When it comes to running, we all know that a banging playlist can make or break a work out – whether you are a genuine running addict or would much rather be sitting on the sofa. We’ve compiled a Top Ten list of our favourite hip hop running songs to keep you going mile after mile both on the treadmill and on the pavement. Here are your new favourite running mixes!
1 – 99 Problems by Jay Z
I got ninety nine problems but running ain’t one! This amazing 2003 track from Jay Z’s eighth studio album The Black Album carries rough and urban riffs guaranteed to get your trainers pounding the floor faster, and with more sass. Running is always a great time for thinking through life’s problems, so run with Jay Z for the answers.
2 – Lose Yourself by Eminem
Reaching your limit on your run? Program this song into your playlist for the ideal fuel to propel you beyond the dreaded “wall”. Eminem’s Oscar-winning Lose Yourself is considered to be one of his best songs, and we simply couldn’t agree more. The King of self-motivation, this mid-tempo song delivers punchy beats and an angsty narrative for the perfect push-yourself kick in the middle of a run. You better lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it!
3 – Stronger by Kanye West
Incorporating elements from house, electro, techno and electronica, this futuristic tune with catchy synths is perfect for picking yourself up when you feel like you can’t run anymore. We all know that feeling, so thanks Kanye for putting it down into words (albeit in a robot voice). After all, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!
4 – 212 by Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay
The perfect positive song for the start of your run – we know it’s a little bit potty-mouthed, but welcome to the world of Hip Hop and R&B! This infectious dance floor filler is the perfect running companion with a little bit of edge. If you don’t end up singing along, we’ll be surprised. Sayin’ your runnin’, but you ain’t goin’ no where!
5 – Pump It by The Black Eyed Peas
Can you see your front door in the horizon like a distant mirage? We’ve got your back. This all-time favourite banger from Black Eyed Peas is an ideal selection when you’re dripping with sweat and only five minutes away from the nirvana of a hot shower and a cup of tea. Put on this song and pump it, louder!
6 – Black and Yellow by Wiz Khalifa
We know Black and Yellow is a little bit repetitive, but we couldn’t care less. It’s so catchy it hurts, and the repetitiveness helps with the repetitiveness of running and zoning out into that trance that aids us in even the most mind-numbing “I-want-to-be-at-home” workouts. Yes, we’ve said repetitive three times. Hit the pedal with Wiz and make the floor shake!
7 – Feel Good Inc by Gorillaz
For the ultimate “feel good” factor (see what we did there), this wonderful Gorillaz track places seventh in our Top Ten. With an incredibly catchy melody and awesome bassline, this dark but beautiful song needs to make it onto your playlist. A good pick for the first section of your run. Take it all there on your stride with Gorillaz!
8 – Push it by Salt-N-Pepa
We simply couldn’t select our Top Ten favourites without this ultimate throwback from Salt-N-Pepa. A dependable parter starter, Push It is also a great running track packed with electro-grooves. This is another tune for the end of your run when you need a last motivational hit – Push it real good!
9 – The Way You Move by Outkast
Mixing bass, Atlanta-style Southern hip hop and 70s soul music, this tune from the beloved Outkast is bound to get your feet moving to the beat. It’s impossible not to love, and the quick tempo assists with pace and motivation. I like the way you move!
10 – Sorry by Beyonce
This is a great song for nicking lyrics posting indirect tweets about your ex, but also an absolute banger for your run. A mid-tempo R&B track with a thumping beat, Sorry gives us an evolution of early 2000s R&B with a truckload of 2019 sass. Find personal empowerment during your running thinking session, and speed your running up every time you think about your haters. I ain’t sorry!
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