A rundown of inspirational music for athletes

Favourite tracks to get you moving

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 March, 2015, 6:19am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 March, 2015, 10:50am

An informal poll of runners on their top motivational running track:

Spirit in Black by Slayer – Michael Church

Underdog by Kasabian – Paul Sng

Try by Pink – Roger Ng

I’m Still Standing by Elton John – Anna Champion

Pump It Up by Black Eyed Peas – Manny Francisco

I Live by One Republic – Luo Ying-ying

Stronger by Britney Spears – Crystal Chan

Superman theme song – Nicholas Yong

My own DJ mixes – Matthew Brady

The Spark by Afrojack – Darren Marc

Wonderful by Everclear – Aslinda Abdullah

Material Girl by Madonna – Daniel Foo

Blue Cassette by Friendly Fires – Wai Kin

Man on the Run by Bush – Adrian Mok

Blood and Thunder by Mastodon – Sujin Thomas

Give Me Everything by Pitbull – Jon Ma

Firestorm by Far Too Loud – Kelven Tan

Not Giving In by Rudimental – Kevin McDonnell

Everybody Wants To Rule the World by Tears for Fears – Richard Leong

Hyperballad by Bjork – Jill Wong

Good Times Bad Times by Led Zeppelin – Ed Blair

Impasses by Crash of Rhinos – Colin Hannah

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore – Linda Ang

Home by Chris Daughtry – Eric Ong

Empty Streets by Hed Kanti – Andrea Goh

No Ordinary Morning by Chicane – Bjorn Wong

Baba O’Riley by The Who – Ben Pulham

Jungle by X Ambassadors – Eelyn Tang

Sweet Child o’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses – Hansel Tan

Clown by Ssion Works - Shem Leong

Boomerang by Nicole Scherzinger - Trina Tan

Roar by Katy Perry - Chad Lykins

Cadence to Arms by Dropkick Murphys - Dana Bolwerk

Long Road to Ruin by Foo Fighters - Jeanette Blanks

Right Here Right Now by Fatboy Slim - Kenn Chan

Disco 2000 by Pulp - Laura Mannering

I Can't Stop by Flux Pavilion - Jonathan Chan

Pyro by Kings of Leon - Damian Barrett

We Come Running by Youngblood Hawke - Jeremy Kang

My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelly Clarkson - Georgia Brown

Beautiful Day by U2 - Elgen Kua


Sample of songs used by runners in Brunel University study:

I Want Out by Helloween

Hurricane by Bob Dylan

We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC

Dog Eat Dog by AC/DC

T.N.T. by AC/DC

Jailbreak by AC/DC

You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

Help by The Beatles

Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds by The Beatles

Burning In the Skies by Linkin Park

Black Dog by Led Zeppelin

The KKK Took My Baby Away by The Ramones

Rock Rocket by Cerveja Barata

Dreaming of Bag End by Howard Shore (From The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack)

Ghost Riders in the Sky by Johnny Cash

You Are My Sunshine by Johnny Cash

Reckoning Song by Asaf Avidan & The Mojos

Fly Project by Musica

Comet by John Dahlback

Saturn by Stefan Dabruck & Tocadisco

Darky by David Jones

Let the Sun Shine by Milk and Sugar

Leo by Norman Doray

A Tonga da Mironga do Kabuletê by Vinicius de Moraes

Show Me How To Live by Audioslave

Turkish March by Beethoven

Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley

Pimper’s Paradise by Bob Marley

Turn the Page by Bob Seger

Cello Sonata by Bernd Glemser

Highway Star by Deep Purple

Money For Nothing by Dire Straits

Every You Every Me by Placebo

Final Exit by Fear Factory

Best Of You by Foo Fighters

The Pretenders by Foo Fighters

Wheels by Foo Fighters

Remember the Name by Fort Minor

Sweet Child o’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses

You Could Be Mine by Guns N’ Roses

Hearts On Fire by John Cafferty

I Fought the Law by The Clash

Aces High by Iron Maiden

Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden

The Evil That Men Do by Iron Maiden

The Prisoner by Iron Maiden

Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

Dust in the Wind by Kansas

Forever by Kiss

Flyaway by Lenny Kravitz

Mais Uma Vez by Jota Quest

Trust by Megadeth

The Prince by Metallica

Tuesdays by Metallica

Wherever I May Roam by Metallica

Champagne Supernova by Oasis

Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne

Alive by Pearl Jam

Evenflow by Pearl Jam

Come On Feel the Noise by Quiet Riot

Halleluja by Rammstein

Ich Will by Rammstein

Nocturnes by Chopin

Around the World by Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Can’t Stop by Red Hot Chilli Peppers

My Plague by Slipknot


Chop Suey by SOAD

Shimmy by SOAD

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

So Far Away by Staind

Paradise by Stratovarius

Radio Video by System of a Down

Take On Me by A-Ha

Friday I’m in Love by The Cure

The Final Countdown by Europe

The Heat is On by Glen Frey

Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy