Running Music: The 20 Best Running Songs

Listening to music while running can increase our performance and exercise intensity.
Running music can increase intensity and improve our performance.


Listening to music and doing exercise are two components that always go together and we do not really know why most of the time. There are scientific studies that confirm the fact that listening to music while running increases the intensity and training ability.  

If you want to be the best runner, in this article we list 20 best running songs so you can run as much as you can without losing any motivation

Running music: is it effective?

Some studies prove that listening to music while running can increase the intensity and performance. In general, music plays a very important motivational role. 

However, other studies are needed to prove what type of music -rhythm, personal preferences, etc.- can lead to more intensity when running. 

It is also known that motivational songs can help the runners to dissociate themselves from the sensation of tiredness perceived by the body. It affects the effect of perceived effort and its tolerance due to 2 mechanisms:

  • Rhythm synchronization.
  • Excitement improvement (especially when this has a personal meaning for the runner).

Music also affects the mood, trust, and self-esteem of sportspeople.

Although there are some contradictory results about the ideal type of music for this type of effects, we can reach the conclusion that, in general, it should be high-intensity and with rhythm music, and/or meaningful for the person. 

20 best running songs

We already know that listening to music generates positive motivational effects when we go running, so, what are you waiting for?

If you still don't know which is the ideal list for you, we recommend this running playlist, with 20 running songs for you to start with your routine. 

1 One Kiss - Dua Lipa & Calvin Harris (2017)

One kiss is a song by the Scottish DJ, Calvin Harris, together with the famous British singer, Dua Lipa.

This song has good rhythm, and it is considered a house or dance-pop song.

2 Move your body (Remix) - Sia Furler & Alan Walker (2016)

A very lively dance song with a constant rhythm ideal for running. The title itself tells you: "Move your body" and invites you to exercise and not stop. As a curious fact, this song was written by the Australian singer, Sia Furler, for Shakira.

3 Light it Up (Remix) - Major Lazer, Nyla & Fuse ODG (2015)

"Light it up" is a song by the American electronic music producer, Major Lazer, with voices by the Jamaican singer Nyla. It's a dance or electronic song that generates a constant rhythm ideal for running at a fast pace.

4 Finesse (Pink Panda Remix) - Bruno Mars & Cardi B (2016)

This funk song together with the house remix of Pink Panda generates good vibes, and it motivates you to get out of bed and start running your daily marathon. It's a dangerous song because it also makes you want to dance to it. 

5 Stronger - Kanye West (2007)

This song, produced and sung by Kim Kardashian's husband has certain Daft Punk similarity that generates perfect vibes to do any type of sport, including running

Even though it is older than the rest, it is a hit that was positioned straight away in nearly all of the music charts, and it even got a Grammy in 2008. 

6 Wake Me Up - Avicii (2013)

This song by the deceased Swedish DJ and producer, Avicii, is a song that can be included in the folktronica genre. The song combines folk music and electronica. It is a very innovative song that was a great success around the world. 

7 Holes - Passenger (2012)

Besides the cheerful melody of this neofolk song, what makes you get motivated are its optimistic lyrics. We invite you to discover and listen to it. 

8 Lose Yourself - Eminem (2002)

This song from the rapper Eminem does not need any description. It is a hit, and it is ideal for getting motivated when running. 

It has all the necessary elements to be effective when keeping motivation and dissociate from the feelings of physical tiredness.

9 American Idiot - Green Day (2004)

"American Idiot" is a very famous song by the American punk rock band, Green Day. The song is a kind of direct critique of American culture and politics, and it really makes you want to jump and run.

10 Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - Green day (2004)

If you want lower intensity when running, this song has all the ingredients you need because it is slower but still has some rhythm.

It is perfect to start warming up or cooling down after having made a great effort. 

11 Vertigo - U2 (2004)

"Vertigo" is another perfect running song. This song was an absolute international success that generates good vibes. Include it in your running playlist, so you get motivated.

12 First Of the Year (Equinox) - Skrillex (2011)

“First of the Year (Equinox)” is an electronica and dubstep song by the American DJ and producer, Skrillex.

The song has parts of the demo of 2007, "Equinox," written by Skrillex (Sonny John Moore) when he was simply called Sonny. 

13 Zombie - The Cranberries (1994)

This is one of the most mythical and famous songs from the Irish rock band The Cranberries which we can include in the alternative rock genre with a marked protest tone. It is ideal for a medium-low intensity when running. 

14 Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Santa Esmeralda (1977)

It is a song originally sung by Nina Simone in 1964 which was later versioned by Santa Esmeralda with flamenco, disco, and other Latin elements. 

It became popular because it was part of the Kill Bill (Quentin Tarantino, 2003) soundtrack.

15 Believer - Imagine Dragons (2017)

This song by the American band Imagine Dragons has some sounds and musical elements that are very marked and gentle at the same time. 

Dan Reynolds explained that the meaning of this song reflects some painful experiences that he suffered through his life and how he found the way of overcoming all of them.

16 Jax Jones – You Don't Know Me – Radio Edit (2017)

This is a song from the English DJ and record producer Jax Jones, together with Raye's voice. A mixture of electronic sounds perfect for getting motivated when going running.

17 Ghetto Gospel - 2Pac & Elton John (2008)

It's the second posthumous single from 2Pac's album Loyal to the Game. British singer Elton John and Eminem, as the producer, also collaborate on it.

It's a rap song with a lot of meaning behind it, and it's especially suitable for running.

18 Gangsta - Kehlani (2016)

This song is part of the "Suicide Squad" soundtrack. It could be included in the alternative R&B musical genre. The melody does not seem very strident, but the rhythm gets stuck in your head easily. 

19 Sucker For Pain - Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons (2016)

"Sucker for Pain" is a song that also belongs to the soundtrack of the "Suicide Squad." It is sung by the American rappers Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa together with the rock band Imagine Dragons. 

20 Remember The Name - Fort Minor & Styles Of Beyond (2005)

It is a rap song used especially in many sports events. It has a unique and energetic personality that suits all those runners that love American hip hop and rap. 

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