20 Best Songs About Running

By Nico Gonzalez

The idea of running may seem intimidating to many people, but it’s something that can be enjoyed by anyone. If you are looking for a new hobby or even just want to get in shape, there are plenty of perks associated with the activity. Running is low stress and has been shown to reduce anxiety levels as well as improve mood.

It also helps build endurance which will make any other physical activities easier down the line. The best thing about running? You don’t need any equipment except for a pair of sneakers! Here are 20 of the best songs about running that will get you pumped to go for a jog!


Run to You – Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams - Run To You

Bryan Adams’ song Run to You is the perfect motivator for a run. The lyrics speak to the desire to be with someone, and the need to move forward in life. It’s a great song to listen to when you’re feeling down, as it will inspire you to push through your struggles and reach your goals. Its lyrics are about following the right path, and doing what feels good deep inside.

Some people may interpret the song as about religion, but it’s important to remember that you can read into any song what fits for you. Sooner or later everything comes together on its own, no matter how long it takes, and if anything this song is a testament to that!

I’m Born to Run – American Authors

American Authors - I'm Born To Run (Official Video)

I’m Born to Run by American Authors is a great song to listen to when you’re getting ready to go for a run. It’s an upbeat, motivational song that will get you pumped up and ready to go! Its lyrics are about going out and running for a reason, which makes it perfect to listen to when you’re going out for a run. Some people listen to music before they go for a run, but I like to listen to it while I’m running. Music can definitely take your workout game up a notch! For me personally, listening to music is also really motivating.

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen discusses writing 'Born To Run'

Born to Run is one of Bruce Springsteen’s most famous songs. It’s about the excitement and joy of running, and how it can make you feel like you can do anything. The song is about freedom and escaping from the everyday grind. It’s a perfect song for runners, because it captures the feeling of running free and enjoying the physical sensation of moving your body. Its lyrics are about a woman that a man wants to run away with, and how he’s determined to go after her. It’s been covered by many artists including Regina Spektor, Jerry Williams and Frank Sidebottom.

Run – George Strait

If you’re looking for a country song about running, look no further than George Strait’s “Run.” The song is all about pushing yourself to your limits and running as fast as you can. It’s the perfect song to listen to when you’re feeling motivated to hit the pavement and run your heart out. Its lyrics are about the thrill of the race, while its pounding beat is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

Stand Up And Run – Billy Talent

Billy Talent - Stand Up and Run - Official Video

Stand Up and Run is a great song for runners, because it’s about not giving up, no matter how tough things get. The song is about rising above your struggles and continuing to fight. It’s a powerful song that will inspire you to keep running, no matter how hard it gets. Some people find music motivating while they run, which is why this song would be perfect for a jog. Its lyrics are about not giving up and continuing to fight, which is a message that will inspire you to keep going.

Take the Money and Run – The Steve Miller Band

Take The Money And Run - The Steve Miller Band (Lyrics + HQ)

Take the Money and Run is a great song to listen to when you’re running, because it’s upbeat and motivational. The lyrics talk about how running is the best way to get away from the bad things in life, and how it’s a great way to stay in shape. The song also talks about how running can help you achieve your dreams, which is a great motivator when you’re feeling tired or discouraged. Its lyrics are about how running is simultaneously one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies you can have, as well as a great way to stay healthy. 

The Distance – Cake

CAKE - The Distance (Official HD Video)

The Distance by Cake is a great song about running, and it’s sure to get you pumped up for a workout! The lyrics are about pushing yourself to your limits, and never giving up. They’re perfect for anyone who’s looking to push themselves harder during their next run. Its lyrics are about pushing yourself to limits like you’re running a race that never ends. It’s also got good ‘running’ sound effects!

Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run (Official Lyric Video)

If you’re looking for a song to get you in the mood for a run, look no further than “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry. This rockin’ holiday classic will have you jumping and dancing your way to the finish line in no time! Some people like to listen and run to laid-back music, but if you’re like me and need something with a little more pep in its step for those long runs, upbeat songs like “Running Blind” by Uriah Heap should do the trick.

Run, Baby, Run – Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow - Run, Baby, Run (Official Music Video)

Sheryl Crow’s Run, Baby, Run is a great song to listen to when you’re getting ready to go for a run. The song is about the dedication and determination it takes to be a runner, and the joy that comes with crossing the finish line.

It’s a perfect song to get you in the right mindset to hit the pavement and start running! Its lyrics are about being focused, being ready to work hard, and knowing that you can do it. It’s an inspirational song with a catchy tune, so it becomes stuck in your head for days after you’ve heard it!

