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13 Perfect Songs for Your Running Playlist

From My Chemical Romance and Paramore to 2 Chainz, Drake and Katy Perry, here are the best tunes to sprint to

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Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"

If might be fall, but lucky for you, running is the ultimate exercise: Do it outside, do it inside, whatever, whenever and wherever it floats your boat. The songs that can promote performance and inspire you? That's a bit trickier. Never fear, friends. We've got you covered! Click through for the best sprintin' tunes around.

The science behind this one is simple: Adele's powerful voice will mirror your powerful strides. Some of her songs tend to be sad and slow, "Rolling in the Deep," has a real melancholic ferocity to it. It's our No. 1 pick!

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My Chemical Romance, "Famous Last Words"

 When you think "exercise," your mind probably doesn't jump to "the emo stylings of My Chemical Romance." There's an exception to every rule, though, right? "Famous Last Words" is not only a call-to-action anthem, but a kickass jogging tune, too.

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Rihanna, "Disturbia"

Let's be honest: Rihanna's entire discography could be on this list, but there's something about the deviant "Disturbia" that really gets us up and at 'em!

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Paramore, "That's What You Get"

Pop-punk powerhouse Paramore had to make this list. Why, you ask? Well for one, frontwoman Hayley Williams' lungs have to be super strong to access her iconic and insane range. Running to her tunes could help you get there!

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Slipknot, "Psychosocial"

Slipknot are definitely the outliers on this list, but that doesn't mean they don't make sense. The metal band's heavy and quick percussion can easily mirror the racing heartbeat of a person mid-run. Oh, and the whole angry-music-as-inspiration thing totally works.

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Lil Wayne, "A Milli"

What makes a good running song? Consistency. A driving beat. Lil Wayne's "A Milli" wrote the book on it.

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Katy Perry, "I Kissed A Girl"

Any of Katy Perry's Top 40 tunes would work well in almost any work out situation, but there's something about "I Kissed A Girl"'s party pop message that makes us want to hit the track.

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Kings of Leon, "Sex on Fire"

Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire" is one of those radio bangers from yesteryear that actual hold up: In the club, in your car, and when you're rocking those sporty sneaks. Trust us.

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Kesha, "TiK ToK"

Kesha was once known as pop-rock's leading party girl. If anything, it means her discography is fueled by musical fire: There's no slowing in energy. "TiK ToK" is her best known hit, and it's the best for running.

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Kelly Clarkson, "Since U Been Gone"

Sort in the same vein of Katy Perry and Kesha, Kelly Clarkson's massive pop jams work well for exercise purposes. "Since U Been Gone," also has a moment of positivity: The entire song feels like the freeing breath after exiting a shitty relationship. That can only inspire your run!

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Skrillex, Diplo, CL & G-Dragon, "Dirty Vibe"

SkrillexDiploCL and BigBang's G-Dragon all on the same song? How are you not running to the moon already?

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Demi Lovato, "Confident"

Demi Lovato's new album, Confident, is all about self-love. For her, it always deals with body positivity: Just knowing who you are, accepting who you are, admiring who you are. The title track of the record does just that. And hey! It makes for a killer running jam.

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2 Chainz & Drake, "No Lie"

Put Mike WiLL Made-It, 2 Chainz and Drake in a room, and you get a great song. Beyond that, you get a great song that you can work out to. You know, just in case Kelly Clarkson isn't where your heart lies. We urge you to try 'em all out, you never know what'll work for you!

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