10 Best Running Songs Ever

There’s something about a great running song that has the power to transform a mediocre workout into an exceptional one.

[shoes and ipod photo]Heck, the right song at the right time has the power to motivate you to get out the door in the first place.  A good running song can even make you a better runner—a few years ago I solved my shin stress fracture problems by increasing my turnover rate to lessen the force of each impact.  To do it, I found a bunch of songs with just the right tempo (180 beats per minute) and lined my strides up with the beats.

But what defines a good running song?  It’s hard to say.  Sometimes you love a song when you’re driving or at your desk, but when you take it out for a run, something just doesn’t jive.  The key isn’t necessarily a fast tempo; sometimes slow songs are just as good as upbeat ones.  A driving bass drum pulse might help, but on a two-hour run, that gets old quick.

Really, the only way to know a song works for running is to road-test it.  Make a playlist and try it out; you’ll know right away what works and what doesn’t.  Some will be surprisingly fit for running.  And you’ll have an inexplicable urge to skip right past some other songs that you were sure would be keepers when you made the list.

In my seven years of running, I’ve found lots of great running songs.  But there are certain ones that, no matter how many times I hear them, or how sick of them I am when I’m not running, make it onto my iPod every time.  That’s what this list is—my top 10 favorite running songs of all time. (I went to high school and college from 1995-2003, so you’ll have to excuse my post-grunge bias.)

The Top 10 Songs for Running

10. Foo Fighters – My Hero. Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape - My HeroA little on the slow side, but with Dave Grohl’s thundering drums and motivating lyrics, this one’s perfect for pounding out hill repeats or for when you’re really worn out and the fast stuff’s not cutting it.

9. Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You. Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted - My Life Would Suck Without YouAlright, I’m little embarrassed about this one.  If I’m ever listening to it in the car, I turn it down when someone walks by.  But for running, it’s got a driving beat and enough attitude to keep you pushing hard.

8.  Blink 182 – Anthem Part II. Blink-182 - Take Off Your Pants and Jacket - Anthem Part TwoSay what you want about Blink 182, but man, can they churn out good running tunes.  (And filthy lyrics.) I could make a whole list of “Best Blink 182 Running Songs,” but since you’re not all teenage boys, I didn’t.  This song has a great build at the beginning is way up-tempo.

7. Pete Yorn – For Nancy (‘Cos It Already Is). Pete Yorn - Musicforthemorningafter - For Nancy ('Cos It Already Is)You might not recognize this one by name, but if you heard it, you’d probably know it.  This one was popular when I was training for my very first marathon, so I have a soft spot for it.

6. Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People. Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar - The Beautiful PeopleMy wife hates when she borrows my iPod and this one is on there.  But I love this song for hill workouts.  A band played a punk version of it when I was running the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, and I’ve been pretending to be a badass ever since.

5. Eric Johnson – Cliffs of Dover. Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom - Cliffs of DoverAnother one you might not know, but this song is a fantastic running track.  There’s no vocal, so it’s easy to zone out and just listen to this guitar-god’s catchy little melody.  I ran to this song over and over when I was trying to groove a faster turnover rate, and it worked.  Try it to test out your turnover, it’s hard to keep up at first!

4. The Postal Service – Such Great Heights. The Postal Service - Give Up - Such Great HeightsA little bit electronica, a little bit sappy emo.  But the beat is perfect for running and it just makes you feel awesome.  Great lyrics don’t hurt either.

3. Death Cab for Cutie – The Sound of Settling. Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism - The Sound of SettlingI know, I know… two Ben Gibbard songs in a row.  But the hook is infectious, the tempo is perfect, and there’s something about this one that can pull you out of a funk like no other.

2. The Darkness – I Believe in a Thing Called Love. The Darkness - Permission to Land - I Believe in a Thing Called Love Hands down, my favorite song to run to.  This guy is the greatest thing since Freddie Mercury (and I’m not talking about Adam Lambert, AI fans).  This is my go-to song when I’m just feeling slow—it picks me up, speeds me up, and makes me feel happy.

1. ________________________________________. Ok, I’m tricky… I only compiled nine songs, and left the final spot open.  Why?  I want you to fill it in, because I need something new to listen to! What’s your all-time favorite running song?

Update for Women Runners: You might be interested in 1984 Olympic women’s marathon champion Joan Benoit Samuelson’s Women’s Marathon Mix Various Artists - Joan Benoit Samuelson: Women?s Marathon Mix, Vol. 1, a two-volume set of upbeat marathon training songs that I just discovered. The songs are surprisingly non-girly, considering the title of the album.

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  1. Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog. To answer your Qs: “Raw” tofu is how I call it when I eat one (silken or extra firm) directly from the package without cooking. Apparently, they’re not really raw since the manufacturing process involves cooking the soy beans. And the porky pancakes were wholewheat pancakes cooked in a pig-face shaped pan that’s why I called them that. 😀

    As for running music, this song always pumps me up: “Police On My Back” by The Clash. 100% agree on IBelieveIATCLove!
    .-= Mia {runs & rests}´s last blog ..Double Eight and Honest Ten =-.

  2. mmmm postal service, death cab, dave grohl. Sounds alright to me!!!
    .-= Jocelyn´s last blog ..Self slims down Kelly? =-.

  3. Hands down, my favorite workout song (that always makes me run faster or row harder) is Rember the Name by Fort Minor. It’s a little cheesy and kind of overkilled amongst college athletes, but every time I hear this when I hit a hill, I’m at the top in no time or if I’m doing a 2k erg test, my split just shoots down! Good luck with finding your next tune!

    • Matthew says:

      I agree, fort minor really gets you pumping when you need it on a run. I also like Rise Against – Savior as a good one, along with Lose Yourself – Eminem and Slipnot – Wait and Bleed. Good paced pumping beats.

    • I realize this thread is several years old, but I had to comment that people still remember the name. That song is one of my goto motivation songs when i really need to push the pace.

  4. You have a *great* list so far, but I know the missing song for you! It has gotten me through all of my longest runs (including the 19-miler that was my last marathon training run before the tendinitis hit!)….ready for it…*drum roll*…IDIOTEQUE by RADIOHEAD. You’ll love it!

    – Annabel
    .-= Annabel @ http://www.FeedMeImCranky.com´s last blog ..The Granola Smuggler Eats Alone =-.

    If you haven’t heard that one, you should check it out.

    Seriously though, two songs by Outkast always get me going: “The Whole World” and “Hey Ya”

    I also love me some Britney Spears, only when running. Specifically “I’m A Slave 4 U” and “If U Seek Amy”

  6. I have more Kelly Clarkson songs on my iPod than I care to admit.

    So while Eminem’s Lose Yourself has brought tears to my eyes during marathon training, I have to give the #1 spot to:

    Starry Eyed Surprise by Paul Oakenfold

    That song makes me want to lace up my sneaks and run out the door every time.
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..Let’s Pretend =-.

    • Alison, that’s so cool that Lose Yourself has brought tears to your eyes… I can totally understand that though. Somehow when you’re moving your body and working hard, and then you hear the right song, all this emotion just gets stirred up!

  7. Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and “Gives You Hell” by the American Rejects always get me pumped to run.

    p.s. went for a 7-miler yesterday – I feel like a runner again!! 🙂
    .-= Megan (The Runner’s Kitchen)´s last blog ..Happy Hour on the Hudson River =-.

    • Megan, wow another Lose Yourself mention! Can’t wait to try it.

      Congrats on the 7 miles. I remember when I had my first hour-long run after my knee injury earlier this year. It felt so good to be back I wanted to shout it from the rooftops (instead, I think I tweeted it from the desktop!). I know exactly how you feel.

  8. I’m not a runner yet, so can’t contribute, but found the choices really interesting… Listened to a few on Youtube.

    I enjoy working out to some African music from time to time… Johnny Clegg’s songs are great:

    – December African Rain
    – Kilimanjaro
    – Great heart
    – Scatterlings of Africa
    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..Time for a roundup! =-.

  9. just about anything by Girl Talk generally has a great running beat.
    .-= Laura M…ski´s last blog ..Blogging malaise? =-.

    • I know you wrote this years ago, but I’m so happy you suggested this!! I had never heard of Girl Talk and after hearing some of their remixes on YouTube, I feel this will make me look forward to training for my next half. I’m always looking for great tempo songs and it seems like all of their songs would pump me up and motivate me to keep going! Thank you!!!!

  10. Great topic! Hands down, my absolute favorite running song is Hysteria by Muse. Nothing beats it.
    .-= Veggie Runnr´s last blog ..Kings of Leon =-.

    • I can’t wait to hear it; I like Muse. The Muse song I really liked was “Our Time Is Running Out,” but I don’t think I ever tried running to it. Might be good though.

  11. This play list is awesome.. great songs. I would have to say that the rolling stones- start me up.

  12. I’m a cheese- I like anything black eyed peas or Pink for running!
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Charleston, Fresh Berry Froyo, Dinner =-.

  13. ooohh man, i have so many faves. but i’d have to say Grand National – Talk Amongst Yourselves is up there at the top of the list.

  14. Run by Gnarls Barkley

  15. Good call on the The Darkness song! I’m a big fan of Vampire Weekend songs for running. They’re so upbeat! The late Michael Jackson also has some great tunes to pick your feet up to!

    • Jenna, I’ll check out Vampire Weekend, I’ve never heard of them. For some reason, I never really got into the MJ. (Nothing to do with kid-touching allegations or plastic surgery, I think I just got into music a little too late.) Although that Alien Ant Farm cover of Smooth Criminal might be a good one to run to.

    • Nice call. Vampire Weekend self named has gotten me through a number of early morning winter speed workouts on a 150m indoor track! But my all time favourite is “I Ran” by Flock of Seagulls. This song always seem to make that last gear available at the end of a tough run!

  16. Great list!

    My favourite band to listen to while I’m running is the Arctic Monkeys. Specifically, “The View from the Afternoon” is the best song for running. “Cigarette Smoker Fiona” is another great one.

    Hey Rosetta is another great band, and I also like listening to Immaculate Machine when I’m working out.

    …I like the high energy stuff.

    I love your shirts! They’re so cute!
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..Defining Eating Disorders =-.

  17. I’m not sure I can pick an all-time favorite, but right now, I’m stuck on ‘Knights of Cydonia’ by Muse.
    .-= Amber Shea (Almost Vegan)´s last blog ..Deep chocolate brownies =-.

    • Amber, you’re the second one to say a Muse song! It’s funny, I never would have thought they’d be good running music. But I guess just like I wrote, you never know until you try it out.

  18. I love running to Fall Out Boy…The beat in “Campaign for my Real friends, real Pain for my Sham friends” matches my stride perfectly. Others that get me to lift my pace are “Dance, Dance”; “A little less sixteen candles a little more touch me”; and “Bang the Doldrums”
    .-= RottenTea´s last blog .. =-.

