Hip Hop Running Songs

Get motivated with this running music playlist

The hip-hop/rap genre is one of the most popular categories of running music. The songs usually have a great beat and are very versatile, so they can be used for hard workouts and slow, easy runs.

Be warned that some of these songs include profanity or explicit lyrics. It's best to listen to them via headphones or earbuds. You can adjust the music level to suit you, especially if you are pounding out the miles on the treadmill. But if you're outdoors, you'll need to be able to hear what's going on around you as well.


Queen Bey will make you want to power through that workout with her defiant "Sorry" from her smash hit album "Lemonade."


When you're in that sharp incline on the treadmill, this slow-paced but powerful track will push you over the top of the hill.


The ultimate "I can do whatever I want" song will help you push ahead those final few miles when you're getting ready to quit.


What better mantra to keep you going? This one isn't for the faint of heart; the tempo is quick and doesn't let up.


With the words "runnin', runnin', runnin'" repeated numerous times within the first 30 seconds, this song is so perfect for running that it's also included it in the power running songs list. It's guaranteed to get you pumped up for a run.


This song is a fun one to run to. It's nice hearing someone singing, "I love the way you move" to you as you're running.


Right from the first verse, the lyrics of this song can totally be related to running: "'Cause sometimes you feel tired, feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up. But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength..."

You may not want to run until you collapse, but this song will definitely get you moving.


Everyone loves dancing to this song, but it's also got a great beat for running.


This song has a nice slow and steady beat, so it's good for easy runs. Parts of the chorus can definitely be related to running (depending on how you're feeling!): "This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain..."


This older song alternates between fast and slow-paced, so it's a good one for an interval workout.


Another favorite by the Black Eyed Peas, this energetic song is perfect if you really want to push yourself.


This powerful song's slow tempo and strong beat makes it great for your warm-up or cool-down.


This is a great song to get you pumped up for a big run or race.


This song has a great beat that will keep you moving.


Yes, this song is adapted from the classic 70s hit "Stayin' Alive," but you may barely recognize it.


If you're looking for a good running mantra, this song's "Push it to the limit" chorus can give you plenty of inspiration.


This song has a nice steady beat that's good for a warm-up or cool-down.


This heart-pumping song is perfect when you need a little extra boost in the middle of your run.


This song has lyrics that are borrowed from one of the "Rocky" movies, so it has to be inspirational, right?


It's tough to hear this song and not want to just keep moving.