The Top 100 Running Songs of All Time

By , SparkPeople Blogger
As a runner, I often turn to music to keep me entertained and motivated during my training runs and races. I love discovering new running songs (even if "new" only means "new to me"), listening to them, and sharing them with others via my blog posts and Facebook page.

I recently asked people to share their favorite running songs, then created a list of 100 titles, new and old, that keep us on our feet and on pace. List in hand, I asked members of, America's #1 weight loss and fitness website, to vote on their favorites, too.

Find out which song took the tittle of best running song, whether your favorite made the list, and how you can download a brand new 60-minute running mix of the top 12 songs (as voted on by runners like you)!

No. 1 Running Song of All Time:

Pink – Raise Your Glass

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No. 2:
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

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No. 3:
Adele – Rolling In The Deep

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No. 4:
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger

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No. 5:
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem

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No. 6:
Journey – Don't Stop Believin'

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No. 7:
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

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No. 8:
Black Eyed Peas – Pump It

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No. 9:
Bon Jovi – Livin' On A Prayer

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No. 10:
Outkast – Hey Ya!

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No. 11:
Eminem – Lose Yourself

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No. 12:
Kenny Loggins – Footloose

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Here are the rest of the 100, ranked in order of your votes:

13     Lady Gaga -- ''Bad Romance''
14     The Black Eyed Peas -- ''Let's Get It Started''
15     Ricky Martin -- ''Livin' La Vida Loca''
16     Van Halen -- ''Jump''
17     Bonnie Tyler -- ''I Need A Hero''
18     Jennifer Lopez -- ''On The Floor''
19     Blondie -- ''Call Me''
20     C+C Music Factory -- ''Gonna Make You Sweat''
21     Pitbull -- ''Give Me Everything''
22     Britney Spears -- ''Toxic''
23     Taio Cruz -- ''Dynamite''
24     The Go Go's -- ''We Got The Beat''
25     Katrina & The Waves -- ''Walking On Sunshine''
26     Foster the People -- ''Pumped Up Kicks''
27     Elton John -- ''I'm Still Standing''
28     Rick Springfield -- ''Jessie's Girl''
29     Billy Joel -- ''We Didn't Start The Fire''
30     Ram Jam -- ''Black Betty''
31     Blink 182 -- ''All The Small Things''
32     MC Hammer -- ''U Can't Touch This''
33     Soft Cell -- ''Tainted Love''
34     Duran Duran -- ''Hungry Like The Wolf''
35     ACDC -- ''Thunder Struck''
36     Queen -- ''We Are The Champions''
37     Madonna -- ''4 Minutes''
38     Rihanna -- ''Only Girl In The World''
39     Avril Lavigne -- ''Girlfriend''
40     Far East Movement -- ''Like A G6''
41     Devo -- ''Whip It''
42     Ke$ha -- ''Your Love Is My Drug''
43     Slumdog Millionaire Theme -- ''Jai Ho''
44     The Clash -- ''Should I Stay Or Should I Go''
45     Gorillaz -- ''Feel Good Inc.''
46     ZZ Top -- ''Legs''
47     Nirvana -- ''Smells Like Teen Spirit''
48     Neon Trees -- ''Animal''
49     Motley Crue -- ''Kick Start My Heart''
50     Britney Spears -- ''Til The World Ends''
51     The Verve -- ''Bittersweet Symphony''
52     ABBA -- ''Waterloo''
53     Billy Idol -- ''Cradle Of Love''
54     Aretha Franklin -- ''Think''
55     Shakira -- ''Waka Waka''
56     Tommy Tutone -- ''867-5309''
57     Pat Benatar -- ''All Fired Up''
58     M.I.A. -- ''Paper Planes''
59     Loverboy -- ''Working For The Weekend''
60     Jordin Sparks -- ''Battlefield''
61     Bill Conti -- ''Gonna Fly Now (Rocky's Theme)''
62     Elvis Presley -- ''Jailhouse Rock''
63     Tom Petty -- ''Now I'm Free (Free Fallin')''
64     Katy Perry -- ''Waking Up In Vegas''
65     Scandal -- ''Goodbye To You''
66     Prince -- ''When Doves Cry''
67     The Killers -- ''Human''
68     Aerosmith -- ''I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing''
69     Gwen Stefani -- ''The Sweet Escape''
70     Wiz Khalifa -- ''Black And Yellow''
71     KISS -- ''I Was Made For Loving You''
72     Madonna -- ''Like A Prayer''
73     Michael Sembello -- ''Maniac''
74     Frankie Goes To Hollywood -- ''Relax''
75     The Cars -- ''Shake It Up''
76     ABBA -- ''Lay All Your Love On Me''
77     U2 -- ''Pride (In The Name Of Love)''
78     Leanne Rimes -- ''Can't Fight The Moonlight''
79     Culture Club -- ''Do You Really Want To Hurt Me''
80     Flock of Seagulls -- ''Ran (So Far Away)''
81     Fall Out Boy -- ''Thks Fr Th Mmrs''
82     Judas Priest -- ''Johnny B. Good''
83     Pink Floyd -- ''Learning To Fly''
84     Janet Jackson -- ''All For You''
85     The Police -- ''Do Do Do Da Da Da''
86     Venga Boys -- ''We Like To Party''
87     Arctic Monkeys -- ''I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor''
88     The Doobie Brothers -- ''Long Train Running''
89     Daft Punk -- ''One More Time''
90     Keri Hilson -- ''Pretty Girl Rock''
91     Chris Brown -- ''Turn Up The Music''
92     Miley Cyrus -- ''Can't Be Tamed''
93     Hank Williams Jr. -- ''Born To Boogie''
94     Rihanna -- ''Rehab''
95     Jason Derulo -- ''Ridin' Solo''
96     Willow Smith -- ''Whip My Hair''
97     Aerosmith -- ''Jaded''
98     Hall & Oates -- ''Private Eyes''
99     Stevie Wonder -- ''Sir Duke''
100   Rod Stewart -- ''Young Turks''