  19. I don’t run but I listen to my iPod when I’m cycling. Believe or not, I like this really old Elton John song, “Burn Down the Mission.” And, I like this really new song by the Phenomenal Handclap Band, “15 to 20.”
    .-= lee (journey to fitville)´s last blog ..Farmers market report =-.

  20. I need to snag some of those songs for my running list.

    I ran Boston in ’08. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I have slowed down alot, I have also gained weight since then, so I am thinking if I can get the wieght of then I can find my speed again. But for now, I am happy just running for fun and not pushing my times.
    .-= Janice´s last blog ..a great 10 miler… and my new challenge =-.

  21. I couldn’t agree more! Sometimes when I’m lacking motivation, I just have to pop my ipod on and I’m ready to go 🙂 There’s too many to choose just ONE but I definitely wanna use some of yours above 🙂
    .-= Cait (Cait’s Plate)´s last blog ..Bringing Out the Color =-.

  22. you have some quality tunes on that list. oh my gosh, do you want to watch something ridiculously horrible but hilarious? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqvlwPn9eJk trust me, it is worth watching. it is so wrong. anyway, i like listening to “cause a scene (the first single)” by the format. good stuff.

    • Janetha,
      Ok, I have an admission… I was kind of into that video! Well, not the video, but their cover. I’ve never really been into hardcore at all, but it’s kind of cool when it’s a song I know. But from the comments on the video, apparently they’re kind of soft. Thanks, I actually enjoyed that. 🙂

  23. Well my taste in music is a bit more urban and dirrrty than yours, lol, but I love me some Regaton Pitbul rap to run to. The beats are enthusiastic and bumpin. My favorite is one called “Go girl.” It pumps me up like no other. Also gotta go with my man Michael Jackson and “Billy Jean,” which actually has a killer beat to run to.
    .-= amy (veganissexy)´s last blog ..NAKED FAJITAS =-.

  24. i don’t run with music but there are some songs that pump me up – one of them is “heart of a champion” by nelly.
    .-= lindsay´s last blog ..when you’re running down the road… =-.

  25. Vampire Weekend is great, just make sure you pic an up tempo song like Walcott, Ladies of Cambridge, or A Punk. But my favorite is Can’t Stop by Red Hot Chili Peppers.

  26. Ooh, yeah, Vampire Weekend — excellent suggestion Henry (right above me). But my choice is Arcade Fire’s “Keep the Car Running.” It builds in intensity with an urgent, push-push-push drive that I love, so it’s my official submission to the No Meat Athlete Great Running Song Derby of ’09.

    .-= Pete´s last blog ..Getting to Where I Want to Go =-.

  27. OMG, I just shared this song with my sister (Veggierunnr)–I can’t believe it hasn’t been mentioned yet:

    I’m Running by Misstress Barbara feat. Sam Roberts

    It totally amps me up during a run and puts a bounce in my step!!
    .-= Mrah´s last blog ..Utter Defeat =-.

  28. RYC: Oh yes def the Greens+. The powder is green! 🙂
    Per your running list, #10 I have totally forgotten about until now! love that song, lol!

  29. You are right, we do have tons in common! Although I must admit I got a 1 on the AP Calculus test in high school, so you’ve got me beat for sure! Also, I dig Pete Yorn (sort of by force because his CD was stuck in my car CD player for about 6 months). My fave running song is “Shipping Up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys. It is short and whenever it comes on I get a great burst of energy. I think you’ll like it because hopefully that song will have special significance to you come 2010!!
    .-= Allie Katie´s last blog ..I didn’t know I was pregnant… =-.

    • I was running with Dropkick Murphys in my ears today :). “Famous for nothing” ain’t bad either. It will make you run out of your skin.

  30. I love seeing what other runner’s are listening to–thanks for the great post. Here are a couple of mine that never fail to get me stepping a little faster:
    Troublemaker – Weezer
    Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N Roses
    Wonderful Night – Fatboy Slim
    Looking forward to seeing your #1 selection!

    • Hi Candy, glad you like the post! I love Weezer (or more accurately, I love Weezer’s old stuff), and I even thought it strange when I was making this list and realized that I never really run to any Weezer songs. But I haven’t heard any of their Red Album so I’m looking forward to hearing this one!

  31. Brian Gallagher says:

    Not a buzz worthy list here but a buzzkill posting (but speaking of buzzworthy, my is still ringing after seeing Paul McCartney and Mogwai concerts last week). I posted the below message to my running friends a few days ago … but hey, even my wife doesn’t listen to me about running w/headphones as she still does it:
    Subj: Another reason not to wear headphones while running

    The benefits of awareness of your surroundings isn’t limited to bad people, but also bad luck. While it may not have mattered if she heard it or not, there are certainly some circumstances in which hearing the cracking of a tree limbs could help save your life.

    This past fall in Rock Creek Park while hashing on a dry day with light winds I heard a very loud crashing of what sound like a large tree falling over. I didn’t see it because it was probably 25 to 50 or more yards away, but damn that was a scary loud sound. While a big branch falling may not make the same loud sound, it has certainly made me more aware of those creaking and cracking sounds.

    Tree branch kills Pa. woman days after NY accident
    Posted 8/6/2009 12:30 PM ET E-mail | Save | Print

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Police have identified a jogger killed by a falling tree branch in a Philadelphia park as 23-year-old Mary Katherine Ladany of the Roxborough section of the city.

    Police say it was a freak accident Wednesday evening in Fairmount Park, one of the biggest city parks in the world.

    Chief Inspector Scott Small says a 30-foot-long branch fell 50 feet onto Ladany, killing her instantly.

    Police say Ladany was wearing a portable music player that was still playing when they arrived, so it’s possible that she didn’t hear the branch breaking.

    Last week, a Manhattan computer engineer walking to work through New York’s Central Park was hit on the head by a 100-pound rotted tree branch. His mother said over the weekend that he was getting better.
    Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

    • Brian, the key phrase in the article is “freak accident.” The day I don’t wear headphones because I’m worried about a tree falling on my head is the same day that I stop flying, driving a car, and crossing the street. 🙂

      Although I must admit I don’t wear headphones when I’m running on busy roads outside my neighborhood; I do think that’s dangerous.

  32. I’m usually pretty vanilla in my music choice but Ozzy Ozbourne’s “Crazy Train” is simply the BEST song to run to.

  33. Smells Like Teen Spirit

  34. Such great heights is a very good song. I love that you did a post on music– I love for it! Check out my latest songs on my “Run Tracks” page if you have time 🙂
    .-= Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn´s last blog ..Vacation Running: How to Not Piss Off the Group =-.

    • I am going to have to submit “Don’t Stop Beleiving” by Journey for this one. I know it’s kind of typical, but nothing gets you more pumped then some good ol’ Journey.

    • Thanks Mel, I checked it! I used to run to the Cake song, and although My Name is Jonas is one of my favorite Weezer songs, I don’t think I’ve ever put it on a running playlist. I’ll try it!

  35. You have some great selections. To top it off I am going to add “Fat Bottom Girls” by Queen. They have a lot of great running songs so it is hard to pick one…I finally decided on this one. Have fun!

  36. “Can’t Take That Plane” John Mayer Trio

  37. This one is just for fun- “I’m On A Boat” Andy Samberg and T-Pain.


    I have a blog dedicated solely to music and when my sisters, veggierunnr and vegginout, told me about your quest for some new running songs I had to put in my two cents. I am also a runner and for me a playlist can either make or break the run.
    Happy Running!

  38. What? No Chariots of Fire? 🙂

    from another ProBlogger class member!
    All the best from Toronto,
    .-= Russ´s last blog ..Financially Desperate Times – Top Ten Tips on How Not to Become a Sucker =-.

  39. And how about the theme song from “Rocky”??? Wow- when I listen to that, I BECOME THE ONE RUNNING UP THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART STEPS!!!

  40. To help me maintain a faster clip, I suggest “Somebody Told Me” by the Killers, and “Pump It” by the Black Eyed Peas. A very inspiring (but emotional) song is “I Run for Life” by Melissa Ethridge. It has to do with fighting cancer and taking your life back.

  41. OKOKOK, I see that you have a TON of songs to go through and I’m so happy you haven’t closed the polls just yet!!!! I really wanted to add Miley Cyrus: Party In The USA. LOL, this song MIGHT trump my earlier submition (I’m Running by Misstress) ….but I can’t decide!!!! Good luck with all your choices!!! No matter what, I’m sure you’ll end up with an awesome playlist!!!

    PS: be forwarned: you just might ‘throw your hands up and move your hips like yeaaaahhhh’
    .-= Mrah´s last blog ..Stump the Trainer Sunday =-.

  42. Mine is Suavemente by Elvis Crespo- thanks!

  43. look at you rackin’ up those comments 🙂

    #10 kanye west – workout plan

    gets me groovin everytime!
    .-= holly the healthy everythingtarian´s last blog ..My New Boyfriend =-.

  44. I LOVE the Darkness and I think that song is so great for running (Friday Night is a good one too)- they are a group you don’t ever hear anyone site as a favorite! 🙂 Just found your blog through “healthy tipping point” and of course love it already!

    • Thanks Katie! I’ve never heard Friday Night but I think I have a copy of the album so I’ll look for it. Actually I like “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” so much that it was the song that my wife and I came out to when we were introduced at our wedding reception!

  45. As far as embarrassing running songs go, “No Sleep Tonight” by the Faders is up there. You might recognize it from the old iPod commercials but it’s girl rock that always makes me want to run every time I hear it, and when I am running, I’m always able to run HARDER.

    But my all-time favorite running songs are both by Florence and the Machine. The first is Drumming, it’s got an amazing driving beat that keeps you going. The second is Dog Days, which has a perfect chorus to kick up your pace a little, and it doesn’t help that she shames you into it by singing “Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father…” Ha!

  46. These are such great suggestions! I’m having a blast looking them up on iTunes and deciding whether I should buy them. 🙂

    Sometimes, I really like the ones that make me bop my head and break out into a smile, which totally puts my run into a fun one!

    These songs do it for me everytime:

    1) Thao: Bag of Hammers
    2) Vampire Weekend: Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
    3) Pete Townshend: Let My Love Open the Door
    4) Journey: Don’t Stop Believin’ <—this one I'll repeat if I'm on a particularly long hill!
    5) The Who: Baba O'Riley

    I could totally go on forever, so I'll stop here. 🙂

  47. Nice list! I saw this one posted earlier but I do love running to Paul Oakenfold… the songs are a little annoying but they keep you at a steady pace.
    Also, usually listen to Fall Out Boy and Panic At The Disco- poppy but it works. And two songs I have to have on my playlist are by the Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Animal Bar” and “So Much I”- both more on the mellow side but they keep a pace and help me completely zone out. 🙂
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Raw Food =-.

  48. “common people” by Shatner (Ben Folds) gets my second wind rolling

  49. My songs as of late:

    The Ting Tings – Shut up and let me go
    Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Maps
    Matt & Kim – Daylight
    M.I.A. – Paper planes (remix)
    Jimmy Eat World – the Middle

    And a bunch others. Those are the only ones I can think of currently.

