What are the best songs for running?

asked by Stefania Rosca
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    #1Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

    Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

    "Don't Stop Me Now" is a song by the British rock band Queen, featured on their 1978 album Jazz that was released as a single in 1979.

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    Stephanie May
    Written on September 4, 2017
    "I like this song a lot. No doubt it is good for running!!!!!!!!!!!! And it's what I always repeat to myself... Don't stop me now!!!!!!! :-P"
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    #2Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

    Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

    "Eye of the Tiger" is a song by American rock band Survivor. It was released as a single from their third album Eye of the Tiger and was also the theme song for the film Rocky III, which was released a day before the single. 

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    Matthew Brooks
    Written on September 4, 2017
    "Classic! I love this tune! It's totally my jam! When it rotates up in my playlist, I definitely start running faster. Are there actually people who don't have this in their list? How come? The synths are cheesy, for sure, but I can't help but grin every, single, gosh darn time. If there were steps on my run, I'd be doing the Rocky dance on top of them. 'Nuff said!"
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    #3You're the Best - Joe Esposito

    You're the Best - Joe Esposito

    "You're the Best" is a song performed by Joe Esposito and written by Bill Conti and Allee Willis, which came to prominence as the music to the All-Valley Karate Championships montage in the 1984 movie The Karate Kid in which the protagonist, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), proves a surprisingly formidable contender.

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    Beverly Fox
    Written on September 4, 2017
    "It's a good song for running. I'll take it!"
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    #4Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson

    Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson

    "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" is a song by American recording artist Kelly Clarkson and the titular song from her fifth studio album, Stronger (2011). Originally titled as "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)", the song served as the album's second single on January 17, 2012 through RCA Records.

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    Anthony Mendez
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "Now the title tells one everything there is to know. The sentiment is clearly needed on that last ten, one hundred etc strides. Using music and a positive message is a lot better than a personal trainer/drill Sargent yelling at me. Oh Kelly, just tell me what to do! Downside, it is just for the download."
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    #5 Pump It - The Black Eyed Peas

     Pump It -  The Black Eyed Peas

    "Pump It" is a 2005 song by The Black Eyed Peas. It was released as the fourth and final single from The Black Eyed Peas' 2005 album Monkey Business. This song was also remixed for the deluxe edition of the group's fifth studio album The E.N.D as "Pump It Harder". 

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    Beverly Wong
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "Sometimes when I am feeling low energy but decide to run anyway and I end up just putting one foot in front of another, I’ll put on The Black Eyed Peas “Pump it” and immediately get energized. It has a fast beat so my feet want to match the beat and I’ll end up running faster without consciously deciding to do so. It’s a great song for when I want to pour on the speed. One way to get the song is through Deezer which is a subscription music site that I can listen to music streaming through my computer or phone or download for listening offline. Since I have an Amazon Prime account, I usually just download music onto my phone for listening offline because I honestly just don't want to pay for another subscription. Yes, ads are annoying but I'd rather put up with the ads on Pandora and listen for free through my computer or listen through Amazon Prime Music than to have to pay for another subscription."
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    #6Lose Yourself - Eminem

    Lose Yourself - Eminem

    "Lose Yourself" is a song by American rapper Eminem from the soundtrack to the 2002 motion picture 8 Mile. The song was written by Eminem and produced by Eminem along with longtime collaborator Jeff Bass, one half of the production duo Bass Brothers, and Luis Resto.

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    Chen Yi
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "Need to up your running game with some extra motivation? Try the popular Eminem song Lose Yourself. It got me running at a good pace, and feeling like Rocky running up the stairs with it's message of pushing through. "
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    #7Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

    Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

    "Seven Nation Army" (also stylized as "7 Nation Army") is a song by American rock duo The White Stripes. It was released as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Elephant, in March 2003, and reached number one on the Modern Rock Tracks maintaining that position for three weeks.

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    Billy Rogers
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "Looking for a good song to run to? Our solution is for you is to try "Seven Nation Army" found on Deezer."
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    #8Raise Your Glass - Pink

    Raise Your Glass - Pink

    "Raise Your Glass" is a song by American singer Pink from her first greatest hits compilation Greatest Hits... So Far!!! (2010). The song was written by Pink, Max Martin and Karl "Shellback" Schuster, and produced by the latter two, who are responsible for many of Pink's hits. The song celebrates the first decade since Pink's debut in 2000, and is dedicated to her fans who have been supporting her over the years.

