Runner’s Corner- Power Songs That Make You Run Faster/Stronger

Power Songs That Make You #Run Faster & Stronger! #playlist #shrinkingjeans

You guys impressed me with the response to the Runner’s Corner-Introduce Yo’Self post.  I loved reading about each and every one of you and I can’t wait to get to know ya’ll better.  Also, I think we are one bad-ass group of runners, if I do say so.  I am still hashing out in my mind what this running corner of the world will look like so bear with me as I work out the kinks, pretty please.

Today, I want to talk music.

I know, I know, there are some runners who like to run *naked* (not literally naked- ha!, but naked as in no music to distract them…..or no heart rate monitors or GPS to glance at every 2 minutes).

I am not one of those runners.  I like the distraction of music, I like listening to my favorite tunes blaring in my ears, and I like how the beat can pace me.  Of course, there are certain songs that really *rev me up*.  Seriously, a select group of power songs make me run faster and stronger, help me get my breathing under control and just kick everything up a notch.

Surely I am not alone in this.

You wanna know what songs send me flying along the pavement, visions of a Kenyan-like pace that’s all it is though- a vision?  OK, not every one of these songs make my want to push faster; however, each of these songs makes me want to keep going, especially when the going gets tough.

Also, I need to preface this list with this:  I like wiggity-wiggity music (that’s what my husband calls it)… know, bee-bop music that has a beat.  A lot of times I have no concept of the actual words to a song but I certainly know the melody.  I blame the 7 years of music back in junior high and high school- we were all about the melody, how notes fit together, the tone, etc- no words! One more thing- I have not watched all of the videos linked here, but I did glance at a few and um, they could be found to be a little risque- consider this your warning if you choose to watch the videos : ).

That being said, here is my list of  three ten power songs that make you run faster/stronger……well, they make ME run faster and stronger.

1. Rihanna, We Found Love

2. Karmin, Brokenhearted 

3.  The Wanted, Glad You Came

4.  Rihanna, Where Have You Been

5.  Flo Rida, Right Round

6.  Katy Perry, Firework

7.  Kat DeLuna, Drop It Low

8.  Linkin Park, Bleed It Out

9.  Bruno Mars, Just the Way You Are

10.  Journey, Don’t Stop Believin’

So talk to me, fellow runners. What songs really pump you up to keep going faster/stronger?

  • charmedlife99

    Hi Lisa!

    I love listening to music when I run! Here are a few of my current favorite running songs:

    Titanium (David Guetta & Sia)

    Stronger (Kelly Clarkson)

    Eye of the Tiger (Survivor)

    Everybody Talks (Neon Trees)

    Sexy and I Know It (LMFAO) (because laughing takes my mind off the exertion of running!)

    Thanks for the post!


    • Lisa

      Great list Tanya! And yes, anything to distract me from the exertion of running, lol.

    • Laura

      Fighter by Christina Aguilera

  • Bari_F

    I actually blogged my playlist today! All powersongs :) Several are already on your list – I’m going to need to check out the others.

    • Lisa

      We totally have the same tastes in music, Bari!!!

  • Bev

    I really love listening to Big Time Rush’s Windows Down when I’m walkin really fast! is a link to it!

    • Lisa

      I know this song! Thanks for reminding me about it.

    • McKenna Bailey

      It’s a blur song!!

  • Jon

    Can’t be touched by Roy jones jr
    Still running by chevelle
    All my life by foo fighters
    Life after death by KJ-52
    Bombshell by powerman 5000

  • sealpup

    My little brothers favorite running song was “I ran” by Flock of Seagulls lol

  • Ali

    Love the list because it’s time for me to get some new power songs! Some of mine are: Born This Way & Telephone by Lady Gaga & Survivor by Destiny’s Child.

  • McKenna Bailey

    Dat New “New” (VIKING Remix) by Kid Cudi

  • Tayler

    I love destiny child’s “I’m a survivor”! Always makes me feel strong and encourages me to keep going!

  • Klewter

    I love Dowops&hooligans featuring Bruno Marrs runaway baby and of course a little van halen hot for teacher

  • Rach

    I got a feeling – black eyed peas

  • ekru56

    till i collapse-eminem
    loose yourself-eminem

    • Hilary

      I LOVE running to eminent

  • MADI

    Lets go by Calvin Harris

    • Lisa

      Just downloaded it!

