Best Running Songs
The best running songs are the one that give the runner a chance to warm up and then maintain an even running pace. It is not easy to find the best running songs, so when you find ones that work for you it is important to add them to your playlist. Here are some songs you can add to your exercise routine as some of the best running songs available.
- "Gonna Fly Now" - Bill Conti. You might not recognize the title of this, but when you hear that opening trumpet blast you will understand why this is one of the best running songs of all time. This is the main theme from most of the "Rocky" movies, especially the very first "Rocky" film. It has a distinctive 1970's sound to it, but once you get up to speed it can help you keep pace and focus on your run.
- "Mama Said Knock You Out" - LL Cool J. In 1990, many music experts had written rapper LL Cool J off. His response was this 1990 hit that put him right back on the map. The beat and bass guitar in this song are addicting and perfect for running. But what makes this one of the best running songs is LL Cool J's rhythmic rap that keeps up perfectly with the beat.
- "I Will Survive" - Freddie Perren / Dino Fekaris. Gloria Gaynor made this song famous with her 1978 release, and it lives on past the disco era as one of the best running songs ever written. If you listen to this song it seems to bypass the typical disco bass and drum rhythm in lieu of something a bit more substantial. It can also be a guilty pleasure to sing along with "I Will Survive" as you are doing your exercise routine.
- "She Sells Sanctuary" - The Cult. The Cult is known for their straight-ahead blues-based rock that is easy to dance to. Music like that is often easy to run to, and this song is no exception. The soft guitar intro gives you a chance to warm up, and then the driving beat gets you out and on the road.
- "Thunderkiss '65" - White Zombie. Much of the music written by Rob Zombie has a slow drive to it, almost like a funeral dirge. But when he wrote this song with his band White Zombie, he created a song that became one of the best running songs around. The guitar starts off by itself, but it helps you set the tempo. The breaks in the middle of the song don't slow you down at all, and the song is interesting enough to allow you to maintain your focus for your run.