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10 Songs For Running To Keep You Musically Motivated

Nearly 50 million Americans go running every week and if you’re one of them or you intend to join them, then you’ll need some music to motivate you.

It’s no secret that listening to music can help you get in the zone while working out. But what you may not know is that listening to music while running can actually help improve your performance.

According to a study published in theJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research, runners who listened to music ran an average of 5% faster than those who didn’t listen to music.

So if you’re looking for a little extra motivation to help you pick up the pace, try putting together a playlist of fast-paced songs to help you get in the zone and reach your goals.

Here are some of our favorite songs to run to that are perfect for any tempo.

Check them out!

Gonna Fly Now
Bill Conti

Better known as the theme from Rocky, this is the song to run up and down stairs to!

In fact, throw in some shadow boxing and you can run anywhere to this awesome classic. 

Best Songs For Running

Blinding Lights
The Weeknd

You don’t have to wait for the weekend to run to Blinding Lights and once you start, you’re not going to want to stop. 

Hell Is For Heroes
I Can Climb Mountains

That guitar plucking opener helps to add a little spring to your movement and then it bursts into one of the most feel-good sounds ever.

You’ll be burning up the road before you know it. 

hell is for heros

I Like It
Cardi B

When you want rhythm in your stride, there’s nobody quite like Cardi B to give it to you and I Like It is the right tune for treading tarmac. 

cardi b

The Prodigy

When you want to sprint but you’re not sure that you’ve got any breath left, that’s when you need the unrelenting speed of Firestarter to drive you on and prove that you’ve got what it takes.

firestarter prodigy

Kanye West

It couldn’t be a list of running tunes without Kanye’s absolutely running anthem of POWER, you won’t be able to help moving when this is bursting through your headphones

kanye power

DJ Fresh Ft Sian Evans

This track was used as an advert for an energy drink and it was the first ever dubstep song to reach number one on the other side of the Atlantic.

It’s going to make you sweat and you will love it. 

dj fresh

Katy Perry

Sometimes, you want that wonderfully feminine touch to give you the rocket that you need to get your speed on and Firework’s the perfect song to do just that. 

aty perry firework

Pida Me La
Gipsy Kings

You simply can’t outpace this dizzying high-speed flamenco number which ought to have you breaking stride like never before. 

gipsey kings

Eye Of The Tiger

Eye of the Tiger is the song people most associate with Rocky and in recent polls it’s the number one choice of runners everywhere to get them feeling good about the race. 

eye of the tiger survivor