Usain Bolt may be the fastest man alive, but he likes his BPMs surprisingly slow and steady. We’ve done some digging and found that the 25 year-old likes music that’s almost impossible to run to.
The sprinter, who last night set an Olympic record breaking time of 9.63 seconds in the Men’s 100m Final, enjoys a mix of US hip hop and reggae, the music born in his home country of Jamaica.
I like Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, those guys,” Bolt has said. “That's who we listen to in Jamaica. A little bit of Ludacris. As long as it's hot, we got it.
Elsewhere, Bolt has professed a love for controversial dancehall artist – and teenage friend – Vybz Kartel. “Vybz Kartel is my favorite artist. He’s a good lyricist. I listen to all his music – it’s fun." Bolt said in the documentary Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast.
In a rare appearance behind the DJ booth in Paris in July 2010, Bolt performed a reggae set for around 2000 people. It included ‘One Blood’ by Junior Reid, ‘Who The Cap Fit’ by Bob Marley and, perhaps most tellingly, Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’, with the lyric “Don’t worry about a think/’Cos every little thing is going to be alright.” Given the ease with which he trounces the competition on the track, it’s safe to say that’s a mantra for how he approaches his professional life.
At game time, however, Bolt will be listening to nothing more than cheers: he recently revealed that his trainer forbids him from listening to music during events in case it breaks his concentration.
It strikes us that a harder-rocking, beat-driven playlist might help Bolt go even faster, so we suggest Daft Punk’s ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’, Yello’s ‘The Race’ and, of course, ‘Running All Over The World’ by Status Quo (denim running kit optional). Let us know what your favourite running tracks are in the comments.