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86 Songs About Walking

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Whether you walk for fun, health benefits, or just to get from place to place, celebrate the joy of putting one foot in front of the other with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about walking.

Whether you walk for fun, health benefits, or just to get from place to place, celebrate the joy of putting one foot in front of the other with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about walking.

Move Forward a Step at a Time

From the time that we take our first steps (9-15 months), we are putting one foot in front of the other, ambling, rambling, and marching through life, some of us faster and more purposeful than others. According to a British study, the average moderately active person takes 6,839 steps a day, or 2,496,235 a year.1 I hope you have some good walking shoes because that equates to 1,182 miles each year or 74,462 miles over the average lifetime!

And if you're aiming for the daily step goal of 10,000, that's terrific. However, did you know that that the commonly touted number was the result of a Japanese marketing campaign for a pedometer in the 1960s rather than any intense scientific research?2

Walking is both an excellent source of exercise and an inexpensive and green mode of transportation. It reinvigorates mind and body. Keep moving and celebrate this activity with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about putting one foot in front of the other.

1. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers

Oh, what some people wouldn't do for love! These Scottish twin brothers became a one-hit-wonder with this catchy 1993 alt rock tune. It details the lengths a besotted man declares he will go to demonstrate his devotion to his sweetheart. Enamored, he wants to wake up next to her, work hard for her, and give her nearly of his money. He plans to get drunk with her, grow old with her, and walk 500 miles just to be at her door.

Some American DJs misunderstood meaning of the Scottish word havering in the line, "I'm gonna be the man who's havering to you" (meaning "jabbering" or "talking nonsense"). Thus at first, the radio stations refused to play the song. Then, however, they walked back their decision.

2. "One Foot" by Walk the Moon

Internally you may feel like a bundle of nerves, but press on against the forces that threaten to defeat you and hold you back. Put one foot in front of the other. Press on during uncertain times.

So says this buoyant 2017 alt rock song that features a man whose survival instinct is kicking into high gear as he trudges forward into the unknown. As he does so, he builds an alliance with a close friend who is on the same path forward:

Cross my heart and hope to die
Taking this one step at a time
Got your back if you got mine
One foot in front of the other.

3. "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles

Well, Egyptians don't technically walk differently. This fun, chart-topping 1986 pop-rock ditty celebrates the human figures that are depicted in ancient Egyptian tomb paintings. It advocates doing an Egyptian sand dance and name-drops gold croccodiles, hookah pipes, and the Nile River.

The idea for the song originated when the songwriter witnessed ferryboat passengers on the English Channel holding out their arms stiffly in an attempt to maintain their balance on rough waters. The song was The Bangles' biggest hit.

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4. "Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox

Ouch! There's no tiptoeing through broken glass! The narrator's ex-lover has really put a hurtin' on her, and she still suffers deeply from the residual heartache.

In this 1992 pop tune, a woman has been abandoned and is nearly undone by the cruel transgressions of her former flame. She feels as if her heart is still broken into shards of glass. Surrounded by the emotional wreckage, the narrator ruminates about the past, feeling as if she is walking on broken glass. Ever been there?

5. "Walk a Little Straighter" by Billy Currington

This sad 2003 country song tells the story of emotional trauma and neglect from the perspective of the young son of an alcoholic. He desperately wants to look up to his father as a role model, however his old man is frequently drunk, swaying side to side and stumbling.

The father's behavior embarrasses the young man and fails to provide a good example. Ashamed, the youngster tells his father to walk a little straighter. As a result of his dad's alcoholism, the son vows to never put his own children through the trauma of what he experienced growing up as the child of an alcoholic.

6. "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves

The girl in this contagiously peppy 1985 pop song is doing a happy dance. She just confirmed that the one she loves indeed returns her affections. The discovery is making her feel energetic, alive, and oh, so, invigorated! As she waits for a letter to appear from him in her mailbox—remember, this was before email and cell phones—she feels as if she is walking on sunshine.

