Pop Stand Playlist: Walk, Don’t Run

Noel Holston
2 min readDec 5, 2023

Walking is really good for you, so here are some songs to do it to

“Walkin’ the Dog,” Paris, 2023. Photo by Noel Holston (Author)

Our popular culture gets more disposable by the day. Wonderful music from last century — that would be the 20th — is fading into obscurity.

I envision a themed oldies podcast or weekly hour on public radio that would introduce vintage hits and oddities to a new audience.

I have the vision, just not the know how.

Anybody want to volunteer to help me make this a reality?

Here’s a sample playlist for one installment — I have scores — that includes more than a dozen takes on walking, an activity that, according to an article I recently read, is incredibly good for you, even if you do it slow.

So here’s a playlist you can add to your I-phone — or, if you’re really ancient like me, your Walkman. I call this particular edition “Walk, Don’t Run.

Feel free to add to the playlist in your comments. There are more, for sure. These are mostly off the top of my head.

Walk, Don’t Run — The Ventures

Walk of Life — Dire Straits

Walk Right Back — The Everly Brothers

Walking to New Orleans — Fats Domino

I’m Walkin’ — Ricky Nelson

Walk Away, Renee — The Left Banke

Just a Closer Walk with Thee — Pete Fountain

Walk on By — Dionne Warwick

Walk This Way — Run DMC

Walk on By — Leroy Van Dyke

Walking in the Rain — Johnny Ray

Walking to Memphis — Marc Cohn

Walking After Midnight — Patsy Cline

Walkin’ the Dog — Rufus Thomas

Remember (Walking in the Sand) — The Shangri-Las

Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast — Wayne Newton

Walkin’ Blues — Muddy Waters

I Walk the Line — Johnny Cash

Sleep Walk — Santo & Johnny