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Broad Street Beats: An Ode to the City of Brotherly Love

A woman runs int he Broad Street Run wearing headphones

After more than 40 years, it’s safe to say the Blue Cross Broad Street Run is as much of a Philadelphia institution as cheesesteaks, the Rocky Statue, and Jim Gardner.

While the finish lines and expo sites have changed over the years, the race date being on the first Sunday of May, rain or shine, never changed — until the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past two years, the Run has been postponed until October. So, we’re thrilled to be right back where we belong on May 1, 2022!

This year, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run’s theme is a love letter to Philadelphia. As you can see from the 2022 participants’ T-shirt, it celebrates the diversity and culture of the many neighborhoods Broad Street traverses. Each neighborhood you run through and landmark you see during the race has become iconic, keeping runners coming back year after year. We wanted this year’s Broad Street Beats playlist to flow with the same vibe.

Hit play right before you step over the starting line at North Broad Street and West Fisher Avenue. You’ll hear The Roots’ and John Legend’s “The Fire” blast in your ears. Get pumped with Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares,” Philly’s shout-out in “Dancing in the Street,” and Elton John’s classic “Philadelphia Freedom.” And a Philly-centric playlist wouldn’t be complete without Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly.”

As you approach the Stadium Complex, you can enjoy rock anthems like “Eye of the Tiger” and “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions.” As you move closer to the Finish Line, “The Final Countdown” should give you the extra boost you need to cross it.

We’ve also included jams from some of your favorite artists, like Dua Lipa, Foo Fighters, and Salt-N-Pepa, just to name a few.

Enjoy the ninth installment of the Broad Street Beats. We hope this musical jawn keeps your love for Philly strong and motivates you to make this your best race yet!

Do you want even more songs to pump up your run? Check out our past Broad Street Beats playlists.

Ashley Weyler

About Ashley Weyler

I’m a writer and a film, music, and TV buff who loves Philadelphia sports. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, which means I’m always on-the-go. I try to make healthy decisions that fit with my lifestyle; whether it’s choosing healthy food while eating at a restaurant, finding exercises I enjoy doing so I stay motivated, or achieving a good work-life balance.