Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Happy Marathon Monday! Most of us aren’t running the legendary 26.2 mile course, but many of us appreciate a little jog now and then. Need some jogging jams for your playlist? I got you. Here, you’ll find a list of  6 best country songs for running. At least they are in my opinion, and they are all run-themed tracks.

Music can definitely help to keep us motivated and moving. Even when your legs tell you they are done, songs like these tell you to keep going. Plus, music helps you to keep the pace and help you with breathing in rhythm for endurance.

Research Says Music Is Good For you

The National Institutes of Health say that listening to music while exercising may very well provide positive psychological and physiological results. It can help with mood and motivation (psychological) and “perceived exertion” (psychophysiological). People from all walks of life use music for these reasons, whether you are an athlete or weekend warrior.

Heading out the door hooked up with 6 of the best country songs for running included in your playlist can be a game changer. You know how you feel when you your favorite new song on the radio comes on? Or how about the feeling when you are at a concert and the artist plays the song you and your best friend used to sing at the top of your lungs? It’s euphoric.

Having a theme in your running playlist only makes it more fun. You can personalize your musical journey to your activity. How great is that? So, lace up and pop in your ear buds. Get ready to hit the pavement or wooded trail and jam out to your running songs. Check out 6 of the best country songs for running, below.

You’ll find a few fun throwbacks here and maybe one you didn’t know about. All will work well for different paces. And country music just has such a joyful vibe about it. It makes you think of summer, concerts, friends and singalongs. Have a fun run!

  • 1. Ready To Run- The Chicks

    “Ready To Run” was hot out of the gate. It served as the lead off single to the Chick’s legendary 1999 album, Fly. You may also remember it from the Julia Roberts/ movie, Runaway Bride. In the intro to the song, the Irish flute and fiddle combo ramp up the Celtic vibe and help to build energy.

  • 2. I Run To You- Lady A

    Lady A’s 2009 Grammy Award nominated, “I Run To You” was from their self-titled debut album. It was named Single of the Year by the Country Music Association (CMA). This is another great song that builds, starting with one voice (Charles Kelley) and simple guitar instrumentation. As the music seems to build, Hillary Scott’s vocals come in. Then symbols and drums, electric guitar all help it ascend. The medium temp is perfect for the middle of your run. The trio has some amazing harmonies.

  • 3. Run- Lauren Alaina

    Lauren Alaina included this “runable” track on her 2021 album, Sitting Pretty On Top of the World. The 2011 American Idol runner-up co-wrote “Run,” and I think you’ll find it’s a great tempo when you are looking to pick up the pace a little on your jaunt. I think Lauren is one of Nashville’s most underrated artists. Her vocals soar on this one.


  • 4. Running For You- Kip Moore

    “Running for You” would be a great song closer to the beginning of your run. It’s a great mid-tempo song for easing into your trot. This Kip Moore gem went top 13 in 2015 and you’ll find it on his Wild Ones album.

  • 5. Runnin' Outta Of Moonlight- Randy Houser

    So you’re at that point in your jog that you need something that kicks. Randy Houser’s iconic “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” is just the banger you’re looking for. This is Houser’s biggest hit, certified 20x platinum and found on his 2012 album, How Country Feels.

  • 6. Run- George Strait

    What a classic! And such a veer off the path for the great George Strait. It was much of a contemporary feel for Strait, than we were used to. However, he did include traditional instruments to allow his signature sound to sneak in, like steel guitar and mandolin. I love how the lyrics have the narrator suggestion all types of transportation his love interest could take to get to him. The song went to the top of the charts in December of 2001. This would be a perfect song toward the end of your journey. To help take the edge off those last few blocks, with the soothing voice of King George.

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