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The Best 100+ Running Songs of All Time—From My 10 Years as a Trainer

The 100+ Best Running Songs

Music can have a HUGE impact on any type of exercise you do, but running songs especially can make or break your workout. If you have a great running playlist, you can go farther faster. But, the opposite is true, too.

So, what makes a great running song? There are a few key aspects to consider:

  1. The pace. You want the song to match your running pace. For breathless sprints, you likely want songs higher than 140 BPM. If you’re doing endurance cardio, like running a marathon or half marathon, you may opt for songs between 120 and 140 BPM.
  2. The lyrics and emotional impact. Some songs will move you to run faster based on their lyrics and overall emotional affect. Lean into those songs for when you’re looking to PR.
  3. The surprise and delight songs, like sing-alongs. Some songs may not seem like running songs at first, but will be a huge hit in your workout because it breaks up the monotony. If you have 10 fast-paced, high-emotion songs in a row, throwing in a classic rock hit like Bon Jovi may just give you the boost you need to re-focus on your routine.

Without further ado, let’s explore the top running songs by decade, genre, and more.

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Benefits of The Right Running Songs

Listening to music while you run has many benefits: 

  • It’s motivating. Lyrics and tempos can prove inspiring during mentally tough workouts. 
  • It improves performance. Music can help you maintain a pace while running that’s challenging.
  • It’s mood boosting. Listening to music releases endorphins, which can lead to feelings of happiness and euphoria. *Insert Legally Blonde quote here about how people that work out are just happy*

The Best Running Songs By Decade

2010s Running Songs

  • For sprints, HIIT, breathless intervals:
    • “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO, Lauren Bennett, GoonRock
    • “F*ck You (Forget You),” CeeLo Green 
    • “The Edge of Glory,” Lady Gaga
    • “Wild Ones,” Flo Rida, Sia 
    • “50 Ways to Say Goodbye,” Train
    • “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” Fall Out Boy
    • “Sweet Nothing,” Calvin Harris, Florence Welch
    • “Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake, Lil Jon
    • “Honey, I’m Good,” Andy Grammer
    • “Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man
    • “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish
    • “High Hopes,” Panic! at the Disco
  • For endurance running:
    • “Tik Tok,” Kesha 
    • “California Gurls,” Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg
    • “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,” Usher, Pitbull 
    • “Sexy B*tch,” David Guetta, Akon 
    • “Like a G6,” Far East Movement, The Cataracs, Dev
    • “Club Can’t Handle Me Now,” Flo Rida, David Guetta
    • “Baby,” Justin Bieber, Ludacris
    • “Only Girl (In The World),” Rihanna
    • “You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift
    • “Firework,” Katy Perry
    • “Give Me Everything,” Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer
    • “Super Bass,” Nicki Minaj
    • “On The Floor,” Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull 
    • “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry 
    • “Tonight (I’m Loving You),” Enrique Iglesias, Ludacris, DJ Frank E
    • “Raise Your Glass,” P!nk
    • “Born The Way,” Lady Gaga
    • “Till The World Ends,” Britney Spears
    • “Tonight, Tonight,” Hot Chelle Rae
    • “You Make Me Feel…” Cobra Starship, Sabi 
    • “Sexy and I Know It,” LMFAO 
    • “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
    • “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Kelly Clarkson
    • “We Found Love,” Rihanna, Calvin Harris 
    • “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction 
    • “Good Feeling,” Flo Rida
    • “Moves Like Jagger,” Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera
    • “Feel So Close,” Calvin Harris
    • “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ray Dalton
    • “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift
    • “Gangnam Style,” Psy
    • “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
    • “Talk Dirty,” Jason Derulo, 2 Chainz
    • “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
    • “Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
    • “Summer,” Calvin Harris
    • “Break Free,” Ariana Grande, Zedd
    • “Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
    • “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
    • “Sugar,” Maroon 5
    • “Shut Up and Dance,” Walk the Moon
    • “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift 
    • “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd
    • “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift
    • “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
    • “Lips Are Movin,” Meghan Trainor 
    • “Worth It,” Fifth Harmony, Kid Ink
    • “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
    • “Time of Our Lives,” Pitbull, Ne-Yo
    • “Ex’s & Oh’s,” Elle King
    • “House Party,” Sam Hunt
    • “Work,” Rihanna, Drake
    • “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Justin Timberlake
    • “My House,” Flo Rida 
    • “Work from Home,” Fifth Harmony
    • “Cake by the Ocean,” DNCE
    • “Just Like Fire,” P!nk
    • “Perfect,” One Direction
    • “Despacito (Remix),” Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
    • “Something Just Like This,” The Chainsmokers, Coldplay 
    • “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars 
    • “Starboy,” The Weeknd, Daft Punk
    • “Strip That Down,” Liam Payne, Quavo 
    • “Look What You Made Me Do,” Taylor Swift 
    • “Youngblood,” 5 Seconds of Summer 
    • “What Lovers Do,” Maroon 5, SZA
    • “Mi Gente,” J Balvin, Willy William, Beyonce 
    • “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus
    • “Sucker,” Jonas Brothers
    • “Thank U, Next,” Ariana Grande
    • “I Don’t Care,” Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber 
    • “Sweet but Psycho,” Ava Max 
    • “Me!” Taylor Swift, Brendon Urie 
    • “Beautiful People,” Ed Sheeran, Khalid 
    • “The Git Up,” Blanco Brown 
    • “Hey Look Ma, I Made It,” Panic! at the Disco 

See my full list of workout songs from 2010 here.

