Music For Jogging: The 118 Best Songs For Running

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Listening to music while jogging is an indispensable way for many runners to get motivated and to push themselves to new heights of performance. It depends on the right songs while running. The ideal songs for jogging have a B.P.M value of 140 to 160 (B.P.M stands for Beats per minute).

Of course, our playlist contains only songs that meet this criterion.

Many joggers are aware of the fact that music increases our performance while running. Even studies show that music can boost athletes’ performance by up to 15 percent. For this reason, it is forbidden to listen to music during official competitions.

Music is considered by many sports federations as a doping agent.

For amateur runners, music during jogging often serves more as self-motivation, and the right playlist and the appropriate Good mood songs make the jogging round also much more fun.

Our playlist for jogging includes many pop songs that are fun and motivating at the same time. Adding a fast hip-hop song or two and some classics will add variety to the list.

Our tip: Start your running workout with slower songs and increase with faster songs as the session progresses. It makes for a dynamic run.

(At the end of the article we have created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

01. “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor


Hardly any song motivates to jog as much as “Eye Of The Tiger” by the US band Survivor. In 1982 Sylvester Stallone was working on his movie “Rocky III”.

Actually wanted to have “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen as the theme song. However, Queen refused to give him the rights to the song, so Stallone contacted the band Survivor. The latter produced “Eye Of The Tiger” and landed the biggest hit of their career with it.

The song was nominated for an Oscar in 1982 and a Grammy in 1983. It also spent six weeks at № 1 on the U.S. charts, selling more than 9.5 million copies to date.

02. “Gravel Pit” by Wu-Tang Clan


With its driving beat, the song is perfect for sports activities. The Wu-Tang Clan released it at the end of 2000, and it was also included on the album “The W”, which was released shortly before.

The verses are rapped by Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and U-God, with RZA and Raekwon also doing some parts. Although the song was not too successful in the US charts, it was played regularly on the radio after its release. In the UK, it was the biggest success of Wu-Tang, reaching the sixth place on the sales list in the UK.

03. “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones


The Rolling Stones have stood for solid retro rock for many decades now. “Paint It Black” was released back in 1966, but is still one of the band’s most famous songs. Charlie Watts’ drums are just as motivating as Mick Jagger’s distinctive voice. A special element is a sitar, a stringed instrument from India.

In the USA as well as in Great Britain the hit reached the top of the charts and remained there for several weeks in each case. Among other things, it can be heard in the end credits of the classic film “Full Metal Jacket. Paint It Black” is still an integral part of the Stones’ concerts today.

04. “All My Life” by Foo Fighters


Already the first guitar sounds of “All My Life” get the legs moving. And at the latest when the drums sound, there is no stopping them.

The single was released in September 2002 and reached number 1 in the US Alternative Charts. In Great Britain, it even entered the top 5 of the single charts. The band around Dave Grohl achieved another success when “All My Life” won the Grammy for the best hard rock performance in 2003.

Grohl later stated that the hit is about oral sex.

05. “The Light Is Coming” by Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj


When three superstars join forces, the result can only be great – and extraordinarily energetic, as in the case of “The Light Is Coming”. The song was written by Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Pharrell Williams, who also did the production.

It was released in February 2017 as a precursor to Grande’s album “Sweetener”. However, the sales figures for the single were only moderate, in the USA it only climbed to number 89 on the charts.

06. “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand


With their second single “Take Me Out”, the Scottish band Franz Ferdinand achieved an international breakthrough in January 2004. The song reached number three in the British charts, and also became a top 10 hit in Ireland and Canada.

In the U.S. and Italy, Franz Ferdinand was awarded a gold record each for the sales of “Take Me Out”, in the UK it was even enough for a platinum record. The song also made it into the soundtracks of various video games such as “NHL 2005” and “Guitar Hero”. By the way, it was inspired by the movie “Duel – Enemy At The Gates” from 2001.

07. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem


Although Eminem was one of the most successful rappers of all time is, one thing is quickly forgotten: He even has an Oscar at home. He won 2003, when “Lose Yourself”, his hit for the flick “8 Mile” was named the best movie song of the year.

In addition, the song represented the first number 1 hit by Marshall Mathers in the U.S. Lose Yourself” was one of only three rap songs on Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Oh yes, the song is also very suitable for jogging.

08. “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson


Throughout his career, Michael Jackson produced a number of hits. “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” was one of the first and also marked his breakthrough as a solo artist. The single was released in July 1979 and went to the top of the charts in the USA, Australia, and Norway, among other countries.

Jackson wrote and composed the disco song himself and produced it together with Quincy Jones. With its 120 beats per minute tempo, the song is best suited to run a new best time.

09. “Higher” by Creed


Even though Rock band Creed has fallen into oblivion a bit, she still released some hits. One of them was “Higher”. The single, released in 1999, paved the way for the band into the mainstream.

It stayed on the U.S. Billboard charts for more than a year and was used in the movie “The Sculls – All the Power in the World”. “Higher” was written by Creed singer Scott Stapp, among others. The latter had a recurring dream in which he was repeatedly chased and then killed by a gunman. It was only when Stapp started to deal with lucid dreams that he was finally able to escape from his hunter.

The lyrics of “Higher” are about these events.

10. “Born To Run” by Bruce Springsteen


When a song is already called “Born To Run,” it’s predestined for a running playlist. The song was written by Bruce Springsteen and was released in August 1975.

After Springsteen had released two moderately successful albums, “Born To Run” was his breakthrough. The Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame included it in the list of 500 songs best songs in 1995. The lyrics are about a girl named Wendy, with who the protagonist is in love.

11. “This Is America” by Childish Gambino


With “This Is America” Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino wrote one of the best songs of 2018. It topped the charts in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and also won four Grammys. “This Is America” was the first rap song ever to win the Grammy in the Record of the Year category. The song mainly addresses the problems with racism and gun violence in the U.S.

The mood alternates from happy to threatening, which creates an interesting dynamic even when jogging.

12. “Sabotage” by The Beastie Boys


The Beastie Boys have undergone an interesting transformation. Indeed, they emerged from a hardcore punk band. their roots could still be recognized later in their music.

Because although they are actually a hip-hop combo were, they often played with rock elements as well. This was the case on the single “Sabotage,” which was released in January 1994. Guitar, bass, and drums were played by the band members themselves, plus the song features scratch interludes and the spoken word vocals of Ad-Rock.

In the UK, “Sabotage” entered the top 20, while in the U.S. the song caused a stir, especially in the rock scene.

13. “Ace Of Spades” by Motörhead


The band Motörhead around with their singer and bassist Lemmy Kilmister was known for their relentless sound. “Ace of Spades” is no exception. Kilmister’s raspy voice rises above the wild instruments and raises the listener’s pulse rate. The single was released in October 1980 as a precursor to the album “Ace Of Spades” and spent 13 weeks in the British charts.

After Kilmister passed away at the end of 2015, the song re-entered the UK hit list. Today, it is considered Motörhead’s anthem and one of the best songs of all time.

14. “Master Of Puppets” by Metallica


A sports playlist is definitely not complete without Metallica, after all, the music of the Metal band is Extremely dynamic and sweaty. Thanks to a length of over eight and a half minutes, you can make good meters to “Master of Puppets.

The single was released in July 1986 and is today considered one of Metallica’s biggest hits. To this day, the band plays the song at their concerts. It’s also included on many lists that feature the best Heavy metal songs and the best guitar riffs were recorded.

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15. “Bad Boy For Life” by P.Diddy


An energetic beat presented P.Diddy on his single “Bad Boys For Life,” released in July 2001. The song also featured rappers Black Rob and Mark Curry.

The song reached number 33 on the US charts and also entered the sales lists in many other countries. The music video for “Bad Boys For Life” also attracted attention. In fact, it features, among others, actor Ben Stiller, boxer Mike Tyson, basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, and P.Diddy’s fellow rappers Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube can be seen on the track.

16. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People


Pair an upbeat melody with a catchy rhythm – and you’ve got a feel-good song. On a superficial listen, “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People follows this exact formula.

But if you pay attention to the lyrics, you’ll notice that it’s about a teenager who imagines shooting people. The single was released in September 2010 and reached third place in the Billboard charts. In some countries, it even became a number 1 hit.

It also won a Grammy in 2011. Since then, “Pumped Up Kicks” has been featured in numerous series and movies. When there was an attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in December 2012, the song was taken off the air by some radio stations in the U.S. because of its content.

17. “Numb/Encore” by Jay-Z and Linkin Park


The nu-metal band Linkin Park and the rapper Jay-Z entered into an unusual collaboration in 2004. They released the EP “Collision Course”, which included mash-ups of songs from both acts. The only single selected was “Numb/Encore”, it was released in December 2004 and reached number 20 on the charts in the U.S.

In total, it sold more than two million copies in the United States. At the Grammy Awards in 2006, “Numb/Encore” won the award in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category.

18. “Heatseeker” by AC/DC


The Australian band AC/DC had a number of hits, “Heatseeker” is particularly good for running. The song was released in January 1988 and was included on the album “Blow Up Your Video”.

In the UK, “Heatseeker” reached #12 on the charts, making it AC/DC’s biggest hit in the UK for 25 years. In Germany, the song landed at least at number 26. The sound of the band around guitarist Angus Young is unmistakable, and Brian Johnson’s voice can be heard in addition.

19. “Pump It Up” by Elvis Costello & The Attractions


Pump It Up” sets the mood right from the start. The retro-rockabilly sound of Elvis Costello tickles the last reserves of energy while running. The single was released in April 1978, Costello has been supported for the first time by his background group The Attractions.

Costello wrote the song after returning from a tour of his label Stiffs in 1977. On the tour, there were wild excesses, which is why he spiced the lyrics of “Pump It Up” with double meanings. So the title is meant both as an invitation to turn up the volume and as a description of masturbation.

20. “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence And The Machine


British indie rock band Florence And The Machine released its debut album “Lungs” in 2009. The second single “Dog Days Are Over” had already been released a few months earlier.

The dynamic rhythm is almost an invitation to jog, especially as the song picks up speed toward the end. Florence Welch, the band’s frontwoman, got the idea for the song from riding her bike every day past a giant piece of art that read “Dog Days Are Over”. Her bandmate Isabella Summers wrote the song with Welch, both women also handled the percussions. After its release in December 2008, the song entered the UK charts at № 89.

When the band featured the song on various TV shows and it was used in commercials for the movies “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Eat Pray Love,” it jumped to #23 on the sales list in the U.K. in January 2010.

Places 21-118 of the best songs for jogging:

Each song is linked by title to its accompanying music video.

