21 Good Songs to Play on the Finish of a Robust Exercise


One of my favorite running tips is to have a “secret weapon” song. This is the song that gets you hyped no matter what. It’s a song you’ll never get tired of hearing. A song that will give your step that extra bounce no matter how heavy your legs are. Record this song for a moment in the race where you want to give in and play it at full volume.

Most of the playlists I’ve created have an ebb and flow, an intentional order. They start with some relaxing songs to help you practice, then really ramp up towards the middle, then back down at the end. But this week’s playlist, which isn’t just for runners, by the way, is totally different.

This week is all about hitting that last rep, hitting that last half mile, or hitting your last ascent. Everyone needs a stash of songs that will help them tap into that extra strength when we need it most – and I hope these do just that for you. Several SELF staff members have added their personal « push » songs to this tracklist, so there’s a bit of pop, rock, and rap coming together for an energetic and eclectic mix. Browse the list below or keep scrolling for the full list of tracks.


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Full Reading List:

  1. « Say It Again » by Will Sparks
  2. « Streets – Disclosure Remix » by Doja Cat
  3. “Dominos” by Jessie J.
  4. « So What Do You Want » door Beastie Boys
  5. « Sex on Fire » door Kings of Leon
  6. « SUMMER RENAISSANCE » by Beyoncé
  7. « Kick, Push » by Lupe Fiasco
  8. « Elastic Heart » by Sia
  9. « Welcome to the Black Parade » from My Chemical Romance
  10. « Lights – Bassnectar Remix » by Ellie Goulding
  11. « Yeah! » by Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris
  12. « Play Hard » by David Guetta feat. Akon, Ne-Yo
  13. Lady Gaga’s « Stupid Love »
  14. « Don’t Start Now » by Dua Lipa
  15. « On to the Next One » by Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz
  16. « Don’t Stop the Music » by Rihanna
  17. « Butter » by BTS
  18. « Toxic » by Britney Spears
  19. « Slow Dancing in the Dark – Loud Luxury Remix » by Joji
  20. « Juice » by Lizzo
  21. Radio « Love Generation » edited by Bob Sinclair, Gary Pine


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