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The 42 Best Running Songs Of All Time (As Of 2016-2017)

Running is a great form of exercise even though it can be difficult. Setting your run to music should make it much more enjoyable. Keep yourself energized with this playlist on your next run. It includes songs from a number of genres and lists them in no particular order, so you can pick and choose the ones you love the most.

1. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

Beats Per Minute (BPM): 119

This is a great classic song to pep talk yourself. Sometimes it’s hard to stick to those goals and ever think you’ll see the results you’re looking for. Start this one, sing along as you run, and you’ll feel great before the song is over.

2. Maroon Five – Moves Like Jagger

BPM: 128

With the catchy beat and fast paced music, you’ll get so into the song you won’t have time to focus on the fact that you’re running.

3. Outkast – Hey Ya!

BPM: 158

One of the fastest songs on this list – you may improve your mile time, just because you’ll naturally start to move a little faster to keep up with the music.

4. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

BPM: 147

With a song title like that, you knew it’d make this list – Born to Run is the ultimate runner’s anthem.

5. Tom Petty – Runnin’ Down a Dream

BPM: 169

Another runner’s anthem – this one is great for kicking up your pace (and for motivation to chase those dreams!)

6. Florence and the Machine – Dog Days are Over

BPM: 75

Just listen to the lyrics, and you’ll know why this one made the list!

“The dog days are over

The dog days are done

The horses are coming

So you better run

Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father

Run for your children and your sisters and brothers…”

7. Black Eyed Peas – Pump It

BPM: 153

This feel good song will motivate you to run a bit faster – just listen and run!

8. Kelly Clarkson – What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

BPM: 117

This beat is a little slower, making it a great song for after the fast pace of Pump It. And, it’s a nice reminder that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

9. Rolling Stones – Start Me Up

BPM: 123

Looking for a little motivation to get started? This song is just what you need! This is a great song for warming up before your run.

10. Beastie Boys – Sabotage

BPM: 83

Feeling like skipping that run today? It’s a sabotage! Get up, get out there, and get started!

11. Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire

BPM: 145

Get a little lesson on prominent historical figures in while you run. The lyrics will teach you, while the beat keeps you moving fast. And if you see fire – run even faster.

12. Ellie Goulding – Burn

BPM: 88

We didn’t mean to start a theme with fire – and this one isn’t one you’ll find on many running playlists, but that’s why we like it. It’s different, but still has everything you need to stay pumped and motivated for your run.

13. Madonna – Four Minutes

BPM: 113

How far can you run in four minutes? Listen to this one, and challenge yourself to set a new record! You may not only have four minutes to save the world, but that doesn’t matter – get into it and have a little fun.

14. Bill Conti – Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme)

BPM: 96

When you hear the Rocky theme – you can’t be discouraged. It’s empowering, and just what you need to keep the run going strong. You’re a powerhouse – and if you don’t feel it by the end of this song, put it on repeat.

15. Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow

BPM: 164

Need a little motivation to keep going? The beat of this song will get the job done!

16. Kenny Loggins – Footloose

BPM: 175

Footloose is a great song to listen to when you run after a rough day. Just don’t kick off your shoes.

17. Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out for a Hero

BPM: 150

This classic will give you what you need to keep going. Be that hero Bonnie Tyler needs and is holding out for.

18. Michael Jackson – Beat It

BPM: 140

You can’t go wrong with a great beat from the King of Pop! Set a goal, and beat it!

19. Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank

BPM: 152

The fast pace of this song will give you a final push in your run before you cool down.

20. Maroon 5 – Harder to Breathe

BPM: 150

With a BPM of 150, this song will give you an added burst of energy at any point of your run. 21. Pink – Raise Your Glass

A great song to get you started and into the rhythm of the run. It will get your heart rate up and your blood pumping.

22. Adele – Rolling in the Deep

This is a good one to play when you’ve gotten into the pace of your run. It’s inspirational enough to keep you focused.

23. Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer

A true classic! This is a great song to play half way through your run: “Oh, we’re half way there…” Just what you need to hear.

24. Van Halen – Jump

Is there a better song for a warm up? And you’ve got to love the cheesy eighties electrophonic sounds. Get the blood going: “You might as well jump!”

25. Blondie – Call Me

Blondie will never get old. This is one of their most iconic songs, and it’s another one to wake yourself up for that morning run.

