Running Music Playlist: Power Songs

Running with headphones means that no one can judge your choice of running music, no matter how cheesy it may be. When your running motivation is lacking, sometimes a song that conjures up that image of Rocky running up the steps is all you need. The playlist of upbeat and powerful running songs will inspire you to run.

1
"Let's Get It Started" - Black Eyed Peas

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Who could resist a song that repeats "runnin', runnin', runnin'" numerous within the first 30 seconds of the song? As if that weren't enough, this song's fun beat will undoubtedly get you excited for a run.

2
"Born To Run" - Bruce Springsteen

Even if you're not a big Bruce fan, you have to admit that the lyrics of this song are perfect for a motivational running mix.

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3
"Gonna Fly Now" (Theme from Rocky) - DeEtta Little/Nelson Pigford

I can't tell you how many times I've heard this song blaring along a race course. But it never fails to give me a lift and push me toward that finish line. I love repeating the "getting strong now" mantra in my head, even after the song is over.

4
"Move Along" - All-American Rejects

Sometimes on a run you just need someone in your ear telling you to, "Move Along." Funny -- this song is perfect for that!

5
"Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor

The original Rocky theme song is still the best one, but this Survivor hit from the third Rocky installment also motivates me to run -- maybe even up some stairs.

6
"Start Me Up" - Rolling Stones

Just thinking about Mick Jagger's ridiculous on-stage energy gets me pumped up and ready for a run. The song's lyrics and rhythm make it perfect for the first half of your run.

7
"Beautiful Day" - U2

I especially love listening to this song when the weather is less than ideal. Just hearing the lyrics almost convinces me that it's not raining or freezing cold during my run.

8
"Kryptonite" - 3 Doors Down

Let your mind wander as you listen to this song and you'll start thinking that you're a superhero!

9
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson

This Michael Jackson classic always makes me feel like moving!  And it's "don't stop" lyrics are perfect for running.

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