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Have you ever wondered where stage names come from? Take Lady Gaga, for example. Her name is an homage to Queen’s song, “Radio Ga Ga.” In fact, many artists draw inspiration for their personal monikers from the music they listen to—so we created a running playlist that features a few acts who did so, compiling their top workout songs.
The list kicks off with Radiohead, who took their name from a Talking Heads’ song. It closes out with the debut single from Boyz II Men, who named the band after a New Edition tune. In between you’ll find Firehouse, a band that owes KISS for its name, and a couple of pop stars like Gaga. Then there’s Motörhead and Rage Against the Machine, who swiped their names from songs by their lead singers’ previous bands.
The more you look around for examples, the more you realize how common it is. The running playlist below highlights a variety of genres across a range of decades. All the songs are full of energy, so when you’re looking for musical inspiration on the run (and some music trivia in the process), consider this playlist below.
To find more workout songs, check out the free database at Run Hundred. Browse the selections by genre, tempo, and era to create the running playlist that best fits your workout routine.