Run Away – Anthem Lights

Anthem Lights - Run Away (Lyric Video)

If you’re looking for a song to get you pumped up for a run, look no further than Anthem Lights’ “Run Away.” This upbeat song is all about staying motivated and overcoming obstacles, which is perfect for anyone who’s looking to start running. With an energizing beat and inspiring lyrics, this song is sure to get your heart racing and help you push through any tough workout. Some people may think that running is not something to sing about, but this song will transform your run into a fun adventure.

I Run To You – Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum - I Run To You (Official Music Video)

Lady Antebellum’s “I Run To You” is a perfect song to listen to when you’re gearing up for a run. The lyrics are upbeat and motivating, and the melody is catchy and easy to sing along to. This song will help get your heart rate up and keep you going strong during your run. Its lyrics are about a couple who does everything together, from going to the movies to running marathons.

I Run For Life – Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge - I Run For Life (Karaoke)

I Run for Life by Melissa Etheridge is a powerful song about the importance of running, and how it can be a way to find strength and empowerment. The song is about taking control of your life and your destiny, and using running as a way to achieve this. It’s a great song to listen to when you’re feeling motivated to push yourself harder during a run. Its lyrics are about being an individual and being unique, and not letting others put you down. The song is all about self-empowerment, and it’s a great one to get you psyched up for a run!

Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over (Lyrics)

There’s no doubt that Dog Days Are Over is one of the best songs about running out there. The powerful lyrics and driving beat will get your heart racing and have you feeling unstoppable. If you’re looking for a song to power you through your next run, look no further than Dog Days Are Over!

Some people believe that this song is all about the ups and downs of running. And when Florence sings, “Oh it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back”, she may well be talking about how running can burn some serious calories, but you’re still left feeling like you’ve got something weighing heavily on your shoulders.

Run To You – Lea Michele

Lea Michele - Run to You with lyrics

Lea Michele’s song Run To You is about the dedication and determination that goes into running. The song is about putting in the hard work to reach your goals, and it’s a great motivator for runners. With lyrics like “I’m gonna run to you, I’m gonna run to you,” this song will get you pumped up and ready to hit the pavement! Its lyrics are about determination and perseverance, and it’s a great song to listen to when you’re just starting out with running. It really reminds the listener that hard work pays off and that motivation can come from within yourself.

Run Devil Run – Crowder

Crowder - Run Devil Run

Crowder’s song “Run Devil Run” is all about running to escape the devil’s temptations. The lyrics are full of energy and motivation, and will get your adrenaline pumping for a run! Its lyrics are about making the most out of life by enjoying every moment and letting go of anger, bitterness and regrets. Its lyrics are about going all out and going for it!

Duck And Run – 3 Doors Down

3 doors down duck and run with lyrics

If you’re looking for a song to get you pumped up for a run, look no further than Duck and Run by 3 Doors Down. The song is about a soldier who is being shipped off to war, and is determined to make the most of the time he has left. It’s a powerful song that will inspire you to push yourself harder when you’re feeling tired or discouraged. Its lyrics are about not sitting back, working hard and making the most of every moment that you have.

Ready to Run – The Dixie Chicks

The Chicks - Ready to Run (Official Video)

Ready to Run by The Dixie Chicks is a great song about running, that will motivate and inspire you to hit the pavement! The lyrics talk about how running can be a great way to get in shape, lose weight and de-stress. And with a catchy melody and upbeat tempo, this song is perfect for any runner!

Some people may not remember this song by The Dixie Chicks and would rather prefer the soundtrack version of the song, which was performed by Natalie Maines for the motion picture, “The Last Run”.

Run for Your Life – The Fray

The Fray - Run for Your Life

There’s no need to run for your life when you have The Fray on your side! This upbeat song is perfect for a quick jog or a long run – it’s sure to get your heart pumping. With lyrics like “So love me like you do, la-la-love me like you do. Run for your life,” it’s easy to see why this song is such a popular choice for runners. Its lyrics are about a hectic relationship, but the beat is what really gets this song going. Many songs have been written about the thrill of being in a relationship, but few have managed to capture it so well.

Running on Empty – Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne - Running on Empty w/ lyrics

Running on Empty is a song by American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1978. The song is about the struggles of a touring musician. It was inspired by Browne’s own experiences of touring in the 1970s. Its lyrics are about Browne’s “touring schedule, late-late nights, coming home only to turn around and leave again”. It reached number 79 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Running on Empty was first performed live during Brownes’ world tour in support of his 1977 album The Pretender. The song’s first studio version was recorded for Browne’s 1978 album Hold Out.

Check Yes, Juliet – We the Kings

Check Yes Juliet-We The Kings(w/ lyrics)

Check Yes, Juliet is a song by American rock band We the Kings. The song was written about a high school love story. The song was released as the second single from the band’s debut album, We the Kings (2007). Check Yes, Juliet peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2009. Its lyrics are about a young man who is willing to do anything for a high school girl.