2000s Running Songs

  • For sprints, HIIT, and breathless intervals:
    • “Get Ur Freak On,” Missy Elliott
    • “The Middle,” Jimmy Eat World
    • “Hella Good,” No Doubt
    • “Gotta Get Through This,” Daniel Bedingfield
    • “Sk8er Boi,” Avril Lavigne
    • “The Way You Move,” Outkast, Sleepy Brown
    • “Hey Ya!” Outkast
    • “Lose My Breath,” Destiny’s Child
    • “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” Jet
    • “Let’s Get It Started,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Hey Mama,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Since You Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
    • “Lose Control,” Missy Elliott, Ciara, Fatman Scoop
    • “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” Fall Out Boy 
    • “Everytime We Touch,” Cascada
    • “Dance, Dance,” Fall Out Boy
    • “Pump It,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” Fall Out Boy
    • “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” Fall Out Boy
    • “Boom Boom Pow,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Kelly Clarkson
    • “Circus,” Britney Spears
    • “Green Light,” John Legend, Andre 3000
  • For endurance running:
    • “Independent Women,” Destiny’s Child
    • “Where the Party At,” Jagged Edge, Nelly
    • “Survivor,” Destiny’s Child
    • “Lady Marmalade,” Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, P!nk
    • “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” Jennifer Lopez
    • “Family Affair,” Mary J. Blige
    • “Bootylicious,” Destiny’s Child
    • “Kryptonite,” 3 Doors Down
    • “Wherever You Will Go,” The Calling 
    • “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton
    • “In The End,” Linkin Park
    • “Soak Up The Sun,” Sheryl Crow 
    • “Move B*tch,” Ludacris, Mystikal, I-20 
    • “Lose Yourself,” Eminem
    • “Get Busy,” Sean Paul
    • “Crazy In Love,” Beyonce 
    • “Bring Me To Life,” Evanescence
    • “Get Low,” Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Ying Yang Twins
    • “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee
    • “Headstrong,” Trapt
    • “Stand Up,” Ludacris, Shawnna
    • “Jenny From The Block,” Jennifer Lopez, Jadakiss, Styles P
    • “Fighter,” Christina Aguilera
    • “What Was I Thinkin’,” Dierks Bentley
    • “Yeah!” Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris
    • “Goodies,” Ciara, Petey Pablo
    • “Lean Back,” Terror Squad, Fat Joe, Remy Ma
    • “Tipsy,” J-Kwon
    • “Freek-a-leek,” Petey Pablo
    • “Milkshake,” Kelis
    • “Toxic,” Britney Spears
    • “Salt Shaker,” Ying Yang Twins, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
    • “Headsprung,” LL Cool J
    • “Just Lose It,” Eminem
    • “Redneck Woman,” Gretchen Wilson 
    • “Hollaback Girl,” Gwen Stefani
    • “1,2 Step,” Ciara, Missy Elliott
    • “Candy Shop,” 50 Cent, Olivia
    • “Don’t Cha,” The Pussycat Dolls, Busta Rhymes
    • “Mr. Brightside,” The Killers
    • “Pon de Replay,” Rihanna
    • “How We Do,” The Game, 50 Cent 
    • “Hate It or Love It,” The Game, 50 Cent 
    • “Switch,” Will Smith
    • “My Humps,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Caught Up,” Usher
    • “Holiday,” Green Day 
    • “Run It,” Chris Brown, Juelz Santana
    • “Bring Em Out,” T.I.
    • “Numb/Encore,” Jay-Z and Linkin Park
    • “Temperature,” Sean Paul
    • “SexyBack,” Justin Timberlake, Timbaland
    • “Me & U,” Cassie
    • “Buttons,” Pussycat Dolls, Snoop Dogg
    • “SOS,” Rihanna
    • “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” Panic! at the Disco
    • “Ms. New Booty,” Bubba Sparxxx, Ying Yang Twins
    • “Dirty Little Secret,” The All-American Rejects 
    • “Too Little Too Late,” JoJo
    • “Life Is a Highway,” Rascal Flatts
    • “Call Me When You’re Sober,” Evanescence
    • “Glamorous,” Fergie, Ludacris
    • “Fergalicious,” Fergie, will.i.am
    • “Stronger,” Kanye West
    • “U + Ur Hand,” P!nk
    • “Here (In Your Arms),” Hellogoodbye
    • “Shup Up and Drive,” Rihanna 
    • “Low,” Flo Rida, T-Pain
    • “I Kissed a Girl,” Katy Perry
    • “Disturbia,” Rihanna 
    • “Don’t Stop the Music,” Rihanna 
    • “Pocketful of Sunshine,” Natasha Bedingfield
    • “So What,” P!nk 
    • “Hot n Cold,” Katy Perry
    • “When I Grow Up,” Pussycat Dolls 
    • “One Step at a Time,” Jordin Sparks
    • “Cyclone,” Baby Bash, T-Pain
    • “Womanizer,” Britney Spears
    • “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
    • “Just Dance,” Lady Gaga, Colby O’Donis
    • “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Right Round,” Flo Rida
    • “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyonce 
    • “Gives You Hell,” The All-American Rejects
    • “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” Pitbull 
    • “Party in the U.S.A,” Miley Cyrus
    • “Good Girls Go Bad,” Cobra Starship, Leighton Meester
    • “Hotel Room Service,” Pitbull 
    • “If U Seek Amy,” Britney Spears
    • “I Do Not Hook Up,” Kelly Clarkson

See my full list of 2000s workout songs here.

