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The #1 running song, revealed

Search engine Whistle Out analyzed over 7,000 hours of music to come up with a list of this year's top running tracks

While some of us prefer to run listening to nothing but the rhythmic sounds of our breath and the steady beat of our footsteps, the majority of runners need some pump-up tunes to get them out the door. Search engine Whistle Out recently decided to find out which songs have been keeping our feet moving this year and have published a list of the top 25 running songs of 2021. Is your favourite on the list?

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And the winner is…

The team at Whistle Out analyzed over 7,000 hours of music and nearly 1,000 running playlists. After sorting through all their data, the number one song runners have been listening to is Blinding Lights by The Weekend, which appeared in 96 playlists. “Its slow, atmospheric start perfectly matches your warm-up pace,” they explained, “and by the time the drums drop and the synthesizer hook kicks in, you’re already running to the beat.”

Head & Heart (featuring MNEK) by Joel Corry and MNEK took the second spot, appearing in 94 playlists, and third place went to Roses, the Imanbek Remix by SAINt JHN and Imanbek at 92 playlist appearances. Rounding out the top five were Tiësto’s The Business and Titanium by David Guetta and Sia.

The majority of the tracks that made the top 25 were contemporary, modern music, but there was one song that has stood the test of time and continues to inspire us to reach our potential: Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. Runners everywhere have been using this song to get them going since 1982, and even in 2021 it still appeared in 71 playlists. Check out the full list below.

Top 25 Most Popular Songs for Running

Song Artist Playlist Appearences
Blinding Lights The Weeknd 96
Head & Heart (feat. MNEK) Joel Corry, MNEK 94
Roses – Imanbek Remix SAINt JHN, Imanbek 92
The Business Tiësto 91
Titanium (feat. Sia) David Guetta, Sia 83
Can’t Hold Us – feat. Ray Dalton Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 79
Eye of the Tiger Survivor 74
Your Love (9PM) ATB, Topic, A7S 74
Lose Control MEDUZA, Becky Hill, Goodboys 71
Shut Up and Dance WALK THE MOON 70
Friday (feat. Mufasa & Hypeman) – Dopamine Re-Edit Riton, Nightcrawlers, Mufasa & Hypeman, Dopamine 70
Shake It Off Taylor Swift 68
Don’t Start Now Dua Lipa 68
Stronger Kanye West 67
More Than You Know Axwell /\\ Ingrosso 66
This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna) Calvin Harris, Rihanna 64
Paradise (feat. Dermot Kennedy) MEDUZA, Dermot Kennedy 63
Breaking Me Topic, A7S 63
POWER Kanye West 60
BED Joel Corry, RAYE, David Guetta 59
Pump It Black Eyed Peas 57
Piece Of Your Heart MEDUZA, Goodboys 57
Rain On Me (with Ariana Grande) Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande 56
Turn Me On (feat. Vula) Riton, Oliver Heldens, Vula 55
Feel It Still Portugal. The Man 55

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