Running is My Therapy: The Best Playlist of Super Motivating (and a Little Angry) Workout Music

I love running, but you almost wouldn’t think so if you saw my go to playlist. I like my runs to have a general kind of angry at the world, “screw you” vibe. It’s like punching a pillow, but way more therapeutic. I tap into any frustration, stress, and negativity I’m feeling and express it by pounding the pavement. Everything I feel like I have to prove – all the no’s, not right nows, and the low expectations I get from the world – they are all confronted in a good run. Running is my therapy. (Lest you be worried about my mental health based on the above, rest assured that I go to actual therapy as well).

My carefully curated list is below. Because I listen to nearly any genre, I have amassed quite a collection over the years. I know that most people these days play a station based on their likes or a certain song, but I like to actually create an entire list (which is why I use Google Play). I need to listen to certain songs during certain activities and I am just too particular for algorithms.

What about you? What kind of music do you like for a workout? Anything suggestions for my list?

1. Human – Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

2. Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers

3. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark – Fall Out Boy

4. Starboy – The Weeknd

5. Dream On – Aerosmith

6. Don’t Kill My Vibe – Sigrid

8. God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash

9. Warriors – Imagine Dragons

10. Whatever It Takes – Imagine Dragons

11. Thunder – Imagine Dragons

12. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons (yeah it seems like I might like Imagine Dragons a little too much, but they really kind of own the angry/motivational genre)

13. Lose Yourself – Eminem

14. Remember The Name – Fort Minor

15. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

16. Let You Down – NF

17. You Don’t Wanna – Tricky

18. Silence – Marshmellow