Best Running Music & Playlist Ever - Top 20 inspirational running songs
Best Running Playlist - Top 20 songs
Here are the top 20 songs from over 30+ hrs of running playlists that are all either motivational or about running and with faster bpm (beats per minute) to help with your pace. I have a wife who loves to run. I don't, but I do love music. As I can't run with her (OK...she kicks my butt!), I've spent a lot of time researching the best music I can find to help her running. Music can actually increase your performance, especially with running. Don't take my word for it, check out video and links below with many studies proving this fact. The songs below are all between 140 and 185 bpm. There are many tools (see links below) that help you determine the right bpm that matches your running pace. If you run to music that is too slow, you can subconsciously slow down to the beat of the song. Many people love to run to "Eye of the Tiger", but at 109 bpm, it is way too slow. All the songs below are inspirational, about running, or at least fun with a great beat (no "19th Nervous Breakdown", "Loser", "Blister in the Sun", etc.) You can find over 30 hours more of inspirational running music at bold pace music -- running playlists.
I've added bpm and some notes as to why the song was chosen. Enjoy...
1) This Year -- The Mountain Goats (140) : Can easily substitute "marathon or race" for "year" in the chorus "I am going to make it thru this <marathon> if it kills me".
2) Ali in the Jungle – The Hours (142) : Enjoy the motivational lyrics and chorus "Everybody gets knocked down, how quick are you gonna get up?" (you might recognize this from a Nike commercial)
3) The Underdog -- Spoon (145) : As you pass another runner, enjoy singing to yourself "you got no fear of the underdog, that's why you will not survive"
4) Clampdown -- The Clash (146): One of my favorites by the Clash...enjoy "You don't owe nothing, so boy (substitute "girl") get runnin', it's the best years of your life they want to steal".
5) Come On, Let's Go -- Paul Weller (149): This will be your new running favorite. It's the perfect up-tempo motivational song by the master -- Paul Weller (formerly of the Style Council) "You say where to, I say I don't know, I just need to run, and you need it too, and I catch your eye, and I feel the wind, and it feels so high". This song is from the album "Wake Up the Nation" which won the "Album of the Year" award by Uncut magazine. Find on itunes here: Wake Up the Nation (Video Bonus Edition) - Paul Weller
6) Banditos -- The Refreshments (149): Channel your inner geek (ignore any political correctness) and enjoy this chorus "Well give your ID card to the border guard; Yeah, your alias says you're Captain Jean-Luc Picard, of the United Federation of Planets, 'cause he won't speak English anyway" and "Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people, so meet me at the mission at midnight and we'll divvy up there"
7) Born to Run -- Bruce Springsteen (150): OK, so this is an obvious one, but it is still essential. Got have the Boss giving it to you straight.
8) Keep Your Head -- The Ting Tings (156): A great beat...the verse to focus on is "yes, you're gonna see, ten minutes to go and you're keeping it, you're head's up (keep your head up), keep it low, be right, push it... ".
9) Don't Stop Me Now -- Queen (156) : "I'm gonna go, go, go...There's no stoping me!"
10) Never Miss a Beat -- Kaiser Chiefs (158): A fun, sarcastic song with a faster beat to help bring it home..."Take a look at the kids on the street, no they never miss a beat"
11) Hey Ya! -- OutKast (160): Helps you keep pushing with "You think you got it"!
12) Age of Consent -- New Order (165): You're strong, you're an individual, you're a runner! "And I'm not the kind that likes to tell you just what you want me to".
13) End of the Line -- The Travelling Wilburys (168): A perfect song toward the end. Leave it to this true rock supergroup with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison to come up with lyrics like: "Well its all right, if you live the life you please; Well its all right, even if the sun don't shine; Well its all right, were going to the end of the line".
14) Lose Yourself -- Eminem (172): It's on a lot of running lists, and rightfully so. This was from the movie "8 mile" (which was actually pretty good and Eminem can act...or perhaps he was just being himself). Anyway, great motivational song... "Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted--one moment--would you capture it or just let it slip?"
15) Fire it Up -- Modest Mouse (172): Time to "Fire it up"...'nuf said.
16) Wolf Like Me -- TV on the Radio (177): "My mind has changed, my body's frame, but god I like it...my heart's aflame, my body's strained, but god I like it"
17) Friend or Foe -- Adam and the Ants (184): Always good for a fun, up-tempo song, Adam Ant stands and delivers with "I want those who get to know me, to become admirers or my enemies". Take a look around and size up the competition..."Friend or Foe"!
18) Strict Time -- Elvis Costello (184): Listen to the King: "Toughen up, toughen up...Keep your lip buttoned up...Strict time"
19) Break on Through -- Doors (185): A classic running song with nice, fast pace down the home stretch reminding you to push your limits and "Break on Through to the Other Side".
20) Happy Hour -- The Housemartins (185): Gotta end w/ a fun song and what could be more appropriate, it's "Happy Hour"...you definitely deserve it!
How Music Improves Performance
- To Listen, Or Not To Listen? (The Effect of Music on Exercise) | physician
Get out your headband, legwarmers, leotards, music; and lets exercise. Ok, maybe the days of neon littered aerobic videos are over, but the true practice
- BBC News - How music can aid athletic performance
Music has helped elite tri-athletes in Australia increase their endurance by 15%, researchers say.
- Exercise Pacing and Use of Music
Studying pacing, the biomechanics and bioacoustics of the human foot-fall, and gait analysis at the Medical & Sports Music Institute of America...
- Running music 150 to 180 bpm songs, running playlists, performance & fitness music A bold pace
Over 30 hrs of music for runners based on their running pace. The songs have a faster Beats Per Minute (BPM) so you don't subconsciously slow down to the beat of a song. It has a lot of rock, alternative, & indie bands, but also some R&B and H
- The Wilderness Downtown -- Arcade Fire song "event"
An interactive short film by Chris Milk. Featuring "We Used To Wait" from Arcade Fire and using HTML5 technology that shows a hooded runner running through a neighborhoodnot just any neighborhood, its yours.