The RFBR Playlist

Hola, bitches. We’re compiling the ultimate running playlist and want to hear what your most motivational running music is.

Is there something that always spurs you on at the end of your run, or gets you going when you feel like hitting the dirt? Do you always manage to push your way through another gruelling five minutes if you have the dulcet tones of Rihanna/Bon Jovi/Hot Chip (delete/add as appropriate) in your ear? Then let us and the rest of your RFBR comrades know.

Below is our Top 10 to get you going, but please comment away and we’ll add any song that receives more than three recommendations to what we hope will become the blueprint for the best running playlist EVER.

Top 10

Run the World (Girls) – Beyoncé

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Bonkers – Dizzee Rascal

I Need a Hero – Bonnie Tyler

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Running up that Hill – Kate Bush

Chariots of Fire – Vangelis

Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon


59 Responses to “The RFBR Playlist”

  1. poetrhi September 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Oooh…it’s got to be ‘I Want To Break Free’ by Queen. I’m firmly in the power ballad camp on this one.

    I like to add a Grit Doctor bonus when I try and sing along. Less Freddie Mercury and more Lily Savage.

  2. Barbara September 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Always found ‘Flashdance – What a Feeling’ and ‘Fame’, both by Irene Cara, got us fired up for the fast bits in aerobics classes! (Don’t run – prefer walking!)

  3. Zoe September 29, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    What about Everybody’s Free (to feel good) Rozalla 🙂

    • gritdoctor September 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

      Hey Zoe!! Great tune – how are things in Switzerland? All good here, the twins are 1 now and still a handful! Keep in touch and lots of love to you all xxxxxx

      • Zoe October 4, 2011 at 7:54 am #

        God, that time flew! When was there birthday? Also, you have a private email address? Wanna send something to mine?
        to you all

  4. Zoe October 4, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    whoops typo their birthday!

    • gritdoctor October 18, 2011 at 11:39 am #

      I just wrote a long one back and it didn’t seem to work – am still trying to navigate my way around my own blog and only just picked up your msg.
      The twins turned 1 on 22nd september – the longest year of my life – Olly and I celebrate our 2nd anniversary on the 24th October! Unbelievable. Hope all is well your end and the boys are well and happy. So much love. x

  5. Simon Johnson October 4, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Greta blog Ruth!

    What a lightweight list of muisic though…

    What about ‘Firestarter’, ‘Hell Aint a Bad Place to Be’, and a classic by J Richman and the Modern Lover’s – ‘Icrecream Man’!

    You’ve got me running now Ruth. I manage a lazy 6 kms 3 times a week. Left buttock is down to 15 kg and right side trailing at 17…

    • gritdoctor October 18, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      Great that you are running Simon! Me too and loving it…sadly Olly is still apparently stuck to the sofa….

  6. Sarah Armstrong January 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    White Lies – Farewell to the Fairground is a fantastic running track “Keep on running, keep keep on running, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”. It always gives me an extra boost and makes me go extra fast – great for speed training. I much prefer to run with music, it helps my mind to go blank and a good tune can make me go much faster than I would without music. I’ve had a few runs in the past where my ipod has stopped working halfway through a run and I panic!!
    Queens of the Stone Age – No one knows is a good one as well, something to do with the rhythm, but maybe that’s just me and also Razorlight – Stumble and Fall.

  7. Laura MacGill January 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    I nominate the Jason Nevins remix of NERD’s Rosckstar

  8. gat January 9, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    well, you surely can’t go past ‘Mitsubitchi’ by the Subs? Only problem is it makes me want to dance, not run!

  9. Marina January 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    The pretender – Foo Fighters
    I feel you – Depeche Mode
    Icky thump – The White Stripes
    … To name a few of my motivational choons

  10. Felicity January 18, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Crossroads – Cream
    Cocaine – Yakooza
    Sweat – Snoog Dogg
    Tusk – Fleetwood Mac

  11. Felicity January 18, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Oh yeah, and Breathe by Prodigy

  12. Verns January 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    I don’t need the word ‘run’ anywhere in the song’s lyrics (mostly because I’m still in the walking phase of the programme), but anything happy and upbeat gets the tempo up, as well as keeping me cheerful. So my musical taste has taken a huge dive as my new playlist includes Katy Perry (Hot ‘n’ Cold), Rihanna (Only Girl), Bruno Mars (Marry You) and a worryingly long list of Glee covers. Still, whatever works…

  13. Jude February 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Eminem “Lose Yourself” –
    “Look. If you had. One shot. One opportunity. To seize everything you ever wanted. One moment. Would you capture it? Or let it slip?”

