15 Best Running Songs To Keep You Motivated During Your Workout

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The perfect song can lift your spirits and put you in the right mood to accomplish your goals. Spotify has some amazing workout songs that you'll want to add to your play list that are perfect to run to.

Finding the motivation to go for a run can be, well, daunting to say the least. With so many things piling up on our “to do” lists, finding the time to run can seem impossible.

If we’re being honest with ourselves, finding motivation to do anything we don’t want to do can be rather difficult. You’ve got to find things that pump you up. For me, it’s music (and sometimes, a good quote).


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No matter how down, unmotivated or irritated I feel; I can always start improving my mood with the right song. And sometimes the right quote can just shift my perspective enough to make me feel OK and ready to take on the next challenge.

Finding the motivation to exercise is a hard thing to do. Especially when/if you only have the time in the morning. Mornings, ugh. Gross. Why can’t the day just start around noon already?

But, we all know that a good run is a great way to help maintain your weight, heart health and can even help you keep your stress levels in check. In most cases, the benefits far out way any negatives standing in your way.


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Of course, be sure to ask your doctor if you have any heart and/or lung problems before committing to a rigorous running routine, but in most cases; running is an awesome way to get some cardio in and build muscle tone in your legs.

It’s important to make time to exercise regardless of how busy we get. Remember, that even just twenty minutes is better than no minutes.

Here are some great motivational quotes to get you ready to start running and some great songs from Spotify to use with their Spotify Running app or to put on your MP3 player to help keep you pumped up and ready to go.


1. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar

This throwback to 1980 is a personal favorite of mine from my workout playlist. You just pretend that the guy she’s talking to in the song is your workout routine: “hit me with your best shot, morning run!”

“Push yourself because, no one else is going to do it for you.”


2. “Shut up and Dance” by Walk the Moon

Released in 2014, this upbeat song is sure to get you pumped up to keep going. The line “don’t you dare look back” is super motivational, in my opinion.

“3 months from now, you will thank yourself.”


3. “The Greatest” by Sia

The perfect workout song comes to us in the way of this 2016 Billboard top 5 (for 13 weeks) hit. Because you might be “running out of breath but you … you’ve got stamina”. And remember, no matter how much your lungs burn, “you’re free to be the greatest and you’re alive”.

“Sometimes the best runs come on days you didn’t feel like running.”


4. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran

This 2017 release ranked in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and broke the record for staying in the top 10 for 33 weeks last year. Stay in love with “the shape of you” by jamming out to this song during your morning run.

“It’s easier to wake up early in the morning and workout, than it is to look in the mirror each day and not like what you see.”


5. “Can't Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

This 2016 hit won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media (the song was written for Dreamwork’s “Trolls”) and is a great up-beat song for your next run. You’ll have “that sunshine in your pocket and that good song in your feet” with this song playing in your earbuds.

“Mirror mirror on the wall, I’ll always get up after I fall. And whether I run, walk or have to crawl, I’ll set my goals and achieve them all.”


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6. “Stronger” by Kanye West

This 2007 release was #1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 list for 27 weeks and is the best motivational song for those days when it’s tough to work out. Just remember that, “th-that that don’t kill you can only make you stronger”.

“It’s the days when the body aches, the desire is low, you feel tired and you feel weak … those are the days when champions train.”


7. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson (Featuring Bruno Mars)

This Billboard #1 from 2010 is sure to put a little spring in your step. Just remember, you’re “too hot (hot da**)” to stop now.

“You don’t get the a** you want by sitting on it.”


8. “I Love Me” by Meghan Trainor and LunchMoney Lewis

This song, rated #38 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list in 2016, is perfect for your warmup to get you pumped before cardio. Remind yourself of everything you love about your body before you treat it right with a good workout.

“Today I will love myself enough to exercise.”


9. “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift

Another personal favorite of mine for working out and taking on the day. This #1 song on the Billboard’s Hot 100 list for 2014 is the song sure to help you “shake off” some of that stress and get motivated to keep going all through your run.

“When you feel like stopping think about why you started.”


10. “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba

This song, rated #6 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 list in 1997, is sure to get you pumped for that last mile. A flashback to the 90’s, this is the perfect song to remind you to never give up on your goals. You may get “knocked down”, but you’ll “get up again”.

“If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you.”


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11. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

This throwback to 1982 reminds us all to be survivors and to push through to be the best we can be. “Rise up to the challenge” of sore legs with this motivational beat.

“Good things come to those that hustle.”


12. “You’re Going Down” by Sick Puppies

Say “you’re going down" to cellulite with this flashback from 2009, rated #11 by Billboard for alternative music.

“You don’t get what you wish for. You get what you work for.”


13. “Give Your Heart a Break” by Demi Lovato

Give your heart a break by taking a morning run with this song, rated #16 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list in 2011, playing in your earbuds. This is a great soothing song for a lower paced run or jog.  

“Even a bad run is better than no run.”

14. “Hurts So Good” by John Mellencamp

Make your legs “hurt so good” on your morning run with this throwback to 1982, which won a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal. Be careful not to break out in dance on your run though, it would be a shame to twist an ankle (not the kind of “hurts so good" we’re going for here).

“Sore today, strong tomorrow.”


15. “Burn Baby Burn (Disco Inferno)” by the Trammps, remixed by Sebas Rivera

Feel your legs burn (baby burn, pun intended) as you enjoy this throwback to the 70’s playing in your earbuds. Disco may have died, but some of it’s better remnants remain here.

“Run baby run.”


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