26. Ricky Martin – Livin’ La Vida Loca

Put a bit of sizzle and sass in your run. This is the hit that made Ricky Martin famous. Use it to keep motivated.

27. Elton John – I’m Still Standing

You’ve gotten through the run. It was hard and grueling, but you’re “still standing”. This is a great song for cooling down.

28. MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This

Take a journey back to the early nineties and the iconic song of that time. Play this song and make your run hammer time.

29. The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Add a bit of playfulness to your run with this hit by The Clash. When the run gets tough, this song can provide a distraction.

30. Rihanna – Only Girl In The World

The very rhythmic and melodic Rihanna. You will get a great boost from this song. It’s great for any stage of your run.

31. Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend

This high energy, high octane song from Avril Lavigne will put you in the mood for a sprint. It gives a great beat for a run.

32. Nirvana -Smells Like Teen Spirit

You remember it—losing your mind and rocking out at minute one of this classic Nirvana song. It’s great song to dull the pain.

33. Britney Spears -‘Til The World Ends

Go back to the first decade of this young century. ‘Til the World Ends is a pop song filled with energy to take you to the end.

34. Tom Petty -Free Fallin

The lyrics match your feeling when you’re running. Your heart rate is up and the wind is in your face. In a way, you are “free fallin”.

35. ABBA-Waterloo

Who could ever forget the lyrics of this classic song by the best Swedish band ever? It’s a tune that will keep you running.

36. Shakira-Waka Waka

This was the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The lyrics are just what you need to push yourself further and further.

37. Survivor – Burning Heart

Okay, now we get into some Rocky theme songs. This is a great one from Rocky 4. It’s perfect for your warm up.

38. Survivor-No Easy Way Out

The lyrics will move you: “There’s no easy way out. There’s no short cut home.” This will get you through a rough patch.

39. Tommy Tutone -867-5309

This song is best reserved for your cool off. It is a light, pretty song that will help you wind your body down.

40. Aerosmith-I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing

Originally cut for the Armageddon soundtrack, this is one of the deepest and most moving songs made by Aerosmith. Good for a cool down.

41. KISS -I Was Made For Loving You

A great tune from the inimitable KISS. You know the lyrics. Just rock to the beat as you run.

42. Journey-Some Day Love Will Find You

A classic rock song that is great for a warm up. It will ease you into your run.

With a great beat, it should be getting harder to breathe at this point in your workout.

There are many great songs for running – and narrowing this list down to 42 was hard. But, we guarantee if you load these songs on your Ipod before you go out for your run, you’ll get a great workout. You may get so into the music you forget that you’re working out!

The 60 Best Pump Up Songs Of All Time

Want to know why we love “pump up” songs? The answer is simple. They get us revved and raring to go and motivate us to complete whatever task is at hand. Pump up songs can be used to push through a tough workout routine, get into the mindset for a job interview, get excited for the big game, work up the courage to talk to that cutie you’ve had your eye on, and so much more.

Pump up songs can be used in a variety of ways from making the most out of a workout to getting ready for a big day at work to helping you feel better after a lousy time and so much more. Though the top sixty pump up songs of all time discussed below are from a variety of very different genres, you are sure to be inspired by almost all of them! Read more →

The 60 Most Inspirational Songs of All Time

Motivational lyrics and powerful arrangements give inspirational songs the power to motivate, to inspire, and to uplift. Here are a few of our favorite motivational and inspirational songs of all time as of 2015-2016, in no particular order. Read more →

Top 10 Best Billy Joel Songs of All Time

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, Billy Joel is considered by many to be one of the best pianists, singer-songwriters, and composers of all time. During his long career, he has created numerous masterpieces, many of which sat at the top of the charts around the world for weeks at a time.

Below are the top 10 best Billy Joel songs of all time according to us. Next time you need some great music to listen to, try these classics. Read more →

Top 10 Best Beatles Songs of All Time

Seriously though, how do you pick the top 10 best songs from a band as illustrious and prolific as the Beatles? The short answer is that it is hard, very hard. Well, we’ve done our best to narrow down their amazing list of songs. Below we present you with our take on the top 10 best Beatles songs of all time.

