The Best Running Music Play List Ever. If This Doesn’t Get You Motivated Nothing Will.

photo by Declan TM

You’ve Got The Music In You

Getting your groove on – whether it is on the dance floor, running trail or in Turbo Kick class – is all about the music.  Music that is not the right beats per minute or is the wrong genre will slow you down; maybe even bring you to a screeching halt prematurely.  The right music can keep you mentally focused and channel your energy so you can step up the pace with minimal effort.

There are tons of playlists for different types of workouts floating around out in cyberspace.  I promised a friend that I would put a playlist together to help her with our Hot Chocolate 15K training runs so it looks
like I’ll be adding one more to the enormous heap of workout music faves already in existence.  There’s no way I could create this incredible list and not share!

Why My Playlist Needs To Be In The Blogosphere Too 

Google is probably thinking the world really doesn’t need one more.  But, because we are all so vastly unique and individual in our tastes there might be someone – like me – out there in blogosphere that has looked at dozens of music playlists and hasn’t found one that utterly inspires them.   My creation might be The One that is absolutely so perfect they won’t hit the skip button even once. That would make me very happy!

This list if comprised of tunes that I think will motivate my friend to stay upbeat and positive during our 5 a.m. runs when it is dark, cold and drizzly and our mood aligns with the weather.  On Monday, after she trains with this music, she’ll look at me and say, “Wow. That seemed so much easier today!”

  1. Body Language – Jesse McCartney (good warm-up)   (3.41)
  2. Down – Jan Sean (Feat. Lil’Wayne)  (3.28)
  3. I Don’t Feel Like Dancing – Scissor Sisters  (4.36)
  4. Love Struck – V-Factory (4.08)
  5. How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty (3.30)
  6. Sweet Talkin’ Woman – ELO  (3.51)
  7. Running Down A Dream – Tom Petty (4.23)
  8. Too Much Time on My Hands – Styx (4.33)
  9. Disturbia – Rhianna (3.59)
  10. Somebody to Love – Justin Bieber (3.41)
  11. Sugar – Flo Rida (4.14)
  12. Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida (3.53)
  13. Shut It Down – Pitbull (3.47)
  14. Last Friday Night – Katy Perry (3.51)
  15. Raise Your Glass – Pink (3.24)
  16. You Are The Girl – The Cars (cool down – you did it!)  (3.56)

Total Playlist = 55 minutes

I know that the play list is controversial. It’s mixes old school Electric Light Orchestra with The Cars (80’s funk) and Lil’ Wayne, but trust me, it works.  I love music – classical, jazz, classic rock and hip-hop – and I like to mix it up.

It also fits my mood today.  Tomorrow I may want to hear a completely different collection so I’ll be back at the iTunes Library working on a different set.

What’s your favorite music to work out to?  Do you think my running music line-up is totally lame?  I’ll let you know what my 5 a.m. running buddy thinks of the play list I’ve created for her next week.  I’m guessing she will love it.



  1. I’ve gotta check out some of the ones I don’t know, because we seem to have similar taste–I’ve got about 5 of these on my iPod too! My current challenge is finding High BPM (160-200) for the elliptical. And I agree, having a great playlist is absolutely crucial!

    • You’re right. The High BPMs is a challenge. Have you checked out the official workout music sites like Dynamix or Power Music. I bet they will have the speed music you’re looking for.