Music plays an important role in my adventures. As I said in my top long distance walking tips – it can massively help combat boredom and boost my mood. My handy iPod shuffle goes with me everywhere. On it I have an evening wind down/reflective playlist and also an upbeat hiking songs playlist. When I need walking motivation, or just feel like singing out loud, I stick that one on.

Hiking songs playlist

If you’re looking for good walking songs, here’s my hiking songs playlist….

#1 Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

#2 I’m Gonna Be – The Proclaimers

I’m mean, really….is there a better hiking song out there?!

#3 Walk Of Life – Dire Striats

#4 Into The Wild – Rise

If you haven’t read Into The Wild you really should. It’s a good book to get you into the spirit of adventure. This song is part of the soundtrack from the film of the same name.

#5 You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon

#6 Walk This Way – Aerosmith

#7 Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

#8 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

One of my all time favourite hiking songs to lift my mood. I can never stop myself singing along!

#9 Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf

#10 Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones

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#11 I Followed Flies – Matthew And The Atlas

I discovered Matthew And The Atlas just recently and love their music. Their Temples album is a good accompaniment to any adventure….although this is one of the best hiking songs.

#12 Mountains – Biffy Clyro

#13 Of Monsters and Men – Dirty Paws

Part of the soundtrack for the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – a good movie to watch to boost that feeling of wanderlust!

#14 Walk On The Wild Side – Lou Reed

#15 Porcelain – Moby

#16 Keep Your Head Up – Ben Howard

A good one to stick on when walking gets tough!

#17 Sail – Awolnation

#18 Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles

#19 The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel

#20 Stay Alive – Jose Gonzalez

This was my wedding first dance – couldn’t not include this on my hiking songs playlist!

#21 Anywhere – Passenger

#22 The Passenger – Iggy Pop

#23 Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Know any good walking songs?

Add your own hiking songs suggestions in the comments box below….I’m always looking for new ones to add to my playlist!

I also have to mention my all time favourite album – The Songs Of Distant Earth by Mike Oldfield. The album goes with me on every adventure

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