90s Running Songs

  • For sprints, HIIT, and breathless intervals:
    • “U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer 
    • “Emotions,” Mariah Carey
    • “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” Billy Joel 
    • “Motownphilly,” Boyz II Men
    • “Finally,” CeCe Peniston
    • “Move This,” Technotronic
    • “2 Legit 2 Quit,” MC Hammer 
    • “Whoomp! (There It Is),” Tag Team
    • “Rhythm Is A Dancer,” Snap!
    • “Tootsee Roll,” 69 Boyz
    • “Run Away,” Real McCoy 
    • “Turn The Beat Around,” Gloria Estefan
    • “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train),” Quad City DJ’s
    • “Just A Girl,” No Doubt
    • “Wannabe,” Spice Girls 
    • “All For You,” Sister Hazel 
    • “Ooh Aah…Just a Little Bit,” Gina G. 
    • “Together Again,” Janet Jackson
    • “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” Will Smith
    • “Spice Up Your Life,” Spice Girls
    • “Raise the Roof,” Luke
    • “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” Ricky Martin
    • “Bailamos,” Enrique Iglesias
  • For endurance running:
    • “Poison,” Bell Biv DeVoe
    • “Pump Up The Jam,” Technotronic
    • “Opposites Attract,” Paula Abdul
    • “Escapade,” Janet Jackson
    • “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice 
    • “U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer 
    • “Love Shack,” The B-52’s 
    • “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” C+C Music Factory
    • “Good Vibrations,” Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch 
    • “Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix A Lot
    • “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” En Vogue
    • “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus
    • “I’m Too Sexy,” Right Said Fred
    • “Jump Around,” House of Pain
    • “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana 
    • “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” TLC 
    • “Friday I’m In Love,” The Cure
    • “Let’s Get Rocked,” DEF LEPPARD
    • “Rump Shaker,” Wreckx N Effect
    • “If,” Janet Jackson
    • “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” The Proclaimers
    • “I’m Every Woman,” Whitney Houston 
    • “All That She Wants,” Ace of Base 
    • “Boom! Shake The Room,” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 
    • “The Sign,” Ace of Base
    • “All I Wanna Do,” Sheryl Crow 
    • “Because of Love,” Janet Jackson
    • “This Is How We Do It,” Montell Jordan 
    • “The Rhythm of the Night,” Corona
    • “Macarena,” Los Del Rio
    • “MMMBop,” Hanson
    • “Semi-Charmed Life,” Third Eye Blind
    • “Barbie Girl,” Aqua
    • “I Don’t Want to Wait,” Paula Cole 
    • “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” Backstreet Boys
    • “When The Lights Go Out,” Five
    • “One Week,” Barenaked Ladies
    • “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” Backstreet Boys
    • “Time After Time,” INOJ
    • “Cruel Summer,” Ace of Base
    • “Touch It,” Monifah
    • “Dangerous,” Busta Rhymes
    • “…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears
    • “Every Morning,” Sugar Ray 
    • “Where My Girls At?” 702
    • “All Star,” Smash Mouth
    • “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” Shania Twain 

See my full list of 90s workout songs here.

