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Songs the world loves to run to, revealed

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Finding the perfect song to line up to the rhythm of your run is an art. You need a tune that matches your running pace and keeps you hyped, and full of energy. 

Luckily, there are thousands of pop hits that give you the perfect balance, coming in at just the right beats per minute to get you to crush a 5K in no time. 

A team at analysed searches for over 30,000 songs from 750 playlists that included ‘running’, ‘jogging’ and ‘treadmill’ on Spotify to find the favourite artists and songs people listen to while on their daily run.

The list is not surprising. High-paced EDM featured with the most songs to make the list. The synth-electro beats are perfect to time your steps and keep your spirits lifted by blasting away any negative thoughts. 

Hip hop and pop also feature prominently, again because fast beats make for a faster workout and better timing.

So who ranked highest?

The data revealed that the aptly named ‘Work B**ch’ track by Britney Spears is the most popular running song, followed by The Weeknd’s synthpop tune ‘Blinding Lights’. The latter, along with ‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem are the fastest-paced songs in the top 10 with 171 bpm.

  • Work B**ch – Britney Spears - 128bpm
  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd - 171 bpm
  • Roses (Imanbek Remix) – SAINt JHN - 122 bpm
  • Eye of the Tiger – Survivor - 109 bpm
  • Titanium (feat. Sia) – David Guetta - 126bpm
  • Can’t Hold Us – (feat. Ray Dalton) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - 146 bpm
  • CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! – Justin Timberlake - 113 bpm
  • Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) – Mark Ronson - 115 bpm
  • This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna) – Calvin Harris - 124 bpm
  • Lose Yourself – Eminem - 171 bpm
  • Calvin Harris
  • Eminem
  • David Guetta
  • Drake
  • Kanye West
  • Lady Gaga
  • Rihanna
  • Avicii
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Pitbull
Leila Stein

Leila Stein is an experienced multimedia journalist and content producer with a special interest in data journalism. she is skilled in news writing, editing, online writing and multimedia content production and have a Bachelor of Journalism  from Rhodes University and an Honours in Historical Studies from University of Cape Town.