Friday Playlist: Walk About

Music for treading, striding, meandering, parading, hiking, traversing, pounding, mincing, stepping, moseying, and trundling.

Other than listening to Arcade Fire’s album The Suburbs all the way through, these are the songs I’ve had the best times walking around my neighborhood to. I like ones with a really good walking beat especially. Finding the right music to walk to can be one of the best things and very useful in blocking out the sound of cars and people (daring to invade your dream world!!!). You’ll also find that the best songs for gray rainy days don’t tend to fit the sunny spring days. But that just means more music to search for! So go out! Explore your neighborhood. And find the songs that fit.

Illustration by Minna


  • Madness March 24th, 2012 12:08 AM

    Walkabout- Atlas Sound (W/ Noah Lennox)

  • missblack March 24th, 2012 12:11 AM

    ohmigod I lovelovelove Neil Young. (also Dum Dum Girls!)

    Rookie’s playlists are Tha Bomb


  • Kaila March 24th, 2012 12:40 AM

    GRIMES SHE IS SO RAD. rookie should do an interview.. eh? eh?? ehhhhhh?????????

  • nataliehern March 24th, 2012 12:55 AM

    Was expecting to see Walkabout by Atlas Sound & Panda Bear. I guess it’s not really a walking song. I love walking to Blister In The Sun by the Violent Femmes when I’m happy. (because I feel like angela chase)

  • Lucy March 24th, 2012 12:59 AM

    Neil Young & Simon and Garfunkel!!♥♫

  • Adrienne March 24th, 2012 1:11 AM

    I love this playlist! :) I also recommend “Walking the Dog” by Fun, if you are going on a walk (especially with a dog.)

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  • dearmia March 24th, 2012 2:18 AM

    SUFJAN!!! Yesssss!

  • gracja March 24th, 2012 2:46 AM

    + ‘Walkabout’ by The Sugarcubes!

  • Ben March 24th, 2012 2:50 AM

    One i like is wanderlust by Bjork. It’s really good for exploring nature and stuff!

  • Susann March 24th, 2012 3:04 AM

    Great playlist! I love that you have Simon & Garfunkel on there!

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  • taylortarantino March 24th, 2012 4:25 AM

    Super great mix! Crazy enough I have all these songs in my itunes!

  • Isobel-cat March 24th, 2012 4:28 AM

    this is the mot perfect playlist I’ve ever seen! It’s like you listed all of my favorite songs omg I LOVE YOU xxccdf

  • saltwater March 24th, 2012 5:13 AM

    Naomi, we are in MANY ways, the same person. Lovely mix, although i would add Walkabout by Atlas Sound and Suburban Dogs by Real Estate.

  • Mara March 24th, 2012 8:25 AM

    My favourite walking-around-the-neighbourhood songs are Liar Liar by The Castaways and Little Green Bag by George Baker. It’s pretty fitting as I live in the neighbourhood where they filmed Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. They don’t really have that much of a walking beat, but I prefer to shuffle down the street anyways.

  • flupos March 24th, 2012 8:31 AM

    lovefoxxx ♥

  • eggzonable March 24th, 2012 9:03 AM

    why so short? :(

  • suze_me March 24th, 2012 10:13 AM

    Don’t let it bring you down is the BEST SONG EVER.

  • sttefaaa March 24th, 2012 11:33 AM

    Thank you! *Changing my playlist to this*

  • mayaautumn March 24th, 2012 12:49 PM

    love this playlist! and it reminds me of how much i love the film Walk About too:) xo

  • hollz March 24th, 2012 2:03 PM

    So obsessed with Haiti by Arcade Fire at the moment.

  • katie March 24th, 2012 2:58 PM

    the horrors!!!!

  • LittleMoon March 24th, 2012 4:19 PM

    ahh, Rookie playlists are always so gooooooooooood.

  • voguezombie March 24th, 2012 4:25 PM


    Tightly – Neko Case

  • caro nation March 24th, 2012 4:56 PM

    15 STEP?



    But “Sound of Silence” is appropriate because there is quite a lot of walking/running in The Graduate.

  • Starboardd March 24th, 2012 5:11 PM

    Still Life is one of my favorite Horrors songs — YES.

  • mariko March 24th, 2012 10:53 PM

    really great playlist that helped destress me while writing a last minute paper. thank you :)

  • Casey March 24th, 2012 11:59 PM

    Oohh: I also suggest “Walking the Dog” by Fun. :)

  • moonflower March 25th, 2012 9:36 AM

    Still life by The Horrors.

  • moonflower March 25th, 2012 11:10 AM

    Also, speaking of Arcade Fire, people should check out Spike Jonze’s video for ‘The Suburbs’. Moving stuff…

  • music_is_love March 25th, 2012 2:57 PM

    sufjan till the day I die<3

  • bibliovore March 26th, 2012 1:49 PM

    Grimes is just wonderful. I’m glad she was included.

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  • Izabella March 30th, 2012 4:51 AM

    I saw the dum dum girls at Peats ridge festival last year pretty groovy.

  • EveyMarrie March 30th, 2012 10:10 PM

    Oh god Beach House<3 I freaking love them