23 Songs for your hiking playlist

by Jun 13, 2021 | First published in 2019Adventure, Advice

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.

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BEST Hiking songs playlist

My hiking music tends to be upbeat (to help me through tough times) or reflective (because I do a lot of thinking when I’m in nature). A great way to pick up new walking songs is to ask hikers you pass what they listen to. I actually created a special Spotify playlist just for this and loved listening to it and remembering the people I’d met along the way – it’ll be an eclectic mix!!

To get you started though, here are the 23 tracks from my personal best 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

#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’d be especially keen to know if there are any songs about hiking that I’d missed….I really couldn’t think of so many.

I also have to give a special mention my all time favourite album – The Songs Of Distant Earth by Mike Oldfield. The album goes with me on every adventure and I can’t get enough of it. It’s got to be listened to uninterrupted from start to finish to be fully appreciated…

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