    • gritdoctor February 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

      An all-time favourite of mine, had forgotten that song! Used to listen to it before interview/exams for added grit factor, thanks for reminding me of it…

  14. CrisHoole February 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    It has to be Scatman, really makes me go for it and always cheers me up!

  15. Maria Elliott February 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Hi Ruth

    Still running thanks to your book getting me started on 9th January. I managed 10.6km on Sunday – woo hoo! Still smiling, still out 3+ times a week and loving it 🙂

    Toons to inspire legs to keep turning:-

    “Push It” by Salt’n’Peppa
    “Move Every Mountain” by The Shamen
    “Can U Dig It” by The Mock Turtles
    “She Bangs the Drums” by The Stone Roses
    “Do What You Like” by Take That (pumping tuune!!)

    All good motivators and up-beat inspirations…

    • gritdoctor February 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

      thats amazing well done – i love that salt n peppa tune! x

  16. Rebecca March 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    NO question – it HAS to be Matthew Wilder’s 80 classic ‘Break My Stride’ – check out this hilarious performance of it…genius 🙂

    • gritdoctor March 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

      classic – just watched and listened with my husband! x

  17. Elli Emry March 19, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Cool Post

  18. Jane Tierney March 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Coming home – puff daddy….footloose….and rebel yell – billy idol…

  19. kim kelly March 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    God is a dj – faithless

  20. Jesssica March 21, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    Running by Evermore – “, Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun – “We are just running for the thrill of it, thrill of it, always pushing up the hill, searching for for the thrill of it.”

  21. adie March 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Ruthie, I just discovered your blog. Baby, this is the only running mix you and your acolytes will ever need…

    Primetime of your life: Daft Punk (has to be from the Alive live album)

    Touch it / Technologic: Daft Punk (likewise has to be from the Alive live album)

    Flute Loop: Beastie Boys

    Paper Planes: M.I.A.

    I lust you: Neon Neon

    Age of Love

    We are your Friends: Justice vs. Simian Mobile Disco

    DVNO: Justice

    Pogo: Digitalism

    If you can’t do a sub 45 minute 10k to that, then can I recommend darts…


  22. jadda March 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    I needed some inspiration running and downloading new music always helps, so here they are
    1 – Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison
    2 – Bangarang by Skrillex (such an good song to get you pumped up!)

  23. Liisa April 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    Rocky theme song, no matter how hard the run feels it makes me want to punch my fists into the air, raise my head and feel like a winner cause I am actually running! Sometimes I give in to the feeling and let out a loud whoop of exhillaration but only when I am running in the bush and there’s no one to critique me. 😀

  24. Minna April 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Michael Sembello: Maniac (from Flashdance) – Just use it as your power song in the end of your run, it will work! 🙂

  25. Libby May 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    I’m Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO keeps me moving – but that might be because I’m only 4 weeks into this and my Inner Bitch sings “I’m Lardy and I Know It”!

  26. susan May 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Sweet disposition- the temper trap. Really gets me to the end of my run!

  27. est May 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    happy memories Cyndi Lauper “Girls just wanna have fun” original, as it played at the Race for Life 5k 2009 when I first discovered the buzz of running. Favourite mp3 tune ZZ top “Legs” the full version is over 6 minutes long so I aim to complete 1km of my favourite route in that time! Broke my leg ski-ing in March, just got the go-ahead to start jogging again so I’ve ordered your book to get me started again.

    • gritdoctor May 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

      i absolutely LOVE girls just wanna have fun – awesome tune. best of luck and do let me know how you get on.

      • est July 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

        thanks! the leg is fully mended now so I jogged Clumber Park 10k race for life last Sunday, taking it easy on the leg with my slowest time ever – 1 hour 6 minutes is hardly going to have Paula Radcliffe looking worried over her shoulder, but I made it round with a great big grin all over my face and savoured every delicious stretch for days afterwards. Ooh yeah, back on track.

