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10 Songs From Musicals To Inspire Your Next Run

Musicals have been a subject of renewed interest in recent years. Much of this can be attributed to the success of Hamilton on Broadway and La La Land on the silver screen. With the Tony Awards around the corner, it seemed like an opportunity to survey a few musical highlights from The Great White Way and beyond.

Starting with hits from live theatre, you’ll find the signature songs from Rent and The Book of Mormon. On the cinematic front, you’ll find the title track from Footloose and a sing-a-long favorite from Grease. Lastly, you’ll find tracks repurposed for the small screen—like Glee‘s take on “Don’t Stop Believin’” and the original version of a Countours’ hit recently updated for ABC’s Dirty Dancing remake. Regardless of the material’s source, the songs below are uniformly buoyant. To that end, they should make for excellent encouragement when your workout routine forces you to dig a little deeper.

So, when that moment comes, just press play and press ahead.

Kenny Loggins – Footloose – 88 BPM

The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess – My Shot (Rise Up Remix) – 94 BPM

Rent Original Broadway Cast – La Vie Boheme – 133 BPM

John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – You’re The One That I Want – 107 BPM

Glee Cast – Don’t Stop Believin’ – 126 BPM

Idina Menzel – Let It Go – 135 BPM

The Book of Mormon Original Broadway Cast – Hello! – 129 BPM

La La Land Cast – Another Day of Sun – 126 BPM

Tom Cruise – Pour Some Sugar on Me – 90 BPM

The Contours – Do You Love Me? – 75 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Chris Lawhorn

Chris Lawhorn

Chris Lawhorn runs the workout music database Run Hundred and contributes playlists to Women's Running. He also operates the Case/Martingale record label and holds a BA in English from Ball State University. Before joining Women's Running, Chris covered workout music for Shape and Marie Claire. To find more running songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular routine.