The Play List

Many years ago now (2002), one of last year’s hikers (Tim Bert) and I created our Top 100 “listening” song lists…in other words, what would be the 100 songs that we would want to listen to over and over. To make it more diverse and more challenging, we added a rule that no artist could have more than three entries on the list. It was quite the fun and time consuming exercise to whittle the list down to 100 songs, and there were some artists with heated competition for the maximum three slots. We repeated the exercise in 2010 coming up with our Next 100 with the reveal occurring on our trip to Bandon Dunes that year. With my Hike two weeks away, I have created a Hundred Hole Hike Play List. I applied the no-more-than-three-entries-per-artist rule here. Several of my Top 100 and Next 100 make appearances here. And some of these will make my Second Next 100 when we get around to that. For the most part, I will let you the reader make the connections between these songs and the Hike. Some of these songs were chosen simply for their title. Some were chosen for inspiration or to fire me up. Others have a more personal or subtle connection. Without further adieu, Break80 Records presents the Hundred Hole Hike Play List…
1. Days of Elijah – Twila Paris
2. A Race to the End (Theme from Chariots of Fire) – Vangelis
3. Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes (Key lyric: “I was raised up believing I was somehow unique. Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see. And now after some thinking, I'd say I'd rather be a functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me.”)
4. Iridescent – Linkin Park
5. Murder in the City – The Avett Brothers (May seem like an odd title, but the final line always brings a tear to my eye: “Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.”
6. Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise – The Avett Brothers
7. The Longest Day – Iron Maiden
8. Walk Like a Man – Bon Jovi
9. Because We Can – Bon Jovi
10. Green Valley – Puscifer
11. Country Strong – Gwyneth Paltrow
12. Boondocks – Little Big Town
13. Daylight’s Burnin’ – Tony Holt and the Wildwood Valley Boys
14. Rise Against – The Strength To Go On
15. Heart of a Lion – Kid Cudi
16. Ace – The Big Sleep (This is probably too optimistic to put here, but a big donation kicker awaits if I get my first one during the hike!)
17. Optimistic – Radiohead
18. Stay Positive – The Hold Steady
19. Wake Up – Arcade Fire
20. Daylight Dancer – Lacuna Coil
21. The Catalyst – Linkin Park
22. Crush Em – Megadeth
23. Indestructible – Disturbed
24. Jesus Walks – Kanye West
25. Let’s Go – Trick Daddy
26. ‘Till I Collapse – Eminem
27. The Wanderer – U2 with Johnny Cash
28. These Are the Times – Styx
29. Beautiful Day – U2
30. Wherever I May Roam – Metallica
31. Last Legs – Army Navy
32. Breath of Life – Florence + the Machine
33. Marathon – Heartless Bastards
34. Timekeeper – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
35. Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford & Sons
36. Round and Round – Ratt
37. One More Time Around – Queensryche
38. Pushit (Live) – Tool
39. Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes (Hopefully not a prophecy.)
40. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean
41. Walk of Life – Dire Straits
42. Over and Over Again – Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats
43. Who Says You Can’t Go Home – Bon Jovi
44. Live This Life – Slave to the System
45. Go! – Santigold
46. Hang Tough – Tesla
47. All of My Steps – The Blackheart Procession
48. Grind – Alice In Chains
49. Your Long Journey – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
50. Dimming of the Day – Alison Krauss & Union Station
51. Get Your Game On – Big & Rich
52. Leap of Faith – Bruce Springsteen
53. Long Walk Home – Bruce Springsteen
54. 10,000 Fists – Disturbed
55. All the Roadrunning – Emmylou Harris & Mark Knopfler
56. My Last Breath – Evanescence
57. On a Plain – Nirvana
58. Walk Unafraid – REM
59. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
60. Stay Hungry – Twisted Sister
61. When the Sun Goes Down – Arctic Monkeys
62. Eyes on the Horizon – Brendan Benson
63. Power of a Moment – Chris Rice
64. Oh Oh Oh – Golf Boys
65. Daylight and the Sun – Antony and the Johnsons
66. Give Me Novacaine – Green Day
67. Don’t Let Me Fall – B.o.B.
68. Went Walking – Bosque Brown
69. Any Way the Wind Blows – The Green Pajamas
70. The Birth and Death of the Day – Explosions in the Sky
71. Walk – Foo Fighters
72. When the Heart Rules the Mind – GTR
73. Finish What We Start – Lennon
74. 90 Degrees – Ladytron
75. Something Worth Leaving Behind – Le Ann Womack
76. Fight Like a Brave – RedHotChiliPeppers (in honor of getting retweeted by a great Brave…Dale Murphy)
77. Indestructible – Robyn
78. In a Hole Again – Tesla
79. I Don’t Like the Drugs But the Drugs Like Me – Marilyn Manson
80. I Am a Wanderer – Steve Earle
81. Pace Is the Trick – Interpol
82. Can’t Stop – Ozomatli
83. Wild Wind – Black Mountain
84. Repetition Kills You – The Black Ghosts
85. Hurt Like Mine – The Black Keys
86. Play On – Carrie Underwood
87. Never Gonna Stop – Rob Zombie
88. Reckoning Day – Megadeth
89. Over the Hills and Far Away – Led Zeppelin
90. People of the Sun – Rage Against the Machine
91. The Best Day – Taylor Swift
92. Uprising – Muse
93. Wheel in the Sky – Journey
94. Long Walk – I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness
95. A Pain That I’m Used To – Depeche Mode
96. The Last Mile – Cinderella
97. Long As I Can See the Light – CCR
98. The Last Remaining Light – Audioslave
99. I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
100. As I Lay My Head Down – Other Lives

What did I miss? Send me your suggestions via Twitter @CrossingGard or via email to I’d like to include your ideas in a future post.

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