How can Song B.P.M. develop your running speed?
180 bpm songs – Increasing your stride cadence or stride change can help improve your running form, increase your speed, and reduce your risk of injury.1 One way to get this increase is to listen to a song with a higher B.P.M., which means beats per minute. This is because adapting to your pace can help you feel more energized and motivated to run.
What is the best B.P.M. for running?
The ideal B.P.M. for you may depend on your fitness level, running experience, and fitness goals. A good starting point for a slower-paced learner is a song around 120 BPM. Examples include Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”.
Studies have revealed that around 165 steps per minute are optimal for beginning runners.2 Songs that fall into this category include “Wake Up Call” by Maroon 5, “We Will Rock You” by Queen, and “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars.
The most capable elite runners have a high stride rotation of around 180 steps per minute. To help achieve this pace, some runners like to run to 180 BPM music, so their stride is in sync with the music. The songs listed below run around 180 BPM.
If you feel the tempo of any of these songs is a bit faster than a steps per minute range you’re comfortable with, you can still enjoy it as part of your run, even if the rhythms do not perfectly match your tempo.
How to calculate your B.P.M. when running?
To find out which B.P.M. works best for your typical running speed:
Set a timer for one minute.
Run-on a treadmill at your usual pace.
Count how several times your right foot hits the track during that min.
Multiply that number by two to find your B.P.M.
Hip Hop/Rap Playlists
The songs included in these playlists are at 180 BPM. If this pace is too fast, you can use these songs for faster sprints, mixing in a few slower-paced songs for your rest periods.
Hip-Hop/Rap 180 BPM Playlist 1
“Hi, you!” OutKast
“N.Y. State of Mind” Nas
“Runnin’ (Dying to Live)” Tupac features The Notorious B.I.G.
“Izzo (HOVA)” Jay-Z
“Dead Presidents II” Jay-Z
“Git Up, Git Out” OutKast
“Jesus Walks” Kanye West
“The World is Yours” Nas
“Gangsta Heaven” Coolio
“Shit, it feels good to be a gangsta” Geto Boys
“Keep It Rollin'” A Quest Called Tribe
“I’m Not Crazy About Cha” 2pac and Danny Boy
“PIMP (Snoop Dogg Remix)” 50 Cent
“Ya Mama”, The Pharcyde
Hip-Hop/Rap 180 BPM Playlist 2
“’03 Bonnie & Clyde” Jay-Z with Beyoncé
“Can I Get A… (Soundtrack Version)” Jay-Z featuring Amil and Ja Rule
“Get Em High” Kanye West featuring Talib Kweli and Common
“In the Club” 50 Cent
“Definition” Black Star
“Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)” Nas
“In the Summer” Shaggy
“Get Lost” Eminem
“Umbrella” Rihanna with Jay-Z
“Ghetto Pop Life” Danger Mouse and Jemini The Gifted One
“Karma” Alicia Keys
“Passin’ Me By” La Pharcyde
“Break You Off” The Roots
If your music genre of choice is pop, quite a few songs are around 180 BPM. Some are modern pop hits, while others fall into pop classics.
Rock music has a fantastic ability to motivate you to increase your speed. Something about its loudness makes you want to run faster.
Classic Rock Playlist
“Runnin’ Down a Dream” Tom Petty
“Oh Darling” The Beatles
“Modern Love” David Bowie
“Don’t Stop Me Now” Queen
“Here Comes My Baby” Cat Stevens
“Life Is a Highway” Tom Cochrane
“Tusk” Fleetwood Mac
And also, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” The Police
“Message in a Bottle” The Police
“Bright Side of the Road” Van Morrison
“Paradise by the Dashboard Light” Meat Loaf
“Jack and Diane” John Cougar Mellencamp
“I Want It All” Queen
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