  • Taylor

    Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

  • Fawn97

    Take it to the Limit by Hinder…great song for the last 3 minutes of your run!

  • Kara Lynn

    Chris Brown – I Can Transform Ya

  • brittany

    I have a few songs that definitely help you power through your workout. Most is all edm or dubstep music but its so powerful! Check it out!

  • kdjf;lkdjg;lskdfjg;s

    DONT STOP THE PARY by… im not sure who its by but will pop up on youtube if you search it!

    • stingray

      its by pitbull

    • Caroline

      Not Pitbull. The Black Eyed Peas.

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  • Noodle

    I love chocolate salty balls by Chef from South Park. Or whoever that is in real life – I think it’s someone whose name I should recall. It also makes me laugh as I run :)

    • Kylie Reiners

      lol! love it!

    • Lisa

      Cannot. stop. laughing.

  • L4c

    I love to run to my pace, and found a cool website where you enter your pace (I.e. 10 min mile) and it gives you TONS of songs. What’s crazy is first time I did this I found many of my current songs where recommended. It’s that’s it!

    I love to listen to all types of music, fast and slow. But I run my best when I’m running I the beat. Here are a few random faves on my current playlist :

    stubborn love – the lumineers
    Hopeless wanderer – Mumford and sons
    Lost in time – Whitley
    Some nights – fun
    Wavin’ Flag- k’naan,, david guetta
    Sweet disposition – the temper trap
    Best day of your life- Katie herzig
    Cosmic love – Florence and the machine

    • Jodie

      Thanks for recommending — great site!

  • Kasey M Stotts

    titanium by David Getta

  • Erin

    “I wanna be sedated” by the Ramones

  • Trinity Grace Whetstone

    Raise your glass- Pink

  • Mary

    Static X – Push it

  • sb14

    Plot by White Rabbits – the beat synchs perfectly with your steps if you run around 7.5- 8 mph on the treadmill

  • Estefanía Del Angel Ponce

    Have you tried to run listening Iron Maiden? It’s the perfect sprint! Try with “Run to the Hills” and “Aces High”

  • dizbit

    “Dancing with Myself” Billy Idol

  • Jodie

    Keep on Runnin’ – Journey
    One More Night – Maroon 5
    My Oh My – Tristan Prettyman
    Some Nights – Fun
    Empire State of Mind – Jay-Zee
    Beautiful Day – U2

  • JennaB

    Edge of Glory by Lady GaGa and Stronger by Kelly Clarkson

  • Leah

    What a bunch of generic crap.

    • shrinkingjeans

      Sorry you feel that way! Instead of being rude, maybe it would be more productive to share some non-generic crap!


  • M

    Cinderella man – Eminem and Push It-Salt n’Pepa

  • Murfwall1

    Stronger by Kanye West

    • Jess @ fushmush

      that’s my recommendation too

  • Angela Krystina

    Calvin Harris-Sweet Nothing Featuring Florence Welch

  • Audrey

    Skrillex is awesome to run to!!

  • nac80

    Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield

  • jaclyn

    20 miles to Georgia by Josh Kelley gets me started every run

  • Alwayskeepgoing


  • faux pas

    favorite running song to get me to the top of the hill…
    annie lennox – erased

  • Kait

    Dance (A$$)

  • jj

    I love loud music (and very strange music) so Ive had the following blaring

    Rammstein- Du Hast
    Natalia Kills- Problem
    Fatboy Slim- The Rockafeller skank
    ACDC- Thunderstruck
    Elvira T-Криминал (i had this sent to me from youtube)

  • rastamen

    fortune days – the glitch mob

  • Elaine

    My current favorites:

    David Guetta – Turn Me On ft. Nicki Minaj (My favorite!)
    David Guetta feat Flo Rida – Where Them Girls At
    David Guetta – Little Bad Girl
    Krewella – Alive
    LMFAO – Best Night
    Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing
    Nicki Minaj – Whip it
    Nicki Minaj – Pound The Alarm
    Nicki Minaj – Va Va Voom
    Flo Rida – I Cry – Scream And Shout
    Fashion Is My Kryptonite
    Justin Bieber – All Around the World
    Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child
    Ne-Yo – Let Me Love You
    Linkin Park – Burn it Down
    Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl – In My Mind
    Cobra Starship you make me feel

  • Jen Bottom

    The Line by Battles…I dare you not to sprint by the end:)

  • Audrey

    Til I Collapse (Eminem)
    The entire Bangarang and Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites albums by Skrillex.
    Ten Thousand Fists (Disturbed)
    Stricken (Disturbed)
    You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid (The Offspring)

  • sam

    Untouched by the veronicas makes me keep going!