  28. Clair June 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    Queen – I want it all

  29. Katy June 22, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    X-Press 2 (feat David Byrne) LAZY!!!

    Because I am!!!

    Had 2 months off when I moved from Yorkshire to Leeds due to a massive loss of bearings!! Ashamedly gained 6lbs(!)…. Have been back into it or 3 weeks now and managed my 5k in record time yesterday! Thanks grit doc!

    • Katy June 22, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      Yorkshire to London sorry!!!

  30. Victoria WH June 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    I like “smack your bitch up” by the prodigy!

  31. Esther Knight July 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Out the front door with warm up march to “Walk this way” (Aerosmith with run DMC) then start jogging to I see you baby, (Groove Armada) Twist and shout (The Beatles) and when Blockbuster (The sweet) comes on its time to start running one step per beat then it’s One Step beyond ( Madness ) … then comes Legs (ZZ Top) which is exactly one kilometre’s worth at my pace, keeping the sound volume fairly low so I can still hear oncoming traffic etc. as there isn’t much green running space in uphill Lincoln, unless someone else can point it out for me!

  32. Andrea July 30, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    New song released by Hermitude, song is called ‘get in my life’, first time I heard it thought I needed it straight away. Not many words in this song, but there is a line in the song that yells “Run Bitch, Run”. When I listen to it I add in my own fat, keeps me going when I want to stop!

  33. Róisín Murphy July 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Save The World by Swedish House Mafia is great for getting me to go that extra distance!

  34. Amanda August 5, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    Police on my back-The Clash

    Need to feel loved-Reflekt


  35. Sue August 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Faithless – God is a DJ or Mass Destruction
    Eminem – Soldier or White America
    Beyonce – Diva
    Missy Elliott – Keep it Movin’

    …to name but a few. Thanks for the book. I’ve never done anything fitness related in my 32 years and smoked for 15 of them. I’m now on week 6 and every week I think I won’t be able to progress to next stage and, touch wood, so far I have. Definite mood enhancer and great feeling of achievement. Just hope I can keep it up. 🙂

  36. Lucy-Ann August 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue

  37. Lucy-Ann August 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    Hot Chilli Woman – Noiseworks
    U Talkin’ To Me – Disco Montego
    Dr Feelgood – Motley Crue
    Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
    Doin’ the Do – Betty Boo
    She Bangs (English Version) – Ricky Martin

  38. Jax August 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Just got the book and need lots of help. Would welcome anyone who can keep me going… thanks

    • gritdoctor August 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

      we are all here on the blog and facebook to hep and support in any way we can. just take a deep breath and begin…

  39. A August 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I’m on week 5 and feel that I am stronger, faster, and a bit more healthier than when I first started running…However, I’ve only lost 3 pounds and feeling a bit frustrated! I know its my diet (junk food on a daily basis) Anyone have any tips for a good weekly food plan? I need to see some results to keep me going…

  40. Dervilla September 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Queen: Fat bottomed girls – reminds me why Im tryin’ !

  41. sarah m November 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Imelda May – Mayhem
    The Wanted – Glad you came
    Prince – 1999
    Kelis ft Calvin Harris – Bounce
    Keane – Spiralling

    Only started running 2 days ago and these plus more are all on my playlist 🙂

  42. Kc November 18, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    Ruth your book rocks! I may have messed up a bit and started with a five km jog instead of your marvellous plan but am still going and loving it. I think being unpc and reminding myself that a litre of ice cream a night is what fat bitches eat has really helped. 7km in 50 mins this morning, love love love it!

  43. Kc November 18, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    Ps forgot that I meant to say I listen to Andrew Johnson talk about getting fit and lose weight instead of music & time just disappears

  44. no1ladykay January 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Jigsaw by Ryan Sheridan gets the legs going every time

  45. GirlyMum February 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    One of the most inspiring songs to run to is Melissa Etheridge’s “I Run for Life”. For any woman ever touched by cancer this song is so powerful. I think of my own mum every time I hear it, even though it’s 13 years since I lost her to cancer. And Melissa E is a beautiful survivor!

  46. Lesley June 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Delerium – Silence (ft. Sarah McLachlan)


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