10 running songs for that perfect fitness playlist

22 June 2021, 12:18

These are the greatest running songs ever
These are the greatest running songs ever. Picture: Getty/YouTube

Whether you're training for a marathon or attempting your first jog in months, it's all about what tunes you listen to while doing it.

To help you out, we've put together the perfect running playlist to make the gym or a jog even more enjoyable. 

  1. Kenny Loggins - 'Footloose'

    Kenny Loggins - Footloose (Official Video)

    Run as if you'd just been told that you and the rest of your town were no longer able to dance ever again back in the '80s.

  2. Elton John - 'I'm Still Standing'

    Elton John - I'm Still Standing

    For when you think you're about to be too knackered to continue, Elton will get you believing once again. Yeah, yeah, yeah!

  3. Rod Stewart - 'Young Turks'

    Rod Stewart - Young Turks (Official Video)

    Now that you're into the swing of it, Rod will keep you going with this jaunty '80s tune about rebellious youth.

  4. Michael Jackson - 'Beat It'

    Michael Jackson - Beat It (Official Video)

    Another 'I'm flagging so shout at me' song, Michael will remind you what's at stake if you don't keep pushing. Well, technically nothing's at stake, but think of the calories lost!

  5. Bryan Adams - 'Run to You'

    Bryan Adams - Run To You (Official Music Video)

    The clue's in the title. This will make you feel good that you've reached the halfway mark!

  6. A-Ha - 'Take on Me'

    a-ha - Take On Me (Official Video) [Remastered in 4K]

    The pulsating power of Morten and the boys will give you that second wind that you probably need at this point.

  7. Toto - 'Africa'

    Toto - Africa (Official HD Video)

    "It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from youuu". The chorus of this power ballad alone will give you all the energy you need, as we take down the beats per minute slightly.

  8. Queen - 'Don't Stop Me Now'

    Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (Official Video)

    Maybe don't run quite at the "speed of light", but this feel-good anthem is always a winner on the treadmill.

  9. Take That - 'The Flood'

    Take That - The Flood (Official Video)

    Taking things down a notch now, but still epic from the Take That boys. One final push! 

  10. ELO - 'Mr Blue Sky'

    Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky (Official Video)

    Ending with an almighty joyous and gigantic climax, when you hear that final orchestral breakdown you'll be darned chuffed with yourself. Congratulations!

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