30 Songs To Run To

  • 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'.

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    Added: 13 Sep 2011

  • 'Running If You Call My Name' – Haim The lyrics 'I'll keep running if you call my name' will keep you treading the pavement.

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    Added: 12 Jul 2013

  • '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.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2012

  • 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.

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    Added: 26 Jun 2013

  • '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.

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    Added: 24 Oct 2011

  • '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.

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    Added: 05 Aug 2013

  • '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'?

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    Added: 08 Sep 2012

  • '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.

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    Added: 09 Jul 2013

  • '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.

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    Added: 08 Jan 2013

  • '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.

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    Added: 05 Nov 2012

  • '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.

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    Added: 11 Nov 2013

  • '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.

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    Added: 04 Nov 2011

  • 'Complete Control' – The Clash 'Complete Control' is the ideal track for an angsty workout after a hard day at work.

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    Added: 05 Nov 2013

  • '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.

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    Added: 10 Sep 2013

  • '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.


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  • '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.

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    Added: 02 May 2012

  • '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'.

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    Added: 07 Jun 2012

  • 'We Can Work It Out – Stevie Wonder This Beatles cover will get you going.

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    Added: 24 May 2013

  • 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'.

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    Added: 07 Jun 2013

  • 'Pumped up Kicks' – Foster the People Named the bands 'break-through' hit, 'Pumped Up Kicks' became one of the most popular songs of 2011.

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    Added: 07 Feb 2012

  • 'Kick Starts' - Example 'Kickstart' was released in 2010 and reached Number 1 in the official UK Dance and Indie charts.

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    Added: 08 Aug 2011

  • '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'.

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    Added: 06 Jan 2011

  • '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'.

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    Added: 24 Nov 2011

  • 'Drink, Dance, Play' – Young Kato This recently released track has a fast beat tune perfect for any gym playlist.

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    Added: 11 Nov 2013

  • '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.

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    Added: 28 Jun 2013

  • '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.

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    Added: 20 Jan 2011

  • '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.

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    Added: 11 Nov 2013

  • '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.

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    Added: 20 Dec 2012

  • The Runner – Kings of Leon Not the King's fastest song but an ideal one to cool down to.

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    Added: 11 Nov 2013

  • '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.

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    Added: 25 Nov 2011