Who doesn’t want to feel happy while putting in all those training miles? Although an up-tempo running music always helps keep those legs rolling, so do positive messages in the lyrics. When your mantras aren’t doing the trick, maybe Taylor Swift can help? The words of the right artist can provide as much inspiration as the beat, so here are few joyful tunes.
The playlist kicks off with an aptly titled track from OneRepublic and then closes out with an ALL CAPS declaration of personal greatness from T Swift. In between, you’ll find DJ Khaled celebrating, Bastille chronicling joy, and Little Mix bouncing back. Elsewhere, Quincy Jones implores you to keep reachin’, while Steve Aoki encourages you to be somebody.
If you find yourself in the middle of a long run when a brisk tempo alone won’t get you through to that long-awaited brunch, having a handful of these cheery songs on hand might be what you need. And no one singer or song writer has a monopoly on positivity—the tunes on this playlist pull from all over the musical spectrum. Think of each song as a three-minute pep talk.
To find more running music, check out the free database at Run Hundred. Browse the song selections by genre, tempo, and era to find the music for your playlist that best fits with your workout routine.