July 31, 2012

Best Running Music by Genre

The Author

Jesica Williams

Since 2012, I’ve been creating digital wellness guides and researching natural beauty products, HIIT workouts, functional exercises, body positivity, self love, and tips helping you explore wellness and feel good.

Welcome to this post: Running Music: Best Running Music by Genre.

I run nearly every day and always run with my iPod because I enjoy music so much. I have a very diverse taste in music. I like everything from classic rock to techno. Throughout the past few years, I’ve jotted down some of my favorite songs to run to.

I’ve divided them up into different genres. Hopefully you can find a few that you’d like to add to your playlist! (They are in a random order)


1. No Money – by Kings of Leon***

2. Notion – by Kings of Leon

3. Sex on Fire – by Kings of Leon***

4. My Party – by Kings of Leon

5. Crawl – by Kings of Leon

6. Fans – by Kings of Leon

7. Roll Away Your Stone – by Mumford & Sons

8. Winter Winds – by Mumford & Sons

9. My Body – by Young the Giant***

10. Semi-Charmed Life – by Third Eye Blind

11. Never Let You Go – by Third Eye Blind

12. Heart Attack – by Sum 41***

13. Nice to Know You – by Incubus***

14. Dog Days are Over – by Florence + The Machine

15. Damn Girl – by the All-American Rejects

16. Move Along – by the All-American Rejects

17. Gives You Hell – by the All-American Rejects

18. Dirty Little Secret – by the All-American Rejects

20. Show Me What I’m Lookin’ For – by Carolina Liar

21. Boy – by Ra Ra Riot

22. Tightrope – by Walk The Moon

23. Disparate Youth – by Santigold


1. Fantastic – by Big Gigantic***

2. Suddenly (Dave Darell Vocal Remix) – by BT

3. Somnambulist – by BT

4. Seventeen – by Casxio & Skrillex***

5. Cinema (Remix) – by Benny Benassi

6. Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites – by Skrillex***

7. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Dual Dubstep Remix) – by Nirvana

8. First of the Year (Equinox) – by Skrillex

9. Reptile’s Theme – by Skrillex***

10. Slats Slats Slats – by Skrillex

11. Push and Rise – Wolfgang Gartner

12. We No Speak Americano – by Yolanda Be Cool

13. Where’s Your Head At – Jean Elan

14. Love at First Sight – by Kylie Minogue

15. Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO

16. Strobe -by Deadmau5***

17. A City in Florida – by Deadmau5

18. Ghosts and Stuff – by Deadmau5***

19. Sofi Needs a Ladder – by Deadmau5***

20. Raise Your Weapon (Remix) – by Deadmau5

21. Genesis – by Justice***

22. The Matrix – by Bassnectar

23. Derezzed – by Daft Punk***

24. I Can’t Stop – by Flux Pavillion***

25. Tomahawk – by BT

26. The Veldt – by Deadmau5

27. There Might be Coffee – by Deadmau5

28. In The Air – by Morgan Page

29. Fn Pig – by Deadmau5

30. The Eye – by Midnight Conspiracy & Cenob1te

31. Disconnected – by Pegboard Nerds***

32. Soldiers – by Nitro Fun

33. Strangers – by Seven Lions with Myon & Shane 54***

34. Subvert – by Au5 & Fractal

Electropop: (my current favorite genre)

1. Claudia Lewis – by M83***

2. Reunion – by M83***

3. OK Pal – by M83

4. Midnight City – by M83***

5. Steve McQueen – by M83***

6. Punching in a Dream – by The Naked and Famous

7. Young Blood – by The Naked and Famous***

8. Electric Feel – by MGMT

9. The Yacht Club – by Owl City***

10. Galaxies – by Owl City***

11. Angels – by Owl City***

12. Alligator Sky – by Owl City

13. Cruel Summer – by Ace of Base

14. Dancer in a Daydream – by Ace of Base***

15. Stereo Love – by Edward Maya

Classic Rock:

1. I Want it All – by Queen

2. Jerry – by John Mellencamp

3. Planet of Women – ZZ Top***

4. Legs – by ZZ Top***

5. Stages – by ZZ Top

6. 5150 – by Van Halen***

7. Panama – by Van Halen***

8. Summer Nights – by Van Halen***

9. Jump – by Van Halen***

10. Kashmir – by Led Zeppelin

11. Peace Frogs – by The Doors

12. Wearing and Tearing – by Led Zeppelin

13. The Song Remains the Same – by Led Zeppelin***

14. Nobody’s Fault But Mine – by Led Zeppelin

15. Good Times Bad Times – by Led Zeppelin

16. Juke Box Hero – by Foreigner

17. Hot Blooded – by Foreigner

18. Wheel in the Sky – by Journey

19. Centerfold – J. Geils Band

20. Tryin’ Not To Think About It – by J. Geils Band

21. Hurts So Good – by John Mellencamp

22. Sad, Sad, Sad – by The Rolling Stones

23. Rock and a Hard Place – by The Rolling Stones

24. Hold Onto Your Hat – by The Rolling Stones***

25. You Shook Me All Night Long – by ACDC

26. Thunderstruck – by ACDC***

27. Love in an Elevator – by Aerosmith

28. Rag Doll – by Aerosmith

29. Sweet Emotion – by Aerosmith

30. Peace of Mind – by Boston

31. Dancing in the Dark – by Bruce Springsteen

32. Radio Nowhere – by Bruce Springsteen

Rock/Classic Pop/Jazz:

1. Get It Up – by Chickenfoot***

2. Down the Drain – by Chickenfoot

3. Sexy Little Thing – by Chickenfoot

4. Soap on a Rope – by Chickenfoot***

5. Avenida Revolucion – by Chickenfoot

6. We Didn’t Start The Fire (Live at Shea Stadium) – by Billy Joel

7. Keeping the Faith (Live at Shea Stadium) – by Billy Joel

8. Captain Jack (Live at Shea Stadium) – by Billy Joel

9. The Ballad of Billy the Kid (Live at Shea Stadium) – by Billy Joel

10. Big Shot – by Billy Joel

11. A Matter of Trust – by Billy Joel

12. Something Happened on the Way to Heaven – by Phil Collins

13. Dance Into the Light – by Phil Collins

14. I Don’t Wanna Know – by Phil Collins

15. Doesn’t Anybody Stay Together Anymore – by Phil Collins

16. Sussudio – by Phil Collins

17. Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland – by The B-52s

18. Take Me Home Tonight – by Eddie Money


1. Carry On – by Pat Green

2. Cannonball – by Pat Green

3. Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me – by Keith Urban

4. She’s Not Just a Pretty Face – by Shania Twain

5. Party for two – by Shania Twain & Billy Currington

6. Summer Nights – by Rascal Flatts

7. Stand– by Rascal Flatts

8. Some Say – by Rascal Flatts

9. Me and My Gang – by Rascal Flatts

10. No Reins – by Rascal Flatts

11. Still Feels Good – by Rascal Flatts

12. Happy Girl – by Martina McBride

13. 1970 Something – by Mark Wills

14. Nothin’ Better To Do – by LeAnn Rimes

15. Lookin’ For a Good Time – Lady Antebellum

16. Summertime by Kenny Chesney

17. Big Star -by Kenny Chesney

18. You’re The Love I Wanna Be In – by Jason Aldean

19. My Heart’s Sittin’ On Go – by Bryan White

20. Heavy Liftin’ – by Blake Shelton

Hip Hop & Rap:

1. Good Feeling (Remix) – by Pretty Lights & Flo Rida

2. Please Don’t Go – by Mike Posner***

3. Alive – by Kid Cudi

4. Princess of China – by Rihanna & Coldplay

5. Beautiful People – by Chris Brown***

6. Starships – by Nicki Minaj***

7. Wild One – by Flo Rida & Sia

8. Try Again – by Aaliyah

9. Magic – by B.o.B.***

10. Don’t Stop the Party – by The Black Eyed Peas***

11. Rock That Body – by The Black Eyed Peas

12. The Time – by The Black Eyed Peas

13. Forever – by Chris Brown***

14. Kids (featuring MGMT) – by Chiddy Bang

15. Right Round – by Flo Rida

16. The Best One Yet – by The Black Eyed Peas


1. Shake It – by Metro Station

2. Houdini – by Foster the People

3. Holiday – by Vampire Weekend

4. A-Punk – by Vampire Weekend

5. Outta My Head – by Ashlee Simpson

6. Coming Back For More – by Ashlee Simpson

7. Tubthumping – by Chumbawumba

Cool Down Music:

(All Genres- a lot of these songs are slow and/or have slow beginnings, but are great songs)

1. Every Other Way (Armin Van Buuren Remix) – by BT

2. Pony Up – by Kings of Leon

3. Closer – by Kings of Leon

4. Manhattan – by Kings of Leon

5. Pickup Truck – by Kings of Leon

6. True Love Way – by Kings of Leon

7. Ramble On – by Led Zeppelin

8. Over the Hills and Far Away – by Led Zeppelin

9. Bring it on Home – by Led Zeppelin

10. Pursuit of Happiness – by Kid Cudi

11. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie – by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

12. Let It Be (Live at Shea Stadium) – by Billy Joel & Paul McCartney

13. Is This Love – by Bob Marley

14. Everlasting Light – by The Black Keys

15. She’s Long Gone – by The Black Keys

16. I Want You – by Kings of Leon

17. Paradise – by Coldplay

***Most upbeat songs/my personal favorites. Great for when you are going hard in your workout!

Thanks for checking out this post: Best Running Music by Genre.

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  1. Hi intstagram friend!! Minus the country (my tastes are very limited there) we have so many music loves in common. You should check out Tv on the Radio’s ‘Wolf Like Me’ – it pumps me up like crazy! I love it 🙂

    • Hey girl!!! I love when IG folks stop by 🙂 that’s so cool that we have that in common! The little bit of country I like is a result of living in texas for several years–haha. I will definetly check that out! I love discovering new running music, so thanks for sharing!

  2. Great music! Can’t wait to make new workout-playlists tomorrow. Now, i’m off to bed here in Norway! Glad u mentioned incubus! Has totally forgot their music!

    Hugs from your IG friend Lamhaugen 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping my my blog!!! You must have great taste in music. Yes, Incubus is awesome, especially for working out! 🙂 hugs from the USA!!!

  3. I love adding new songs to my running play lists! Thanks for some great suggestions!

    • So glad you got something from this list! I love sharing great running music–nothing gives you an extra boost like great tunes 🙂

  4. You are officially my favorite person! This techno playlist is fantastic I can’t wait to try it out! A gigantic thank you!!!

    • You rock! Thanks for saying that. Hope you enjoy that playlist–I listen to a lot of those songs almost every time I run, till this day!


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