You may also like our 100 Most Motivating Workout Songs of All-Time.

Did any of your favorites make the list? What are your favorite running songs right now?

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Really liking Billy Idol's "Can't Break Me Down" right now myself. There are some great fist pumping opportunities - and therefore legs pumping as well :) Works well for an interval sprint even if I'm already tired! Report
# 83 was gratifying not to mention it is not the best song on that album also I would have put "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" or "The Dark Side oof the Moon" the whole album on that list as well,So was it painful to finally put them on a list?? Report
Okay, I must be old. . . I don't recognize 90% of them. . . . but I've got my own playlist.... and, no Elvis isn't on it. Report
This is a really good playlist...great for any workout motivation!!! Report
Interesting list but I cannot run. Now, we need a top 100 walking list. Report
I love to run to video game soundtracks: Call of Duty, Titanfall, Bastion, etc. Composers wrote music specifically designed to get you "in the zone." When I'm trail running, I like to imagine I'm on an epic quest. It keeps me motivated and adds a sense of adventure to the day. :-) Report
My question how the hell "Pumped Up Kicks" made the list? You guys do know the song was inspired by a person related to Foster The people's frontman getting caught in the Columbine High School shooting, right? Report
Really great songs. Althought, Katie Perry "Roar" helps me push through my runs!! Report
Excellent mix! Wide array of artists, styles, classic and contemporary songs Report
Eye on It Toby Mac
Sick Of It Skillet

