Playlist: Songs For Bikes

Inspired by our January catalog and its bicycle theme, I originally set out to create a playlist of songs about bikes. However, as I was going through our music library on RDIO I kept finding songs that evoke the same feeling as the catalog – the feeling of fresh air sweeping past you as you ride, giving your cheeks that perfect rosy glow.  The feeling of freedom to go anywhere, or just to ride aimlessly and take in the scenery. The feeling of nostalgia, remembering the days you first learned to pedal steadily and squealed with joy as you rode down the street.  Riding a bike brings such a rush of emotion and I wanted to make a mix that captures that same feeling, with subtle nods to the bicycle here and there.  What songs do you associate with bike riding?

Illustration by Julia.

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10 years ago

thank you for the new tunes!

10 years ago

Thank you !!

10 years ago
10 years ago

This is a great playlist! It also cracked me up because my boyfriend has almost ALL of these songs in his iTunes and plays them constantly….and he’s a bike messenger. Coincidence?

10 years ago

I saw the title of this post in my reader and literally thought to myself “Brand New Key” BETTER be on there… so happy it is :)

10 years ago

What about the Bike song by Mark Ronson & The Business Intl? ^_^

10 years ago

You guys always have great music to add to my music collection!

10 years ago

Go Do by Jonsi. I used to listen to that song on bike rides all the time.
And In The Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel.

A couple other bike-themed songs I thought of:
Bicyle Race by Queen and No Handlebars by Flobots.

10 years ago

I’m shocked real estate wasn’t on here! but this playlist still IS perfect. gardens & villa, beach house, caribou…so great!! i can’t wait to listen to this tomorrow on my bike ride. :)

10 years ago

just throwin it out there, i know there are about 1000 music playlist websites in the world – but it would be awesome if free people made these playlists on spotify too!

10 years ago

I agree with Casey above me! And I would love a “standard” playlist from Free People on spotify that get updated with new music from time to time. <3

10 years ago

I love these playlists :) I wish there was a .zip file to download it…? I made a bike playlist a while back on 8tracks:

10 years ago

Awesome! Thanks for posting this! These tunes are perfect!

9 years ago

hi julia, really love this, new tunes for the soul.
if u ever make any bike song playlist again this year, this one song might suit it
“rabbit run” from stars and rabbit :)