Poll: Do You Have a Favorite Running Song?


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Recently, I shared my half-marathon music playlist with you, and it got me thinking. While some of the songs on the list are newer hits, most of the music I run to day in and day out are anything but new. However, they are some of my favorite running (or workout) songs of all time. While I occasionally swap out some tired tunes for new ones, most of what I listen to stays pretty much the same year after year.
It made me wonder whether YOUR favorite songs are those tried-and-true ones or newer hits.
In an effort to create a collection of the best running songs of all time, we want to know: What is your favorite running song?
I consulted with my good friends at Yes! Fitness Music. If anyone knows music, it's these guys! Their entire business is creating workout compilations and remixes. In fact, they are the force behind SparkPeople's workout music, too—including our downloadable "Workout Songs of the Year" album from 2011. According to them, the best possible tempo for running is between 150-171 beats per minute. Together, we scanned for songs from every era and genre that fit the ideal running pace and came up with more than 100 of them!
You can take our quick survey to vote (at surveymonkey.com) for your top 10 from the list. In a few weeks, we'll share the results!
Do you have an all-time favorite running song? Tell us below!

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  • 146
    Most of my running music are upbeat praise songs, these are my favourites.
    Hillsongs "We are Running"
    Kids Praise "Transformers", "Our God is Stronger", and "Hi 5".

    - 4/1/2014   4:44:09 PM
  • 145
    "Dragula" the matrix remix - rob zombie - 12/19/2013   7:44:51 PM
  • 144
    "Home" by LCD Soundsystem
    "Run Run Run" by Velvet Underground
    "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen
    "I See You, Baby (Shaking That Ass)" by Groove Armada
    "This Is The Day" by The The
    "The Loneliness and The Scream" by Frightened Rabbit
    "Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode

    There are a million others, but these get me motivated every single time. - 12/19/2013   12:46:12 PM
    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. - 9/27/2013   6:52:35 AM
    MORE - Usher - 6/3/2013   11:19:09 AM
  • 141
    Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd!
    - 12/6/2012   8:54:26 AM
  • 140
    Anything by Mindless Self Indulgence is great for running, very fast paced and exciting, they get you moving fast fast fast! Not for the bashful or easily offended though.... If you don't like hard punk/rap/industrial, or are really into Abba...... you won't like it lol. - 10/9/2012   8:03:37 PM
  • 139
    Anything by Donna Summer - 10/1/2012   2:11:08 PM
  • 138
    "Bulletproof" - La Roux
    "Fergilicious" - Fergie
    - 9/23/2012   7:50:51 AM
  • 137
    Lust for Life - Iggy Pop
    Jump Jive & Wail - Brian Setzer
    Tahiti, Tahiti - Na Waiho'olu'u o ke Anuenue (Na Wai)
    Anything by the Suburban Legends - 9/23/2012   1:53:36 AM
  • 136
    Runaway Baby - Bruno Mars
    Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
    I'm Not Dead Yet - Styx - 9/14/2012   9:38:54 AM
  • MLYTLE1980
    "Taking on the World Today" -O.A.R.
    "The Fighter" - Gym Class Heroes and Ryan Tedder
    "Everybody Talks" -Neon Trees
    "Good Life" -One Republic
    "bring me to life" -Evanescence
    "New Shoes" -Paolo Nutini - 7/9/2012   2:31:11 PM
    How is Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" not on the top 100 list? Craziness... - 6/28/2012   6:21:10 PM
    " Dog Days are Over" by Florence and the Machine
    "Run" by Matt Nathanson feat. Sugarland
    "Express Yourself" by Madonna - 6/27/2012   1:08:23 PM
    Green Onions - 6/27/2012   2:18:56 AM
    Billy Squire - everybody wants you, or any other songs by him...
    Billy Joel - War, etc
    Artist ? - it's like that and that's the way it is
    Little Richard - great gosh oh mighty
    Artist ? - Rock me amadeus
    Eddy ------- - Electric Avenue
    Good Golly Miss Molly
    ...To start with... - 6/27/2012   2:14:51 AM
    Sanctuary by the Cult. - 6/26/2012   10:53:23 AM
    Express Christina
    Kanye's Workout Plan
    Magdelena Cheyenne
    Burlesque Christina
    Hey Mama Black Eyed Peas
    My Humps...

    Lol well I love to dance so running to the songs I love to dance too keeps me going and motivated. - 6/22/2012   12:16:53 PM
  • 128
    Chicane "Saltwater" - 6/11/2012   8:00:29 AM
    Walkin' on sunshine, School's Out for the Summer, anything Foo Fighters, Van Halen - 6/11/2012   12:46:44 AM
  • 126
    I'm new to running, mostly a "wogger". I spent my teen years as an '80's Metal Head. My play lists have a lot of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio, Metallica, and Ozzy. There is just something about the music of my youth that helps me keep going. - 6/3/2012   10:20:35 PM
  • 125
    Anything Nickleback!
    Love best,
    One Last Run
    Midnight Queen
    Gotta Get Me Some

    oh, and Skillet, Awake and Alive. - 6/3/2012   1:24:07 PM
  • 124
    John Mellencamp - Paper In Fire - 6/1/2012   3:31:04 PM
  • 123
    Looking for You by Kirk Franklin. Upbeat and great lyrics - 5/31/2012   6:06:44 PM
    Britney Spears -he about to lose me
    Florence + the machine - 5/31/2012   12:57:54 PM
  • 121
    Eye of the Tiger
    Old Time Rock 'n Roll
    Lion King - Elton John (Cool Down) - 5/31/2012   3:08:04 AM
  • 120
    Van Halen's... Right Now and Dreams... Europes Final Countdown. - 5/30/2012   10:16:00 PM
  • 119
    Life is a Highway - Rascal Flatts (I start my workout/runs with this song)
    Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
    I'm Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO
    Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
    Starships - Nicki Minaj
    Turn Me On - David Guetta/Nicki Minaj
    Rumor Has It - Adele
    Dynamite - Taio Cruz
    Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
    Blackout - Breathe Carolina
    Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
    We Run the Night - Havana Brown/Pitbull
    Yeah - Chris Brown
    Just Dance - Lady Gaga
    I Got a Feeling & Rock That Body - Black Eyed Peas
    I Like to Move It, Move It - Will.I.Am

