Let’s face it. There are some days where running for 30+ minutes seems like a chore.
On those tough days, I always resort to the power of music. Here are some of my favorite songs to play right before a big run. I tried to switch go for my deep cuts and/or tried and true songs. After all, I don’t want to rehash the top 40. I hope you find a gem in here somewhere.
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
Because why wouldn’t I add a song from the greatest vocalist of all time. My boy Freddie Mercury always gets the job done. This song is like a melodic cup of coffee.
Can’t Remember to Forget You (Fedde le Grand Remix)- Shakira and Rihanna
I despised this song when it was in the top 40. Then, one day it came on my shuffle during a particularly exhausting run. The rest is history. Plus, Rihanna. Rihanna always.
Two Worlds (Soundtrack Version) – Phil Collins
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t run to a Disney song with a good beat. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.
Black Skinhead – Kanye West
Imma let you finish, but Kanye West wrote one of the best running songs of all time.
Believer – Imagine Dragons
I feel like this is a top 40. Sorry for defaulting to basic, but this is definitely a war song.
Look What You Made Me Do (Toxic Remix) – Taylor Swift and Britney Spears
For any girl that’s pissed at her boyfriend, this is for you.
The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
Every time I turn this on, I get so much nostalgia. It’s got a great tempo, and it reminds me of being an angsty middle schooler. I just realized Taylor Swift made a commercial to this. Nothing is a coincidence.
Tryouts – The Rudy Soundtrack
When I was going to school at Notre Dame, this was the first song on my running playlist. Is that really surprising? I revisited it the other day, and it still works like a charm.
Back in the Saddle – Aerosmith
Just a couple of boys from Boston. The real magic starts at the four-minute mark.
I’m Shipping Up to Boston – Dropkick Murphys
Just a few more boys from Boston. I tried to find a remix version, but nothing compares to the original TBH.