    Nice list!
    .-= Tracy Warner´s last blog ..I Hate Eggplant: Eggplant Parmesan =-.

    • The song “daylight” is actually my “get in a better mood and seize the day” song 😉 Love that song!

  50. definetly
    1.teenagers – my chemical romance

    2. dont stop me now – the vandals

    3. going to collage – blink 182

    4. and i – boxcar racer

    5. become what you hate – midtown

    6. beverly hills – weezer

    7. california – weezer

    8. island in the sun – weezer

    9. banquet – bloc party

    10. i love house – robert m

    11. work – masters at work

    ill think of more;p


  51. i get goosebumps from teenagers…its the best running song for me , along with dont stop me now

  52. “Disturbia” by Rihanna is pretty motivating. Here are some others I like on my playlist:
    “Tusk” Fleetwood Mac
    “Golddigger” Kanye West
    Pretty much anything upbeat by Pink
    “One Step at a Time” Jordin Sparks–this one is good when you’re nearing the end
    “Running on Empty” Jackson Browne–surprisingly motivating 🙂
    “Caress Me Down” Sublime
    “Billie Jean” Michael Jackson
    “Buttons” Pussycat Dolls
    “Keeps Gettin’ Better” Christina Aguilera

    Hope these work out for you!
    .-= VCK´s last blog ..Laurelwood Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout =-.

  53. My favorite is Final Countdown by Europe. But pretty much any song from a Rocky movie makes me wanna get up and run.

  54. Roberto Hdz says:

    1.- fenix tx – Flight 601 (All I’ve I Got is Time)
    2.- safri duo – Played a live
    3.- Overseer – Supermoves (Animatrix Edit)
    4.- GMS – Juice (Requiem For a Dream)
    5.- Juno Reactor – Conga Fury
    6.- Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force – Lunatic Calm – Leave You Far Behind
    7.- My chemical romance -I’m_Not_Okay_(I_Promise)
    8.- The ataris_The boys of summer
    9.- Jimmy Eat World – A Praise Chorus
    10.-The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done

    Some of these are better for just listen, but are good songs…
    Greetings from Mexico city.

  55. Thank you so much! I have been relying on old stand-by hip hop and I am tired of it! Love these suggestions! Off to download 🙂

  56. Common People by William Shatner

    I defy you to run slow to this song.

    • Agreed. I listen to this on almost every run and have still not tired of it. Also, the Kanye version of Stronger, Dude Looks Like a Lady by Aerosmith, and Marina Gasolina by Bonde de Role are great running tunes.

  57. Apollo 440 – Stop the Rock

    from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds. I promise you will love this!!

  58. Mr Brightside by the Killers. Perfect beat for me.

  59. Here’s a couple of my favourites:
    Rise Against – Savior
    Flobots – No handlebars
    Bloc Party – helicopter
    social code – bomb hands
    Plus 44 – when your hearts stops beating
    Offspring – Hammerhead

  60. Look how far we’ve come by Matchbox Twenty. Awesome beat for that last sprint of a long run

  61. Sorry I missed the contest, but enjoyed reading your post. Terrific stuff! This would be my top ten in case you’re looking for more music by now 🙂

    Pump it up – Elvis Costello
    Lose Yourself – Eminem
    Keep Your Head – The Ting Tings
    Clampdown – The Clash
    Age of Consent – New Order
    Marathon and not a Sprint – Camera Obscura
    It’s Okay – The Kings
    Lasso – Phoenix
    You Got Yr Cherry Bomb – Spoon
    Getting Down – The Kills

    At least 1 of these made your list. Keep up the great work!
    .-= John @ aboldpace´s last blog ..{race report} The Philadelphia Distance Run =-.

  62. Whiskey in the Jar done by Metallica

  63. My current list… it’s a little eclectic so bear with me. It’s layered, so it starts slower, amps up and then crashes right as I hit my first wall. Then it lays back a little and ramps up again.

    The Dragon – The Calm Blue Sea
    Saviorself – Jedi Mind Tricks
    Ghost – Neutral Milk Hotel
    Le Noyee – Yann Tiersenn
    And So It Burns – Jedi Mind Tricks
    Weak and Powerless (Tilling my Grave Mix) – A Perfect Circle
    Quiet Little Voices – We Were Promised Jet Packs
    Saving Grace – Tom Petty
    Thirsty Dog – Nick Cave
    Part of the Queue – Oasis
    So Cold – Breaking Benjamin
    Fucking in the Bushes – Oasis
    True Nature – Janes Addiction
    The Woman on the Screen – Boris (best running song of all time)
    Strange Enough – N.A.S.A.
    Here I Come – The Roots
    The Champ – Ghostface Killah
    Starz – Smashing Pumpkins
    Ibitsu – Boris

  64. How Far we’ve come – Matchbox 20
    Song about ping pong – Operator Please
    Funky Tonight – John Butler Trio
    The One – Foo Fighters
    Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger
    Crazy LIttle thing Called Love – Queen
    Get Shaky – Ian Carey Project
    Like It Loud – Cassie Davies
    Longview – Greenday
    Whip It – Devo
    All my LIfe – Foo Fighters
    JOker and the Thief – Wolfmother

    And I have to agree. The beautiful People by MM is AWESOME! Thanks for all the song suggestions.

  65. I have MANY playlist to keep me motivated…here is 1 of them…you can download the clean versions if you dont want the explicit.

    1. Killing in the Name 5:14 Rage Against the Machine
    2. Disturbed – Let The Bodies Hit The Floor
    3. Jigga What/Faint 3:31 Linkin Park & Jay-Z
    4. The Beautiful People 3:39 Marilyn Manson
    5. Breakdown 3:36 Breaking Benjamin
    6. I Stand Alone 4:06 Godsmack
    7. Twisted Transistor 4:16 Korn
    8. Coming Undone 3:20 Korn
    9. It’s Just One of Those Days 2:47 Limp Biscuit
    10. One Step Closer 2:36 Linkin Park
    11. Smack My Bitch Up 5:43 The Prodigy
    12. Firestarter 4:41 The Prodigy

  66. – – – ARTISTS – – – Song Title

    1. Rise Against – Under the Knife
    2. Red – Wasting Time
    3. Papa Roach – Not Listening
    4. Disturbed – Down With The Sickness
    5a. Offspring – Not The One
    5b. Offspring – She’s got Issues
    6. Jet – Cold Hard B!tch

    time to slow down…

    7. Hedley – Old School
    8.Daughtry – Feels Like Tonight
    9. Guns and Roses – November Rain

  67. Kick Start My Heart by Motley Crue

  68. Disturbed – meaning of life (get psycho)
    eminem- go to sleep
    offspring-your gonna go far kid
    three days grace-riot and animal i have become
    disturbed – conflict and the game
    crossfade- no giving up
    eminem -till i collapse

  69. I rotate favorites a lot as well… I would have to say Cake The Distance is usually at the top, followed by either a Kanye song, or a newer indie song. Check out Editors – Papillon and Percussion Gun by The White Rabbits.

  70. Your list and the comments have given me some great ideas for running songs. Thanks!

    My addition: Short End of a Wishbone by Haywire
    .-= JavaChick´s last blog ..Tex-Mex Week Continues =-.

  71. runners_high07 says:

    Thanks for these great suggestions! Some ones that I’ll add to the lists… these have more of a happy running rock flavor to them:

    My Own Worst Enemy by Lit
    Bottom Line by Eli Young Band (great song)
    Hum Hallelujah, and Sugar We’re Going Down by Fallout Boy
    Right Now by Van Halen
    Girl at the Rock Show, and Feelin This by Blink 182
    Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional
    Fix You by Coldplay (starts low but picks up awesome)
    AM Radio by Everclear
    Semi-charmed life by Third Eye Blind
    Only One by Yellowcard
    Dream On by Aerosmith

  72. I’m not a natural runner. I wouldn’t last 5 minutes with a slow song, I need upbeat music to step in time to and keep me motivated. These songs seem to take the effort out of it.
    Fireworks – The Tragically Hip
    Spaceman – The Killers
    Uprising – Muse
    I Don’t Care – Fall Out Boy
    To Lose My Life – White Lies
    Death – White Lies
    Everything’s Magic – Angels & Airwaves
    All The Small Things – Blink 182
    Dirty Little Secret – All American Rejects
    Shake It – Metro Station
    If You Want Blood You’ve Got It – AC/DC
    Centerfield – John Fogerty

  73. Thanks for the suggestions, all! Added a few to my mix.

    Some additions of some songs I like to run to:

    Remember the Name – Fort Minor
    Fat Lip – Sum 41
    Papercut – Linkin Park
    Let It Rock – Kevin Rudolf

    a slower one for my cool down:

    One Day – Madisyahu

  74. Thanks for the ideas! Here are some of my favorites:

    7/4 (Shoreline) – Broken Social Scene
    Blankest Year – Nada Surf
    Young Adult Friction – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
    Holiday – Green Day
    I Don’t Wanna Be – Gavin DeGraw
    Your Love – The Outfield

  75. Ray of Light by Madonna

  76. Burning Heart (Survivor) – from Rocky IV

    I’ve never run with it, but I get pumped up every time I hear it.

  77. Chemical Brothers – Lost in the K Hole
    Missy Elliott – Slide
    Eminem – Till I Collapse
    Sponge – Plowed
    The Flaming Lips- Race for the Prize (BPM a little slower but still good song to run to)

  78. “Shook Me All Night Long (remix)” AC/DC

  79. Best running song OF ALL TIME:

    Misrlou by Dick Dale

    The best!!!

  80. I like to run to songs that set my pace. i.e my foot hits the ground on every beat etc etc.

    Wolf Like Me – TV on the Radio (the interlude is good for a slog if you need some recovery)
    Obnoxious – Immortal Technique (the beat of this song is PERFECT to run to at a medium pace…the lyrics are brutal and hardcore but it’s catchy..)
    Maria – Rage Against The Machine
    Voice of the Voiceless – Rage Against the Machine
    Untouched – The Veronicas
    (this is pretty fast-paced)
    I Am – Joseph Arthur ( it’s got relaxing lyrics)
    Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z (this song is really popular right now but there’s something about the beat that makes my run faster and a lot looser which is something I usually struggle with)
    Medieval – DM & Jemini/The Pharcyde
    Citronella – Aesop Rock

  81. Mother-Danzig

  82. i go to work – kool moe dee
    i’m bad – ll cool

  83. My #1 all-time favorite is…

    Black Dog – Led Zeppelin

    Short, sweet, gets you moving!

  84. All of the Nickleback “All the right reasons” CD
    Excellent running cd!!!

  85. I keep The Dynamo of Volition by Jason Mraz as my PowerSong on my ipod. It helps me to keep going every time. Give it a shot.

  86. my #1 song for you to try…Person L – Untitled

  87. My top five (in no particular order) —

    “Uptown Girl” – Billy Joel
    Happy pop. Pure fun. It got me up a very big hill during the Big Sur International Marathon.

