One of the greatest motivators for runners is music. Listening to good music while running can make you run faster and further. Music has a calming effect while you are doing a strenuous activity. It takes your mind off how hard you are running.
Apart from the calming effect, music is also stimulating. It can pump you up to focus and move faster. If you have been to a night club you are familiar with the moment the DJ switches to a song with louder and faster beats; every one starts dancing faster.
10. Slumdog Millionaire Theme — ”Jai Ho”
Jai Ho was a sound track in Oscar winning movie Slumdog millionaire. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. The song was received very well. Times of idea was quoted saying “it was the toast of the town in almost every part of the world”. Fans posted Videos on YouTube remixing the song, as well as clips of people doing the “Jai Ho” dance featured in the film.
9. We didn’t start the fire – Billy Joel
This is a song that any one grow up in the early 90s will love. The intro starts at a slow pace but you can cut out that bit with a descent music editing software. Although a certain Blender magazine ranked the song No. 41 on its list of the “50 Worst Songs Ever”, the song went all the way to the top of Billboard music ranking. The song has been voted as one of the all time favorites by runners.
8.Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
Released by the French duo in 2001, Harder Better Faster Stronger features a robotic vocal with driving bass and steady beat. The lyrics are quite limited but it’s an amazing song for running. This song is heavily sampled in Kanye’s song “stronger”, which provides a more lyrical and slower version.
7. Pat Benatar – All Fired Up
“All fired up” was the lead single in Pat Benatar 7th album; Wide awake in dreamland. The song reached a high of No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is no longer available on retail store, you can find in digital platforms like Itunes, Google Play and Amazon music.
6.Fort Minor – Remember the Name
The following lyrics are enough to make you go and find this song on You Tube, “This is 10% percent luck, 20% percent skill, 15% percent concentrated power of will 5% percent pleasure, 50% percent pain and a 100% reason to remember the name”. This song is extensively used in stadiums across the United States, going as far as being the theme for the NBA Playoffs in 2006 and 2007. With its aggressive lyrics and fast tempo, one can easily see why it is popular among sports fans.
5. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, what doesn’t kill you makes you a fighter.” Terrific running song!
4. Black Eyed Peas – Pump It
Another all time favorite among runners. The song has been used in six movies and has been a sound track in three video games. In the official music video there is a scene of people running.
3. Wolfmother – Joker and the Thief
A classic of many playlists, the intro alone is enough to you off your butt and start moving. Runners who don’t like metal music my dislike the music but they will love the beats. It is widely used in movies such as Shoot ‘Em Up and video game Need for Speed: Carbon. It is also the song used to get the Oregon Ducks football team pumped up.
2. Pink – Raise Your Glass
This is a song for all under dogs; that includes almost 99.9% people who are at the starting line of marathons, half marathon, 10 and 5k who can’t dream of winning. Pink describes the song as a “celebration for people who feel left out from the popular crowd.”
1. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
There can only be one number 1 and it has to be Eye of the Tiger. This song is ranked at number on every running songs playlist that I have come across. The song was the sound track to Rocky Movie. “It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight, rising up to the challenge of our rival.” How can you not run faster with such lyrics?! Everyone runner should have this song in their running playlist.