80s Running Songs

  • 80s Running Songs for Sprints and HIIT Exercises (140+ BPM)
    • “Call Me,” Blondie (143 BPM)
    • “You May Be Right,” Billy Joel (151 BPM)
    • “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar (156 BPM)
    • “Queen of Hearts,” Juice Newton (170 BPM)
    • “Whip It,” Devo (158 BPM)
    • “We Got The Beat,” The Go-Go’s (152 BPM)
    • “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police (82 BPM; can go “double time” at chorus)
    • “Kids in America,” Kim Wilde (160 BPM)
    • “Working for the Weekend,” Loverboy (147 BPM)
    • “Maneater,” Hall & Oates (178 BPM)
    • “She Works Hard For the Money,” Donna Summer (137 BPM; close enough!)
    • “You Can’t Hurry Love,” Phil Collins (98 BPM; can go “double time” at chorus)
    • “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John (177 BPM)
    • “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins (174 BPM)
    • “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” John Cougar Mellencamp (164 BPM)
    • “Walk Like An Egyptian,” The Bangles (103 BPM; can go “double time” at chorus)
    • “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Queen (77 BPM: can go “double time”)
    • “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me,” Billy Joel (141 BPM)
    • “You Make My Dreams,” Hall & Oates (167 BPM)
    • “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” The Police (148 BPM)
    • “Tainted Love,” Soft Cell (144 BPM)
    • “Mickey,” Toni Basil (150 BPM)
    • “Always Something There To Remind Me,” Naked Eyes (149 BPM)
  • 80s Endurance Running Songs (120 – 140 BPM)
    • “Stomp!” The Brothers Johnson (120 BPM)
    • “Cars,” Gary Numan (128 BPM)
    • “Fame,” Irene Cara (131 BPM)
    • “Celebration,” Kool & the Gang (122 BPM)
    • “Kiss On My List,” Hall & Oates (121 BPM)
    • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar (127 BPM)
    • “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” The Police (140 BPM)
    • “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Deneice Williams (123 BPM)
    • “Physical,” Olivia Newton John (124 BPM)
    • “Hurts So Good,” John Cougar (125 BPM)
    • “Let’s Groove,” Earth, Wind, & Fire (125 BPM)
    • “Our Lips Are Sealed,” The Go-Go’s (131 BPM)
    • “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Van Halen (128 BPM)
    • “Beat It,” Michael Jackson (139 BPM)
    • “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Eurythmics (125 BPM)
    • “Hungry Like The Wolf,” Duran Duran (128 BPM)
    • “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin,” Michael Jackson (122 BPM)
    • “Jump,” Van Halen (130 BPM)
    • “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper (120 BPM)
    • “Uptown Girl,” Billy Joel (129 BPM)
    • “Love Is a Battlefield,” Pat Benatar 
    • “Like a Virgin,” Madonna 
    • “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” Don Henley
    • “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
    • “You Give Love a Bad Name,” Bon Jovi 
    • “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” Janet Jackson 
    • “Manic Monday,” The Bangles
    • “Take Me Home Tonight,” Eddie Money
    • “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston
    • “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi 
    • “Open Your Heart,” Madonna
    • “(I Just) Died In Your Arms,” Cutting Crew
    • “Hip to Be Square,” Huey Lewis and the News
    • “Rock Steady,” The Whispers
    • “Got My Mind Set on You,” George Harrison
    • “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Rick Astley
    • “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,” Billy Ocean
    • “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
    • “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” Poison
    • “My Prerogative,” Bobby Brown
    • “Straight Up,” Paula Abdul
    • “She Drives Me Crazy,” Fine Young Cannibals
    • “Wild Thing,” Tone Loc
    • “Bust a Move,” Young MC
    • “Love Shack,” The B-52’s
    • “Funky Cold Medina,” Tone Loc 

See my full list of 80s workout songs here.

70s Running Songs

  • 70s running songs for sprints and HIIT exercises:
    • “Treat Her Like a Lady,” Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
    • “Signs,” Five Man Electrical Band 
    • “I Just Want to Celebrate,” Rare Earth
    • “American Pie,” Don McLean
    • “Rockin’ Robin,” Michael Jackson 
    • “Crocodile Rock,” Elton John
    • “The Ballroom Blitz,” Sweet
    • “Love Machine,” The Miracles 
    • “The Boys Are Back in Town,” Thin Lizzy 
    • “Barracuda,” Heart
    • “My Sharona,” The Knack 
    • “Shake Your Groove Thing,” Peaches & Herb
    • “I Was Made for Dancin’,” Leif Garrett
    • “We Are Family,” Sister Sledge
    • “I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” KISS 
    • “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor),” Robert Palmer 
  • 70s endurance running music:
    • “Band of Gold,” Freda Payne 
    • “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” Three Dog Night 
    • “ABC,” The Jackson 5 
    • “Spirit in the Sky,” Norman Greenbaum
    • “Green-Eyed Lady,” Sugarloaf
    • “Mississippi Queen,” Mountain 
    • “I Want to Take You Higher,” Ike & Tina Turner
    • “Joy to the World,” Three Dog Night
    • “One Bad Apple,” The Osmonds
    • “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin
    • “Brown Sugar,” The Rolling Stones
    • “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” Cher
    • “Alone Again (Naturally),” Gilbert O’Sullivan
    • “The Candy Man,” Sammy Davis Jr. 
    • “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green 
    • “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” The Hollies
    • “Burning Love,” Elvis Presley
    • “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper 
    • “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” Tony Orlando and Dawn
    • “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” Jim Croce
    • “That Lady,” The Isley Brothers
    • “Superstition,” Stevie Wonder 
    • “Stuck in the Middle with You,” Stealers Wheel 
    • “Love Train,” The O’Jays
    • “Dancing in the Moonlight,” King Harvest
    • “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” Loggins and Messina
    • “Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu,” Johnny Rivers
    • “Ramblin’ Man,” The Allman Brothers Band
    • “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” The Temptations
    • “Seasons in the Sun,” Terry Jacks
    • “Come and Get Your Love,” Redbone
    • “The Loco-Motion,” Grand Funk Railroad
    • “Jungle Boogie,” Kool & the Gang
    • “Hooked on a Feeling,” Blue Swede
    • “Hollywood Swinging,” Kool & the Gang
    • “Takin’ Care of Business,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive 
    • “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Captain & Tennille
    • “Rhinestone Cowboy,” Glen Campbell
    • “Philadelphia Freedom,” Elton John
    • “Some Kind of Wonderful,” Grand Funk Railroad
    • “Jive Talkin’,” Bee Gees
    • “Kung Fu Fighting,” Carl Douglas
    • “The Hustle,” Van McCoy & the Soul City Symphony
    • “Fight the Power,” The Isley Brothers
    • “Get Down Tonight,” KC and the Sunshine Band
    • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You),” James Taylor
    • “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    • “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Elton John & Kiki Dee
    • “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” The Four Seasons
    • “Play That Funky Music,” Wild Cherry 
    • “You Sexy Thing,” Hot Chocolate
    • “Get Up and Boogie,” Silver Convention 
    • “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” KC and the Sunshine Band 
    • “You Should Be Dancing,” Bee Gees
    • “Turn the Beat Around,” Vicki Sue Robinson
    • “That’s the Way (I Like It),” KC and the Sunshine Band
    • “Sing a Song,” Earth, Wind & Fire
    • “Rock and Roll Music,” The Beach Boys 
    • “Rock and Roll All Nite,” KISS 
    • “Take the Money and Run,” Steve Miller Band 
    • “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” Andy Gibb
    • “Best of My Love,” The Emotions 
    • “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher,” Rita Coolidge
    • “I’m Your Boogie Man,” KC and the Sunshine Band
    • “Dancing Queen,” ABBA
    • “Hot Line,” The Sylvers 
    • “Car Wash,” Rose Royce
    • “Feels Like the First Time,” Foreigner 
    • “Don’t Stop,” Fleetwood Mac
    • “Way Down,” Elvis Presley
    • “Keep It Comin’ Love,” KC and the Sunshine Band 
    • “Walk This Way,” Aerosmith 
    • “Boogie Nights,” Heatwave
    • “Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac 
    • “Shadow Dancing,” Andy Gibb
    • “Night Fever,” Bee Gees
    • “Stayin’ Alive,” Bee Gees
    • “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” A Taste of Honey
    • “You’re the One That I Want,” John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
    • “Take a Chance on Me,” ABBA 
    • “Hot Blooded,” Foreigner
    • “Disco Inferno,” The Tramps
    • “What’s Your Name,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • “Bad Girl,” Donna Summer
    • “Le Freak,” Chic
    • “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
    • “Hot Stuff,” Donna Summer 
    • “Y.M.C.A.,” Village People 
    • “Ring My Bell,” Anita Ward 
    • “I Want You to Want Me,” Cheap Trick 
    • “Boogie Wonderland,” Earth, Wind & Fire, The Emotions 
    • “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak),” GQ
    • “September,” Earth, Wind & Fire 
    • “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,” Michael Jackson 

