Hip Hop Running Songs

Get Motivated with This Running Music Playlist

The hip-hop/rap genre is one of the most popular categories of running music. The songs usually have a great beat and are very versatile, so they can be used for hard workouts and slow, easy runs.

Warning: Some of these songs do include profanity, explicit lyrics, etc.

Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas

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With the words "runnin', runnin', runnin'" repeated numerous times within the first 30 seconds, this song is so perfect for running that I also included it in the Power Running Songs list. It's guaranteed to get you pumped up for a run. Buy from Amazon »

The Way You Move - Outkast

This song is a fun one to run to. It's nice hearing someone singing, "I love the way you move" to you as you're running. Buy from Amazon »

'Till I Collapse - Eminem

Right from the first verse, the lyrics of this song can totally be related to running: "'Cause sometimes you feel tired, feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up. But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength..." OK, so you may not want to run "'till you collapse," but this song will definitely get you moving. Buy from Amazon »

Crank Dat - Soulja Boy

Everyone loves dancing to this song, but it's also got a great beat for running. Buy from Amazon »

Gold Digger - Kanye West

This song can be used for running fast or taking it easy, depending on what kind of mood you're in. Buy from Amazon »

Remember the Name - Fort Minor

This song has a nice slow and steady beat, so it's good for easy runs. Parts of the chorus can definitely be related to running (depending on how you're feeling!): "This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain..." Buy from Amazon »

Rollin' - Limp Bizkit

This song, which came out several years ago, alternates between fast and slow-paced, so it's a good one for an interval workout. Buy from Amazon »

Pump It - Black Eyed Peas

Another favorite by the Black Eyed Peas, this energetic song is perfect if you really want to push yourself. Buy from Amazon »

Outkast - Hey Ya

You can't help but start moving when you hear this song. If you're looking for a challenge, try keeping up with it -- it's incredibly fast! Buy from Amazon »

Lose Yourself - Eminem

This powerful song's slow tempo makes it great for your warm-up or cool-down. Buy from Amazon »

Glamorous - Fergie featuring Ludacris

If you like hip-hop, you'll definitely be motivated to move when you hear this song. Buy from Amazon »

Heart of a Champion - Nelly

This is a great song to get you pumped up for a big run or race. Buy from Amazon »

(Rock) Superstar - Cypress Hill

This song has a great beat that will keep you moving. Buy from Amazon »

Hit the Floor - Twista

This fun song has a pretty quick beat for your faster runs. Give it a try and see if you can keep up with it. Buy from Amazon »

We Trying to Stay Alive - Wyclef Jean featuring John Forté and Pras

Yes, this song is adapted from the classic '70s hit Stayin' Alive, but you may barely recognize it. Buy from Amazon »

Push It - Rick Ross

If you're looking for a good running mantra, this song's "Push it to the limit" chorus can give you plenty of inspiration. Buy from Amazon »

Turn It Up - Chamillionaire

This song has a nice steady beat that's good for a warm-up or cool-down. Buy from Amazon »

If I Can't - 50 Cent

This heart-pumping song is perfect when you need a little extra boost in the middle of your run. Buy from Amazon »

The Champ - Ghostface Killah

This song has lyrics that are borrowed from one of the Rocky movies, so it has to be inspirational, right? Buy from Amazon »

Smells Like Funk – Black Eyed Peas

Another great running song from the Black Eyed Peas, this one is perfect for a boost at the end of a tough run. Buy from Amazon »

Can't Hold Us Down - Christina Aguilera & Lil Kim

It's tough to hear this song and not want to just keep moving. Buy from Amazon »

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