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10 Cover Songs To Reinvent Your Run

What was old is new again with this playlist full of familiar tracks dreamt up into totally new songs for a fresh revamp to your playlist.

Much like a good remix, the advantage of a cover song in your running playlist is that takes a tune that’s already familiar and makes it sound fresh. In the playlist below, you’ll find a treasure trove of recent remakes. While the updates are contemporary, the original versions are drawn from several eras–with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” The Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey,” The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Californication,” Kevin Lyttle’s “Turn Me On,” and Taylor Swift’s “Style” representing each of the the last five decades chronologically.

The list also plays home to a few outliers. There’s an updated version of Hamilton‘s signature song “My Shot,” which is billed as a remix–but could pass just as easily for a cover. Train’s “Play that Song” isn’t technically a cover of the piano standard “Heart and Soul,” though it borrows every note. Moreover, the mix’s cooldown track “Forever Country” isn’t a single cover–but medley of “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “On the Road Again,” and “I Will Always Love You” performed by 30 combined country artists. Given the variety throughout, there should be plenty here to keep your mind and feet in motion on your next run. Here’s the full playlist, when you’re ready to hit the pavement.

Panic! at the Disco – Bohemian Rhapsody – 72 BPM

The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess – My Shot (Rise Up Remix) – 94 BPM

Syn Cole & Caroline Pennell – Californication – 106 BPM

The War on Drugs – Touch of Grey – 151 BPM

Julian Casablancas – White Light White Heat (Rock n Roll Animal Live Era Version) – 145 BPM


Ryan Adams – Style – 100 BPM

Betty Who – I Love You Always Forever – 106 BPM

Cheat Codes & Dante Klein – Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On) – 104 BPM

Train – Play That Song – 99 BPM


Artists of Then, Now & Forever – Forever Country – 90 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.