7. "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison

In this 1964 rock song, a beautiful woman sashays down the street, minding her own business, and she turns the head of Roy Orbison with his trademark dark glasses. (Note that he's not actually blind.)

The man in the song hits her up with pick up lines and comments about how good she looks, and he even growls at her. The guy tries to get her to stop and chat, but she passes him by, much to his chagrin. Are his overtures welcome or not? He gets his answer when for some reason the pretty lady turns around and walks back to him. It must have been the growl that sold her.

8. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day

Depression is the #1 cause of disability around the world, with more than 300 million people suffering its affects. The man in this Grammy Award-winning alt-rock song from 2004 is one of them.

The narrator in this worldwide hit feels lonesome and disconnected from his dreams as he walks the empty city streets alone. He has just moved to a new home and feels isolated from the American Dream and from other people.

9. "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra

Originally, this 1966 ditty was intended to be sung by a man. However, Frank Sinatra talked the songwriter into allowing his daughter to release it, arguing that "coming from a guy it was harsh and abusive, but was perfect for a little girl to sing." As a result, "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'" became Nancy Sinatra's signature song.

The tune addresses a woman's lover who professes love although he has been betraying her. (Some men cannot help themselves.) He's been lying, sneaking around, and refusing to change his ways in spite of empty promises to the contrary. This gal has had enough so in rightful revenge, she threatens to walk all over him. If you watch the video, those ladies in miniskirts and boots are someone's grandmas by now!

10. "Walking the Wire" by Imagine Dragons

If you've ever had a high risk romance, then you might identify with the feelings expressed in this indie pop 2017 song. But isn't every love relationship potentially high risk? It's chancy to give your heart fully to another human being, to make yourself that vulnerable to being hurt.

The narrator describes the intense feeling of walking a tightrope. In this exciting love affair, the couple faces adversity together, confronting their fears and insecurities. They also know that they might falter and it could all be over at any moment. Together, they "walk the wire" of love.

11. "Dead Man Walking" by Jeremy Camp

In this vibrant 2019 contemporary Christian song, God has made all the difference in the life of the narrator. The man expresses that he could not breathe, that he was a slave who didn't know freedom until God pulled him from the lies and darkness into the light of His love. This fellow is forever grateful to have been transformed from a lowly dead man walking to a soul who walks with God.

12. "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn

Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn became both a Grammy Award winner and a one-hit-wonder as a result of this bluesy folk-rock song from 1991. It was born of his ardent desire to become famous, and it worked.

Cohn was in his early thirties when he realized that none of his songs were truly inspired. A James Taylor interview suggested traveling to a new location, so the musician chose Memphis. This tune is like a tour through the city and surrounding area.

In this track, the narrator makes a number of references to Elvis and the blues, for which Memphis is famous. He also visits the church of Rev. Al Green, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award soul singer who turned to preaching after his girlfriend died by suicide. The man also visits a cafe outside of Memphis where he talks and sings with an old black woman in her 70s named Muriel. In real life, Muriel listened to Cohn describe how he lost both parents by the age of 12, and she encouraged him in his journey. Cohn refers to the song as his "spiritual awakening."

13. "Walk On By" by Dionne Warwick

In this 1964 pop tune of unrequited love, a rejected woman instructs her ex to not bother her if he sees her walking down the street. That's because she'll be nursing her wounded heart after the clod dumped her, no offense. (What a way to make the guy feel guilty!)

Dionne Warwick's smooth vocals put this hit song on the Rolling Stone list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." She is one of the most charted female singers of all time.

14. "Walking on a Dream" by Empire of the Sun

After a while of being together with a partner, separate personas tend to meld together a bit as two individuals become a couple. They don't call one's lover his or her "other half" for no reason!

This 2008 synthpop recognizes this merging of identities and celebrates the fact that the narrator has found the love of his life. The man highlights that his lover has his support as needed. He also expresses dreamlike awe that he found a love this special and that she feels the same way about him. The future looks so idealistic and thrilling that he can't wait for what comes next to begin. He's so happy that it almost doesn't seem real, like it could end at any moment.

