Top 10 essential running music treadmill tracks

Motivational training and running music

Music has long been a motivational tool for runners. If you need some inspirational running tunes then our top tracks should see you through even the hardest of running sessions.

You're gasping for air, your lungs are fit to burst, and the legs feel like they've just completed a marathon quicker than Haille Gebrselassie or Paula Radcliffe, yet you're only just 20 minutes into your planned lengthy treadmill run.

So how do you fight the temptation to stop, and keep yourself going when your body feels like its crying out for respite from the perceived onslaught? The answer lies not just in your own willpower, but also in any additional aids you can give yourself to keep on running.

If you need a significant boost to your motivation, how about finding that kick-start from the tunes you listen to while you pound the treadmill  so you feel like you're floating on air rather than wading through treacle! Your choice of tracks really can be a key factor in helping you reach your goals. Here's 10 tunes to give you a running boost.

Eton Rifles – The Jam

An absolute cracker and generally best listened to near the start of the session. Its high tempo, crashing guitars and pounding bass line will have you nicely pumped up – the only fear is that you may be tempted to go off too quickly!

Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand

The edgy build up of the intro acts as steady preparation before hitting the main thrust of the song as you get into the difficult incline on your run. As soon as the catchy riff for which the song is known comes in, you should feel ready to to tackle your challenge head on.

Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim

If in need of a another high tempo number to help you pick things up, then you will not fail to moved by this real blood pumper of a track. Just remember why you are right here, right now – it's to work your socks off!

Clocks – Coldplay

Once you're into a steady pace then this should help you maintain that rhythm. The piano hook acts almost as a hypnotic device to make you forget all that effort that you're putting it.

Are You Gonna Go My Way? – Lenny Kravitz

The repetitive classic guitar riff almost mirrors the steps you are making and is it goes up an octave; it makes you feel as though you should be stepping it up too. A real rocker to put some spring in your step!

Hey Ya! – Outkast

It is the drums that marks this track out and you will find yourself pounding away freely to this rhythm. This is one for helping you maintain a steady pace rather than producing that burst you might require.

Won't Get Fooled Again – The Who

A rock classic, at a length of over six minutes will possibly be a sizeable chunk of your run. Crashing guitars and drums and raw vocals produce sheer energy which transfers from the music to you. Simply hard to beat!

My Sharona – The Knack

The riff is unmistakeable and so repetitive you will inevitably find yourself trying to run in time with it - but quite possibly fail to do so. In terms of producing a boost in energy when you need it - this tune certainly hits the mark>

Are You Gonna Be My Girl? – Jet

An upbeat rocker that should get you going if you feel you are flagging towards the end of your run. A chugging rhythm guitar part should help you keep the pace maintained when you feel you legs are really feeling it.

Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads

Not that we are rubbing it in or anything but you will still be exactly where you started! This is steady paced track and perfect track for the final leg of your planned run or for your cool-down.

Of course, if your treadmill sessions are long, you will probably need a few more tracks to keep you going; the total length of these songs would probably amount to only around half an hour or so. But as a start they are probably just what you need. Why not take a look at our other running music playlist or compile your own running playlist and see what works best for you?

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