See my full list of 70s workout songs here.

60s Running Songs

  • 60s running songs for sprints, HIIT, and breathless intervals:
    • “Bristol Stomp,” The Dovells
    • “Hello Mary Lou,” Ricky Nelson 
    • “Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out),” Ernie Maresca
    • “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” The Beach Boys
    • “Wipe Out,” The Surfaris
    • “She Loves You,” The Beatles
    • “Good Lovin’,” The Young Rascals
  • 60s endurance running songs:
    • “Cathy’s Clown,” The Everly Brothers
    • “Stuck on You,” Elvis Presley
    • “The Twist,” Chubby Checker
    • “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool,” Connie Francis
    • “Tossin’ and Turnin’,” Bobby Lewis
    • “Hit the Road Jack,” Ray Charles
    • “Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp),” Barry Mann
    • “Little Sister,” Elvis Presley
    • “Mashed Potato Time,” Dee Dee Sharp 
    • “The Loco-Motion,” Little Eva
    • “Twistin’ the Night Away,” Sam Cooke
    • “Peppermint Twist,” Joey Dee and the Starliters
    • “Twist and Shout,” The Isley Brothers
    • “I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song),” The Ikettes
    • “It’s My Party,” Lesley Gore 
    • “Heat Wave,” Martha and the Vandellas
    • “Donna the Prima Donna,” Dion 
    • “Shut Down,” The Beach Boys 
    • “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles
    • “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison 
    • “I Get Around,” The Beach Boys 
    • “A Hard Day’s Night,” The Beatles
    • “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” Manfred Mann
    • “Please Please Me,” The Beatles 
    • “Dancing in the Street,” Martha and the Vandellas
    • “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss),” Betty Everett
    • “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” The Temptations
    • “I Saw Her STanding There,” The Beatles
    • “Wooly Bully,” Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
    • “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” Four Tops
    • “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” The Rolling Stones
    • “Help!” The Beatles
    • “My Girl,” The Temptations
    • “Stop! In the Name of Love,” The Supremes
    • “Ticket to Ride,” The Beatles
    • “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” James Brown 
    • “It’s Not Unusual,” Tom Jones
    • “Do You Believe in Magic,” The Lovin’ Spoonful
    • “Last Train to Clarksville,” The Monkees
    • “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” Four Tops
    • “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” Nancy Sinatra
    • “You Can’t Hurry Love,” The Supremes
    • “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” The Temptations
    • “We Can Work It Out,” The Beatles 
    • “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” The Beach Boys
    • “I’m a Believer,” The Monkees
    • “Happy Together,” The Turtles
    • “Soul Man,” Sam & Dave
    • “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” Jackie Wilson
    • “Dance to the Music,” Sly and the Family Stone
    • “Born to Be Wild,” Steppenwolf 
    • “Jumpin’ Jack Flash, The Rolling Stones
    • “Think,” Aretha Franklin
    •  “Sugar, Sugar,” The Archies
    • “I Can’t Get Next to You,” The Temptations
    • “Everyday People,” Sly and the Family Stone
    • “Build Me Up Buttercup,” The Foundations
    • “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond
    • “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Marvin Gaye 

See my full list of 60s workout songs here.