    “Billy Jean” – Michael Jackson
    This song makes me feel like a badass.

    “That’s Not My Name” – The Ting Tings
    My, my if this doesn’t epitomize “catchy.”

    “Summer of ’69” – Bryan Adams
    I’ll sprint on the treadmill to this. So, so good.

    “Dirty Little Secret” – The All-American Rejects
    Another up-the-pace song . . . I ran almost a full minute faster per mile the first time I ran and listened to these guys. Seriously.
    .-= Robyn´s last blog ..DNS Editing Deployed =-.

  88. Great to start your run with – Pink Floyd – “Run Like Hell”
    .-= zeninfinity´s last blog ..Amphora Pinot Invitational =-.

  89. This is going to sound odd, but “The Circle of Life” from Disney’s Lion King soundtrack. It’s absolutely amazing to run to!!

  90. Heart of a champion – nelly

  91. I love that you included Ben Gibbard songs! Tracks with great lyrics often help me out as much as those with good beats. One great running song I just recently discovered?
    Dashboard Confessional– Reason to Believe
    .-= Marika´s last blog ..The Chocolate Chip Cookie Project: Part X =-.

  92. Hilmar says:

    Here are some of my favorite songs:

    Kevin Drew-‘Safety Bridge'(perfect rhythm for me)
    Biagio Antonacci-‘Sognami'(after 45 sec it’s perfect too)
    Richard Ashcroft-‘A Song For The Lovers'(great song, makes my feet fly)
    Howe Gelb-‘Bud I Did Not'(very cool and relaxing)
    The Charlatans-‘The Misbegotten'(song to get high)
    Evermore-‘Running'(the lyrics are very motivating)
    Radiohead-‘Jigsaw Falling Into Place'(this one pushes me to the top)
    The Lemonheads-‘Bit Part'(feel good song)
    Stephan Eicher-‘Les Filles Du Limmatquai’ (Version 2003!!!, very fast!)
    Erdmöbel-‘Auf Und Ab'(german cover of Vengaboys ‘Up And Down’; a bit strange, but you can’t stop running on it)

    and some more:
    Starsailor-Shark Food
    Chris Walla-Everyone Needs A Home
    The Sea And Cake-Car Alarm
    Xavier Rudd-Energy Song
    Fink-Blueberry Pancakes
    Michael J. Sheehy-The Fourth Day
    The Producers-Freeway
    The Whitest Boy Alive-Burning
    The Arcade Fire-No Cars Go
    Willie Nile-Cell Phones Ringing In The Pockets Of The Dead
    Stars-Set Yourself On Fire
    Foo Fighters-I Feel Free
    Sam Phillips-These Boots Are Made For Walking
    Mo’ Horizons-Hit the Road Jack
    Tiken Jah Fakoly-Allah
    Wir Sind Helden-Nur Ein Wort

  93. Some really good ones there guys (many of which I’ve nicked)

    Hopefully I don’t repeat any but

    Not The Same – Bodyjar
    Basketcase – Green Day
    What we’re all about – Sum 41
    Bullet with butterfly Wings – Smashing Pumpkins
    Stumblin – Powderfinger
    Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry

  94. It’s so cliche I’m surprised it hasn’t been listed yet. Number one running song that never fails me:

    Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run”

    • Bruce, great point; I can’t believe nobody has mentioned that one. Never tried running to it, but it seems like it would be good… you’re not The Boss, are you?

  95. I loved this list. Running music is so subjective. Thanks everyone! Here’s my contribution

    The Test by Chemical Bros. (Must have!)
    Defying Gravity from Wicked (great build-up song)
    Little Bird by Annie Lennox (excellent)
    On a High by Duncan Sheik (good pace song)
    Burn Away by Foo Fighters
    Bad Reputation by Joan Jett (sprint song must have)
    Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder
    Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who (How did this get missed?)
    Running Down a Dream by Tom Petty
    I Want You Back by Jackson 5
    Long Road to Ruin by Foo Fighters
    Irreplaceable by Beyonce
    Thunderstruck by ACDC (another must have)
    Late in the Evening by Paul Simon

  96. I really like a good album or two, you can always shuffle it – but then you’re not stuck looking for single songs when you should be out running.

    You have to get the Muse album Absolution – it’s been a workout standard of mine.

    Lately I’ve been enjoying phoenix too – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

  97. Some of my favs… some are carried over from high school cross-country, so don’t judge!
    (Artist – Song Title)

    Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
    Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
    Death Cab – sound of settling
    DMB – Crush
    Keane – Spiraling
    Mgmt – Kids, Time to Pretend
    Eminem – Til I Collapse
    Nelly Furtado – Manos en el Aire
    Tegan & Sara – 19, Back in Your Head
    Killers – Human
    Foo Fighters – My Hero
    Ben Folds – Brick
    Travis Tritt – Great Day to be Alive
    Hanson – Mmmbop
    Nada Surf – Beautiful Beat
    Justin Timberlake – Sexy Back
    Timbaland – The Way I are
    Rihanna – Disturbia
    Tiffany – I think we’re alone now
    Kings of Leon – ragoo, sex is on fire, fans
    Bon Jovi – Bounce, Who Says You Can’t go Home
    Katherine McFee – Over it
    Lady Gaga – Alejandro, Poker Face
    Duran Duran – Hungry like the wolf
    Beyonce – Irreplacable
    Gavin DeGraw – I’m in Love with a Girl
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Slaw & salad =-.

  98. Love this – I have so many new songs to try out on my next run. Since sharing is caring, this is my “run faster” mix – heavy on the punk / pop-punk…

    Blink 182: I miss you
    Lost in Line: Face in the Dark; The Drama; Smiles that Scream
    Much the Same: Take What’s Yours; Wrecking Ball; Picking up the Shattered Pieces
    The Get Up Kids: Valentine
    Sum 41: Pieces; Still Waiting
    Good Charlotte: The Anthem
    Linkin Park: Leave out all the rest
    Mute: Burning Wreck; Atrophied
    Matchbox Twenty: How Far We’ve Come
    Millencolin: No Cigar; Vicious Circle
    AFI: A Single Second
    Paramore: I caught Myself; Let this Go
    Unwritten Law: How You Feel
    28 Days: Stealing Chairs
    The Staring Line: Surprise, Surprise
    Senses Fail: Calling All Cars
    Passion Pit: To Kingdom Come
    A Day to Remember: Have Faith in Me; If it Means a lot to You

  99. Lose yourself by eminem or pursuit of happiness (remix) by kid cudi and steve Aoki

  100. also my top 10
    not afriad-eminem
    nelly-here comes the boom (i no thats from longest yard but…..)
    remember the name-fort minor
    hey ya-outcast
    run this town-JAY-Z
    Lose yourself-eminem
    Pusuit of happiness (remix)-kid cudi and Steve Aoki

    Lets get it started-black eyed peas
    sandstorm-idk the artist but it a techno really good beat

  101. Im sure this one has been mentioned but still one of my faves. I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s music selections here. I’ve downloaded so many suggestions off this forum.

    Run like Hell – Pink Floyd

  102. There is a mashup called My Life on the Crazy Train Would Suck Without You, So What.


    Ozzy offsets Kelly Clarkson so you don’t have to turn in your man card to listen.

  103. Hey! Just found this site. I’m training for my first half and there’s some really fantastic information on here.

    But yeah, favorite running song right now is Savior – Rise Against. It’s got a steady beat throughout the whole song, its super catchy and all I wanna do at the end is sprint for the finish.

    And I have the Kelly song and Cliffs of Dover on my running playlist. Both awesome. I have Paramore on that playlist too – you do what ya gotta do.

  104. Coldplay – Fix you. when it starts to pick up, you will to. good running tune.

  105. Jessica says:

    Purple Bottle- Animal Collective

    Thanks for the awesome site! You are such an inspiration, not to mention provide all the info i need in one place. 🙂

    • Animal Collective rules, I’m surprised to find someone else who knows of them! The song What Would I Want Sky is also amazing to run to. There’s something great about their music! I actually like running to anything from Merriweather Post Pavilion by them.

      Ok guys, if you want to really get pumped, I suggest running to Dragonforce. Anything by Dragonforce. It makes you want to run to the moon and back. TWICE.

