In my quest of Operation 20lbs I have been running/walking an average of five miles per day. I’ve manage to do this everyday for the past 18 days. Which, for me, is pretty darn amazing. I’m also to the point where I’m actually running about 60-70% of the five miles.

When I’m running music really helps to provide me with the energy and encouragement I need to ‘keep on running’.

When my computer crashed I lost all of my music. Over the past couple weeks I’ve been rebuilding my collection. During this rebuild I pulled together 35 songs that really get my feet moving, so I thought I’d share them with you.

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You’ll notice two things about this list, first – my ‘running’ music selection would make you think I’m a teenage girl. Second, I’m obviously a really big fan of female singers.

I’m sure several of you will roll your eyes at this list, but it really works for me. There’s no way I’d be running five miles without these songs.

I linked every song to a youtube video and threw a couple of my favorite videos into the post.

Katy Perry – Part of Me

Nicki Minaj – Starships

Leann Rimes – We Can

Rhianna – We Found Love

Sugarland – Settlin’

Adele – Rumor Has It

Selena Gomez – Love You Like a Love Song

Glee Cast – Thriller/Heads Will Roll

Lady Gaga – Bad Romance

Jessie J – Domino

Cher – Believe

Pink – Raise Your Glass

Flo Rida with Sia – Wild Ones

Christina Augilera – Come On Over

Destiny’s Child – Survivor

Madonna – Give Me All Your Luvin’

Carly Rea Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

Dixie Chicks – Ready to Run

Joan Jett – I love Rock ‘n Roll

Carrie Underwood – Good Girl

Beyonce – Love on Top

Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5

Janedear Girls – Wildflower

Britney Spears – Womanizer

Natasha Bedingfield – Strip Me

Florence and the Machine – Shake it Out

Avril Lavigne – What the Hell

Mumford and Sons – Little Lion Man

Sugarland – Stuck Like Glue

Fun. – We Are Young

La Roux – Bulletproof

Ke$ha – We R Who We R

Adele – Rolling in the Deep

Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

Katy Perry – Firework

What’s your favorite walking/running/workout song(s)?

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  • Jen at

    Fun list! I mix it up…Flo Rida’s- Low, old school Britney Spears, Fleetwood Mac, Eminem’s Lose Yourself , Johnny Cash-Walk the Line.
    Keep up the workout. It is good for heart & soul.

  • Anonymous at

    Taste in music is so subjective. There are some great “get up and move” suggestions on this list, but I have to admit I’ll stick to my own power playlist. Some of my favorite running tunes are Closer to Free by the BoDeans, Come Alive by Foo Fighters, Born This Way by Lady GaGa, Why I Am by Dave Matthews, Brighter Than The Sun by Colbie Caillat, Give Me The Meltdown by Rob Thomas, Something to Believe In by Parachute, What I Know by Parachute, and Drive by Incubus.

  • Shari @ at

    I’m an elliptical girl myself and tend to “kick it in gear” with my old school faves such as Earth Wind & Fire and Hall & Oates. I also like any good upbeat country, Katy Perry and Timbaland which astonishes my grown children. LOL.

  • Natasha in Oz at

    Great choices! I’m going to add a few of these to my playlist too.

    Best wishes and happy running!
    Natasha in Oz

  • Liz at

    How about The Black Eyed Peas, I Gotta Feeling and Rock That Body. I also like Theory of a Deadman, I Hate My Life.

  • NikkiB at

    I love Hot Mess by Cobra Starship, She Talks to Angels – Black Crowes, Grenade – Bruno Mars, Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics, Low – Flow Rida, You Found Me – The Fray, You Dropped a Bomb on Me – GAP band, Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani, Better Days – Goo Goo Dolls, Lover Lover – Jerrod Niemann, Leavin – Jesse McCartney, I hate myself for loving you – Joan Jett,
    I kissed a girl, Hot N Cold, Last Friday Night – all Katy Perry,
    Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson, Out Last Night – Kenny Chesney, Black Horse and the Cherry Tree – KT Tunstall, Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis, Get Low – Lil Jon, U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer, Shake it – Metro Station, Shake Ya Tailfeather – Nelly,
    Savin Me, Rockstar, Gotta Be Somebody – Nickelback,
    Sober, Please Don’t Leave Me, Raise Your Glass, So What – Pink
    Hell on Heels – Pistol Annies, Little Red Corvette, Kiss – Prince, Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield, S&M – Rihanna, Edge of 17 – Stevie Nicks, Bother – Stone Sour, Yeah, DJ Got us Fallin in love – Usher, Gold Digger – Kanye, Eye of the Tiger – Survivor, Play that Funky Music – Wild Cherry, Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band

  • Bea at

    Great list!!!
    I’ll add all of those to my play list and start my eliptic rutine today!

  • Harriet at

    I love a couple of super oldies–“Every Breath You Take” by the Police and Bonnie Tyler’s “Faster than the Speed of Night.”

  • Erin at

    I’ve have/had all those songs on my work out list too!!

  • LetterstoLauren at

    Love your list! I like a lot of those songs, too. When I’m running, “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson is a big one. There’s also “Crazy, Beautiful Life,” by Ke$ha, “Tambourine” by Eve, “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood..just to name a few. Yesterday I was running and “Gettin Jiggy With It” by Will Smith came on my mp3 player…that was a fun one! Congrats on the 18 days 🙂 I used to hate running, but now the more I do it, the more I love it 🙂

  • Maree at

    Right now the Black Keys are my favourite running soundtrack. on El Camino just about every track has such a great forward momentum and just keeps me going!

  • Amanda at

    Your new header looks great! This is just what I was looking for… I just got an iphone and just started working out… and needed some great musical inspiration!
    Be blessed-

  • denverdietrich at

    We have almost an identical running play list – I especially love the new Carly Rae Jepsen song!

  • webmailaddress2 at

    “We Are Young” is my newest fave. I also love “Push” by Matchbox twenty, which I’ve liked since I first heard it in the mid 1990s.

  • Lindsey Mattson at

    Thanks for the list. Had a few and added a few. Pit Bull is my latest addiction – crank it up when the miles get hard and push on through!

  • Andrea Toman at

    Fun list! I also like to run to Wild at Heart by Gloriana.

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