    (Ok, I have plenty more - but these are some of my favorites) :D - 5/30/2012   7:08:47 PM
  • 118
    Shoot To Thrill - AC/DC. I time it so that it's the first song that plays when I switch from warming up to actually running. - 5/30/2012   4:57:52 PM
  • 117
    Every move I make, David Crowder Band. - 5/30/2012   3:27:49 PM
  • MELI725
    Flo Rida - Club Can't Handle Me; Darude - Sandstorm w/White Zombie Remix; Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit Remix; Kanye West - Stronger; Rhianna - We Found Love; Chris Brown - Yea! x3; Usher f/David Guetta - Without You; LMFAO - Sexy and I know it; Metallica - Enter Sandman; Eminem - Lose Yourself; Pitbull & Marc Anthony - Rain Over Me - 5/30/2012   2:33:36 PM
    I love listening to Gospel music; that's my preference! My all time running song is "And the Winner Is" by D. Sowells & NEM. THis group just put out the video to this song on youtube.

    Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do! ;-) - 5/30/2012   12:24:03 PM
    Don't Stop Me Now-Queen (such a fun happy running song! I pick up my speed every single time to this song. )
    The Cup of Life-Ricky Martin (Now is the time! Don't ever stop!)
    Thong Song-Sisqo - 5/30/2012   12:12:24 PM
  • 113
    For longer runs I listen to the podcast Groovelectric - sick new-old funk sounds and the mixes are an hour or so long. Below are some selections from my playlist for short, hard runs:

    "Bodyrock" by Moby
    "Make Me Wanna Die" by The Pretty Reckless
    "Me McGee" by Zero 7
    "Runnin' Down A Dream" by Tom Petty
    "Song 2" by Blur
    "Punks (Krafty Kuts Remix)" by The Freestylers
    - 5/30/2012   9:36:12 AM
    eye of the tiger survivor - 5/30/2012   1:32:37 AM
  • 111
    Express from the Burlesque Soundtrack
    Won't Back Down by Eminem and Pink!
    :) - 5/29/2012   11:15:12 PM
  • 110
    I'm not up to running yet (that's a goal!) but my fave workout songs are:
    "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
    "Move Your Body" by Eiffel 65
    "Camilla" by Basshunter
    "Smile" by Vitamin C
    "Sandstorm" by Darude
    "Sanctuary" by Gareth Emery feat. Lucy Saunders (for cool down) - 5/29/2012   11:04:12 PM
    Peanuts Theme song. - 5/29/2012   8:59:14 PM
    I know this is gong to sound really bizarre, but my favorite song is "Chicken Fat." - 5/29/2012   8:58:36 PM
  • 107
    yes - but not easy to find except maybe thru Amazon.com : Sountracks and Comebacks (5:41 version) by Goldfish from album "Perceptions of Pacha". It truly moves and has a run/jog beat - 5/29/2012   1:09:59 PM
  • BRICHAN206
    "Push It"- Static X
    "Zombie"- The Cranberries
    "Attack"- System Of A Down
    "Alive"- Pearl Jam
    "Born This Way"- Lady Gaga
    "Better Off Alone"- Alice Deejay
    "Nothing But A Good Time"- Poison - 5/29/2012   12:24:07 PM
  • 105
    Katy Perry's Futuristic Lover - the best song ever for running!! - 5/29/2012   11:37:42 AM
    "Run Like Hell" by Pink Floyd
    Pre-Race warm up is the "Theme From Rocky" - 5/29/2012   11:10:59 AM
  • 103
    This post is timely, as I've grown restless with my current mix, and need more suggestions. Here are some of my running songs:

    Blue Orchid--White Stripes
    Are Your Going to Be My Girl--Jet (Lust for Life, by Iggy Pop, has a similar beat)
    Even it Up--Heart
    Sixteen Saltines--Jack White
    Anything At All--Firewater
    The Future's So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades)--Timbuk 3... good for the warmup
    Black Night--Deep Purple

    - 5/29/2012   10:24:38 AM
  • 102
    80's Hair Bands always help pull me through and keep me going! - 5/29/2012   10:18:57 AM
  • 101
    Definitely. It's Sandstorm by Darude.... - 5/29/2012   10:07:25 AM
    Linkin Park
    Queen (Freddie cool!)
    "Represent" by Orishas (Cuban hip hop)
    old Hall & Oates
    once in a great while: dubstep (i.e. Skrillex) my kid put on the iPod - 5/29/2012   9:52:27 AM
  • 99
    "Ever Fallen In Love" by The Buzzcocks
    "Run Like Hell" by Pink Floyd - 5/29/2012   9:29:30 AM
    My all-time favorite: "Industrial Disease" by Dire Straits - 5/29/2012   8:12:40 AM
  • 97
    Trace Adkins "I got my game on". I start every 5K race I run with this song. - 5/28/2012   11:37:30 PM

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