Alexandria Fisher

Top Songs Over the Last 40 Years to Add to Your Bank of America Chicago Marathon Playlist

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Having the right playlist for race day at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is crucial. 

You need tunes that will pump you up, calm your nerves, help you be at peace with your run, and get you to that finish line. 

But choosing the right songs can be challenging. 

Why not journey through time and take a listen to some of the top songs from each decade of the Marathon? 

Here are the top five songs by decade beginning with 1970. 


“You Light Up My Life” – Debby Boone

“Night Fever” – Bee Gees

“Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” – Rod Stewart

“Shadow Dancing” – Andy Gibb

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon & Garfunkle


“Physical” – Olivia Newton-John

“Bette Davis Eyes” – Kim Carnes

“Endless Love” – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

“Every Breath You Take” – The Police

“Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson


“One Sweet Day” – Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men

“I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston

“I’ll Make Love to you” – Boyz II Men

“Macarena” – Los Del Rio

“Candle in the Wind (’97)” – Elton John


“We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey

“I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas

“Lose Yourself” – Eminem

“Yeah!” – Usher ft. Lil Jon and Ludacris

“Boom Boom Pow” – The Black Eyed Peas 


“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell

“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

“Closer” – The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

“Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran

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