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    Donald Curtis
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "This is a good song for running because it is fast-paced and upbeat."
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    #9Thunderstruck - AD/DC

    Thunderstruck - AD/DC

    "Thunderstruck" is the lead single on the 1990 album The Razors Edge by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. The song was released as a single in Germany, Australia, and Japan, and peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. In 2010, "Thunderstruck" topped Triple M's Ultimate 500 Rock Countdown in Melbourne, Australia. The top five were all AC/DC songs.

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    Reyansh Singh
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I love to run as a form of exercise. Lately, I have been having problems finding great running music. My Spotify app recommended a song to me recently called Thuderstruck by AD/DC. This is a great a song and I have added it to my running playlist. "
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    #10Rock DJ - Robbie Williams

    Rock DJ - Robbie Williams

    "Rock DJ" is a song by English singer and songwriter Robbie Williams, featured on his third studio album, Sing When You're Winning (2000). This song was the fourth best-selling song of 2000 in the United Kingdom.

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    Vibhore Saxena
    Written on September 4, 2017
    "This is pleasantly bland enough not to be terribly offensive, while at the same time not being particularly arousing. It's good for the part of my run when I'm just sort of zoning and thinking about all the things I tell myself I won't think about when I'm running. Even bad songs back in 2k were still better than the drek of today, though, so add this to your rotation if you've got nothing better to listen to."
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    #11Woman - Kasha, the Dap-Kings Horns

    Woman - Kasha, the Dap-Kings Horns

    "Woman" is a song recorded by American singer Kesha and featuring The Dap-Kings horns. It is taken from her third studio album, Rainbow, released in 2017. It was released as the first promotional single from the album. 

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    Jonathan Cole
    Written on October 4, 2017
    ""Woman" is not necessarily a song that everyone would think to run to, but some audiences, in particular, might find it particularly energizing and motivating. Specifically, it's geared toward strengthening and motivating women - men might not find the lyrics as relatable. Maybe check it out if you are female and find traditional gym playlists to be alienating or old-fashioned or something."
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    #12Beat It - Michael Jackson

    Beat It - Michael Jackson

    "Beat It" is a song written and performed by American singer Michael Jackson single from the singer's sixth solo album, Thriller (1982). The song was produced by Quincy Jones together with Jackson.

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    Henry Gutierrez
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "Michael Jackson is known for producing songs that will instill a sensation and desire to dance in anybody within earshot of his upbeat rhythms. With a cool dance and music video to match Michael's wild and energetic voice, Beat It is a classic song that will please even any mild fan of pop music. Even as dated as the song is, I still find myself listening to it constantly during my workouts, even busting out a dance move mid-run. This song is a classic that has earned its legacy."
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    #13You Really Got Me - The Kinks

    You Really Got Me - The Kinks

    "You Really Got Me" is a song written by Ray Davies for English rock band the Kinks. The song was released on 4 August 1964 as the group's third single, and reached number one on the UK singles chart the next month, remaining for two weeks.

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    Lawrence Martin
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "You Really Got Me is an easy song to sing along to and hovers around the essential 100 BPM tempo - the perfect pop tempo and the tempo of the average escalated heart beat. Thus, it is a really good song for setting pace while running."
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    #14Don't Stop Believin'

    Don't Stop Believin'

    'Don't Stop Believin' is a song by American rock band Journey, originally released as the second single from their seventh album Escape (1981). The song was composed by Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain, and Neal Schon.

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    Gregory Barnett
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "This Journey song is a good choice for those looking for something that's good to run to. It's not necessarily the fastest or loudest song, if you're motivated by the general sound of the music; it's more of an inspirational or upbeat song. It seems like it would fit well in an 80's "training montage", so you can't really go wrong with it."
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    #15Run the World (Girls) - Beyoncé

    Run the World (Girls) - Beyoncé

    Run the World (Girls) is a song recorded by American artist Beyoncé, from her fourth studio album 4 (2011), released as the lead single on April 21, 2011. Written by Terius "The-Dream" Nash and Beyoncé, it samples "Pon de Floor" by Major Lazer.