Well any Skillet song for that matter. Report
While this list is fun, it's a little too poppy for me to consider it the best running list of all time. Personally can't stop running when I've got Muse, Franz Ferdinand, RATM, or Tool playing. But that's just me. Report
Strictly based on the lack of Bruce Springsteen or Metallica (and anything in between those) we probably can't be friends. Report
Good songs, many are on my running playlist but some of my favorites are missing:
Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys
Brave, Sarah Bareilles
Supermassive Blackhole, Muse
Babel, Mumford and Sons
I love U2! Pride is good, but Vertigo is better! Report
All great songs! Report
Hum, funny What a Feeling - Irene Cara (Flashdance) didn't make it (unless I missed in the list) but it may be because it is more of a dance/aerobics song. Report
I think that while some songs have a good beat for running, others are ones that you just like and they don't make you think about how tired you are, like when you listen to music while working, it makes the day go a bit faster and you are more productive. I don't run anymore and haven't for years, but I do Zumba and the music makes it fun and keeps me going. Report
My "all time classic" running songs are...
*Gonna Fly Now - theme from Rocky
*Step by Step - Whitney Houston
*Good Vibrations - Marky Mark
*Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
*We are the Champions - Queen
*I Made It Through the Rain - Barry Manilow
*Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
*Don't Rain on My Parade - Barbra Streisand (don't judge me)
*This Time Around - Linda Eder

Current songs for "now" that are on my running playlist
*Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede (just added - Guardians of the Galaxy!)
*Sing - Ed Sheeran
*Can't Hold Us - Macklemore/Ryan Lewis
*My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark - Fall Out Boy
*One Way or Another - One Direction
*Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
*Cruise - Florida Georgia Line
*Feel This Moment - Pitbull

I like to mix my classic with my current for running.
Shut up (Cascada)(great motivation to do more)
Wild Wild West (Will Smith)
I don't miss you at all (Selena Gomez)(Fast tempo)
It's All Electric (All the danse music from Shake it up Chicago)
Any danse music song can be seen as a running song, you replace Let's dance by let's run in your head ;-)
Don't let your feet touch the ground (Ash Koley)
Can't remember to forget you (Shakira)
International Girl (Pitt Bull)(Most Pitt Bull song are great for marathon running)
The faster the beat, the better you run Report
everyone does the list, listen to the songs people! These aren't good running songs! They're just songs that the poster likes. Report
Zedd "Clarity" and Rhianna "We Found a Love" have kept me going for months now. Report
There is a difference between "best songs of ALL time" and "best songs currently". I doubt that Pink's song (#1 on your list) will be remembered in a couple of years. Report
Some of mine:

Scripts Hall of Fame
Atreyu Falling Down
The Monster Eminem
Flash Dance Michael Sembello
Twisted Sister I Wanna Rock
Young the Giant My Body Report
Metal gets me revved up. Slipknot, In This Moment, Nightwish, Kittie, are some of the bands on my playlist. Report
Great suggestions.... "take" a little from everyone. Report
We own it - 2 chains and wiz kalifa, from Fast and Furious 6 Report
I like the following for my play list
I'M out-Ciara feat Nicki minaj
I'm out of my mind-B.O.B feat Nicki Minaj
Starships-nicki minaj
In the Dark-DEV,
Lets go-Ne-yo
Work Bitch-B. Spears
Top of the world- The Cataracs
All you-The Cataracs
U R a Fever-The kills
Werkin Girls-Angel Haze
Brain Stew- Green Day
Rise above this-seether
Breath Today-flyleaf Report
I like all the oldies. Three Dog Night, Beatles, Turtles, etc. What can I say? Report
Keri Hilson - Turnin' Me On
Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing
Kanye West - Stronger
David Banner - RUN Report
Viva la Vida- Coldplay
Higher Ground- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Zero- Smashing Pumpkins
Go Your Own Way- Fleetwood Mac
Ride Like the Wind- Christopher Cross
Perfect Kiss- New Order
Rock the Casbah- the Clash
A Sort of Homecoming (live)- U2 Report
I am not a runner and these songs are not for me. Report
Funny to read (some) comments when people get really surprised that not everyone has same taste in music as them. Music is a matter of taste. Being mean at someone for liking a certain style of music is like yelling at someone for liking broccoli with melted cheese. I don’t understand why there are so many snobs out there who deem it necessary to force-feed their opinions to others, and claim that their experience in the matter makes their statement any more credible than the next. If you dig it, awesome. If you don’t, awesome. Don’t make someone feel guilty for listening to what he / she enjoys. Above is just a suggestion...keep on running! Report
Hopefully some of these suggestions are eclectic enough!
But all of these put me in a good mood and make the miles go by!

