Is your running playlist in need of an update? Or maybe you’re new to the running world and need a few suggestions to get your playlist started? These 10 motivational songs will transform your run from a tedious chore to an enjoyable hobby:
1. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
With its incremental beat, this classic must feature on your running playlist. It’s a great one to get you going and put you in a winning mindset, with survivor singing about the essence of their name – survival.
2. Don’t Let It Get You Down – Johnnyswim
This upbeat tune rises in tempo as it develops, making you want to run in time to the beat. The lyrics that feature in the song title give you a feeling of determination to succeed, not allowing the run to defeat you.
3. Sucker For Pain – Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign
Although slower in tempo, this song is the perfect mid-run accompaniment to help you keep a steady pace. Despite the lyrics being of a sexual nature, they can easily be applied to the pain you’re feeling whilst exercising. Let them convince you that you’re enjoying the pain cursing through your body; the strain on your lungs; your ankles; your knees – no pain, no gain.
4. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
Another steady tune to run to the rhythm of, or as Soft Cell say, run away to, as they sing about leaving a love behind. This song can have a therapeutic effect, helping you to visualize leaving your worries behind and imagine the place you’d like to run to.
5. Without You – Avicii, Sandro Cavazza
This is a great one to add to the running playlist, particularly post break-up. The chorus is a great pick me up, reminding you that you’re independent and don’t need to rely on anybody else to make you happy – you can do anything you want WITHOUT them!
6. Giant – Calvin Harris, Rag’n’Bone Man
Another up-tempo tune for when you want to pick up the pace. The lyrics fill you with confidence, I am a giant, making you feel as if you can conquer the world. An essential for your running playlist.
7. High Hopes – Panic! At The Disco
There’s no slow build-up with this song, it dives straight into a strong beat – great for an uphill section as the lyrics center around height. It makes you focus on achieving your goals: having high hopes; being something great; not giving up; shooting for the stars; always having a vision.
8. Centuries – Fall Out Boy
This powerful song will make you want to turn up the volume and run your personal best. Fall Out Boy scream at you to remember this run, their passion passing contagiously from your ears to your legs.
9. Good Times – Roll Deep, Jodie Connor
There’s nothing like a party tune to put you in a good mood. Letting go of your worries and inhibitions and embracing the endorphins that start flowing when you begin running is the effect this song has on you. It’s particularly effective if you’re on a pre-party run!
10. The Greatest Show – Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Zac Efron, Zendaya, The Greatest Showman Ensemble
It may be cheesy but this iconic song from the Greatest Showman soundtrack is guaranteed to push you to your running limits, whilst making you beam from ear to sweaty ear, wishing you had the energy to belt out this empowering tune. It releases every emotion you have bubbling under the surface, enabling you to break through any remaining physical or mental barriers. The perfect motivation for a sprint finish.