14 Best Songs About Walking

By Nico Gonzalez

You’ve got to walk, walk, walk it off. That’s right, walking can be beneficial--and good for your health as well as your mood! Here are 20 songs about taking a walk and having fun while you’re doing it.


Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine (Official Music Video)

This song is all about happiness. The band’s name was inspired by a documentary about the Waves, a group of female bodybuilders. Since the song’s release in 1985, it has been used in a number of commercials and movies. Although it is not about walking, the song says to “feel like you can do more than you’ve ever done before.” That’s definitely important when it comes to taking a walk!

The Wanderer – Dion

Dion wrote this song in response to the assassination of JFK. He was inspired to write it after a fan told him she had walked for miles just to hear him sing. In Addition, the lyrics of this song are deep, philosophical, and give the person listening a lot to think about. It has been covered by many artists since its release in 1961. Something which is important to note about this song is that it was one of the first songs performed by Elton John.

Walkin’ Blues – Louis Armstrong

Written in 1938, this song is about a man who can’t get out of bed because he’s too depressed. Blues music is typically associated with sadness, so it makes sense that this song would be about being “blue.” Especially in the 1930s, it was important for musicians to sing songs about what they knew, and this song is one of the early blues songs that helped shaped the genre.

Walking After Midnight – Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline-Walkin' After Midnight

Cline wrote this song in 1956 and it became her first major hit the next year. It was her only ’50s release to make it to the country charts. Otherwise, she had a lot of success in the 1960s. However, she died tragically after being involved in a plane crash on her way home from a performance at the age of just 30. This is one of the few songs Cline released that was not about heartbreak.

Walk This Way – Aerosmith

Aerosmith - Walk This Way (Official Audio)

This song was written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and released in 1975. The band got the idea for the song when they saw the movie Young Frankenstein. Usually, the song is played with guitars, but it was also performed by Run-D.M.C. in 1986. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Usually, people think of this song as a classic rock hit. Since it was originally written for another genre, it’s interesting to see how the song has evolved over the years!

Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed

Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side (audio)

This song is about life on the street in New York City. It was released in 1972 and was named one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone. Wonderful, strange, and provocative are all words that could be used to describe this song. In it, Reed talks about a variety of taboo subjects, such as drugs and prostitution. The song is still popular today, over 40 years after its release.

Walking in Memphis – Marc Cohn

Marc Cohn - Walking in Memphis (Official Music Video)

Cohn wrote this song after driving through Memphis and being inspired by the city’s blues music. Likewise, it was inspired by Marc Cohn’s own life story. In particular, he talks about the time when he had a fever and was delirious for four days. He thought that he had died and gone to heaven during his fever dreams. The song has been covered by many artists since its release in 1991.

Walk Away – Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson - Walk Away (Official Music Video)

Clarkson wrote this song with Max Martin and it was released in 2005 as the second single from her album Breakaway. Walking away is not always an easy decision to make, but it may be necessary for your own happiness. Likewise, the song has some wonderful instrumentation behind Clarkson’s powerful voice.

Walking on Thin Ice – Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono - Walking On Thin Ice

Ono wrote this song in 1980, four years before John Lennon was shot and killed. Since the song was finished before his death, it became a poignant tribute to him. Its original title was Walking on Thin Ice (No Icicles). This song has been covered by the Foo Fighters and Bjork. Thin Ice is a powerful song about taking risks, even when they involve dangers.

Walking Contradiction – Green Day

Green Day - Walking Contradiction [ Official Music Video]

This song was released in 1990 as part of their second album ‘Kerplunk!’ Usually, the band does not like to spend too much time on their first album, so they don’t want it released. However, the album was leaked in 1991 and some radio stations started playing songs from it. Green Day decided to officially release four of the tracks, including this one. The song talks about thinking for yourself even when others are pressuring you

I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash

This song is about how Cash controls his sexual urges. It was released in 1956 and is now considered to be one of his signature songs. Walk the line is an expression that means to stay on the right path. The song has been covered by many artists, including Elvis Presley and June Carter Cash. Johnny Cash’s version of the song is considered to be more country than Elvis Presley’s.

Walk – Pantera

Pantera - Walk (Official Music Video) [4K]

This song was released in 1992 on the album ‘Vulgar Display of Power’. It’s about a man who has just cheated on his girlfriend and is now walking home alone. Pantera is a metal band from Texas and this is one of their heavier songs. Once you hear it, you’ll understand why it’s called Vulgar Display of Power. Walk is about feeling remorseful and trying to escape that feeling.

Walking After You – Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters - Walking After You (Official Music Video)

The Foo Fighters wrote this song for their album There is Nothing Left to Lose. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Why would the Foo Fighters write a song about walking?” Well, it’s because Dave Grohl is a big fan of Kurt Cobain and he wanted to pay tribute to him. The song was recorded in 1999, one year after Cobain’s death. It’s a slow ballad about how hard it

Walking Blues – Son House

son house - walkin blues

Son House wrote and recorded this in 1930, though it wasn’t released until 40 years later. Walking Blues is about a man who is walking home from work, thinking about his love life. House was a blues musician and this song is one of his most famous. It’s been covered by many artists, including Led Zeppelin and the White Stripes.