Keep on running: music for miserable mornings and never-ending nights


What we’ve found with choosing songs to run to is that the good ones are not always the ones you’re expecting. When you think exercise music you generally think Eye Of The Tiger and the Rocky theme song (which can all be quite motivating) but sometimes it’s songs that you’re not expecting to be motivating which actually push you to work harder than you thought.


We’ve just gone through our current running playlist and picked out that ones we really enjoy running to. Some of them are really good for pushing us to go faster (particularly numbers 2, 4, 36). Others are better for when you’re just cruising along and even though you don’t run your fastest mile with these ones they probably contribute to a much more enjoyable mile (numbers 6, 10, 21, 35).

It sounds strange but the weather and time of day changes your enjoyment of a song too, I like chilled out slower songs on summer mornings (16, 18, 33) when I don’t need to worry about timings or rushing back home and more upbeat motivating songs on winter nights (11, 19, 30) when I’m struggling to motivate myself.

run this day off

Some of the songs below are songs we don’t even like in real life (21, 27, 37), but for some reason listening to them while pounding the pavements gives them a new lease of life (so firstly don’t judge us as this isn’t necessarily a list of our favourite songs, and equally don’t write a song off because you don’t actually like it). You might also find that songs that you really like aren’t good to run to.


Here’s the list – peruse at your leisure just please don’t judge (and thanks to our running buddy Lorraine for a few good suggestions).

1. Green Light – Beyonce (mix)
2. If You Wanna – The Vaccines
3. Baby Don’t Dance – Mother Mother
4. Because We Can – Fatboy Slim (Moulin Rouge soundtrack)
5. Billionnaire – Travie McCoy
6. Bonfire Heart – James Blunt
7. Dare – Gorillaz
8. Dog Days – Florence and the Machine
9. E.T – Katy Perry
10. The Fear – Lily Allen
11. Fighter – Christina Aguilera
12. Fire – Kasabian
13. Heartbreaker – msterkrft
14. Higher – Taio Cruz
15.  22 / I Knew You Were Trouble / Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
16. Just Be Good To Green – Professor Green ft. Lily Allen
17. My Favourite Game – The Cardigans
18. Paradise – Coldplay
19. Pump It – Black Eyed Peas
20 Raise Your Glass / Sober / Stupid Girls (practically anything by) – P!nk
21. Richard III – Supergrass
22. Shake It – Metro Station
23. She Wants To Move – NERD
24. She Wolf – Shakira
25. Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
26. Song 2 – Blur
27. Sweat – Snoop Dog
28. Tomorrow / Laid – James
29. The Whole Of The Moon – The Waterboys
30. Why Don’t You Love Me – Beyonce
31. Womanizer – Britney Spears
32. 99 Problems – Jay Z
33. Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap
34. Black Skinhead – Kanye West
35. Boomerang – Nicole Scherzinger
36. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
37. Candyman – Christina Aguilera (a good example of a song I don’t even like in real life)
38. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
39. That Power – and Bieber
40. Sweet Nothing – Florence and Calvin Harris
41. Heart Attack – Demi Lovato
42. Paris – Jay Z and Kanye
43. Hostage – Sia
44. Who’s That Chick – Rihanna and David Guetta
45. Ready To Go – Republica
46. Scream and Shout – ft Britney
47. Town Called Malice – The Jam
48. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
49. The New Workout Plan – Kanye West
50. American Idiot – Green Day
51. Untouched – The Veronicas
52. Titanium – Sia and David Guetta
53. How To Save A Life – The Fray

We’re always up for new suggestions so if you’ve got any ideas let us know in the comments below! And if you feel like giving up, always remember….


All images from Pinterest


2 thoughts on “Keep on running: music for miserable mornings and never-ending nights

  1. 1. We Found Love – Rihanna
    2. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
    3. Applause – Lady Gaga
    4. The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
    5. Dark Train – Underworld
    6. No Church in the Wild – Jay Z & Frank Ocean
    7. Everyone Wants To Rule The World – Tears for Fears
    8 . Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush
    9. Go – Moby
    10. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Propellerheads


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