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Running Music Playlist: Power Songs


Updated June 16, 2014

Running with an iPod or MP3 player means that no one can judge your choice of running music, no matter how cheesy it may be. When your running motivation is lacking, sometimes a song that conjures up that image of Rocky running up the steps is all you need. The playlist of upbeat and powerful running songs will inspire you to run.

1. Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas

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Who could resist a song that repeats "runnin', runnin', runnin'" numerous within the first 30 seconds of the song? As if that weren't enough, this song's fun beat will undoubtedly get you excited for a run.

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2. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen

Even if you're not a big Bruce fan, you have to admit that the lyrics of this song are perfect for a motivational running mix.
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3. Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) - DeEtta Little/Nelson Pigford

I can't tell you how many times I've heard this song blaring along a race course. But it never fails to give me a lift and push me toward that finish line. I love repeating the "getting strong now" mantra in my head, even after the song is over.

4. Move Along - All-American Rejects

Sometimes on a run you just need someone in your ear telling you to, "Move Along." Funny -- this song is perfect for that!
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5. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

The original Rocky theme song is still the best one, but this Survivor hit from the third Rocky installment also motivates me to run -- maybe even up some stairs.
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6. Start Me Up - Rolling Stones

Just thinking about Mick Jagger's ridiculous on-stage energy gets me pumped up and ready for a run. The song's lyrics and rhythm make it perfect for the first half of your run.

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7. Beautiful Day - U2

I especially love listening to this song when the weather is less than ideal. Just hearing the lyrics almost convinces me that it's not raining or freezing cold during my run.
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8. Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down

Let your mind wander as you listen to this song and you'll start thinking that you're a superhero!
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9. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson

This MJ classic always makes me feel like moving!
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