The Ultimate Running Playlist

Just run to the beat!

There might actually be a science to the ultimate running playlist. For example, the beat of a song helps you keep a steady pace when you run. Songs that are too slow can slow your time, while fast songs might encourage you to sprint and run out of stamina early on. 180 beats per minute has long been considered the ideal pace for running. It’s not too fast, not too slow.

We’ve made this ultimate running playlist using a collection of 180bpm songs, both new and old, from Prince to Rihanna. All you have to do is run to the beat!

1. “I Would Die 4 U” by Prince Amazon/iTunes

2. “Hey Ya!” by Outkast Amazon/iTunes

3. “What Would You Do” by Bastille Amazon/iTunes

4. “Monster” by Imagine Dragons Amazon/iTunes

5. “Danger Line” by Avenged Sevenfold Amazon/iTunes

6. “Burn the Pages” by Sia Amazon/iTunes

7. “Dancing with Myself” by Billy Idol Amazon/iTunes

8. “Keep It Rollin'” by A Tribe Called Quest Amazon/iTunes

9. “One for the Road” by Arctic Monkeys Amazon/iTunes

10. “Digital Getdown” by NSYNC Amazon/iTunes

11. “Umbrella” by Rihanna ft. JAY-Z Amazon/iTunes

12. “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley Amazon/iTunes


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Sofia Lopez

Sofia received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from San Francisco State University. She creates workouts and fitness challenges. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and listening to audiobooks from the exercise bike.

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