  106. Here’s my playlist with some country…

    All Star 3:20 Smash Mouth Astro Lounge Ska 4
    Another One Bites the Dust 3:36 Queen Queen: Greatest Hits Rock 6
    Any Man Of Mine 4:07 Shania Twain The Woman In Me Country 6
    Baby Got Back 4:23 Sir Mix A Lot Mack Daddy Hip Hop/Rap 3
    Baby Likes to Rock It 3:56 The Tractors The Tractors Country 3
    …Baby One More Time 3:31 Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative Pop 10
    Be My Baby Tonight 2:51 John Michael Montgomery The Very Best of John Michael Montgomery Country 4
    Beat It 4:19 Michael Jackson HIStory: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 [Disc 1] Pop 4
    Beautiful Day 4:08 U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind Rock 12
    Bitch 4:13 Meredith Brooks Blurring the Edges Rock 8
    Boom Boom Boom 3:09 The Outhere Brothers ESPN Jock Jams, Vol. 2 Pop 5
    Born to Fly 5:36 Sara Evans Sara Evans: Greatest Hits Country 1
    Breakfast 3:40 Newsboys Take Me to Your Leader Religious 2
    Bye Bye 3:21 Jo Dee Messina Jo Dee Messina: Greatest Hits Country 4
    Can’t Get You out of My Head 3:51 Kylie Minogue Fever Pop 9
    Cartoons [Live] 3:40 Chris Rice Short Term Memories Religious 2
    Cecilia 2:55 Simon & Garfunkel The Best of Simon & Garfunkel Singer/Songwriter 7
    Chattahoochee (Extended Mix) 3:57 Alan Jackson Alan Jackson: The Greatest Hits Collection Country 4
    Come Baby Come 3:55 K7 ESPN Presents: Jock Jams, Vol. 1 Electronica/Dance 7
    Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You) [Video Version] 3:42 Christina Aguilera Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You) [Single] Pop 4
    Cotton Eyed Joe 3:08 Starsound Cotton Eyed Joe – Single Dance 6
    Cowboy Take Me Away 4:47 Dixie Chicks Fly Country 4
    Crazy In Love 3:56 Beyoncé Dangerously In Love R&B/Soul 12
    Ditty 4:05 Paperboy The Nine Yards Hip Hop/Rap 7
    Elevation 3:47 U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind Rock 7
    Everyday Is a Winding Road (LP Version) 4:19 Sheryl Crow Everyday Is a Winding Road Rock 9
    Eye of the Tiger 4:04 Survivor Now That’s What I Call the 80s Rock 5
    Fighter 4:06 Christina Aguilera Stripped Pop 7
    Footloose 3:47 Kenny Loggins Footloose Soundtrack 5
    Free Ride 3:23 Audio Adrenaline Bloom Religious 2
    Get Ready 4 This 3:26 2 Unlimited ESPN Presents: Jock Jams, Vol. 1 Electronica/Dance 3
    A Girl’s Gotta Do (What A Girl’s Gotta Do) 2:40 Mindy McCready Ten Thousand Angels Country 4
    Gone Country 4:20 Alan Jackson Alan Jackson: The Greatest Hits Collection Country 4
    Gonna Fly Now (Theme from “Rocky”) 2:48 Bill Conti Rocky (30th Anniversary Edition) [Original Motion Picture Score] Soundtrack 6
    Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) 4:01 C+C Music Factory ESPN Presents: Jock Jams, Vol. 1 Electronica/Dance 7
    Good Vibrations 4:31 Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch Living In The 90’s [Disc 1] Pop 8
    Track 09 4:18 1
    Guys Do It All The Time 3:12 Mindy McCready Ten Thousand Angels Country 5
    Happy Girl 3:27 Martina McBride Greatest Hits Country 5
    The Heat Is On 3:47 Glenn Frey Only Dance: 1985-1989 Rock 3
    Hell Yeah 4:50 Montgomery Gentry My Town Country 3
    Here for the Party 3:17 Gretchen Wilson Here for the Party Country 3
    Holding Out For A Hero 5:50 Bonnie Tyler Footloose Soundtrack 4
    Holiday 3:51 Madonna Madonna Rock 9
    I’m Alright 3:17 Jo Dee Messina Jo Dee Messina: Greatest Hits Country 3
    I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) 3:36 The Proclaimers Living In The 90’s [Disc 2] Pop 3
    (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 3:43 The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-1971 Rock 9
    I Like To Move It 3:40 Reel 2 Real ESPN Jock Jams, Vol. 2 Pop 7
    I Love Rock ‘N Roll 2:56 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts I Love Rock ‘N Roll (Remastered) Rock 6
    I’ve Always Loved You 4:28 Third Day Time Religious 1
    I Will Survive 3:18 Gloria Gaynor 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Gloria Gaynor Rock 5
    I Will… But 3:40 SHeDAISY The Whole Shebang Country 3
    If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows) 3:38 Rodney Atkins If You’re Going Through Hell Country 3
    Independence Day 3:26 Martina McBride Greatest Hits Country 3
    Independent Women, Part I 3:41 Destiny’s Child Survivor Pop 4
    It’s A Love Thing 3:41 Keith Urban Keith Urban Country 3
    It’s My Life 3:44 Bon Jovi Crush Rock 9
    Track 06 4:39 1
    Jump 4:04 Van Halen The Best of Both Worlds Rock 8
    In the Light 5:06 dc Talk Jesus Freak Religious 1
    Kryptonite 3:54 3 Doors Down The Better Life Rock 6
    Let’s Go Crazy 4:39 Prince & The Revolution Purple Rain (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) Soundtrack 6
    Let’s Hear It For The Boy 4:21 Deniece Williams Only Dance: 1980-1984 R&B 3
    Life Is a Highway 4:36 Rascal Flatts Cars (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) Soundtrack 4
    Little Bitty 2:39 Alan Jackson Greatest Hits, Vol. II Country 3
    Love You Out Loud 3:05 Rascal Flatts Melt Country 2
    Macarena 3:53 Los Del Mar ESPN Jock Jams, Vol. 2 Pop 5
    Señorita 4:55 Justin Timberlake Justified Pop 11
    Mickey 4:15 Toni Basil Best of Toni Basil – Mickey & Other Love Songs Pop 10
    Miss Independent 3:35 Kelly Clarkson Thankful Pop 8
    More Than a Feeling 4:45 Boston Boston Rock 4
    My Girl 2:44 The Temptations The Wonder Years – Volume 1 Rock 2
    My Next Thirty Years 3:37 Tim McGraw A Place In the Sun Country 4
    Oh, Pretty Woman 2:59 Roy Orbison Pretty Woman Soundtrack 2
    One More Last Chance 3:11 Vince Gill I Still Believe in You Country 2
    Pump Up The Jam 5:22 Technotronic Living In The 90’s [Disc 1] Pop 8
    Push It 4:29 Salt-N-Pepa 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Salt-N-Pepa Hip Hop/Rap 5
    Track 17 5:01 1
    The Race Is On 2:56 Sawyer Brown Best Of Country 4
    Ray of Light 5:21 Madonna Ray of Light Pop 8
    Reality 3:09 Newsboys Take Me to Your Leader Religious 2
    Redneck Woman 3:41 Gretchen Wilson Here for the Party Country 4
    Right Here, Right Now 3:09 Jesus Jones Living In The 90’s [Disc 1] Pop 5
    Rock Your Body 4:27 Justin Timberlake Justified Pop 13
    Run-Around 4:40 Blues Traveler Travelogue: Blues Traveler Classics Rock 8
    Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) 3:20 Big & Rich Horse of a Different Color Country 4
    Settlin’ 3:27 Sugarland Enjoy the Ride Country 3
    SexyBack (feat. Timbaland) 4:03 Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (Deluxe Edition) Pop 5
    She’s Got It All 3:29 Kenny Chesney She’s Got It All (Single) Country 2
    She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful 2:55 Sammy Kershaw Sammy Kershaw: The Hits – Chapter 1 Country 3
    Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) 3:13 Beyoncé I Am… Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Version) Pop 6
    My Hope Is You 4:20 Third Day Conspiracy No. 5 Religious 1
    Stronger 3:24 Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative Pop 11
    Strut 4:04 Sheena Easton Only Dance: 1980-1984 R&B 2
    Summer of ’69 3:33 Bryan Adams The Best of Me Rock 10
    Super Freak 3:21 Rick James Only Dance: 1980-1984 R&B 2
    Survivor 4:14 Destiny’s Child Survivor Pop 4
    Sweet Caroline 3:22 Neil Diamond The Neil Diamond Collection Pop 5
    T-R-O-U-B-L-E 3:01 Travis Tritt The Very Best of Travis Tritt (Remastered) Country 2
    There’s Your Trouble 3:13 Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces Country 2
    There Are Days 3:12 Nickel & Dime 8 Through 9 Religious 1
    This Is How We Do It 3:56 Montell Jordan Radio Waves of the ’90s: Pop Hits Pop 7
    This One’s for the Girls 4:03 Martina McBride Martina Country 4
    Track 16 3:11 1
    Thriller 5:58 Michael Jackson HIStory: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 [Disc 1] Pop 2
    Tootsee Roll 4:03 The 69 Boyz ESPN Presents: Jock Jams, Vol. 1 Electronica/Dance 6
    Two Of Hearts 4:00 Stacey Q Only Dance: 1985-1989 Rock 2
    Ultimate Man 5:01 Nickel and Dime 3 Days in March Christian
    Unbelievable 3:30 EMF Living In The 90’s [Disc 1] Pop 4
    Uptown Girl 3:18 Billy Joel The Essential Billy Joel [Disc 2] Rock 2
    Walking On Sunshine 4:00 Katrina & The Waves Only Dance: 1985-1989 Rock 2
    We Didn’t Start The Fire 4:50 Billy Joel The Essential Billy Joel [Disc 2] Rock 2
    We Got The Beat 2:32 The Go-Go’s Only Dance: 1980-1984 R&B 2
    What I Like About You 2:55 The Romantics The Romantics Pop 3
    Whip It 2:39 Devo Greatest Hits Alternative 3
    Who’s Cheatin’ Who 4:03 Alan Jackson Greatest Hits, Vol. II Country 1
    Whoomp! There It Is 3:43 Tag Team ESPN Presents: Jock Jams, Vol. 1 Electronica/Dance 2
    Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under 4:25 Shania Twain The Woman In Me Country 3
    Where Are The Words 3:28 Nickel and Dime 3 Days in March Christian 1
    Wide Open Spaces 3:44 Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces Country 4
    XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl) 2:50 Trisha Yearwood Platinum Country Country 2
    Yeah! (feat. Lil’ Jon & Ludacris) 4:10 Usher Confessions (Bonus Track Version) R&B/Soul 3
    You Dropped A Bomb On Me 4:07 The Gap Band Only Dance: 1980-1984 R&B 3
    1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New) 3:08 Coolio ESPN Jock Jams, Vol. 2 Pop 5
    1999 3:38 Prince The Hits / The B-Sides R&B/Soul 9
    Party In the U.S.A. 3:23 Miley Cyrus Party In the U.S.A. – Single Pop 4
    Womanizer 3:44 Britney Spears Circus (Deluxe Version) Pop 1
    Girls Just Want to Have Fun 3:58 Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual (Remastered) Pop 1

    • I just went to this website looking for some new running tunes. I think we would be best friends as we must share the same ipod! We Got The Beat always does it for me 🙂

  107. Nelly-AIR FORCE ONES…best beat EVER!!! Helped me through my half marathon last saturday!

  108. mika* love today

  109. Hearts on Fire – John Cafferty
    Thunderstruck – AC/DC

  110. All the above by Maino

  111. umm…

    DEFINITELY ‘the distance’ by cake.

  112. Chapskis1 says:

    Queensryche — Jet Cit Woman

    • NICE!!! I downloaded Empire a few months ago because it had been years since I listened to it. Still kicks ass after all this time. 😀

  113. sarah brunell says:

    Bon Jovi – Runaway
    Goody Two Shoes
    Weezer – Troublemaker

  114. Trapt- Headstrong

  115. Ha! “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” is the top of my workout playlist.

    Others include any girl poppy music like Destiny’s Child, Lady Gaga, and a lot of reggaeton. Basically anything I feel like dancing like an idiot to!

  116. Jai Ho by the Pussycat Dolls is a very upbeat song and easy to sing along with while you are running.

  117. Raechel says:

    I LOVE anything by black eyed peas….especially “Pump it”. This song usually gets me through the last half mile if I’m struggling.

  118. Flat out the best running song for me is The Killers’ cover of Four Winds (originally a Bright Eyes song)

  119. I tend to listen to entire CDs rather than playlists. Here are my favorites for running:

    The Open Door – Evanescense
    Something Like Human – Fuel
    Absolution – Muse
    In Your Honor (Disc 1) – Foo Fighters
    The Colour and the Shape – Foo Fighters
    Maladroit – Weezer
    Stadium Arcadium – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    American Idiot – Green Day
    Any live recording by the Dave Matthews Band
    And last but not least, anything and everything by Pearl Jam

  120. SpeedyPete says:

    Alpha Male by Röyksopp.

  121. My number one choice is Firstborn, by J. Tillman (of Fleet Foxes). It’s slow and melodic, so probably not anyone else’s first choice, but running relaxes me, so it’s perfect for me. I could listen to it nonstop while running. After that, pretty much anything by Against Me! gets me going.

