Running. Exercise. Going outside. It’s not easy when the nights are drawing in and the skies turn malevolent. But there’s one thing that helps – a cracking playlist. Here, we’ve picked 30 songs that will totally get you on your feet, starting with Van Halen’s ‘Jump’.
‘Running If You Call My Name’ – Haim
The lyrics ‘I’ll keep running if you call my name’ will keep you treading the pavement.
‘Run’ – Snow Patrol
Since it’s release in 2004, Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’ has been covered by a number of artists including Tre Lux, Three Graces, Damian McGinty and Leona Lewis.
Jumping Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
Released in 1968, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ was seen as the Stones return to blues after what was perceived as their ‘psychedelic phase’. The songs was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ – Queen
Released in 1979, this track is still going strong. Despite it’s modern day success though, the single only reached number 9 in the UK charts and number 86 in the US.
‘Walk This Way – Run DMC
Originally performed by Aerosmith, Run DMC’s cover of ‘Walk This Way’ won both bands an award at the Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap.
‘Dog Days Are Over’ – Florence and the Machine
If you’re avoiding the gym fees by choosing a pavement over a treadmill, this fast beat song will give your heart pumping in the frost. Who can deny Florence Welch when she’s demanding you to ‘Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father’?
‘Start Me Up’ The Rolling Stones
If the lyrics ‘Start me up, if you start me up I’ll never stop’ don’t motivate you for a winter run, then nothing will. This is a great first track to ease you into the first five torturous minutes of exercise.
‘Let’s Dance’ – David Bowie
Swap the red shoes for red trainers, and change ‘dance the blues’ to turn off that TV and get to the gym. Or, if you are genuinely heading to a dance class, it’s the perfect song to listen to on the way.
‘Born To Run’ – Bruce Springsteen
The song title says it all. This classic hit is a must-have motivator track for any running playlist. Your morning run will no longer be just that, it will be what you were born to do.
‘Bust A Move’ – Young DMC
‘Bust a Move’ was the most successful track off the album ‘Stone Cold Rhymin’ winning the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance.
‘Can’t Stop’ – Red Hot Chilli Peppers’
‘Can’t Stop’ was the Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s 8th number one, spending three weeks at the top of the US chart.
‘Complete Control’ – The Clash
‘Complete Control’ is the ideal track for an angsty workout after a hard day at work.
‘Dancing Shoes’ – Arctic Monkeys
Alex Turner described ‘Dancing Shoes’ being about “People always on the pull when they go out however much they mask it.” Get motivated with this classic track.
‘Move Along’ – The All American Rejects
The All American Rejects released ‘Move along’, from the same named album, in February 2008. The track, which was written by frontman, Tyson Ritter and guitarist, Nick Wheeler.
‘No Rest’ – Dry The River
If you’re struggling on your reps, this angry tune will remind you that there’s no time for rest.
‘I Ran (so far away) – Bowling For Soup
Originally performed by A Flock of Seagulls in the 1982, Bowling For Soup covered the song for their 2003 album ‘Punk 101’.
‘We Can Work It Out – Stevie Wonder
This Beatles cover will get you going.
Stronger – Kanye West
If you want to feel pumped at the gym then the Daft Punk-sampled banger should get you in the right frame of mind with the lyrics ‘Now that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger’.
‘Pumped up Kicks’ – Foster the People
Named the bands ‘break-through’ hit, ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ became one of the most popular songs of 2011.
‘Kick Starts’ – Example
‘Kickstart’ was released in 2010 and reached Number 1 in the official UK Dance and Indie charts.
‘No Rest’ – Dry The River
This techno track is sure to get you into the mood for some gyming. The steady beat will encourage your feet to hit the floor ‘to the rhythm’.
‘Here It Goes Again’ – OK Go
If you need a bit of inspiration to motivate your trip to the gym, watch OK Go’s video to ‘Here it Goes Again’.
‘Drink, Dance, Play’ – Young Kato
This recently released track has a fast beat tune perfect for any gym playlist.
‘Walk, Idiot, Walk’ – The Hives
Even if you’re alternating running with walking, you’ll still be burning calories, although you may find it hard to keep a walking pace to this hi-NRG track.
‘Rat Race’ – The Specials
From the album ‘More Specials’, which reached the top five in the UK charts, Rat Race by the ska band had similar success in the 1980s, hitting the Top Ten.
‘Run Through The Jungle’ – Creedence Clear Water
Perceived as a song protesting the Vietnam War, ‘Run Through the Jungle’ reached number 4 in the charts.
‘Run with the Wolves’ – The Prodigy
Featuring Dave Grohl on the drums, this heavy, fast paced track is perfect to get you in the mind-set for some intense activity.
The Runner – Kings of Leon
Not the King’s fastest song but an ideal one to cool down to.
‘Running Up That Hill’ – Placebo
Another slow-paced song with intensity, this Kate Bush cover is one to listen to as you stretch out after a heavy work out.