Room To Move - John Mayall
Ramblin - Dwayne Eddy
Start Me Up - Stones
White Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
Takin It To The Street - Doobie Bros
One O'clock Jump -
In The Mood
Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darrin
Take Me to the Top - Lover Boy
All Along the Watchtower - Lenny Kravitz Report
My playlist (long and lots of variety). I'd recommend at least listening to the songs, even if they don't look like your style.
Song Title (Artist)
1. Aces High (Iron Maiden)
2. Afterlife (Avenged Sevenfold)
3. Animal I Have Become (Three Days Grace)
4. Anthem - We Are The Fire (Trivium)
5. Ashes Of The Innocent (Bullet For My Valentine)
6. Asking Too Much (All That Remains)
7. Gallows (Atreyu)
8. Battery (Metallica)
9. Beautiful Day (U2)
10. Becoming The Bull (Atreyu)
11. Better Off This Way (A Day To Remember)
12. Better Than Revenge (Taylor Swift)
13. Bleeding Out (Imagine Dragons)
14. Blow Me Away (Breaking Benjamin)
15. Boom (P.O.D.)
16. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest)
17. Bulls On Parade (Rage Against The Machine)
18. Can't Be Saved (Senses Fail)
19. Can't Stop The Rain (Cascada)
20. Carry On My Wayward Son (Kansas)
21. Chiron (All That Remains)
22. Counting Stars (One Republic)
23. Crazy Train (Ozzy Ozbourne)
24. Death Before Dishonor (Five Finger Death Punch)
25. Demon Speeding (Rob Zombie)
26. Demons (Imagine Dragons)
27. Devour (Shinedown)
28. Diary Of Jane (Breaking Benjamin)
29. Dimension (Wolfmother)
30. DJ Got Us Falling In Love - Again (Usher ft. Pitbull)
31. Draw The Line (Aerosmith)
32. Drive (Incubus)
33. Dying In Your Arms (Trivium)
34. Easier To Run (Linkin Park)
35. Eruption (Van Halen)
36. Evacuate The Dance Floor (Cascada)
37. Even Flow (Pearl Jam)
38. Everlong (Foo Fighters)
39. Everyday (Bon Jovi)
40. Every Time We Touch (Cascada)
41. F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X. (The Fall Of Troy)
42. Fade To Black (Metallica)
43. Fall Apart (1208)
44. Far From Home (Five Finger Death Punch)
45. Feel So Close (Calvin Harris)
46. Feel This Moment (Pitbull ft. Christina Aguilera)
47. Figure09 (Linkin Park)
48. Firework (Katy Perry)
49. Fixation On The Darkness (Killswitch Engage)
50. Follow Me (Breaking Benjamin)
51. Forsake Not The Dream (Trivium)
52. Give It All (Rise Against)
53. Hard To See (Five Finger Death Punch)
54. Headstrong (Trapt)
55. Hearts Burst Into Fire (Bullet For My Valentine)
56. Here I Am (The Explosion)
57. Hold On (All That Remains)
58. Holy Diver (Dio)
59. Hot And Cold (Katy Perry)
60. Hot For Teacher (Van Halen)
61. I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)
62. I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor Swift)
63. I Like It (Enrique Iglesias)
64. I Need Your Love (Calvin Harris ft Ellie Goulding)
65. I Wanna Rock (Twisted Sister)
66. I Wanna Rock And Roll All Nite (KISS)
67. I Will Not Bow (Breaking Benjamin)
68. If I Fall (Five Finger Death Punch)
69. If You Only Knew (Shinedown)
70. In My Head (Jason Derulo)
71. In The End (Linkin Park)
72. Independence Day (No Motiv)
73. Indestructible (Disturbed)
74. Into The Mouth Of Hell We March (Trivium)
75. It's Time (Imagine Dragons)
76. Jump (Van Halen)
77. Just A Dream (Nelly)
78. Kryptonite (Three Doors Down)
79. Last Resort (Papa Roach)