  122. Drop a bomb on em- eminem
    not afraid- eminem
    run this town- jay z
    stop- ghost k
    the second coming- julez santana
    heart of a chapmpion- nelly
    ali in the jungle- the hours
    tick tick boom- the hives
    bleed it out- linkin park
    cant be touched- roy jones jr
    wont back down- eminem
    countdown- jupiter 11
    eye of the tiger- survivor

  123. Also forgot

    till i collapse- eminem
    stronger- kanye west
    lose yourself- eminem
    remember the name- fort minor
    Boom – P.O.D
    Thousand Foot Krutch – Move

    note, some of these songs have cuss words so be advised, I buy the clean versions

  124. dude…i hope a guy didn’t write this…kelly clarkson-really? youre gonna have to turn in your man card if thats true.

  125. definitly The Pretender by the Foo Fighters

  126. “wheel in the sky” by journey. AMAZING running song.

  127. Just have to throw something different in the mix..once I started following the Chi or POSE method of running, my cadence increased so much I needed something fast to listen to. At the top of my favs is the group the Dropkick Murphys. Try it out..especially when you want an adrenaline boost, Great for trail running! I’m new to running period, having hated it until reading Born to Run…having great music makes it even more fun. Thanks for the amazing blog, I love it!

  128. the killers – when you were young

  129. Shameless promotion but hey, I run/bike/lift to one of my own songs along with other artists…..
    AND it’s available on iTunes as well.

    “To Die For” ~ Cole Armocida from the album titled Lifeline

  130. Handlebars by Flobots and Going the Distance by Cake…good middle-of-your run/get-your-tempo-back songs

  131. Eminem – cold wind blows
    Eminem ft Pink – won’t back down
    Eminem – Here we go
    Eminem – Cinderella man
    T.I. – Bring em out
    lil wayne – best rapper alive
    lil wayne – i’m a dboy
    lil wayne ft jayz – mr carter
    lil wayne ft eminem – drop the world
    kanye west – can’t tell me nothin’
    black box – ride on time
    shinedown – sound of madness
    fort minor – dolla
    korn – coming undone
    scream – michael jackson
    the crystal method – matrix theme
    last of the mohicans – theme song

  132. NikkiLeigh says:

    Your 9 look very much like what’s on my 27 running playlists.

    Death Cab’s “The Sound of Settling” has a beat for pounding out the steps.

    Lots of Against Me!, Mayday Parade, NeedToBreathe, Killers, Rise Against, Bright Eyes, The Cure (…how can you *not* get a second wind when ‘Friday I’m in Love’ comes on?!), Brand New, Death Cab, Ryan Adams, The Sounds, Gaslight Anthem, Taking Back Sunday…

    So many good reasons to run.

  133. Mixed Bizness- Beck
    Move Your Feet- Junior Senior

    -Just added these to the ‘ol running playlist.

  134. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson.. MJ has a lot of great workout songs!

  135. somewhat new to running, and never ran to music, only people…but during a 1/2 I ran last fall, a friend let me borrow a device with her husbands music…when Vertigo came on by U2, that was it…replay, replay, replay – got me through…enjoying all of your suggestions, just bought myself a device!

  136. Remember the Name – Fort Minor. Once I hear this song I get into a zone that allows me to push myself. Perfect beat and great motivational lyrics.

  137. One song that’s on all my playlists for running is
    Let The Bodies Hit the Floor by System of a Down

    Bananas- Gwen Stefani
    Chopsuey-System of a Down
    I’m Real-The Starting Line
    Faint-Linkin Park
    Enter Sandman-Metallica
    Colision Cours-Jay Z & Linkin Park
    Our Time Now-Plain White Tees

  138. running2010 says:

    Dropkick Murphys – Captain Kelly’s Kitchen
    Dropkick Murphys – Tessie
    Dropkick Murphys – The Spicy McHaggis Jig

  139. Thanks for all the posts.
    i found this song has a good tempo.

    Filo & Peri – Anthem

  140. 1EyedShimmy says:

    A few more Foo Fighters songs: This Is A Call, Monkey Wrench, All My Life, Generator, Low and Everlong.

    If you want some really hard rock, Pantera and Five Finger Death Punch are perfect for sprinting days!

  141. Juan Magan – Verano Azul

  142. fort minor remember the name is my favorite to run to


  144. I am a big fan of soundtracks…

    Hands down one of the most motivating tracks I have listened to while running (which admittedly is a new thing for me) is the end credits track from the PIXAR movie THE INCREDIBLES. come one, what more doe you need then big brassy big band super hero music to motive you. Next on my list is anything from the Dark Knight sound track (once again, the super hero thing…I love it.)

  145. Nothing gets me pumped more then blasting “Du Hast” by Rammstein on my iPod. It goes great with the first steps of a race!

  146. Galvanise by the Chemical Brothers

  147. Try Motion City Soundtrack – Shiver, Future Freaks Me Out or My Favorite Accident. Great stuff!

  148. Breakeven – The Script
    Dynammite – Taio Cruz
    Check Yes Juliet – We the Kings
    I Just Wanna Live – Good Charlotte
    Digital – Joy Division
    Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
    Don’t Do Me Any Favours – a-ha
    Time of Your Life – Green Day
    Busted – Candace from Phineas and Ferb
    Make It Shine – Victoria Justice

  149. Rorie Simmons says:

    staring at the sun- Tv on the radio
    volcano girls- vercua salt
    Battle-flag- lo fidelity allstars
    name of the game- crystal method
    lit up- buckcherry
    banquet- bloc party
    sunday morning- no doubt
    dog days are over- florence and the machine
    animal- neon trees
    all gone to nothing- nelo
    kids- mgmt
    make her say- kid cudi
    le disko- shiny toy guns
    naked eye- luscious jackson
    boys wanna be her- peaches
    moths wings- passion pit
    i’m bored your amorous- dear and the headlights
    tko- le tigre
    on call- kings of leon
    bamboo banga- m.i.a
    heads will roll- yeah yeah yeahs
    l.e.s. artises- santigold

  150. Bodysnatchers by Radiohead

    • I actually thought of more after posting this:

      Mind Eraser No Chaser- Them Crooked Vultures
      Unfair- Pavement
      Tick- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
      Oh!- Sleater-Kinney

  151. white wedding -billy idol

  152. dimitraros says:

    How can the eye of the tiger not be number one???

  153. Has anyone mentioned Springsteens ‘I’m On Fire’?
    I prefer calm songs with a fast rhythm. Some others:
    Stephen Kellogg-The Way She Is
    The Paper Raincoat-Brooklyn Blurs
    Junip-Rope And Summit
    Peter Wolf Crier-Lion
    Neil Halstead-Always The Good
    Lloyd Cole-Travelling Light
    Mesita-Driving Home
    Ryan Adams-Chin Up, Cheer Up
    The Rentals-Little Bit Of You In Everything
    Timo Räisänen-About You Now
    The National-Brainy
    Griffin House-I Won’t Leave
    Manic Street Preachers-The Year of Purification
    Loveninjas-I Wanna Be Like Johnny
    Here We Go Magic-Collector

  154. I’m not a Coldplay fan but their Viva la Vida album has a few great tunes to run to. My #1 is Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love.

  155. This is a little different than the other playlists listed. Mostly rock but it gets me extremely motivated when I’m working out.

    Still Running – Chevelle
    We Made It – Busta Rhymes
    Ugly – The Exies
    Lostprophets – Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja
    Connected – Hoobastank
    Vitamin – Incubus
    My Way or the Highway – Limp Bizkit
    One Step Closer – Linkin Park
    Broken Bones – Nonpoint
    Bring Me Down – Pillar
    Fireproof – Pillar
    Can’t Be Touched – Roy Jones Jr.
    Falling – Staind
    Riot – Three Days Grace
    Now or Never – Zebrahead
    It’s My Time – Fabulous Ft. Jermih – NEED to check this one out. Great team pump up song.

  156. Road to Nowhere by the Talking Heads

  157. Forget You- Cee Lo Green
    Psycho- Puddle of Mudd
    One Girl Revolution- Superchick
    Love Is A Battlefield- Pat Benatar

  158. Best of Me -The Starting Line
    Dance, Dance – Fall Out Boy
    Physco -Disturbed
    Damn Regret – Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
    Click Click Boom – Saliva
    Drop The Bombshell – Powerman 5000
    The Artist in The Ambulance – Thrice
    Airplanes – B.O.B.
    Blood Brothers – Papa Roach
    Good Girls Go Bad – Cobra Starship
    Headstrong – Trapt
    Tik Tok – Ke$ha
    Let The Bodies Hit The Floor – System Of A Down
    My Like Be Like – Grits
    Pressing On – Relient K
    Savior – Skillet
    Smashed To Pieces – Silverstein
    The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle – A Day To Remember
    Underdog – Audio Adrenaline
    Who I Am Hate Who I’ve Been – Relient K
    I Put On – Young Jeezy ft. Kayne West
    We’ve Only Just Begun – Run Kid Run
    Remember The Name – Fort Minor
    Not Afraid – Eminem

    • Bodies is by Drowning Pool not System of a Down.

      My list is
      Static X – Push it
      Tightrope – Janelle Monae
      Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
      Smack my b*tch up – Prodigy
      The Pretender – Foo Fighters (great to start with)
      All my Life – Foo Fighters

  159. Chris Mina says:

    Welcome home – Radical face. IMO the best running song EVER.

  160. Matt Battersby says:

    The only song that I really feel like runninmg after I’ve heard is Barry White’s My First, My Last My Everything. However, I believ anything by Barry is good, just don’t get a talky one!

  161. Kick start my heart by motely crew. I always plant it when I know I am going to need a boost. It always works.

    • Mikefmaine says:

      Absolutely. That one can’t be at the start of my run or I go out too quick. It is impossible to slow myself down with that song on.

  162. Here’s some songs from my list that seem to always stay on even when I edit my list.

    Coming Undone – Korn
    Machinehead – Bush
    Fully Alive – Flyleaf
    Till I Collapse – Eminem
    Lose yourself – Eminem
    Out Here Grindin’ – DJ Khaled
    Stronger – Kanye West
    Sabotage – Beastie Boys
    Bombs over Baghdad – Outkast
    Pump It – Black Eyed Peas
    Act a Fool(remix) – Flosstradamus

  163. Closer to the edge – 30 seconds to mars…great for the end of the set/projected finish

  164. Running Down a Dream – Tom Petty
    Beautiful Day – U2
    Timebomb – Beck
    Pump It – Black Eyed Peas

  165. This song always helps me take it to another level: Saul Williams – List of Demands

    I heard it in a Nike Football Video last summer and was hooked. Great Pace song…

  166. My Body by Young the Giant… Awesome for that last mile of a hard run!

  167. ‘lose yourself’ by eminem is definitely an inspiring song, as mentioned by several people already…

    and ‘fighter’ by christina aguilera.

    BUT my top three running songs are

    ‘i’m shipping up to boston’ by dropkick murphys

    ‘back in the saddle’ by aerosmith

    and the best running song EVER:

    ‘lust for life’ by iggy pop! i could run all day to the first minute-plus of music.