15. "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash

The Man in Black wrote this 1956 country crossover classic as a vow to be true to his first wife, Vivian Liberto, to whom he was married for 12 years. They shared four daughters (including country musician Roseanne Cash).

It unfortunately turned out to be mostly aspirational. Johnny Cash fatefully met June Carter backstage at the Grand Ole Opry when touring in 1956. Despite both being married, the two later began an affair, and they were eventually married until their deaths in 2003.

The song pledges a lifestyle of commitment, faithfulness, and avoiding temptation:

I find it very, very easy to be true
I find myself alone when each day is through
Yes, I'll admit I'm a fool for you
Because you're mine,
I walk the line.

"I Walk the Line" was named to Rolling Stone magazine's list of "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" and was recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll."

24 Health Benefits of Walking

Sources: Harvard Health, National Institutes of Health, Arthiritis Foundation, Healthline, Mayo Clinic

BenefitBenefitBenefit

increases endurance & reduce fatigue

improves circulation

can help you avoid osteoporosis & osteoarthritis

improves depression & enhances mood

helps maintain a healthy weight & reduces body fat

increases self-confidence

improves memory, slows cognitive decline, & lowers risk for Alzheimer's disease

lowers blood pressure & prevents high blood pressure

boosts immune fuction

eases joint pain, especially arthiritis

boosts energy level/decreases fatigue

increases creativity

improves your breath

lowers cholesterol & risk for heart disease, diabetes, & cancer

reduces anxiety

discover new places

halts bone loss for people with osteoporosis, thus reducing the risk for hip fractures

reduces stress

curbs sugar cravings

improves sleep quality

strengthens & tones muscles

decreases carbon emissions (if you walk rather than drive) and saves money

increases balance & coordination

can give you time to meditate

“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.” – Hippocrates, Greek physician

“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.” – Hippocrates, Greek physician

16. "Walking in the Rain" by The Ronettes

Recorded in just one take, this 1964 R&B song paints the picture of the narrator's desire to find love and what she imagines her future sweetheart will be like. She dreams about walking in the rain and stargazing. Cher serves as a back-up vocalist. "Walking in the Rain" was the last Top 40 hit for the iconic girl group and was lauded by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

17. "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton

Don't be fooled by the perky, upbeat energy in this 2002 love song. It's a pop tune about heartbreak and unrequited love. A woman edges her way through the crowd in the city downtown, staring blankly ahead because she misses her lost love.

Desperately yearning to reunite with her ex, she wonders what it would take to just hold him. He clings to that memory and declares that she would walk 1,000 miles just to see him again.

18. "Walk the Way the Wind Blows" by Kathy Mattea

With true regret, the woman in this 1986 country song mourns the failure of a long marriage. As she surveys years of family photos along the hallway, before love died, she takes responsibility for the demise of their relationship. Did her infidelity perhaps ruin the marriage?

Now she considers where to go without her significant other. Aimlessly, she decides to "walk the way the wind blows," at least for now.

19. "Walk Me Home" by Pink

In times of uncertainty, we crave the comfort of trusted confidantes. Pink does just that in this 2019 pop single as she feels insecure in her romantic relationship and unsure about her dark surroundings. With so much on her mind, she requests her love interest to walk her home at night and sleep over. Clinging to him for comfort, safety, and reassurance, she wants to know that all is okay.

20. "Walk Like a Man" by The Four Seasons

Those vocals are so high pitched that you'd swear that somebody's underwear is too tight! In this classic 1963 rock song, Frankie Valli and his crew describe a teen boy's heartbreak when his girlfriend allegedly spreads lies about him. His father advises him to simply walk away from the relationship. Just cut her loose.

During their recording of the song, the building caught fire, and the group continued recording, hoping to perfect their take. The fire department had to break down the studio door with an axe. "Walk Like a Man" topped the charts and was later named to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll." The song is often used when major baseball players draw a walk.

