its best to go eclectic. Mix it up so you get all your experiences that music offers. Ginger, hope, passion, happiness, thought provocation etc.

Take a look at these samples, to get a memory jog and be reminded of the sort of jams you like so you remember to pile them up.

List of albums to listen to through the marathon.

  • M.I- Talk About It
  • Jay Z- The Blueprint
  • Kendrick Lamar- Good Kid Maad City
  • Nasty C- Strings and Blings
  • Trybesmen- LAG Style
  • Mohits- Curriculum Vitae
  • Usher 8701
  • Linkin Park- Meteora
  • G-Unit- Beg For Mercy
  • Black Eyed Peas- Elephunk
  • Rihanna- Anti
  • Drake- Take Care
  • Maroon 5- V
  • Ed Sheeran- Divide




1. “Beautiful Day” U2

2. “Let’s Get It Started” Black Eyed Peas

3. “Right Now” Van Halen

4. “Lose Yourself” Eminem

5. “Don’t Stop the Music” Rihanna

6. “Dynamite” Taio Cruz

7. “Stronger” Kayne West

8. “SexyBack” (featuring Timbaland) Justin Timberlake

9. “Outta Your Mind” Lil Jon & LMFAO

10. “One Step at a Time” Jordin Sparks

11. “The Way You Move” OutKast

12. “Time to Win” Down With Webster

13. “How Low” Ludacris

14. “Raise Your Glass” Pink

15. “Fighter” Christina Aguilera

16. “I Gotta Feeling” Black Eyed Peas

17. “Run This Town” Jay-Z

18. “Boom Boom Pow” Black Eyed Peas

19. “Mama Said Knock You Out” LL Cool J

20. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill Me)” Kelly Clarkson

21. “Remember the Name” Fort Minor

22. “Rollin'” Limp Bizkit

23. “Knocks You Down” Kanye West

24. “Control Myself” LL Cool J

25. “Carry Out” Timbalind/Timberlake

26. “My Life Would Suck Without You” Kelly Clarkson

27. “Cool” Gwen Stefani

28. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” Michael Jackson

29. “Feel” Robbie Williams

30. “Hey Ya!” OutKast

31. “Walk This Way” Aerosmith

32. “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby” Smash Mouth

33. “Pump It” Black Eyed Peas

34. “‘Till I Collapse” Eminem

35. “Gonna Make You Sweat” C&C Music Factory

36. “Hip Hop Hooray” Naughty By Nature

37. “Low” Flo-Rida

38. “It Takes Two” Rob Base

39. “The Pretender” Foo Fighters

40. “Kiss Kiss” Chris Brown

41. “Don’t Stop Me Now” Queen

42. “Elevation” U2

43. “The Distance” Cake

44. “Run to the Hills” Iron Maiden

45. “We Can’t Stop” Miley Cyrus

46. “Running With the Devil” Van Halen

47. “Jump” Van Halen

48. “Don’t Stop Believin'” Journey

49. “Eye of the Tiger” Survivor

50. “Best Day of My Life” American Authors

51. “We are the Champions” Queen

Now press play and go get em champ.

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