The right song can completely reframe your workout. Picture this: you’re two miles into your midweek run and your legs feel like lead. You’re tempted to slow the pace, start walking, or even turn around and head home early. Then, your favorite song pops up on your iPod.
Before you know it, your arms are pumping, your legs are flying, and you’ve got a smile on your face. Your leaden legs now feel lighter than air. Music can be a powerful motivator.
If your running playlist needs a little TLC, you’re in luck. We’ve pulled together 20 awesome songs which will keep your cruising right along in your Lily Trotters.
1. Wolf Parade, I’ll Believe in Anything.
An oldie but goodie, I’ll Believe in Anything’s catchy lyrics and upbeat rhythm will keep you striding well past the wall.
2. 2NE1, I Am the Best
Do you even K-POP? If not, start immediately. The Korean Pop music scene is filled with gems such as this one, with blasting beats and running worthy tempos.
3. Beyoncé, Sweet Dreams
Because no playlist is complete without a little Queen B. Bonus points if you shimmy in your Lilytrotters along your route.
4. Breaking Benjamin, Firefly
Save this song for when you’re looking for a pick me up. The gritty feel will have you digging deep to meet your goals.
5. Nelly, Just a Dream
While Nelly may croon over dreams lost, you’ll be well on your way to attaining yours with his upbeat tempo.
6. Phiso, Jotaro
If lyrics aren’t your thing, check out Jotaro by Phiso. The song is great for interval training and may have you imagining you’re a videogame character.
7. M.I.A., Paper Planes
No. Explanation. Needed.
8. Jason Aldean, Crazy Town
Give a nod to your inner southerner with a little bit of Jason Aldean. His vibe will inspire both country feels and rock and roll reminiscing.
9. Taylor Swift, Ready for It
Love or hate her, you can’t escape her.
10. Spice Girls, Wannabee
If you wanna get that P.R., you’re gonna have to train for it.
11. Disturbed, Down with the Sickness
Running sickness, that is! This song will have you channeling your inner unstoppable woman in no time.
12. Rihanna, Umbrella.
Bad girl (or good girl?) Ri-Ri wasn’t kidding when she said she’d have your back. Return the favor by pushing yourself to your limits.
13. Lenny Kravitz, Always on the Run
Because sometimes it feels like we never, ever, stop training.
14. J.J. Project, BOUNCE
This song will actually make you want to go to your HIIT training class.
15. Lou Bega, Mambo #5
I dare you not to dance.
16. Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars
Throw in a few jazz hands for an added shoulder workout.
17. Baha Men – Who Let the Dogs Out?
It’s been years and no one has been able to figure it out yet.
18. Daler Mehndi – Tunak Tunak Tun
Use the opening as your warm up and challenge yourself to meet the tempo. You’ll thank yourself later.
19. Fifth Harmony – Work from Home
Save this gem for your core work.
20. Kenny Chesney, American Kids
For your inner kid at heart.
What songs get YOUR heart pumping? Do YOU have any favorites? We’d love to hear from all of you UNSTOPPABLE women out there.
About the Author: Stephanie Dar is a Lily Trotters Ambassador, New Yorker, author of THIS blog on all things trail running and an all-around #unstoppable woman.