Songs to get you going

You know that feeling. Your body says no, your mind says yes. Well, kind of. But every journey starts with a first step, and so does running. There’s hardly anything better than the right tune, track or beat to make you want to go out there and run.

A single song can change your mood, your pace, and your perception of the world around you while you are running. So to help you take that little – but most important – first step on your next run, here are some of the Wings for Life World Run team’s favourite songs. Enjoy!

I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix) by Lykke Li 

"No explanation – great remix of a great song." (International Sport Director Colin Jackson)


Greyhound by Swedish House Mafia  

"Because the song's beat makes you run faster than you thought you could. It reminds me of summer, great parties with friends and generally happy times too." (FS)


Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon

"This song is full of adrenaline and always reminds me of a great sporting event." (AH)


I Just Wanna Run by The Downtown Fiction

"This song needs little explanation. Run, rock – you really just want to get going with this song." (VU)


Killing in the Name by Rage Against The Machine

"No other song pushes me so much." (MB)


The Pretender by Foo Fighters

"I put this song on for the last few minutes of my run because it pushes me to go faster and motivates me when I am tired. The lyrics are not important for a good running song – just the melody and the sounds that push me." (AC)


Radio Protector by 65daysofstatic  

"I can’t really tell what it is with this song. It just carries me away. It sounds like a  promise that, at the end of it all, the world will just be a little better." (SJ)


Right Here, Right Now by Fat Boy Slim  and You're Not Alone by FDTF 

"I know the first one is almost an oldie these days, but it’s still a great running song. The second one is the official Wings for Life World Run song – enough said, right?" (KBL)


Stronger by Kelly Clarkson

"Yeah right, Kelly Clarkson. I know what you're thinking – but I truly believe running makes you stronger. So here you go." (BB)


Keep Your Head Up by Ben Howard

"As a wordy-type of person, of course the lyrics are going to be my main thing, and they are really motivating: 'Keep your head up, keep your heart strong', and when the song really gets going, the pace is perfect, too; it makes me run faster. . .with my head up." (LC)


Don't Stop Me Now by Queen 

"The title says it all. A song that makes you unstoppable."(RS)


No music

"When listening to really good podcasts, I sometimes  forget that I am running, and I just carry on even if I have already reached my goal for the day. It's inspiring to listen to successful/interesting people talking about their lives – especially during running, I can really focus on what they are saying." (JG)


Do you agree or disagree? Or do you just want to add your most motivating song to the Wings for Life World Run Playlist – leave  a comment on the Wings for Life Facebook Page!

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