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Updated by Fusion 360 on Oct 08, 2014
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Top 8 Pop Songs for Running

Listening to music when training can help athletes improve their workout. In fact, it can distract athletes from their running effort level and make working out seem easier. Music can also help individuals regulate their cadence and reach their running potential. This list outlines the top eight pop running songs that can help athletes achieve their goals.


This track is best for a nine-minute mile. It was written and produced by an American singer and was featured on a popular movie soundtrack. The song is known for its positive lyrics, which can help motivate runners during training.


This song is great for seven-minute miles because it has 180 beats per minute. It was one of the top songs of 2013 and gained worldwide recognition. The lyrics address self-empowerment and it can help runners feel powerful and efficient while running.

“I Gotta Feeling”

This song was released in 2009 and is a great option for 12-minute miles. The song was nominated for Record of the Year at the 52nd Grammy Awards and won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance. Worldwide, it has sold over 15 million units, making it the best-selling digital single of all time.

“Moves Like Jagger”

“Moves like Jagger” is a dance-pop song that is great for 12 minute miles. With 128 beats per minute, the song is upbeat, but can help runners maintain a sustainable pace. The song was on the top charts in over 18 countries.

“Runaway Baby”

This song has an eight-minute mile beat and was written by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars. As the title states, the lyrics correspond well with athletes during running and training efforts.

“Shake it off”

This song premiered in 2014 and has received positive reviews from music critics and fans alike. The song is suitable for a nine-minute mile and offers an upbeat message to help athletes stay optimistic when running.


This track was the theme song for the 2012 James Bond film and was written by the English singer and songwriter Adele. The 10-minute mile song is orchestral pop and is just under five minutes long.

“Take On Me”

This is a great track for a “throw back” Thursday run. The tune offers an eight-minute mile pace and was created by a Norwegian group. The song was released in 1985, but continues to be a popular tune around the world.



Mackenzie Martin writes for Mettis Trainer. She is a writer at Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. Find her on Google +.

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