  • Kabuto_86

    I listened to these songs when I go to the gym or for a jog..
    1. Krytonite – 3 Doors Down
    2. Good Feeling – Flo Rida
    3. Titanium – David Guetta feat. Sia
    4. Somewhere I belong – Linkin Park
    5. I Could Be The One (Nicktim) – Avicii feat. Micky Romero
    6. In The Dark – DEV
    7. People Like Us – Kelly Clarkson
    8. Let’s Go – Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo
    9. Play Hard – David Guetta feat. Ne-Yo & Akon
    10. Alive – Krewella
    11. Stronger – Kanye West

  • jedikitty

    I also have these in my PL:

    Kelly Clarkson – Stronger

    Shiny Toy Guns – Major Tom

    La Tour – Blue (instrumental but awesome beat; this is hard to find one. It’s from the Basic Instinct club dance scene)

    Puff Dragon – Born 2 Be Wild (ok for jog but better for NIA)

    n.e.r.d. – Rock Star (nevins_classic_club_blaster)

  • jazzyf1998

    Recently I’ve been on a Foo Fighters kick and I totally recommend them because their music has a really good beat. My favorites are:
    The Pretender
    My Hero

    I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

  • ohlaurel

    Till I Collapse by Eminem gets me through the last few minutes of a really tough run. Best running song ever in my opinion!

  • BigCityDreamer

    I really love Sandstorm the very techno-ey song. When I get tired I blare it, an it pushes me and puts me in a good mood.

  • Alison

    Hi! I listen to a random variety when I run. Here are a few of my faves that get me pumped!:

    1. “Sweetness” – Jimmy Eat World

    2. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” -Ricky Martin

    3. At least 3 Aqua songs. Yes, the group that made “Barbie Girl.” Their songs are bouncy and full of energy!

    4. “Dancing With Myself” –Billy Idol

  • Fiona

    Metallica – Master of Puppets.

    DJ Scot Project – FM 2
    The entire “non-vocal chill” station on slacker radio.

  • Caellidwen

    I’d suggest Bangarang or Kyoto by Skrillix…always gets me going

  • aby

    Bassline Junkie – Dizzee Rascal, We Can only Live Today/ Puppy – Netsky, Give Me your Hand – The Ready Set, Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

    • shrinkingjeans

      I love The Ready Set! Will check out the others ;)

  • Jackie Lynn Welt Gilliam

    We are the Champions, Nobodies gonna break my stride,
    Rocky, Run for the roses. I really like these, My daughter and i always liked the song from first wives club, – You don’t own me!

  • xzenia

    Rap God – Eminem
    Auditorium-Mos Def
    Gas Pedal – Sage the Gemini
    Applause-Lady Gaga
    Jah No partial- Major Lazer ( Yellow Claw& Yung Felix remix)
    Original Don – Major Lazer
    Surfacing – Slipknot
    Bang Bang – Will I AM

  • Toya

    I am from the Caribbean so allow me to introduce a genre of music that really gets the blood pumping.
    Check out this mix by DJ Private Ryan on youtube – Soca Baby socaerobics. The mix is over 1 hour of non stop tempo.

  • Paula

    Who run the world – girls – Beyonce!

  • K

    Long way to happy-Pink

  • Naomii94

    David Guetta ft. Sia – Titanium
    Fearless ft. Lois – Not Too Late
    Angela Via – Catch Me If You Can
    Fuse ODG ft. Sean Paul – Dangerous Love (amazing beat to run to)
    Inna – Crazy Sexy Wild
    Krewella – Alive
    Krewella – Live for the Night
    Krewella – Enjoy the Ride
    Woodkid – Run Boy Run
    R3hab & NERVO – Revolution
    E-Type – Olympia
    Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home
    Pokemon – Viridian City (don’t laugh it’s great!)

    just a few from a great many :)

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry

    Lisa, this is perfect timing that I stumbled upon this post and your site. I am adding some of these to my play list right away! Oh Journey? YES always always :)