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Best Songs for Running

Updated on March 26, 2013

My Best (Favorite) Songs for Running on the Treadmill (or Road)

I find that I actually run more easily AND faster if I have an upbeat, fast-moving song playing on my iPod while I run. After a while though you get tired of listening to the same songs. Since I'm always looking for good running songs, I thought I would share the ones on my iPod Playlist. These help me run FAST!. Do you have some favorite running songs? If so, PLEASE add a comment below (you don't need a userid to comment). Thanks in advance.

I also tossed in what works for me overall in terms of getting motivated to run. That first step is the hardest!

And thanks to Michal Zacharzewski, on for providing his nice running silhouettes!

Best Songs for Running Fast - Songs to Run to, On or Off the Treadmill

Have a listen to these songs HERE.... Click the arrow to start! You don't have to listen to them all.

Now vote up or down (in the list below) which ones you like and think would make good running songs.

Add suggestions further down the page and I'll try them out -- both to run to and to see what other runners think!

Together we'll create the greatest running song list ever!

Putting in the Miles
Putting in the Miles

How I Get Motivated to Run

Even on a Treadmill

My favorite way to get inspired to run is to have a friend to go with. Once I've agreed to run with someone, I absolutely do it. Secondly, I'm a running talker (people sometimes say a bit TOO much of a talker) and the time just goes faster when I'm having a chat with a friend.

BUT... what to do when your schedule doesn't allow you to have a running buddy (or you don't know anyone who is interested in going or going at your pace).

The bargain I strike with myself is that I will run at least one mile. After that I can stop without apology. Usually what happens is that when I hit the mile mark I opt to go further. Occasionally because of time or I'm just not into it that day, I only go a mile. But, going one mile almost every day is a huge health boost, both for the mental/emotional boost I get and the metabolism kick

What's your favorite way to get motivated to run?

Great Movies to Watch While Running on Treadmill

If you are lucky enough to have a setup where you can put a movie on to watch while you run on a treadmill, then these are what I recommend. You'll see they are not all "running movies", but they all have a sports theme and should get you motivated. And I just realized, all are based on true stories.

Running Brave
Running Brave

The scenes of Billy Mills running the Olympic 10K are fantastic. Tell me you don't run a PR while watching it!


Fantastic movie. I watched it the other day and had forgotten just how good this one is.


Sometimes in little-known places great things happen

Rudy (Special Edition)
Rudy (Special Edition)

You have to believe in yourself before you can expect others too


Great Running Video

If you STILL need inspiration to go for a run today, watch Billy Mills run the Olympic 10K (1964 Tokyo Olympics) Or Dave Wottle in the 800 meters (1972 Munich Olympics)

Make Running and Listening to Music Even Better - Cool Watch Let's You Control Your iPod without Stopping Running

My husband gave me one of these watches -- Timex Ironman IControl for iPod and they are awesome. Basically you put a little gizmo (okay it's a remote control) into the bottom of the iPod. When I say little, it is about a half-inch or so square. Then when you run and you are listening to a playlist, just bump the button on one side of your watch to skip a song (you know how some days a certain song just isn't what you wanted to hear). Or if you have a song that you are TOTALLY into and your suddenly flying along.... well just hit the button on the other side of the watch and it will replay. You can keep RUNNING, yeah!

Ever have traffic pick up and now you can't hear your songs that well? Another button bump and you turn the volume up. And still you run on.... Well I hope you get the idea.

My husband bought me this and I love him dearly for it. But I liked it so much I've gotten ones for my kids (I know, you can't believe I'm that old). You can save quite a bit buying one off Ebay (since I think the list price is about $100), but I would only buy new and from someone with a good rating.

Young Woman Prepares for Jogging

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Reader Suggested Running Song

So I looked up the Horace Manner Runner song. Here's a YouTube video of it. Enjoy!

health and fitness
health and fitness

End of Best Running Song Information, But....

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

If you liked this page, I invite you to visit another one I created, also about running. Such as, Best Stopwatch for Running

Tell me what you find to be the best song to listen to while running and why you love it so much. Just list the artist and song name. No need to link to it. I took out the ability to add HTML here, to avoid SPAM. But periodically I'll add other folks suggestions to the lists on this page.

What's on Your Running Playlist? - Got a Favorite Song to Run To? - Just List Artist and Song Name

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      JimHofman 4 years ago

      I like classic rock trio Cream...their songs are great for running and spin class. "Crossroads" and "White Room" really motivate me! I also enjoy Aqua Jogging...please check out my new lens by the same name.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the list, and a way to download them. I am always looking for some new tunes to keep me motivated. Motivation is hard to get, and easily lost, lol. I've been using some of the same old songs for a while now, and they work. But, I'm always adding new ones to keep me going. Here are some I came up with:

      Thanks for sharing your list. It's kind of a personal thing, isn't it?

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Oh yes, 'Take On Me' is a great one! Always gets me up and motivated! :)

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I often end up singing my baby's nursery rhymes when I'm running as they get stuck in my head. I love anything upbeat though.

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      webgal 4 years ago

      "this is us" by mark Knopfler and Emmy Lou Harris. perfect BPm for me!

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @DanMoriarity LM: I'm amazed at how few people ever heard of Billy Mills. That 10K Olympic race is the most mind-over-matter underdog performance I think I've ever seen.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @nifwlseirff: Thanks for the tip. I'm going to check it out. I need more variety to my Playlists.

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      I love Podrunner, a great free 30-60 minutes of fast music, great for keeping the motivation and momentum up!

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      DanMoriarity LM 5 years ago

      I don't listen to music when I run, but I wanted to second your recommendation of the movie Running Brave. I challenge anyone to watch that movie and not be inspired.

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      Jamestag 5 years ago

      I love running music.

      I have an electro-artist on board that creates workout enhancing music!

      You can listen to a sample here:


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent way to motivate ourselves to run, I love this lens


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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks YH. I added your 3 suggestions to my lists. They did sound like they had a pretty strong beat and up-tempo, so good running songs. I like to change my playlists from time to time to keep it interesting, so I'm always glad for input.

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      On my workout playlist I try to put lots of upbeat, fast songs that make me want to dance :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "Walk" by Foo Fighters, "Gimme Sympathy" by Metric and "Reptillia" by The Strokes are three songs that I can run to over and over again!

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @dessertlover: "DessertLover" -- I love that username! So do you have a favorite "dance" song you like to work out to?

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Nice lens, you have some great ways of getting yourself motivated to run!

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      mikesdebp 5 years ago

      Manfred Mann - Runner