Running Songs by Genre

Country Running Songs

  • The Best Country Running Songs for Sprints and HIIT
    • “Good Time,” Alan Jackson (BPM: 130)
    • “Vacation,” Thomas Rhett (BPM: 137) 
    • “5-1-5-0,” Dierks Bentley (117 BPM) 
    • “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” Brooks & Dunn (BPM: 130)
    • “Mountain Music,” Alabama (BPM: 135)
    • “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” Travis Tritt (BPM: 125)
    • “I Like It, I Love It,” Tim McGraw (BPM: 128)
    • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” The Charlie Daniels Band (BPM: 140)
    • “Born to Boogie,” Hank Williams Jr. (BPM: 135)
    • “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” Luke Bryan (BPM: 106) 
    • “Guitars, Cadillacs,” Dwight Yoakam (BPM: 130)
    • “Something Like That,” Tim McGraw (BPM: 120)
    • “Fastest Girl In Town,” Miranda Lambert (BPM: 145) 
    • “Second One To Know,” Chris Stapleton (BPM: 97) 
    • “Lil Bit,” Nelly, Florida Georgia Line (BPM: 120) 
    • “It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne (BPM: 123) 
    • “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney (BPM: 85) 
    • “Party For Two,” Shania Twain, Billy Currington (BPM: 120) 
    • “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” Shania Twain (BPM: 120) 
    • “Chattahoochee,” Alan Jackson (BPM: 115)
    • “Singles You Up,” Jordan David (BPM: 110) 
    • “You Broke Up With Me,” Walker Hayes (BPM: 120) 
    • “Like I Love Country Music,” Kane Brown (BPM: 125) 
    • “She Had Me At Heads Carolina,” Cole Swindell (BPM: 135) 
    • “Here For The Party,” Gretchen Wilson (BPM: 124) 
    • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Elle King, Miranda Lambert (BPM: 120) 
    • “Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood (BPM: 90) 
    • “Heartache On The Dance Floor,” Jon Pardi (BPM: 116) 
    • “Truck Yeah,” Tim McGraw (BPM: 98) 
    • “Parachute,” Chris Stapleton (BPM: 116) 
    • “Drink In My Hand,” Eric Church (BPM: 113) 
    • “Snapback,” Old Dominion (BPM: 100) 
    • “Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert (BPM: 95) 
    • “Brand New Man,” Brooks & Dunn (BPM: 120)
    • “Leave The Night On,” Sam Hunt (BPM: 86) 
    • “White Liar,” Miranda Lambert (BPM: 92) 
    • “Queen of Hearts,” Juice Newton (BPM: 86) 
    • “Flatliner,” Cole Swindell, Dierks Bentley (BPM: 115) 
    • “Why We Drink,” Justin Moore (BPM: 117) 
    • “Cadillac Ranch,” Chris LeDoux (BPM: 133) 
    • “Ain’t Going Down Until The Sun Comes Up,” Garth Brooks (BPM: 170) 
  • The Best Country Workout Songs for Endurance:
    • “Friends in Low Places,” Garth Brooks (BPM: 120)
    • “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” Big & Rich (BPM: 102)
    • “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” Shania Twain (BPM: 125)
    • “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” Trace Adkins (BPM: 125)
    • “Life Is a Highway,” Rascal Flatts (BPM: 120)
    • “Beer for My Horses,” Toby Keith ft. Willie Nelson (BPM: 105)
    • “Redneck Woman,” Gretchen Wilson (BPM: 105)
    • “Chicken Fried,” Zac Brown Band (BPM: 98)
    • “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood (BPM: 75) 
    • “Fancy Like,” Walker Hayes, Kesha (BPM: 80) 
    • “As Good As I Once Was,” Toby Keith (BPM: 119) 
    • “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker (BPM: 118)
    • “House Party,” Sam Hunt (BPM: 104) 
    • “All My Friends Say,” Luke Bryan (BPM: 117) 
    • “Jolene” by Dolly Parton (BPM: 108)
    • “Buy Me a Boat” by Chris Janson (BPM: 100)
    • “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” Kenny Chesney (BPM: 122) 
    • “Backwards,” Rascal Flatts (BPM: 123; use the first minute as a recovery / talk track) 
    • “Take It Back,” Reba McEntire (BPM: 111) 
    • “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus (BPM: 123)
    • “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” George Strait (BPM: 120)
    • “Here for a Good Time,” George Strait (BPM: 110)
    • “Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt (BPM: 100) 

See my full list of country workout songs here.

