Good Running Songs

In the morning, I decide I want to go running.  I get fully dressed, put on my heart rate monitor and tie my running shoes.  I eat a healthy breakfast – usually toast with peanut butter and a banana and I drink some water to make sure I’m hydrated.  I pull out my phone…and then spend three hours searching for new songs to add to my running playlist.  I get so caught up in what songs to choose, I start searching for things like “best running songs” and then go down a rabbit hole of running music, never to return.  Needless to say, the run never happens.  It’s the thought that counts, right?  Well, not exactly.

Good Running Songs

Finding a good running playlist is HARD, y’all.  I have searched up and down for the best songs to run to.  The problem with other people’s playlists is that they aren’t yours.  They don’t have the kind of music you like or want, or they have 90% great songs and you hit the 10% of bad ones right when you need a mental boost in the middle of your run.  Everybody is different.  Some people love running to rap, I like upbeat pop music and I’m pretty partial to terrible (aka awesome) 80’s music.  My husband likes his workout music to have a more laid back vibe.

In the spirit of helpfulness, I’ve scoured the internet and I’ve gathered a list of songs that I have dubbed the Levelheaded Life top running songs.  I have organized them by Beats Per Minute (BPM) and I’ve included a handy chart that will help you choose what BPM works best for you.  I usually run 11-12 minute miles (I never said I was a particularly FAST runner…) so if I’m just out for a leisurely run, I’ll choose a playlist of songs that range anywhere from 130-140 beats per minute.  If I’m really trying to push myself, I’ll choose a 150 beat per minute playlist for 10 minute miles.

BPM Chart

Now on to the songs!  I have listed 10 songs in each BPM group for 12, 11, 10, 9 and 8 minute miles.  If you’re running faster than 8 minute miles. Kudos to you!  Are you even wearing headphones?  This is by no means an extensive list and includes songs that I think are good running songs (but as I mentioned before, you may not like) let me know if there are songs you would add!  If you want to build your own BPM playlist – is an awesome resource for finding songs in your BPM range.

12 Minute Miles – 130 Beats Per Minute

I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas: 128 BPM
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5: 128 BPM
Bennie and the Jets – Elton John: 132 BPM
Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under – Shania Twain: 132 BPM
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO: 130 BPM
Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield: 132 BPM
I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany: 132 BPM
I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry: 130 BPM
Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran: 129 BPM
Rock the Casbah – The Clash: 129 BPM

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11 Minute Miles – 140 Beats Per Minute

Beat It – Michael Jackson: 139 BPM
Somebody Told Me – Killers: 138 BPM
Feel Good Inc – Gorillaz: 139 BPM
Womanizer – Britney Spears: 139 BPM
Applause – Lady Gaga: 140 BPM
Girl You Really Got Me – The Kinks: 142 BPM
Should Have Been a Cowboy – Toby Keith: 139 BPM
Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons: 139 BPM
Spiderwebs – No Doubt: 142 BPM
Lump – The Presidents of the United States of America: 142 BPM

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10 Minute Miles – 150 Beats Per Minute

Dog Days are Over – Florence and the Machine: 150 BPM
Mr. Brightside – The Killers: 148 BPM
All the Small Things – Blink 182: 148 BPM
Shake It – Metro Station: 150 BPM
What the Hell – Avril Lavigne: 150 BPM
Run Around – Blues Traveler: 151 BPM
Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler: 150 BPM
All I do is Win – DJ Khaled: 150 BPM
New Shoes – Paolo Nutini: 150 BPM
My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark – Fall Out Boy: 152 BPM

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9 Minute Miles – 160 Beats Per Minute

Happy – Pharrell Williams: 160 BPM
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift: 160 BPM
Hey Ya – OutKast: 160 BPM
One Way or Another – Blondie: 161 BPM
Whip It – Devo: 158 BPM
Come Out and Play: The Offspring: 158 BPM
Aerials – System of a Down: 160 BPM
Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo: 161 BPM
Ruby Soho – Rancid: 162 BPM
What I Like About You – The Romantics: 160 BPM

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8 Minute Miles – 170 Beats Per Minute

Paper Planes – MIA: 172 BPM
Take on Me – A-Ha: 169 BPM
I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic! At the Disco: 170 BPM
Remember the Name – Fort Minor: 170 BPM
6 Foot 7 Foot – Lil Wayne: 168 BPM
Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz: 168 BPM
All My Life – Foo Fighters: 168 BPM
Hold My Hand – Hootie and the Blowfish: 171 BPM
Bad Blood – Taylor Swift: 170 BPM
It’s Goin Down – Yung Joc: 168 BPM

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If you’re doing intervals, you can mix it up and use a couple of faster songs followed by a slower song for cool down and back to a faster song.  The possibilities are endless!

8 thoughts on “Good Running Songs

  1. I love this blog! So much good information in it. Sarah really has a great feel of how to simplify our hectic lives.

    1. Not yet! I’m putting them together now and will link to them as soon as they’re done. I do have a Spotify profile under levelheadedlife if you want to follow!

  2. These are awesome! I am gonna mix the tracks up to make an interval run. Would love to hear your recommendations on using music for non tempo run workouts.

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