25 songs on my running playlist

When Ryan and I started running (more) seriously back in 2015, I had every excuse in the book as to why running sucked. One of my most recurring excuses is that I didn’t have a good playlist and that I couldn’t imagine finding music that could get me through the long runs. Since I ran the Chicago Marathon though, I’ve found a good rotation of old faithful songs on my running playlist, as well as new favorites, that help me along as I log the miles each day.

I should preface this entire post with the fact that my running playlist is an eclectic mix of old and new songs, uptempo and slower songs, and pretty much everything in between. I posted something on my instagram stories yesterday about how runners get through the long runs, and one of my biggest go-to tricks is to listen to the same slow song on repeat throughout a long run, forcing me to stick to a slower, smoother tempo. Monotonous? Yes. Effective? Definitely.

As my playlist continues to evolve, there’s a core group of about 20-25 songs that remain on rotation, and I’m sharing those today in the hopes that others may find some new gems that may work for them, too. So, without further ado…

  1. Hedley – Better Days
  2. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
  3. Robert DeLong ft. K. Flay – Favorite Color is Blue
  4. Angels & Airwaves – Do it for Me Now
  5. Massive Attack – Teardrop
  6. Keri Hilson ft. Kanye West & Ne-Yo – Knock You Down
  7. Riverdale Cast – Astronaut
  8. Taylor Swift – …Ready for It?
  9. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber – Despacito Remix
  10. Chord Overstreet & Deepend – Hold On Remix
  11. MagnusTheMagnus – Area
  12. Ruelle – Fire Meets Fate
  13. Fall Out Boy – Centuries
  14. Muse – Madness
  15. The Script – Hall of Fame
  16. Iggy Azalea – Black Widow
  17. Daughtry – Battleships
  18. Demi Lovato – Confident
  19. Royal Tailor ft. Capital Kings – Ready Set Go
  20. Safetysuit – Pause
  21. Sam Tinnesz – Heart of Darkness
  22. Jimmy Eat World – Dizzy
  23. Shiny Toy Guns – You Are the One
  24. Pentatonix – Daft Punk
  25. Breaking Benjamin – The Diary of Jane

Like I said, my running playlist is a weird mix. Each song is on there for a reason. Some of them have those hooks that get stuck in your head, making it the perfect phrase/beat to repeat over and over as the miles tick on. Some of them are slower and calmer, forcing my stride to relax justttt a little bit. Others are upbeat and encourage me to pick up the pace on faster runs.

Are you a runner? What songs are on frequent rotation for you? I love adding new ones to the mix!