Classic Rock Running Songs

  • The Best Classic Rock Running Songs for Sprints and HIIT (BPM: Higher than 140) 
    • “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Twisted Sister 
    • “My Sharona,” The Knack 
    • “Rock the Casbah,” The Clash
    • “Feeling This,” blink-182
    • “Blitzkrieg Bop,” Ramones
    • “Basket Case,” Green Day 
    • “Self Esteem,” The Offspring
    • “Savior,” Rise Against
    • “All the Small Things,” blink-182 
    • “Fat Lip,” Sum 41 
    • “Monkey Wrench,” Foo Fighters 
    • “Hate to Say I Told You So,” The Hives 
    • “Story of My Life,” Social Distortion
    • “Ruby Soho,” Rancid 
    • “Red Flag,” Billy Talent 
    • “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor,” Arctic Monkeys 
    • “Last Nite,” The Strokes
    • “I Wanna Be Sedated,” The Ramones 
    • “Buddy Holly,” Weezer
    • “The Middle,” Jimmy Eat World 
    • “Paranoid,” Black Sabbath 
    • “Crazy Train,” Ozzy Osbourne 
    • “The Pretender,” Foo Fighters 
    • “Everlong,” Foo Fighters 
    • “Basket Case,” Green Day
    • “Mr. Brightside,” The Killers 
    • “Breed,” Nirvana 
    • “Intergalactic,” Beastie Boys 
    • “Smooth Criminal,” Alien Ant Farm 
    • “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” The Offspring
    • “What’s My Age Again?” blink-182
    • “Misery Business,” Paramore 
    • “Kickstart My Heart,” Motley Crue
    • “Rock and Roll All Nite,” KISS 
    • “Draw the Line,” Aerosmith
    • “She’s Out of Her Mind,” blink-182
    • “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” Elton John
    • “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John
    • “Bad Reputation,” Joan Jett
    • “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police
    • “Black Betty,” Ram Jam 
    • “Just A Girl,” No Doubt
  • The Best Classic Rock Endurance Songs (BPM: 120 – 140)
    • “You Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC
    • “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” KISS
    • “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
    • “The Distance,” CAKE 
    • “In Too Deep,” Sum 41 
    • “My Own Worst Enemy,” Lit 
    • “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” The Clash
    • “Highway to Hell,” AC/DC 
    • “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Billy Joel 
    • “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana 
    • “Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes 
    • “Highway to Hell,” by AC/DC 
    • “Enter Sandman,” Metallica 
    • “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi 
    • “Come as You Are,” Nirvana
    • “Welcome to the Jungle,” Guns N’ Roses 
    • “1985,” Bowling for Soup 
    • “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” Tom Petty 
    • “Feel Good Inc.,” Gorillaz 
    • “Thks fr th Mmrs,” Fall Out Boy 
    • “Don’t Trust Me,” 3OH!3
    • “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” ZZ Top 
    • “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” Dead or Alive 
    • “Rebel Yell,” Billy Idol 
    • “Bad Medicine,” Bon Jovi
    • “All Right Now,” Free
    • “I Love Rock ‘N Roll,” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
    • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar
    • “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Scorpions
    • “The Boys Are Back In Town,” Thin Lizzy
    • “Sharp Dressed Man,” ZZ Top
    • “Come On Eileen,” Dexys Midnight Runners, Robert Palmer 
    • “Walk This Way,” Run DMC, Aerosmith
    • “Cherry Bomb,” The Runaways
    • “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar

See my full list of Classic Rock workout songs here.

Motivational Running Songs

Traditional Motivational Running Songs

  • “Lose Yourself,” Eminem
  • “Till I Collapse,” Eminem, Nate Dogg
  • “Love Myself,” Hailee Steinfeld
  • “Messiah – Dirty South Remix,” I See MONSTAS, Dirty South
  • “Thunder,” Imagine Dragons
  • “Jungle,” X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons
  • “The Champion,” Carrie Underwood, Ludacris
  • “Out Here Grindin’,” DJ Khaled
  • “Numb / Encore,” JAY-Z, Linkin Park
  • “Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake, Lil Jon
  • “She’s Kinda Hot,” 5 Seconds of Summer
  • “Sweat – Remix,” Snoop Dogg, David Guetta
  • “Remember the Name,” Fort Minor, Styles of Beyond
  • “Lose My Breath,” Destiny’s Child
  • “Way Down We Go,” KALEO
  • “Go Hard or Go Home,” Wiz Khalifa, Iggy Azalea
  • “You Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC
  • “Shots,” LMFAO, Lil Jon
  • “The Other Side,” Jason Derulo
  • “Whatever It Takes,” Imagine Dragons
  • “We Are the Champions

Running Songs to Dedicate to Someone or Build Community

  • “Came Here for Love,” Sigala, Ella Eyre
  • “Happier,” Marshmello, Bastille
  • “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” Lenny Kravitz
  • “Mama,” Jonas Blue, William Singe
  • “Rise Up,” Andra Day
  • “You Make My Dreams (Come True),” Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • “Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers, Daya
  • “I’ll Be There for You,” The Rembrandts
  • “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses
  • “Never Let You Go,” Third Eye Blind
  • “Worth It,” Fifth Harmony, Kid Ink
  • “I Want You,” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” Whitney Houston 
  • “Buy My Mom a House,” Carolina Rial
  • “Me & U,” Cassie
  • “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Drake, Majid Jordan
  • “Feels Like Home,” Sigala, Fuse ODG, Sean Paul, Kent Jones
  • “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” Bon Jovi, Jennifer Nettles
  • “Home,” Phillip Phillips
  • “Got My Mind Set On You,” George Harrison
  • “Together Again,” Janet Jackson
  • “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Captain & Tennille
  • “We are Family,” Sister Sledge
  • “Family Affair,” Mary J. Blige
  • “Better Together,” Jack Johnson
  • “Lean on Me,” Bill Withers
  • “Come Together,” The Beatles
  • “We’re All In This Together,” High School Musical Cast, Disney
  • “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz
  • “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton
  • “You Are Not Alone,” Michael Jackson
  • “She Will Be Loved,” Maroon 5 
  • “Cheetah Sisters,” The Cheetah Girls
  • “I’ll Be Missing You,” Diddy, Faith Evans, 112