80. Leave Out All The Rest (Linkin Park)
81. Let The Bodies Hit The Floor (Drowning Pool)
82. Let's Get It Up (AC/DC)
83. Little Lion Man (Mumford And Sons)
84. Lobotomy For Dummies (Zebrahead)
85. Love Somebody (Maroon 5)
86. Madhouse (Anthrax)
87. Man Or Animal (Audioslave)
88. Miracle (Cascada)
89. Monkey Wrench (Foo Fighters)
90. My Curse (Killswitch Engage)
91. Need You Now (Sparks The Rescue)
92. Never Enough (Five Finger Death Punch)
93. Never Walk Alone...A Call To Arms (Megadeth)
94. No Easy Way Out (Bullet For My Valentine
95. No More Sorrow (Linkin Park)
96. Not Alone (All That Remains)
97. Not Fading (All That Remains)
98. Not Listening (Papa Roach)
99. Nothing But A Good Time (Poison)
100. Nothing For Me Here (Dope)
101. November Rain (Guns 'N' Roses)
102. Numb (Linkin Park)
103. One (Metallica)
104. One Step Closer (Linkin Park)
105. One X (Three Days Grace)
106. Over My Head (A Day To Remember)
107. Pain Redefined (Disturbed)
108. Pain (Three Days Grace)
109. Paralyzer (Finger Eleven)
110. Part Of Me (Katy Perry)
111. Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
112. Prayer Of The Refugee (Rise Against)
113. Pretty On The Outside (Bullet For My Valentine)
114. Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
115. Radioactive (Imagine Dragons)
116. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
117. Reinventing Your Exit (Underoath)
118. Remember Everything (Five Finger Death Punch)
119. Right Side Of The Bed (Atreyu)
120. Riot (Three Days Grace)
121. Run To The Hills (Iron Maiden)
122. Runnin' With The Devil (Van Halen)
123. Same Direction (Hoobastank)
124. Scars (Papa Roach)
125. Scream Aim Fire (Bullet For My Valentine)
126. Second Chance (Shinedown)
127. Since You've Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson)
128. Six (All That Remains)
129. So Far Away (Avenged Sevenfold)
130. Speed King (Deep Purple)
131. Stand Up (All That Remains)
132. Stay In Shadow (Finger Eleven)
133. Stillborn (Black Label Society)
134. Stricken (Disturbed)
135. Sugar We're Going Down (Fall Out Boy)
136. Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns 'N' Roses)
137. Symphony Of Destruction (Megadeth)
138. Tears Don't Fall (Bullet For My Valentine)
139. Ten Thousand Fists (Disturbed)
140. The Air That I Breathe (All That Remains)
141. The Anthem (Good Charlotte)
142. The Arms Of Sorrow (Killswitch Engage)
143. The Last Fight (Bullet For My Valentine)
144. The Light That Blinds (Shadows Fall)
145. The Middle (Jimmy Eat World)
146. The Number Of The Beast (Iron Maiden)
147. The Reason (Hoobastank)
148. The Sentinel (Judas Priest)
149. The Trooper (Iron Maiden)
150. This World Can't Tear Us Apart (Trivium)
151. Time Of Your Life (Green Day)
152. Torn Between Scylla And Charybdis (Trivium)
153. Trapped Under Ice (Metallica)
154. Two Weeks (All That Remains)
155. Unholy Confessions (Avenged Sevenfold)
156. Until The End (Breaking Benjamin)
157. Wait For You (Elliott Yamin)
158. Waking The Demon (Bullet For My Valentine)
159. Walk Away (Five Finger Death Punch)
160. Wanted Dead Or Alive (Bon Jovi)
161. What If I Was Nothing (All That Remains)
162. Wherever I May Roam (Metallica)
163. Wide Awake (Katy Perry)
164. Wild Side (Motley Crue)
165. Your Betrayal (Bullet For My Valentine)
166. Your Time Has Come (Audioslave)