  168. The song should be the top 1 of the list, strongly recommended.

  169. Won’t Let Go by Newton Faulker is my favorite song to begin a run to!

  170. Face Down by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is a really great song when you need that extra little push to run those last meters to the finishline. It makes you speed up a little bit to follow the rythm, and it just feels like you get new powers when you thought you were all done.

  171. I Want To Conquer The World — Bad Religion.

    Anything is possible.

  172. Pictures of you by The Cure.

  173. The Dears – Stick With Me Kid
    Handsome Furs – Legal Tender http://youtu.be/35Jfc1PGCg8
    Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – Running http://youtu.be/56bu1n1IhY8

  174. in an effort to find some new run tunes, i mined my facebook crowd for suggestions. i asked for recommendations around 165-170bpm and promised to contribute $5 to their fave charities for each good running song harvested. WOW! they had fun doing it and i ended up with enough new ear fuel to keep me pumped through summer. i spent a few bucks on amazon.com MP3 downloads and donated about $30 to various charities. totally worth it. oh, and my all-time favorite running song is “all my life” by foo fighters. it still gives me shivers and can improve my pace by as much as a minute/mile.



  175. WORLDS GREATEST BY R KELLY must have on that running playlist if your on a tough run and this song comes on you’ll almost literally start to cry

  176. TanjaJo says:

    Spiderbait version of Black Betty

  177. @!#?@!- Motion City Soundtrack
    Don’t be a playa,Haiti- Rucka Rucka Ali
    American Idiot- Green day
    Run the world(Girls)- Beyonce
    9 in the afternoon- Panic! at the disco
    Let’s go Jesus!- Rucka Rucka Ali 😉
    Good Girls go bad- Cobra starship
    So what- P!nk
    We are young- 3OH!3
    Hey Baby(Drop it to the floor)- Pitbull
    The city is at war- Cobra Starship
    Free your mind- En Vogue
    Club Villian- Your favorite martian
    Memories- Panic! At the Disco
    Here I am- The explosion
    I’m for you- tobyMac
    Defy you- the offspring
    Your gonna go far kid- The offspring
    Love is a drug- New Politics
    Burn it to the ground- Nickelback
    Gettin’ Over you- David Guetta
    I just wanna run- The downtown fiction

    ……………………Sorry. Couldn’t choose one. =)

  178. George B says:

    Honestly I believe that the track has to fit your stride length. And for me the best son has to be: Shake It but metro station, or Mr. Brightside by the killers 🙂

  179. tiddley winks says:

    stronger by kanye west
    its up beat and has motivating words

  180. Agree with tiddley winks.

    Stronger and Jesus Walks by Kanye are solid.

    Firework-Katy Perry

    Human, Spaceman, Mr. Brightside, All the Things I’ve Done, Read My Mind-The Killers

    Bend and Break-Keane

    Stick to the K’s…;)

  181. Ride on Time by Black Box, Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne, I Get Around by the Beach Boys, and anything by Maroon 5.

  182. SO many great songs to choose from. The one that gets me each and every time. The one that I play in the last mile of a race or when a hill seems to long is “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi (also “It’s my life” is a close second)

  183. wow, tough call on picking just one. I have many different running play lists… “Feel Good Inc” by Gorillaz, “Little Lover’s So Polite” by Silversun Pickups, “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn & John… those always seem to make it in my lists.

  184. One of the best running songs I’ve found is by a new band called Young The Giant, song’s called ‘My Body’… great beat, great lyrics, etc.

  185. Also,

    Flogging Molly: Within A Mile of Home
    Social Distortion: Reach for the Sky
    Atmosphere: The Best Day & also Yesterday
    The Killers: Neon Tiger
    Muse: Resistance
    The Avett Brothers: Kick Drum Heart

  186. “JUMP” by Van Halen

  187. Definitely That Song by Big Wreck. It makes me run soooo much faster: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0cqyg3y5DI&feature=related.

  188. The entire album Treats by Sleigh Bells
    Wake Up and Sprawl II – Arcade Fire
    An Honest Mistake – The Bravery
    M79 – Vampire Weekend
    Crimewave – Crystal Castles
    Lights and Music – Cut Copy
    O! Valencia – The Decemberists
    Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    One Big Holiday – My Morning Jacket
    Friday XIII – Deer Tick
    Mr November – The National
    Holland, 1945 – Neutral Milk Hotel
    Get Myself Into It – The Rapture
    Wanderlust King – Gogol Bordello
    Send Me on My Way – Rusted Root
    Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine

  189. I already had most of Matt’s choices, but I used Anthony’s list to create a new playlist. In return, I offer my own small list not featured here, with a somewhat Anthony feel:
    Crazy Rhythms—The Feelies
    Wolf Like Me—TV on the Radio
    Hummingbird—Born Ruffians
    Mountains of Your Head—Buffalo Tom
    Left of the Dial—The Replacements
    I’m Not Okay—My Chemical Romance

  190. Mikefmaine says:

    If you’ve ever seen Last of the Mohicans you have heard my favorite. Spirit of The Glen, by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guard. Talk about slowly building to a fantastic beat and rhythm that I swear could help me flatten a mountain.

  191. Harder Better Faster Stronger by Daft Punk (though I prefer this for weights), and Highway Unicorn by Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga has a lot of good songs for running to but that one’s my favorite.

  192. A song I like when I want to push myself hard and fast while running is “Superstar II” by Saliva. Hard to match that guitar and drum beat to get you pumped up!

  193. For a new song, I recommend Pedro the Lion’s “Second Best”. It’s WAY TOO SLOW to be a running song and most people probably wouldn’t be able to run to it, but it has a heavy, plodding beat that really keeps me going when I’m exhausted.

  194. Oh, and Kanye West’s “Power” (the remix, not the album version).

  195. blackout – breathe carolina
    mr saxobeat
    if i never see you again – maroon 5 ft. rhianna

  196. The Pretender – Foo Fighters – best song for that last 4 – 5 mins of your run to finish on a sprint

  197. The Darkness is a great call!! My #1 that gets me going is Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs and my #1 for inspiration with a great beat that gets incrementally faster is Ocean by John Butler Trio.

  198. I really enjoyed this post and used it as a great source to create a list of my own with links and genre organization! I compiled 300+ songs organized across the genres of Pop, Rock, Rap, Classic Rock, and Instrumental. All songs have iTunes links so you can download easily. If you need more songs take a look!


    Looking forward to updates here!

  199. I like to have Rihanna’s “SOS” and “Please don’t stop the music” at the end of my runs. When I’m hurting and I don’t think I can get make it that last mile, those songs get me through it!

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  201. I usually change my playlists once a month to keep from getting into a rut. However, I never remove these songs because they always motivate me when I am running:

    Almost Easy – Avenged Sevenfold
    Bring Me to Life – Evanescence
    I Stand Alone – Godsmack
    Numb – Linkin Park
    Animals – Nickelback
    Lose Yourself – Eminem (seems to be popular)
    Everlong – Foo Fighters
    Never Been Any Reason – Head East
    Wicked Garden – Stone Temple Pilots
    Tick Tick Boom – The Hives
    Tell Me Baby – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Somebody Told Me – The Killers
    Hysteria – Muse
    Ch-Check it Out – Beastie Boys
    Cannonball – The Breeders
    Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses

    and my favorite:

    Testify – Rage Against the Machine (I turn the volume up as loud as it will go)

    I also like these songs that have more of a pop feel:

    Praise You – Fat Boy Slim
    Burn For You (Shortwave Radio Mix) – TobyMac
    Beautiful Day – U2
    Wonderful (Radio Edit) – Gary Go
    I Like to Move It – Reel 2 Real
    Can’t Get You Out of My Head – Kylie Minogue
    Misery Business – Paramore
    Move Your Feet – Junior Senior
    Poker Face – Lady GaGa
    Hey Ya – OutKast
    Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
    Don’t Phunk With My Heart – Black Eyed Peas
    It’s My Life – No Doubt
    Ray of Light – Madonna

    This blog has given me some great suggestions for some new additions to my playlists. Thank you.

  202. Here are a couple that stay on my play list.

    Lionized, So hard done by – The Tragically Hip
    Push, Feed – Ultraspank
    Bodysnatchers, weird Fishes – Radiohead
    Temple of your dreams – Monster Magnet
    Closer (a bit slow)- Kings of Leon
    Unsung – Helmet
    Warning – Incubus

    I get so many good ideas from this website, Thx.

  203. viva la white girl – gym class heros

  204. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen is THE BEST RUNNING SONG!!!

  205. I like to start with Erasure – little respect… my pace song.

    Songs I find to give you a boost are:

    Green Day – Basket Case
    Justice vs Simian – We are your Friends
    Foo Fighters – My Hero
    Rihanna – Don’t Stop the music

  206. I would have to say I love running to Alanis Morresset. She gets my blood pumping like fighting lol. She gets me mad in a good way if that makes scense. lol

  207. I’m not an avid runner – it’s mainly just for my dog and another form of excerise for myself, but having songs with the right temp is so key to keeping me going. Great post and I love the additional comments/suggestions. One of my favorite songs to run to is Dragula by Rob Zombie. Something about it pushes me to keep going. 🙂

  208. 1. Freebird by Lynrd Skynrd
    2. Never Gonna Come Back Down by BT
    3. Adam’s Song by Blink 182
    4. The Distance by Cake

  209. beast and the harlot by avenged sevenfold doubles my running output, good song

  210. rooftops – lostprophets
    anthem – moby

    i havn’t been able to find any song that tops these 2, they’ve been my running-favourites since waaaay back. perfect for interval-training, my legs almost starts running by themselves during the refrains! love it

  211. nice list here’s mine, these are great on the treadmill

    Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
    Alexandra Stan – Mr. Saxobeat
    Flo Rida – Low
    Flo Rida,_David_Guetta – Club_Can’t Handle Me
    Taio Cruz – Dynamite
    Chris Brown – Yeah 3X
    Tinie Tempah – pass out

  212. Carlos Hernandez says:

    im more of a techno, rock guy but i like to listen to
    fancy footwork-Chromeo
    it keeps my stride going.

  213. Wake me up before you go-go – Wham
    Are you gonna be my girl – Jet
    Love Her Madly – Cake
    Wooly Bully – Los Bravos
    Closer – Ne-yo

  214. Twenty-five Miles covered by Human Nature really keeps me going at the end.

  215. I love all these suggestions. I have been looking to update my playlist for a while. My all time favorite running song that will never leave my playlist is

    Take Off Your Shirt – Bibio

    I am not sure where or how I even came across this song but it is easily my favorite song to run to. I just got a waterproof Ipod to start doing some swimming and this one is going on that ipod as well.

  216. Serj Tankian – Left of Center

    Really helps keep me going!

  217. Lace up your shoes! says:

    Final countdown-Europe

    Theme from S.W.A.T- Yes,a great running song!

    Anything by linkin park or neon trees

    For surge or speed workouts-Crush,Crush,Crush By paramore!

