The Best Running Songs by Decade

A runner selecting a song to run to 

Have you ever been on the last leg of a long run, and just when you think you can't go another step, the right song comes through your headphones?

The power of music, especially while running and working out, is a phenomenon that has been widely studied by scientists. From showing that music with a "high groove" can better engage the motor system to discovering that the rhythm of a song can actually increase work output in self-paced activities like running, there's tons of research to suggest that the right playlist makes all the difference. 

We partnered with Fit Radio, a workout music app, to bring you the best running songs from the '60s to today. Simply click on the songs below to add them to your Spotify playlist before your next run.


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