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The Best Oldies Songs for Running

When it comes to songs for running, a lot of people immediately think of the latest pop, rap, hip/hop, and rock songs that are high-energy and will get your mind in the zone. But did you know that you could also put some oldies onto your playlist before heading out for a run?

Check out some of the best oldies songs for running, listed below, and consider adding them to your workout mix so that you can add in a little variety while still listening to music that has plenty of energizing beats.


• Rolling Stones “Paint It Black”

With a groovy and consistent beat, this is a song that will get you moving and keep you going strong.


• Queen “We Will Rock You”

An anthem style song that is sure to get your blood pumping, this track will make sure you feel like a rock star as you run.


• Scorpions “Rock You Like a Hurricane”

Looking for a classic rock track to run to? This is it.


• The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations”

This is a simple, happy song that brings back the good old days.


• The Knack “My Sharona”

This is a popular oldies track that is well-known and a lot of fun, making it a great choice for a run.


• Aretha Franklin “Respect”

This song has a lot of power behind it, so you will definitely feel it as you get yourself going for your workout.


• Steppenwolf “Born to Be Wild”

Do you feel like you were born to be wild? Do you feel wild and free when you run? Then this song is definitely a must.


• Van Halen “Jump”

This is another classic rock song that is sure to get your heart rate up and put you in a good mood.


• Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock”

Every fan of Elvis should include this on their oldies running playlist.


• Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love”

Led Zeppelin is one of the best classic rock bands, and this song is one of their absolute best for getting your energy up.


• The Kinks “You Really Got Me”

For a little bit of an edge, add this track to your running playlist.



Oldies songs can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and you may be surprised by how peppy and energizing they are. To get your mind and body ready for a run, the songs above can definitely help.