Motivational Running Songs Inspired by Your Haters

  • “Sk8er Boi,” Avril Lavigne
  • “So What,” P!nk
  • “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” Fall Out Boy
  • “Gives You Hell,” The All-American Rejects
  • “I Hate Everything About You,” Three Days Grace
  • “Here I Go Again,” Whitesnake
  • “My Own Worst Enemy,” Lit
  • “You Broke Up With Me,” Walker Hayes
  • “Another One Bites The Dust,” Queen
  • “Bye Bye Bye,” *NSYNC
  • “Problem,” Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea
  • “Freaks,” Timmy Trumpet, Savage
  • “Love Myself,” Hailee Steinfeld
  • “Attention,” Charlie Puth
  • “Miss Independent,” Kelly Clarkson
  • “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar
  • “The Only Good Thing (You Ever Said Was Goodbye),” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • “Run-Around,” Blues Traveler
  • “Leave It All Behind,” Cult to Follow
  • “Don’t Cha,” The Pussycat Dolls, Busta Rhymes
  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar
  • “Ain’t Your Mama,” Jennifer Lopez
  • “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
  • “Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
  • “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” Janet Jackson
  • “Sorry Not Sorry,” Demi Lovato
  • “Independence Day,” 5 Seconds of Summer
  • “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
  • “Mama Said Knock You Out,” LL COOL J
  • “Fighter,” Christina Aguilera
  • “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift
  • “Best Days of Your Life,” Kellie Pickler
  • “Forget You,” CeeLo Green
  • “Survivor,” Destiny’s Child

Choosing the Right Running Songs

As a fitness instructor, I understand the importance of having the right playlist to keep me motivated and energized during my training sessions. In this section, I will share some tips on how to choose the right workout songs that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

Tempo and Rhythm

The tempo and rhythm of a song are crucial factors to consider when selecting workout songs. The right tempo can help you maintain a consistent pace during your workout, while the rhythm can help you synchronize your movements with the music. For instance, if you’re running or doing high-intensity workouts, you may want to choose songs with a faster tempo to keep your heart rate up and maintain your energy levels.

Genre Selection

The genre of music you choose can also have a significant impact on your running performance. Different genres of music can evoke different emotions and moods, which can affect your motivation and energy levels. For example, if you’re doing a high-intensity workout, you may want to choose songs from genres like hip-hop, rock, or electronic dance music (EDM) that have upbeat and energetic rhythms. If you’re doing a stretching routine, you may want to choose songs from genres like classical, jazz, or ambient music that have a more calming and relaxing effect.

Lyrics and Message

The lyrics and message of a song can also influence your workout performance. Some people prefer songs with motivational or inspirational lyrics that can boost their confidence and determination during their workouts. Others may prefer songs with a more upbeat or fun message that can help them enjoy their workouts and keep them entertained. It’s important to choose songs that resonate with your personal preferences and fitness goals.

In conclusion, choosing the right running songs can make a significant difference in your running performance and motivation levels. By considering factors like tempo, rhythm, genre, and lyrics, you can create a playlist that suits your personal preferences and helps you achieve your fitness goals.

Creating Your Own Running Playlist

When it comes to running, music can play an important role in keeping you motivated and energized. Creating your own running playlist can be a fun and effective way to customize your experience. Here are some personalization tips and song selection strategies to help you create the perfect workout playlist.

Personalization Tips

  1. Choose music that matches your workout intensity: The tempo and rhythm of the music you choose should match the intensity of your workout. For example, if you are doing a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, you may want to choose fast-paced songs with a strong beat.
  2. Mix up genres: Don’t be afraid to mix up genres in your playlist. A variety of music can keep your workout interesting and prevent boredom.
  3. Include songs that motivate you: Choose songs that make you feel empowered and motivated. This can be anything from upbeat pop songs to motivational rap or rock anthems.
  4. Consider the length of your workout: Make sure your playlist is long enough to last the duration of your workout. You don’t want to be stuck listening to the same songs on repeat.

Song Selection Strategies

  1. Start with a warm-up song: Choose a song that has a slower tempo and builds gradually to get you in the mood for your workout.
  2. Build up to a peak song: Choose a song that has a strong beat and gets you pumped up. This can be the peak of your workout.
  3. Include a cool-down song: Choose a song that has a slower tempo and helps you wind down after your workout.
  4. Mix up old and new songs: Don’t be afraid to include some old favorites in your playlist, but also consider adding some new songs to keep things fresh.
  5. Consider the lyrics: Make sure the lyrics of the songs you choose are appropriate for your workout environment. Some gyms may have rules about explicit lyrics.

Safety and Considerations

I know that music can be a great motivator during running. However, it is important to consider safety and other factors while listening to music during exercise. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Volume Levels

Listening to music at high volumes can be damaging to your ears and can also be a safety hazard. When running, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and be able to hear approaching vehicles or other potential dangers. Keep the volume at a moderate level so that you can still hear ambient noise.

Environmental Awareness

When working out indoors, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and other people in the gym. Loud music can be disruptive to others and can also be a safety hazard if you are not aware of your surroundings. It’s important to use headphones or earbuds to keep the music to yourself and be aware of your surroundings.

Overall, music can be a great addition to a running routine, but it is important to consider safety and other factors while listening to music during exercise. By keeping the volume at a moderate level and being aware of your surroundings, you can enjoy your favorite workout songs while staying safe and considerate of others.