A Runner’s Playlist: Queens 10k

Queens 10k Credit: Richard Chung

Queens 10k Credit: Richard Chung

So New York Road Runners 5 Borough Series Continues and the next stop? Queens! Here are some recommended tunes to get you through this 10K.

When it comes to Queens, there are plenty of musicians born and raised there worthy of your playlist. So if you’re in the mood to add a soundtrack to your 10K, here are some recommended hits!


The Ramones is an American punk rock band from Forest Hills, Queens, NY. The band experienced commercial success and had a heavy influence on the punk rock scene. If you need a pick me up during your run, there are enough hits in their catalogue to satisfy your Happy Feet!

Blitzkrieg Bop “Ay Oh…Lets Go!”

I Wanna Be Sedated 


Paul Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey. In 1945 his family moved to Kew Garden Hills, the Flushing section of Queens. In 1964, the singer-songwriter formed the group Simon & Garfunkel.

Mrs. Robinson


Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones aka Nas was born in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, but relocated to the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, Queens. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas always had a love for music. With the influence of the Hip-Hop culture and the streets, it was a match made in heaven. His gritty rhymes were descriptive and told the tales of the street life he was familiar with. No Queens playlist is complete without a Nas track.

It Ain’t Hard To Tell

New York State of Mind

If I Ruled The World (featuring Lauryn Hill)


Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent was born and raised in Southside Jamaica, Queens. Jackson’s upbringing was something out of a hood novel. His mother was a drug dealer and lesbian who eventually died as a result of consuming gas and a drugged drink in her apartment. Jackson would eventually live with his grandparents and although a positive influence, the influence of the streets was greater.

After drug dealing and a stint in boot camp, Jackson changed his focus to Hip-Hop. He bursted on the scene with his hit, “How to Rob” and would eventually get shot 9 times. After a near death experience, 50 cent recovered and went on not only to rep Queens, but become one of Hip-Hop’s biggest stars. In Da Club, a Dr. Dre produced track provides an uptempo beat that will surely get your feet moving!

In Da Club

I Get Money


Nicki Minaj, September 2012

Onika Tanya Maraj aka Nicki Minaj moved to the Baisley Projects section of Queens when she was five years old. She always had a love for music and took a liking to rap at an early age.

She was later discovered on The Come Up DVD by Lil Wayne and was later signed to Young Money Entertainment. Since then, she has gained success in both the rap and pop world. Her bi-polar rap style is both fun and unpredictable, with enough hits to add to your playlist.

Super Bass


Turn Me On (featuring David Guetta)

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