Honorable Mentions:
1. Bleed It Out (Linkin Park)
2. Bleeding Mascara (Atreyu)
3. Break Your Heart (Taio Cruz)
4. Bring Me To Life (Evanescence)
5. Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
6. Cherub Rock (Smashing Pumpkins)
7. Curses (Bullet For My Valentine)
8. Dirty Little Secret (The All American Rejects)
9. Don't Stay (Linkin Park)
10. Forgotten (Linkin Park)
11. Paradise City (Guns 'N' Roses)
12. Supersonic (Bad Religion)
13. Yeah 3x (Chris Brown)

Hope you liked the list, should be able to find a good amount of songs appealing. I love music, and I love running. Enjoy. Report
Creating a playlist for an upcoming 10K and these are a few on my playlist:
Rod Stewart - Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
Game (feat. Lil Wayne) - Red Nation
Gorillaz - Dirty Harry
The Who - You Better You Bet
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

Thanks for a few suggestions, esp from the comments. Report
How about some Thirty Seconds to Mars???? The mission, Birth, Conquistador, Night of the Hunter, The kill, I'll attack... all perfect and powerful songs for running!
I personally get very kicked up and ready to go, ready to run the marathon by The mission and Birth!! ;) Report
im a runner in highschool and i basically just totally made a random account because i was just dying to comment a song... the two songs that get me suppppper pumped for my races are I'll make a man out of you, yeah it's from Mulan but it is sooo inspiring and also live like a warrior by Matisyahu. Those are my two absolute favorites!!! also a couple more good motivational running songs are I just wanna run by downtown fiction and we come running by Youngblood Hawke I hope you like these ideas!! Report
MacLemore and Ryan Lewis-Can't Hold Us, Pussycat Dolls-I Wanna Be Famous, Katy Perry-Alien and Fireworks, Ke$ha-Bout to Blow. Report
Bad Religion- Supersonic. It's also my alarm clock :p Report
Life is a Highway by Tom Cochran, and It's My Life by No Doubt! Report
Pat Benatar's love is a battlefield, Lady Gaga's Born This Way, Florence and the Machine's The Dog Days Are Over. Where the Streets Have no Name by U2 where the first lyrics are "I want to run/ I want to hide/ I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside." Einstein On The Beach by the Counting Crows has a very upbeat melody that I like, and the lyric "The world begins to disappear, the worst things come from inside here..." Report
Feelin' Stronger Every Day- Chicago Report
Horrible list ... sorry .... it just is .... no Bruce Springsteen Report
How does "Runner" from Manfred Mann never make these lists! It was a song from the Olympics in 1984. It is awesome to run to! Report
Just pointing it out because they are great songs. It is Free Fallin' not now I'm free(free fallin) and it is I Ran (So Far Away) by A Flock of Seagulls. Report
Most of the Burlesque soundtrack keeps me going! Report
Not many heavy alternative metal fans here, I see. How about some Black Veil Brides, Breathe Carolina or A7X? Throw in some Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce the Veil, and I'm good to go! Report
I like!!! Report
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My list have I gotta feeling (Black Eyed Peas), Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones) and Into the groove (Madonna). Those are my Top 3 ! Report