If you’re looking for some motivational songs to get you started on your running journey, there are many to choose from. From George Strait’s “Run,” to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me,” to Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph Run,” we’ve got you covered.
George Strait’s “Run”
George Strait has been a staple of country music since 2001, and his cover of Miranda Lambert’s “Run” has been a fan favorite since day one. The duo performed together on a recent performance in Las Vegas, where Lambert said that Strait was “right there.” The cover was a huge hit, and has spawned a slew of covers over the years.
In addition to “Run,” Strait also has several other hits, including “The Breath You Take.” The song has been in the Top 10 for 31 straight years, and is one of the longest-running chart singles in Strait’s career. The singer has more country singles in the Top 40 than the Beatles, Elvis Presley, or Elton John. He has more than 57 number one country hits.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me”
“Run Away With Me” is a romantic song about leaving a crush behind. It’s sung in the first-person by Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen. The song was released on 17 July 2015. The music video was shot in three continents, with Larkins accompanying Jepsen on her tour and casually filming personal footage of the singer. The video features Jepsen running, while a Statue of Liberty stands in the background.
Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph Run”
Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph” is a timeless classic that is a must-listen to for the Christmas season. Its lyrics focus on Santa Claus’s duty to distribute happiness and make the holiday season merry. Along the way, he delivers gifts, such as a rock and roll electric guitar or a Tiny Tears American doll. However, the song is not just about Christmas. It is also about life itself.
The song is based on the story “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Unfortunately, the song is copyrighted and Berry had to give Johnny Marks the publishing rights to use the original Rudolph. As a result, Berry and Robbie the Reindeer producers used the name Randolph instead of Rudolph. The song has been recorded by many artists since its release.
Cake’s “The Distance”
CAKE’s “The Distance” is one of the band’s most iconic songs. The 1996 single is a solid gold ’90s banger with synthesized riffs and a pounding rhythm section. It remains a stone-cold classic to this day. The song is an ode to horsepower, and the lyrics explore the unbreakable bond between man and machine. Still, the lyrics raise some question marks about what they’re really saying.
“The Distance” is a rock song written by American alternative rock band Cake. It was released as the second single from the band’s second album, Fashion Nugget, in 1996. Written by guitarist Greg Brown, the song features driving vocals by lead singer John McCrea. The song also features a melodica and synthesized sounds.
Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now”
One of the most iconic songs of the decade, “Don’t Start Now,” is the soundtrack to an uplifting run. The song features a heavy bassline and violins and is a throwback to the disco era. It’s a dance tune that reminds many of the early days of running and is so uplifting that it has become an inspiration for runners around the world. Its producer, Ian Kirkpatrick, was involved in the making of the song from the beginning and was responsible for its global chart dominance.
Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa’s sophomore album, has a retro, ’80s feel to it. The music is upbeat and retro, and the lyrics are blunt and direct. They discuss relationships, heartbreak, and toxic male behavior. Her vocals are strong, yet low, and glide effortlessly over the production.
Dua Lipa has become a global pop star. Her debut album, “Don’t Start Now,” was certified platinum and she released a sequel, “Future Nostalgia,” in 2020. It spawned six platinum tracks and made her the first female artist to win multiple awards at the Brit Awards. She won British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.