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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1DAY-ATA-TIME 3/18/2018
Great playlists. I have many of these songs already! Time to update my workout playlist!! Report
Interesting to consider. Report
Thank you! Report
Here are a couple for your consideration:
Rebel Soldjah - Jamalski/DJ Koda
Take me to the hospital - Prodigy
Panama - Van Halen
Until the End of the World - U2
Girl/Boy Song - Aphex Twin
Rue The Whirl - Boards of Canada
They Say - Common (feat: Kanye West)
The Move - Beastie Boys
Digital - Goldie (feat: KRS1)

Slow Jog/Cool down:
Run - Air
Heirloom - Bjork
MNABOY 3/2/2018
Thanks Report
REDROBIN47 2/11/2018
Great workout list. Report
Great music! Report
PATRICIA-CR 1/30/2018
Woohoo! Great songs! Report
Great music suggestions Thanks! Report
I love music great suggestions Report
I love music great suggestions Report
Nice music. I like jazz, but not much of it is good for running.Slide off to blues then. Report
PETERF89 1/11/2018
Hello everyone, I was looking for some interesting music set of songs and I came across this one I just saved and I also found another pretty nice playlist of songs best running music
YODOWAHI 12/27/2017
Some of these songs are really old. / Report
ZUBAQUZO 12/26/2017
These running songs are really great.
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BARCELONAME 11/13/2017
Thanks Report
MUSICNUT 11/12/2017
Thanks for the great ideas...will have to add some of these to my playlist! :) Report
MNABOY 11/10/2017
Some are great others are not! I guess that is what makes the world turn Report
NANCYPAT1 11/1/2017
Wonderful list Report
KATONTHEMAT 10/19/2017
Some of these I’m familiar with but some not. I’ll probably recognize them once I hear them. Will look them up Report
TWEETYKC00 10/10/2017
Good music can really help to keep moving. Report
AJB121299 9/19/2017
Nice Report
ALABAMASUSAN17 9/19/2017
Thank you for sharing this wonderful list! Report
I love the fact that most of these songs are Classic Rock. Might put them on my Ipod Shuffle. Report
What a great mix! Report
I have to say I like a lot of these but you are missing a really big and good one. John Parr - Man in Motion from St. Elmo's Fire. It is one that seriously keeps me motivated. A lesser known one that also keeps me motivated Spirit Never Dies https://

What about Nickelback's "Million Miles an Hour?" Love that for really movin' lol
What about Van Morrison "Chick a Boom Chicka boom boom" Report
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

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