Looking for new songs to add to your playlist for your regular runs? You’re in luck because new research from SportsShoes.com has just revealed the most popular artists and songs the world listens to whilst running. For most people listening to music whilst running is essential; many runners won’t pull on their running shoes, step on the treadmill, or hit the pavements without their favourite playlist. In fact, research shows that listening to music whilst running can increase athletic performance and recovery. Because, science.
With this in mind, SportsShoes.com analysed over 30,000 songs from 750 Spotify playlists that included ‘running’, ‘jogging’ and ‘treadmill’ to find the favourite artists and songs people listen to whilst on their daily run.
So, which songs came out tops? The data revealed that the aptly named ‘Work B**ch’ by Britney Spears is the most popular running song with runners who use Spotify, followed by The Weeknd’s synthpop tune ‘Blinding Lights’. The latter, along with ‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem are the fastest-paced songs in the top 10 with 171 bpm (beats per minute), meaning if you run to match the beat of either of these you’ll roughly cover 1.6 Km in 12 minutes.
Here is the full list of the top 10 most popular songs for runners on Spotify:
1. Work B**ch – Britney Spears – 128bpm
2. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd – 171 bpm
3. Roses (Imanbek Remix) – SAINt JHN – 122 bpm
4. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor – 109 bpm
5. Titanium (feat. Sia) – David Guetta – 126bpm
6. Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – 146 bpm
7. CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! – Justin Timberlake – 113 bpm
8. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) – Mark Ronson – 115 bpm
9. This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna) – Calvin Harris – 124 bpm
10. Lose Yourself – Eminem – 171 bpm
Music and running go hand-in-hand, and these songs are sure to help inspire new runners to get out there and enjoy themselves.
Over 11,000 artists were also analysed to reveal that Scottish EDM DJ Calvin Harris is the most common artist people run to, appearing in 4.5% of all running playlists worldwide. His most popular running songs include ‘This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)’, ‘One Kiss (with Dua Lipa)’ and ‘Summer’.
EDM (electronic dance music) came out as the most popular running genre, with producers Avicii and David Guetta both making the top 10 most popular artists featured on running playlist, but hip hop and pop also featured highly in running playlists. Hip hop rappers Eminem and Drake both feature in the top 5, while pop icon Lady Gaga is the most popular female running artist. Gaga’s top songs include recently released tune ‘Rain On Me (with Ariana Grande)’ and ‘Poker Face’.
Here is the full list of the top 10 most popular artists for runners on Spotify:
1. Calvin Harris
3. David Guetta
5. Kanye West
6. Lady Gaga
9. Ed Sheeran
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen many people looking to avoid crowded gyms and instead opt for outdoor exercise. As a result, running is booming and is more popular than ever before. Retailers have reported that the sales of running shoes has doubled over the past few months, with more people finding that running is a great way to keep fit and boost mental wellbeing during these uncertain times.
Of course, not all running shoes are created equal and it’s important to find the right running shoes to suit your needs and running style. If you’re not sure where to start when buying a pair of running shoes, then read our guide on How to Choose the Right Running Shoes for Your Needs. If you’re new to running, we also put together a buyer’s guide on the best running shoes for beginners. Want to know what other runners swear by? Check out this list of the Top 10 Most Popular Running Shoes in South Africa.
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