    Loved reading this! Got more songs for my soundtrack!!:)

  218. Ryan Farish – Pacific Wind.

  219. elliot UK says:

    police syrens always seem to get me running faster

  220. Here are a few which are missing:

    Left Right (Feat. Anwar Superstar) – The Chemical Brothers
    I Gotta Feeling -The Black Eyed Peas
    She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult (how could this have been missed!)
    Tonight’s The Kind Of Night – Noah & The Whale
    Heavy Cross – The Gossip
    Brilliant Mind – Furniture (awesome!)
    Paranoid – Black Sabbath
    Brixton Briefcase (Feat. Ceelo Green) – Chase And Status
    Born To Run – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    Switchblade Smiles – Kasabian
    Use Somebody (Armin van Buuren Rework) – Laura Jansen

  221. I’m just starting on my running routine, so these songs will be very handy. Thanks! I would love to add as the first one a song called “C’est Bleu” by Scooter Feat. Vicky Leandros. It’s very upbeat and as I see it, with the right pace for fast running. I hope you’ll like it!

  222. BackOnThePavement says:

    Great tunes list, however, I’d be careful with attaching the word “ever” to it. Dare I bring up fifty or so songs from the ’70’s & ’80s (when marathoning wasn’t cool)! 🙂

  223. Pamela Hecker says:

    Sandstorm by Darude. It’s positively the BEST running song on my playlist. Thanks for sharing yours. It does get “old” listening to the same songs over and over. When i hit the treadmill, music is a must, but when I hit the road, I find that I do better and push myself harder with nothing to listen to at all.

  224. Okay guys, if anyone is still following this post, go download the track “Feed the Dada” by Dada Life, and if you don’t set a PR to that track, I’ll come to your house and give you an exploding fist bump for the effort (that’s last part’s not true). If you enjoy that song, the whole album is solid for running, ESPECIALLY the tracks “so young, so high” and “rolling stones t-shirt.” Pure PR gold here, folks.

  225. The song that pumps me up the most when running is “where will we go” by IAMDYNAMITE. Perfect upbeat song to run to, the bass drum matches my strides perfectly. Also Mona Lisa, sick sick sick and boy by bayside is really good for running.

  226. Kanye/JayZ/Nicki Minaj – Monster
    Foo Fighters – Pretender
    Gnarls Barkley – Run
    Jay Z – On to the next one

  227. Fun free runner says:

    Awesome posts and great songs!

    My two cents for a good speed pick me up:

    Out of Control – Hoobastank

  228. Awesome list!! I have a lot of songs that I think are great, but one album that gets me going is Dance (Red) Save Lives. It has a total of 22 songs on it. Most of them are great! Some don’t work for me, but they are still good.

    I also have to have Black Betty (Spiderbait), Porn Star Dancing (My Darkest Days), and Du Hast (Rammstein).

  229. LiterallyMonica says:

    Imagine Dragons have some awesomee pump-up tracks. They give you fuel you never knew you had.

    -On Top of the World
    -Nothing Left to Say/Rocks

  230. Instead of going to bed at a reasonable hour to prepare for my interview tomorrow morning, I found this website and spent the last 2 hours dl-ing new songs 🙂 Today I sprinted to Bombs Over Baghdad by Outkast , the Mortal Kombat Theme Song, Jump by House of Pain, Jailhouse Rock Elvis, Jump Jive and Wail Bill Valenziano, and I Wanna Be Sedated The Ramones. I hope people keep posting!

  231. Quinton says:

    Aesop Rock – All Day: Nike+ Original Run (Continuous Mix). A song made for running

  232. Beaulieu says:

    The Saints Are Coming, U2 and Greenday

  233. Push It- Garbage. Song from the late 90’s, but has the right amount of boost in the chorus to get me thru at least half a mile.

  234. Awesome list! I agree that some songs sound good when you’re listening to them at your computer, but don’t work out on the pavement. I’m always in search of some new tunes to keep these legs moving. Music keeps me motivated during a hard workout. Some days are harder than others. My Hero by Foo Fighters has always been one of my favorites. I recently put together a list, if you don’t mind me sharing: http://www.forkstofeet.com/2013/06/best-songs-for-running.html
    It’s not complete yet; I plan to keep adding to it. I’ve used these songs over and over and they have worked for me. Thanks again for the nice read and list!

  235. Check out Runaway by Houston, something about it just forces me to run, even on those days I really don’t want to.

  236. Really like putting together a cardio playlist, here are my best. Hope this gets somebody to push past that feeling of wanting to slow down or give up.
    Till I Collapse- Eminem
    Gonna fly now- Bill Conti ( Rocky theme song )
    Moment of Truth- Gang Starr
    Hells Bells- ACDC
    All the Above- Maino ft TPain
    Everlong- Foo Fighters
    Stronger- Kanye West
    Cochise- Audioslave
    The Man- Aloe Blacc
    Remember the name- Fort Minor
    Forever- Drake
    All I do is Win- Dj Khaled
    Lose yourself- Eminem
    Best of You- Foo Fighters ( this song is awesome when u think u are tired )
    Going the Distance- Bill Conti ( Rocky instrumental ) easily my favorite song to run to.

  237. One of my favorite running songs is “wings” by Macklemore

  238. Listened to lots of music but the best I’ve found is Radiohead. The mixtures of driving guitars, techno beats, slower reflective tunes, and meditative lyrics get me in the zone and into a good rhythm for most of the run, then has just the right amount of anger to keep me going when it gets tougher.
    Also find Iron Maiden excellent running music. Especially Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Prisoner, Coming Home, The loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, and many others. I need the breaks from the faster harder music on long runs though, that’s where The Smiths comes in handy. 🙂

  239. Foo Fighters did a great cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar” that has an excellent beat for running. It’ll pump you up!

  240. 1. “Hey babalooba SEAL team baby
    I joined up for this now people think I’m crazy
    I came here to be one frogman stud
    Now all I’m doing is dropping in the mud
    Anyone to do this just ain’t right
    Didn’t come to Coronado for the sun
    So SCREW that bell we’re having fun
    I shaved my hair make me pretty for the ladies
    Hey babalooba, SEAL team baby
    Left, left, left right left
    Low-right left
    Lefty right-to-left
    Low-right lefty right
    We’re up to double time”

  241. Francesca says:

    Great suggestions! Always looking for new tunes & found some great ones here to take to Utica this weekend for Boilermaker. These are a few of my favorites…

    Dangerous- Big Data
    Bright Idea- Mother Mother
    Enemies- Shinedown
    Conquistador- Thirty Seconds to Mars
    A New Day- Volbeat
    Black Wing Butterfly- Sekshun 8
    Run Run Away- Slade
    DLZ- TV On the Radio

  242. Love all of these songs!! Sheesh!! I am new to running and used to worry about the fact that I never felt good at it and decided to establish a friendship with running (I know it sounds corny).

    My favorite running songs are:

    “Sex on fire” Kings of Leon
    “Pom Poms” Jonas Brothers (normally do not listen to them but the beats are pretty fast and it keeps you in a good rhythm)
    “Daylight” Matt N Kim..(this is just my happy song anyways 🙂 )
    “Long Division” Death Cab for Cutie
    “Breath of life” Florence and the Machines (for the beginning or cool down)
    “intro” XX (to get pumped)
    “Forever” Chris Brown (its so dang happy makes me want to go on)
    “Gimme Fuel, gimme fire” Metallica (haha I know this isnt the songs title but I am having a brain cramp..)
    I am also a big fan of Rob Zombie when running..something about the catchy tunes and his raspy voice 😉

  243. My favorite running songs are my curse by kill switch engage and cliffs of dover (which is already on the list!!)

  244. I LOVE that you listed a Pete Yorn song! My friends think I’m crazy for having him in running playlists.
    “Some Nights” by fun., the song AND the entire album, are an absolute must for me. Got me through training and running not one, but two, 10k races!

  245. People most definitely have a different idea of running music than me. I typically listen to classical rock and 80’s music for my own personal enjoyment but, when it comes to running music, these are my favorites:

    Eye of the Beholder by Metallica
    Battery by Metallica
    Diesel Power by Prodigy
    Smack My Bitch Up by Prodigy
    Breathe by Prodigy
    Juice by Gms
    Remember the Name by Fort Minor
    Can’t be Touched by Body Head Bangerz
    Into by The XX
    Resurrection by PPK
    Sandstorm by Darude

  246. StephenEamonn says:

    Some amazing suggestions here! Big props to the person who suggested Xavier Rudd!
    Most of my playlist involves rock/punk stuff, a lot of what has been mentioned here.
    These are my suggestions that I consider indispensable and haven’t been listed.

    Damien Dempsey (Irish folk singer): Party On (great build up) and Patience
    Xavier Rudd: Lioness Eye (tribal drums, fast beat, 8 minutes of motivation)
    Bullet for my Valentine: Tears Don’t Fall
    Green Day have been mentioned but, Letterbomb!!!!
    Queen of the Stone Age: No One Knows (steady fast beat)
    The Ramones: Blitzkrieg Bop (or basically any other Ramones song!)


    when all else fails in motivation I turn to my favourite musician out there, Frank Turner. English rock/folk singer songwriter. The ones I listed are perfect running tempo/theme

    Frank Turner-Photosynthesis (celtic folk song about defiance)
    -Recovery (about to shake off his past and be better)
    -Losing Days (about getting older, using your time before it’s too late)
    -Four Simple Words (one of the fastest songs he has, a pure motivator!)
    -Get Better (same theme as Recovery, simple fast punk sound with perfect beat)

    Thanks for all the nice tips guys 🙂

  247. Your love is driving me crazy-Sammy Hagar
    Mr. Brightside-The Killers
    Want to Want me-Jason Derulo
    Sugar-Maroon 5

  248. First, I must say that I run alone out in the desert. Its my zen. My all-time personal favorite running song is Dreamline by Rush. Gotta mention that Lose Yourself gets me going too.

  249. Lots of great choices here. Dragula – Rob Zombie is a pretty good running song…

  250. I have a number of running playlists (changes with my mood!) but the one song that shows up in all of them is Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes. It just works every time! Some playlists have it twice- the first song, to get me pumped up and again near the end to help me finish strong.

  251. Pretty much every single song of H2O, would get me going during workouts.
    One life One Chance
    Sacred Heart
    Still Here
    On your Feet
    And Use your voice are on my top five.

    I love Bored to death – Blink 182
    Keepers of the Faith – terror
    Cats and dogs – Gorilla Biscuits
    Young Till I die – 7 seconds
    My friends over you – New Found Glory
    Resurrection- New Found Glory
    Guts over fear – Eminem
    Cleaning out my closet – Eminem
    Brother and sisterhood – Warzone
    And Song for the Ladies – Good clean fun.

    I love running with music in my ears. Keeps me motivated.

  252. Cortney Pitcher says:

    Battery by Metallic for sprint runs. Also, Rudimental…!!

  253. 1. Rumors of War – High on Fire.


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