My top 10 running songs, including Eminem and Dixie Chicks

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My friend, Katharine, texted me the other day and said, “Quick—favorite running songs.” I named off a few and then started to think about a longer list. If you’re interested and need some motivational music, here’s my top 10 list:

  1. Eminem, “‘Til I Collapse” – When Eminem yells at me to not give up, not give in, I listen.
  2. Pat Benetar, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” – This is what I want to tell running. Go ahead, running. Hit me with your best shot.
  3. Jay-Z, “99 Problems” – It’s true; I may have 99 problem some days, but a b*tch certainly isn’t one.
  4. Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” – I normally wouldn’t include such a new song, but when this songs hits the chorus and they chant, “Light ’em up, up, up, light ’em up, up, up,” it instantly makes me run just a little faster.
  5. Blink 182, “All the Small Things”Really, almost any Blink 182 song will fit here, but this is a classic.
  6. Dixie Chicks, “Ready to Run” – There is not quicker way to get me to reminisce about high school cross country than to play “Ready to Run.” I’m gonna be ready this time (ready this time).
  7. Cake, “The Distance” and “I Will Survive” While we’re talking about high school, these were my high school track songs. “The Distance” is obvious—”Reluctantly crouched at the starting line … ” The second, “I Will Survive,” was my anthem during sprint workouts from a really, really tough coach. (I still cringe when I hear the song—but run a little harder.)
  8. Petey Pablo, “Raise Up” And to polish off high school, this is my Beach Week (Senior Week, whatever) song and it always pumps me up. Good memories and a good beat—can’t go wrong.
  9. Ludacris, “Move, B*tch” – Yes, please. Move.
  10. Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away” – Like the Fall Out Boy song, Carrie’s “Blown Away” is pretty new, but I play it on repeat any time it comes on my iPod. She’s angry, it’s loud, and I love it.

I’m always looking for songs to add to my playlist, as well. What are you favorite running songs? 

13 Replies to “My top 10 running songs, including Eminem and Dixie Chicks”

  1. What a diverse collection of songs; I love it! “Catch My Breath” by Kelly Clarkson is a new favorite of mine, while “Holla Back” by Fabolous and “You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi top my old school list.

  2. Rage Against the Machine’s “Guerilla Radio” is an all-time motivational fave. I also like “Fast Lane” from Eminem’s Bad Meets Evil. And I 100% agree with Cake’s “Going the Distance.”

  3. I think my favorite song on your list is “Raise Up” by Petey Pablo.

    Here are some you might want to check out:

    Krewella – Alive
    Art of Dying – Get thru This (always helps on a tough run)
    Linkin Park/Jay-z Points of Authority/99 problems/one step closer

  4. Great list! I love reading other people’s running songs! Lately, my favorites are:

    M.I.A. – Bad Girls
    Young the Giant – My Body
    Beyonce – Run the World
    The Black Keys – Gold on the Ceiling
    Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen
    Lady Gaga – The Edge of Glory
    Little Dragon – Ritual Union
    Black Betty – Ram Jam

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