50 ‘Power’ Songs To Pump Up Your Run

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I asked a bunch of runners what song is “their song” when it comes to training or racing.

Some were tried and true favorites and some were fun surprises. It was interesting to see a mix of inspirational lyrics and upbeat tempos with all kinds of genres and eras. Some of them had heard it at a poignant race moment and some had trained for a goal race with the song on repeat.

Whatever the backstory, it resonated with the runner and makes them push a little harder, a little faster every time they hear it. Check out their suggestions to update your playlist:

  1. Super Bad” by James Brown
  2. Remember the Name” by Fort Minor
  3. Lose Yourself” by Eminem
  4. Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
  5. Good to be Alive (Hallelujah)” by Andy Grammer
  6. “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore
  7. “Don’t By Down” by Tom Petty
  8. “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran
  9. “Ready to Start” by Arcade Fire
  10. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys
  11. “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters
  12. “Running on Empty” by Jackson Browne
  13. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
  14. “I Like It Heavy” by Halestorm
  15. “Madness” by Muse
  16. “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine
  17. “99 Problems” by Jay-Z
  18. “Crawling” by Linkin Park
  19. “Bodies” by Drowning Pool
  20. “Thrive” by Casting Crowns
  21. “Eminence Front” by The Who
  22. “Mahna Mahna” by The Fray
  23. “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
  24. “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin
  25. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
  26. “Hells Bells” by AC/DC
  27. “Run” by Ben Kweller
  28. “Unstoppable” by Sia
  29. “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden
  30. “Wheels” by Foo Fighters
  31. “To Be with You” by Mr. Big
  32. “We Will Rock You” by Queen
  33. “We are the Champions” by Queen
  34. “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
  35. “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves
  36. “Sinnerman” by Nina Simone
  37. “Express Yourself” by Diplo
  38. “Flirtin’ with Disaster” by Molly Hatchet
  39. “Champagne Supernova” by Oasis
  40. “Town Called Malice” by The Jam
  41. “Superheroes” by The Script
  42. “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” by The Offspring
  43. “Mind Over Matter” by Young the Giant
  44. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
  45. “Hall of Fame” by The Script
  46. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
  47. “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
  48. “Move (Keep Walkin’)” by TobyMac
  49. “We Own It” by 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa
  50. “Just Like Fire” by P!nk

Carissa Liebowitz has run the Boston Marathon as well as dozens of marathons and half marathons. You can follow her running adventures on StravaInstagram and her blog.

1 comment… add one
  • Brenda April 11, 2018, 4:54 pm

    I do not have a specific song or song’s but I listen to deep house music for now. Is like every 5 month’s I changed my tunes that is how I stay positive about my run. ?☺

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