1. A Day in the Life

“A Day in the Life” is the Beatles at their very best. And that is saying a lot. The monumental ballad tackles everything from life to death and all of the little bits in between. Read more →

Top 10 Best Rock Songs of All Time (As of 2015)

The discussion on the top rock songs is a continuous debate. There are many greats from over the decades which endure and that have been remade into audible covers. If you’re looking for some of the best rock songs of all time, here’s a look at a few contenders.

Gimme Shelter (1969)
The Rolling Stones

The shelter is that from a storm of political and social unrest, making this one relevant in numerous ways. Just about anything from the group can be a top rock tune. This song’s driving groove puts it up there. Read more →

Top 10 Best Pink Floyd Songs of All Time

One of the biggest groups of the 1970s, Pink Floyd had a career stretching over three decades. Their style varied from psychedelic to progressive rock. The talents of Syd Barrett and Roger Waters helped make some distinguishable songs. Here are Pink Floyd’s best songs of all time. Let us know what you think of the song list in the comments.

Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Parts I-V (1975)

The band pays tribute to lead guitarist Syd Barrett, who left the band due to mental illness. It was played live frequently before finally being recorded. Roger Waters sings lead vocals. Read more →

Top 10 Best Led Zeppelin Songs of All Time

Led Zeppelin built a fiery blues style and contributed some of the most recognizable songs in music. The sounds of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transcends heavy metal, blues, or folk. From their formation in 1968 on, their guitar riffs continue to echo in the airwaves. Here is our take on Led Zeppelin’s top 10 song list. Let’s see if you agree.

Ramble On (1969)

The song demonstrates Jimmy Page’s ability to draw the listener in with an acoustic intro, then kick it into overdrive. It embodies the idea of moving from one place to another and constantly moving forward. This one goes back to Zeppelin’s early days. Read more →

Top 10 Best Johnny Cash Songs of All Time

Johnny Cash had a huge list of songs from 1955 on. His styles ranged from classic western to rockabilly country tunes. “The Man in Back” wasn’t shy about humor, although he had many serious and socially topical songs. Below you will find our favorite Johnny Cash songs of all time – let us know what you think of the songs list in the comments.

Cry, Cry, Cry (1955)

This was Johnny Cash’s first hit song. He wrote the song overnight at the request of the owner of Sun Records, Sam Philips. It’s mentioned several times in the film “Walk the Line”, but never performed in the movie. Read more →

Top 10 Best Fleetwood Mac Songs of All Time

Fleetwood Mac formed in 1967 and were joined by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in 1975. Their push of songs lasted through the late 1970s and well into the 1980s. These represent the songwriting might of Buckingham, Nicks, and Christine McVie. These are our favorite Fleetwood Mac songs. Let us know what you think of the song list in the comments.

The Chain (1977)

The driving lead vocals are by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in this song about their troubled relationship. It also represents the resilience of the band Read more →

Top 10 Best Elvis Presley Songs of All Time

Elvis Presley is a pop music revolutionary and cultural icon. The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis built a large catalog of song recordings and choosing just 10 is difficult. Here is a list of some of Elvis’s standout songs that represent his unmistakable vocal presence and charisma. Let us know what you think of this song list in the comments.

Don’t Be Cruel (1956)

Released in conjunction with “Hound Dog”, it is still the only single in the U.S. to ever have both sides top the charts. It has a great swing, backing vocals and, of course, Elvis himself. The song was written by famed songwriter Otis Blackwell. Read more →

Top 10 Best Bob Marley Songs of All Time

Bob Marley’s recording career didn’t go past 1980, but the Jamaican reggae singer’s timeless love, protest, and peace songs live on. His chart-topping songs are heard on the radio and jukeboxes around the world. It may be hard to label the best. Most will agree these songs are as relevant today as when they were written. Below are our song list for the best Bob Marley songs of all time. Let us know what you think in the comments. Read more →

Top 10 Best Nicki Minaj Songs of All Time

Nicki Minaj has had 56 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the most of any female rapper. She’s released three albums so far – Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and The Pinkprint. Between her top hits and fan favorites, there’s no shortage of opinions on best songs, whether solo are when collaborating. Here’s what we think represents Nicki’s best songs. Read more →

Top 10 Best Katy Perry Songs of All Time (As of 2015)

Katy Perry has made a name for herself as one of the biggest pop stars of her generation. During the course of her career she has already sold over 30 million albums and 100 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best selling artists of all time. And she doesn’t look to be letting up anytime soon.

