99 Badass Running Songs

woman runningThere's nothing that motivates me to move like music. In fact, it wasn't until I got an iPod that I could really endure a significant treadmill run. So I put a lot of time and energy into building an arsenal of music to get me through the miles.

I constantly hound people for their best running playlists and love when I can add a new song to mine ... but I don't add them lightly. Each one has to be just right.

The songs on my list are varied and random and don't really reflect what I like to listen to when I'm not running. But what all the songs on it have in common is that they make me feel like a badass when I run.

Here are 99 of the best badass running songs I've found, in no particular order:  


1.       "Move Shake Drop Remix" DJ Laz, Flo Rida & Casely

2.       "Drop" Ying Yang Twins

3.       "(Rock) Superstar" Cypress Hill

4.       "My Humps" Black Eyed Peas

5.       "Born an OG" Ace Hood

6.       "Baby Got Back" Sir Mix A Lot

7.       "Move Bitch" Ludacris

8.       "Places to Go" Eminem

9.       "If I Can't" 50 Cent

10.   "Fergaliciuos" Fergie

11.   "99 Problems" Jay-Z

12.   "Girlfriend" Avril Lavigne

13.   "It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop" Dead Prez

14.   "LoveGame" Lady Gaga

15.   "It's All About the Benjamins" Puff Daddy & The Family

16.    "Imma Be" Black Eyed Peas

17.   "Pressing On" Relient K

18.   "When the Sun Goes Down" Arctic Monkeys

19.   "Born to Run" Bruce Springsteen

20.   "I Run for Life" Melissa Etheridge

21.   "Southern Hospitality" Ludacris & Pharrell

22.   "Give It to Me" Timberland

23.   "Grew Up a Screw Up" Ludacris

24.   "Sober" Pink

25.   "Gold Digger" Kanye West and Jamie Foxx

26.   "Should I Stay or Should I Go" The Clash

27.   "Stronger" Kanye West

28.   "Cotton Eye Joe" Rednex

29.   "Hate Me Now" Puff Daddy

30.   "Popular" The Veronicas

31.   "All Falls Down" Kanye West

32.   "Hotel Room Service" Pitbull

33.   "Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z

34.   "If U Seek Amy" Britney Spears

35.   "Me Against the World" 2Pac & Dramacydal

36.   "Loser" Beck

37.   "Goody Two Shoes" Adam Ant

38.   ‘Till I Collapse" Eminem and Nate Dogg

39.   "We Made You" Eminem

40.   "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)" Jay Z

41.   "That's Not My Name" The Ting Tings

42.   "Nasty Girl" Nitty

43.   "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" The Proclaimers

44.   "Blister in the Sun" Violent Femmes

45.   "Fat Bottomed Girls" Queen

46.   "Bout It, Bout It II" Master P

47.   "Hollaback Girl" Gwen Stefani

48.   "I'mma Shine" YoungBloodz

49.   "What Up Gangsta" Fifty Cent

50.   "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" John Denver

51.   "B.O.B" OutKast

52.   "Don't Cha" The Pussycat Dolls and Busta Rhymes

53.   "Master of Puppets" Metallica

54.   "Running" No Doubt

55.   "SOS" Rihanna

56.   "SexyBack" Justin Timberlake

57.   "Stacy's Mom" Fountains of Wayne

58.   "Let's Go" Trick Daddy

59.   "I Want You to Want Me" Cheap Trick

60.   "Piece of Me" Britney Spears

61.   "X Gon' Give It to Ya" DMX

62.   "Work It" Nelly and Justin Timberlake

63.   "Mary Jane Shoes" Fergie

64.   "Wild Wild West" Will Smith

65.   "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" Soulja Boy Tell'Em

66.   "Mickey" Toni Basil

67.   "Bring Em Out" T.I.

68.   "The Beautiful People" Marilyn Manson

69.   "Faith" George Michael

70.   "Hail Mary" 2Pac & Dramacydal

71.   "Alive" Pearl Jam

72.   "The Sound of Settling" Death Cab for Cutie

73.   "Welcome to The Jungle" Guns N' Roses

74.   "Lose Yourself" Eminem

75.   "Hips Don't Lie" Shakira and Wyclef Jean

76.   "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" Big and Rich

77.   "Lay Low" Snoop Dogg

78.   "Another One Bites the Dust" Queen

79.   "Fight for Your Right" Beastie Boys

80.   "Where the Streets Have No Name" U2

81.   "Jesus Walks" Kanye West

82.   "Livin La Vida Loca" Ricky Martin

83.   "Pump It" Black Eyed Peas

84.   "Blah Blah Blah" Ke$ha

85.   "I Will Survive" Cake

86.   "We Do This" T.I.

87.   "The Pretender" Foo Fighters

88.   "Highway to Hell" AC/DC

89.   "Pain" Jimmy Eat World

90.   "Eye of the Tiger" Survivor

91.   "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Nirvana

92.   "Harder to Breathe" Maroon 5

93.   "We Are the Champions" Queen

94.   "Can't Stop" Red Hot Chili Peppers

95.   "The Distance" Cake

96.   "You Can Do It" Ice Cube

97.   "When You Were Young" Killers

98.   "I Kissed a Girl" Katy Perry

99.   "Jane Fonda" Mickey Avalon

Note: I do tend to like a lot of explicit music when I run, so be warned and wary of little ears when checking out some of these.

What are your favorite workout songs?

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