Place: Song: Performer: Listen:
21. Runaway (U & I) Galantis
22. I Can’t Stop Flux Pavilion
23. Purple Lamborghini Rick Ross
24. Light It Up (feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG) [Remix] Major Lazer
25. Trophies [feat. Drake] Young Money
26. Last Resort Papa Roach
27. Roses (Zaxx Remix) The Chainsmokers feat. ROZES
28. Recover Chvrches
29. Put the Gun Down ZZ Ward
30. 7/11 Beyonce
31. Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) Clean Bandit
32. Waiting All Night (feat. Ella Eyre) Rudimental
33. Faint Linkin Park
34. Under Control Calvin Harris & Alesso feat. Hurts
35. Shut Up and Dance Walk The Moon
36. Tubthumping Chumbawamba
37. The Ransom Catey Shaw
38. Fool’s Gold [feat. BØRNS] Dagny
39. Hands To Myself (Kandy Remix) Selena Gomez
40. Outside Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
41. The Chainsmokers feat. Daya
42. Cheap Thrills Sia feat. Sean Paul
43. Remind Me High Contrast
44. Beggin’ Madcon
45. Undercover Martyn Two Door Cinema Club
46. Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself Jess Glynne
47. Never Forget You Zara Larsson & MNEK
48. I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) Icona Pop
49. Ni**as In Paris Jay-Z
50. Hype Calvin Harris and Dizzee Rascal
51. Midnight City M83
52. This Girl (Kungs Vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners) Cookin’ On 3 Burners and Kungs
53. This Is What You Came For Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna
54. This One’s For You (Feat. Zara Larsson) David Guetta
55. No Money Galantis
56. Forever Drake & Eminem & Kanye West & Lil Wayne
57. Easy Love (Original Mix) Sigala
58. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) Kelly Clarkson
59. Hey Ya! OutKast
60. Fascination Alphabeat
61. Someone to Love Atomic Tom
62. Red Flag Billy Talent
63. Levels Avicii
64. Millionaire Digital Farm Animals & Cash Cash feat. Nelly
65. The Final Countdown Europe
66. Say You Do (Radio Edit) Sigala feat. Imani Williams & DJ Fresh
67. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) Adele
68. Wild Ones (Feat. Sia) Flo Rida
69. Dark Horse [feat. Juicy J] Katy Perry
70. Uptown Funk Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
71. Stronger [Explicit] Kanye West
72. Song 2 Blur
73. Run Boy Run Woodkid
74. Can’t Stop Red Hot Chili Peppers
75. It’s My Life Bon Jovi
76. Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites Skrillex
77. The Rockafeller Skank Fatboy Slim
78. Coming Home [feat. Skylar Grey] Diddy-Dirty Money
79. Whoo! Alright – Yeah…Uh Huh. The Rapture
80. Don’t Stop Me Now (Remastered 2011) Queen
81. Wing$ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
82. For A Better Day Avicii
83. Today’s The Day P!nk
84. Don’t Stop Believin’ Glee Cast
85. One Dance [feat. WizKid] Drake
86. PILLOWTALK ZAYN
87. When Love Takes Over (feat. Kelly Rowland) David Guetta
88. Good Feeling Flo Rida
89. I Want You To Know [feat. Selena Gomez] Zedd
90. Club Can’t Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) Flo Rida
91. FourFiveSeconds Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney
92. Lean On (Feat. Mø & DJ Snake) [Crnkn Remix] Major Lazer
93. Trumpets Sak Noel & Salvi featuring Sean Paul
94. Giving Up On You Wild Belle
95. Go! (Feat. Karen O) Santigold
96. Rock the Bells Boys Noize
97. Temperature Sean Paul
98. We Own It (Fast & Furious) 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa
99. Gone Afrojack feat. Ty Dolla $ign
100. Lights Down Low (Not Your Dope Remix) Max
101. Give Me Your Love Sigala feat. John Newman & Nile Rodgers
102. In My Blood The Veronicas
103. Mad World Hardwell feat. Jake Reese
104. Heavy Cross Gossip
105. Kids (Radio Mix) MGMT
106. SexyBack [Explicit] Justin Timberlake feat. Timbaland
107. Shut Up and Let Me Go The Ting Tings
108. Give Me Everything Afrojack & Nayer Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo
109. Stop the Rock Apollo 440
110. Changing [feat. Paloma Faith] Sigma
111. Drop That Low (When I Dip) (Extended Mix) Tujamo
112. Bring Em Out [Explicit] T.I.
113. Hall of Fame The Script feat. will.i.am
114. ‘Till I Collapse [feat. Nate Dogg] Eminem
115. Like A G6 Far East Movement
116. Please Tell Rosie Alle Farben feat. YOUNOTUS
117. Shake It Off Taylor Swift
118. Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ) Major Lazer Major Lazer

Songs zum Joggen Spotify-Playlist:

Whether it’s heavy metal, pop, rock, or hip-hop, what matters most when running is that the basses drive – and they definitely do in the songs on our list.

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