The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music…an AZT Brain Jukebox

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Have you ever been hiking and had some random song pop into your head for no reason whatsoever? Then had that song stuck in your head for hours or even days? Now imagine that 50 times over and you’ll get close to what my headspace was like on my 50+ day long Arizona Trail thru-hike.

Random songs popped into my head while walking across Arizona. Some songs were good, some bad, and some ugly. I turned that list of songs into a playlist and – without shame or remorse – here it is:


If you don’t have Google Play, here is a listing of the songs:

  1. Golden Brown, The Stranglers
  2. Blackbird (Remastered), The Beatles
  3. Here Comes the Sun (Remastered, The Beatles
  4. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Burl Ives
  5. I Believe, Blessid Union of Souls
  6. Peaceful Easy Feeling (2013 Remaster), Eagles
  7. Mercedes Benz, Janis Joplin
  8. Purple Pills, D12
  9. Sunshine on My Shoulders, John Denver
  10. The Sign (Remastered), Ace of Base
  11. The Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash
  12. The Gambler, Kenny Rogers
  13. Take It Easy, Eagles
  14. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), Dead or Alive
  15. Once In A Lifetime, Talking Heads
  16. Shake It Out, Florence + The Machine
  17. Islands In The Stream, Dolly Parton
  18. Forever Young, Rod Stewart
  19. Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard, Paul Simon
  20. Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley
  21. Pretty Fly (For A White Guy), The Offspring
  22. I Wanna Be Sedated (Remastered Version), Ramones
  23. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Remastered Version), The Beatles
  24. Mama Said, The Shirelles
  25. This Kiss, Faith Hill
  26. Love Story, Taylor Swift
  27. Baby Got Back, Sir Mix-A-Lot
  28. School’s Out, Alice Cooper
  29. Shoop, Salt-N-Pepa
  30. Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins
  31. Take A Chance On Me, ABBA

5 thoughts on “The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music…an AZT Brain Jukebox

  1. Jean

    Yes that has happened a lot to me, usually one of the songs I heard on the radio on the way to the trailhead.

    Many of your songs make sense while hiking in the “sun”, “rain”, “sunshine”, “gambler”

    Hope your Thanksgiving was great. Ours was.

    Hi Jared

    Love Mum

  2. Hahaha yes! Same with so many of these but weirdly also D12… I misremembered the lyrics (or maybe a radio edit) as “I’ve been so many places, I’ve seen so many faces, but nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple hills” 😂 oddly poetic!

    1. It IS the radio edit. Who knew it was such a lovely hiking song this whole time?

      Purple Hills (Purple Pills Radio/Video Edit)

      I’ve been so many places
      I’ve seen so many faces
      But nothing compares
      To these blue and yellow purple hills
      I climbed the highest mountain
      Once or twice but who’s countin’
      But nothing compares
      To these blue and yellow purple hills

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