"The best temper for a short temper is a long walk." - Jacqueline Schiff, American psychologist

"The best temper for a short temper is a long walk." - Jacqueline Schiff, American psychologist

Even More Songs About Walking

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. You'll Never Walk Alone

Gerry & The Pacemakers

1963

22. Walk on the Wild Side

Lou Reed

1972

23. Walkin' on the Sun

Smash Mouth

1997

24. Walkaway Joe

Trisha Yearwood (Featuring Don Henley)

1992

25. Walk

Foo Fighters

2011

26. Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine

Kentucky Headhunters

1989

27. Walk Right Back

The Everly Brothers

1960

28. Walk It Out

Unk

2006

29. Walk This Way

Aerosmith

1975

30. Walkin' After Midnight

Patsy Cline

1957

31. Walk On

U2

2001

32. Walk Away Renée

The Four Tops

1968

33. Walk Away

Kelly Clarkson

2004

34. The Walk

The Cure

1983

35. Walk All Over You

AC/DC

1979

36. I'm Walkin'

Fats Domino

1957

37. (You're the) Devil in Disguise

Elvis Presley

1963

38. He Walked on Water

Randy Travis

1989

39. Walk Away

Five Finger Death Punch

2009

40. Walking the Dog

Rufus Thomas

1963

41. Walk Away

The Script

2006

42. Walker's Walk

Led Zepplin

1982

43. Walk It Off

Toby Keith

2007

44. Walk Right In

The Rooftop Singers

1962

45. Walk on Water

Eminem

2017

46. Walk Away

Black Sabbath

1980

47. Walk of Life

Dire Straits

1985

48. Walk to the Light

Jo Dee Messina

1996

49. Walk Believer Walk

The Black Crowes

2008

50. Walk On

Reba McEntire

1990

51. Walk Me Down the Middle

The Band Perry

2010

52. Walks Like a Lady

Journey

1980

53. The Stroll

The Diamonds

1959

54. Walking on the Moon

The Police

1979

55. Walking the Floor Over You

Merle Haggard

1960

56. Just Walkin' in the Rain

Johnnie Ray

1956

57. Walking

Mary Mary

2011

58. Walking Shoes

Tanya Tucker

1990

59. Walking in the Wind

One Direction

2015

60. Walking Contradiction

Green Day

1996

61. Walking Disaster

Sum 41

2007

62. Winter Wonderland

Darlene Love

1963

63. Walking in the Air

McFly

2017

64. The Walk

Meyer Hawthorne

2010

65. Take a Walk

Passion Pit

2012

66. Walking Down Your Street

The Bangles

1987

67. Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Joe South

1970

68. Walk a Thousand Miles

Vanessa Carlton

2001

69. Walking in My Shoes

Depeche Mode

1993

70. Do Wah Diddy Diddy

Manfred Mann

1964

71. Dead Man Walking

Jelly Roll

2021

72. Youngblood

5 Seconds of Summer

2018

73. Walkin' After Midnight

Patsy Cline

1957

74. Walking After You

Foo Fighters

1998

75. Walking to Jerusalem

Tracy Byrd

1995

76. Walking on the Moon

The Police

1979

77. Alligator Stroll

Josh Turner

2013

78. Walk Me Home

Mandy Moore

1999

79 Take a Stroll Thru Your Mind

The Temptations

1980

80. Walk on Water

Thirty Seconds to Mars

2017

81. Walking on a Thin Line

Huey Lewis & The News

1984

82. San Antonio Stroll

Tanya Tucker

1975

83. The Things We Do for Love

10cc

1977

84. Strutter

Kiss

1974

85. Strut

Cheetah Girls

2005

86. Strut

Sheena Easton

1984

Sources

1 Hughes, A. (2020, September 24). The average adult 'walks around world three times' in their lifetime. The Independent. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/step-count-adult-lifetime-round-world-three-times-b573751.html.

2 Rosenbloom, C. (2019, January 25). The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/the-10000-step-goal-isnt-based-on-science-but-its-still-a-decent-idea/2019/01/25/7bdf4946-1e7f-11e9-8b59-0a28f2191131_story.html

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