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    Gerald Marshall
    Written on October 5, 2017
    "When I'm going for a long run I make sure to load up my iPhone's playlist with my favorite songs. The top of my playlist and the song that is always to be my first to be played, is Beyonce's Run the World. This song has the beats and up tempo pace to just get me so pumped up. The adrenaline gets running and I just get going. That final mile stretch is always the toughest for me, so I make sure I have Run the World playing during that stretch too. It truly helps push me to that goal I set for myself each time I run. This is definitely the song to get me moving and active right off the bat. I love Beyonce and all her past albums and this recent album, her 4th album by the way, is terrific. I pretty much think Run the World makes this album and it's definitely my go to song to break me out of any lethargy and laziness from the day."
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    #16Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars

    Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars

    "Uptown Funk" (stylised as "UpTown Funk!") is a song recorded by British record producer Mark Ronson and American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars, for Ronson's fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015).

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    Joan Arnold
    Written on September 4, 2017
    "I like this song a lot. It is good for jogging and... while cleaning up at home! It gives me motivation and positivism! ahah I need it!"
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    #17Cake by the Ocean - DNCE

    Cake by the Ocean - DNCE

    Cake by the Ocean is a song by DNCE that talks about having sex on the beach. It was the band's debut single release in September 2015. The song reached top 10 on multiple national record charts including the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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    George Lee
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This solution is misleading as the link does not take you to the actual song, instead, to the homepage of "deezer." It also does not describe why this song would be ideal for running."
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    #18Toothbrush - DNCE

    Toothbrush - DNCE

    Toothbrush is a song by American band DNCE from their debut EP Swaay. It was the record's second single released in May 2017. It talks about that moment in a relationship when you want the other person to be around all the time.

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    Michael Munoz
    Written on December 9, 2017
    "You know when I first listened to this song I didn't think it would be a good song for running but the baseline is so infectious that I have to listen over and over again while in the gym. Its a really upbeat happy song that kind of contrasts my workout playlist but its a good song to get me ready to go for a run."
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    #19Kissing Strangers ft. Nicki Minaj - DNCE

    Kissing Strangers ft. Nicki Minaj - DNCE

    Kissing Strangers is a song by band DNCE featuring rapper Nicki Minaj. It was released in April 2017 and is the lead single from the band's second studio album. It talks about having fun with a stranger and then getting to know them a little better.

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    Richard Gonzalez
    Written on December 8, 2017
    "My fiancee loves the song Kissing Strangers ft. Nicki Minaj - DNCE, and she keeps making me listen to it. Despite I'm not a big fan of Nicki Minaj, I ended liking this song, and I think that the lyrics are nice :)"
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    #20Best I Ever Had

    Best I Ever Had

    Best I Ever Had is a song by Canadian rapper Drake released in 2009 as part of his first EP So Far Gone. This is basically a love song where he sings about a woman who is "the best he's ever had."

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    Kathryn Guerrero
    Written on January 11, 2018
    "If you're into rap, you might like this song. I think it's poorly suited for running. It is more about romance than motivation."
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    #21Forever

    Forever

    Forever is a song by Drake featuring rappers Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem. It was released in 2009 and talks about his success in the music business, how he got there, and how he plans to stay there forever.

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    Shirley Lopez
    Written on January 11, 2018
    "The beats in these songs will keep you running for far longer than you intended. They get and keep you hyped during exercising. I listen every morning while I'm doing my workout routine."
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    #22Take Care

    Take Care

    Take Care is a song by Canadian rapper Drake featuring Rihanna. It was released in 2012 and talks about finding someone to love and take care of, even after going through tough experiences with other people.

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    Christine Contreras
    Written on January 9, 2018
    "This song is just another addition to the saga of Rhianna and Drake. They continue to carry on stringing each other along, but unwilling to just get together. Eye roll. The beat is mediocre at best and the lyrics are about how she doesn't want to admit she wants him. Pretty typical of this genre. Might appeal to teens who are still busy lusting after another, but probably not much past that. The song just doesn't contain depth."

Summary

Best What are the best songs for running
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Don't Stop Me Now - QueenMusic 49 Free
2Eye of the Tiger - SurvivorMusic 43 Free
3You're the Best - Joe EspositoMusic 42 Free
4Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly ClarksonMusic 40 Free
5 Pump It - The Black Eyed PeasMusic 38 Free
6Lose Yourself - EminemMusic 35 Free
7Seven Nation Army - The White StripesMusic 33 Free
8Raise Your Glass - PinkMusic 30 Free
9Thunderstruck - AD/DCMusic 28 Free
10Rock DJ - Robbie WilliamsMusic 26 Free
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