xrichx saidI don't like to run with music. It's kind of distracting.. The beats throw off my running/breathing rhythm.
music is almost essential to get me through my long runs (i.e. >15 miles)
Actually, if you guys are in any way attracted to electronic music, a style called drum n' bass actually has the perfect beat rate (160-180bpm) that coincides with a perfect running cadence, i.e. your feet should strike the ground 2-3 times every second. If I ever get tired at the end of a long run, I just force my legs to keep up with the bpm.
Some popular artist with good albums to get you started:
Pendulum (kind of fusion rock band, I like "Hold Your Colour" the best)
High Contrast (Jazzy "Liquid" syle)
Chase & Status
Shy FX (Ragga style)
and too too many to list...or just listen to Fabio & Grooverider on BBC Radio1. message if you want some more suggestions
There are so many flavors, on the Jazzy end of the spectrum:
And the more in-your-face grimy end of the spectrum (posting partly cuz I think this is Fing hilarious):