Below are our picks for the top 10 best Katy Perry songs of all time. When you’re in the mood to groove to this pop music legend, use these songs are your go-to choices. Read more →

Top 10 Best Beyonce Songs of All Time

There is simply no getting around it – Beyonce is one of the most talented and popular singers of our time. But she is more than that. She is a symbol of female empowerment, uniting girls from all over the world and urging them to pursue their dreams. In honor of her illustrious career, we have assembled our version of the top 10 best Beyonce songs of all time below.

1. Crazy in Love feat. Jay Z

“Crazy in Love” is classic Beyonce. Featuring a towering beat and her unstoppably powerful voice, this song highlights the singer’s overall persona like no other. Her future husband Jay Z is also featured on the track.

2. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)

Female empowerment is the name of the game in “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” In this song, Beyonce encourages women to get out of any relationship in which they are not getting the respect that they deserve.

3. Countdown

“Countdown” is one of the most ecstatic love songs of all time. In it, Beyonce belts out a number of mind-melting hooks, molding singing, shouting, and rapping into one.

4. Get Me Bodied

Beyonce is known for her dance music – and “Get Me Bodied” is undoubtedly one of her best songs to groove to.

5. Check On It feat. Bun B and Slim Thug

You can never go wrong with a little old school Beyonce. And with an unusual melody of booming beats, synth hums, and bass pulses, “Check On It” gets the job done just fine.

6. Bootylicious (Destiny’s Child)

Before Beyonce was, well, Beyonce, she was a member of the popular girl group Destiny’s Child. Sure, it’s not exactly a Beyonce song, per se, but it’s hard to leave “Bootylicious” off a list of the best songs this singer has ever belted out.

7. Work It Out

“Work It Out” is Beyonce’s first major hit as a solo artist after the breakup of Destiny’s Child. The funky, old school song is so good that it was used in the film Austin Power’s in Goldmember.

8. End of Time

One of her most ambitious songs of all time, “End of Time” showcases strong Michael Jackson influences combined with bits and pieces of Afrobeat, jazz-funk fusion, EDM, and even marching bands.

9. Irreplaceable

If you haven’t heard “Irreplaceable” before, then you need to stop whatever you’re doing and hit play. The quintessentially Beyonce song brings every ounce of her talent to the table alongside a solid message.

10. Yes

Growing up in Houston, Texas, Beyonce is no stranger to old-school chopped-and-screwed beats. Her hit song “Yes” plays homage to this type of music. On top of a slowed down beat, the singer belts out a series of sharp and pointed lyrics.

Nearly every Beyonce song is excellent. There are probably at least a dozen or two more that could easily be on a top 10 list. However, the ten Beyonce songs discussed above are truly the best of the best of all time.

Top 10 Best Taylor Swift Songs of All Time (As of 2015)

Taylor Swift has long been one of the biggest names in music. Beginning her career as a country musician, she has ventured more and more into pop territory as time goes on. Below are the top 10 best Taylor Swift songs of all time. If you love T-Swift, then you’ll adore these top songs. Read more →

Top 10 Best One Direction Songs of All Time

One Direction first broke onto the scene of superstardom after winning the UK version of X Factor. With the release of several albums, that stardom has grown even more, catapulting them into one of the top pop bands in the world. Whether you’re a tween, teen, or an adult, here are the top 10 best One Direction songs of all time that you are sure to love. Read more →

Top 10 Best Bruno Mars Songs of All Time (As of 2015)

Bruno Mars hasn’t been in the limelight for long, but he has already gained worldwide recognition while earning the love of fans worldwide. And his success didn’t come by accident. It came on the back of hard work and a generous amount of talent.

Below are the top 10 Bruno Mars songs of all time. Whether you’re a long-time fan or interested in exploring this artist for the first time, these top jams are sure to give you a taste of what his music is all about. Read more →

Top 10 Best Michael Jackson Songs of All Time

It’s no secret that Michael Jackson is one of the most famous musicians in history. In a career spanning almost 50 years, 13 of his singles went to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with an additional four songs topping the chart. Here are 10 of the very best Michael Jackson songs of all time. Read more →