100+ Motivational Workout Songs

by tinareale on March 21, 2012

Search for different workout and running playlists and you will undoubtedly find lots of great suggestions- including many of my other favorites, I’m sure.

However, when recently updating my music for the Georgia Half Marathon, I noticed something. I am really really really really drawn to Contemporary Christian hits for my workout music….and not just because of my personal beliefs. These songs are just perfect for tough workouts and runs, but I could never really find a good resource for them. So, why not make one for myself and share it with you all?

For one, you can absolutely find some ROCKING Contemporary Christian music that has the right beat to get your heart pumping and legs hustling. Second, the songs have a lot of motivational lyrics about pushing through, facing challenges,and believing you can do anything that definitely can’t hurt when you hit that wall of a tough workout or race. And, well….God is just awesome!

Allow me to share a long list of my favorites. I have organized them into categories. I separated them out into their biggest selling points for a great workout song – a great beat, inspiring words, high energy, a catchy/feel-good vibe – but each honestly has all these qualities. Check them out! You may surprise yourself and find something you love that was completely unexpected!


My Current Top 10 Favorites

1. We Are The Free – Matt Redman


2. Waiting for Tomorrow  – Mandisa
3. Dark Horses – Switchfoot
4. The Hurt and the Healer – MercyMe
5. Lift Me Up  – The Afters
6. Anthem for the Underdog  – 12 Stones
7. Stand Up – Fireflight
8.  My Hope Is In You – Aaron Shust
9. Like A Lion  – David Crowder Band (I personally like this version better than the Newsboys one, but they are both great!)
10. Dear X, You Don’t Own Me – Disciple (everyone should listen to this song!!!)

I Got The Beat (Songs with a Strong, Steady Beat for Running)

I Believe – Building 429
The Way – Jeremy Camp
Tonight – Jeremy Camp
I Refuse – Josh Wilson
Strong Tower – Kutless
Not What You See – Kutless
Beauty of Grace – Krystal Meyers
Fire – Krystal Meyers
Reaching For You – Lincoln Brewster
My Own Little World – Matthew West
Move – MercyMe
Love Revelation – Natalie Grant
Way Beyond Myself – Newsboys
The Beautiful Refrain – Page One
Forgiven – Sanctus Real
The Redeemer – Sanctus Real
Awakening – Switchfoot
Stars  – Switchfoot
Strong Enough To Save  – Tenth Avenue North
Break Me Down – Tenth Avenue North
Revelation – Third Day
Burn For You – Toby Mac
Made To Love – Toby Mac

Keep Pushing On (Songs with Motivational Lyrics)

Bulletproof – 12 Stones
Fight Another Day – Addison Road
Don’t Wait – Addison Road
Light Up The Sky – The Afters
Listen To The Sound – Disciple 429
Everything Falls – Fee
Unbreakable – Fireflight
It’s Your Life – Francesca Battistelli
One Shot – Hawk Nelson
Before The Morning – Josh Wilson
Busted Heart (Hold Onto Me) – King and Country
Live Like We’re Dying – Kris Allen
Stronger  – Mandisa
Strong Enough – Matthew West
Hold Fast  – MercyMe
I Will Not Be Moved – Natalie Grant
Born Again – Newsboys
Whatever You’re Doing  – Sanctus Real
Rock What You Got – Superchick
We Won’t Give Up – The Afters
Tunnel – Third Day
I’m For You – Toby Mac

Songs That “Rock” (Rock Style Songs)

Alive In You – 7eventh Time Down
Infected  – 12 Stones
Invisible  – Disciple
Lay My Burdens  – Disciple
What I’ve Overcome  – Fireflight
Need  – Kutless
Fighter – Manafest
Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been – Relient K
I’m Not Alright   – Sanctus Real
Awake & Alive – Skillet
One More – Superchick
Never Going Back To OK – The Afters
Make Your Move – Third Day
The Slam – Toby Mac

“A Little Perspective” (Turn On the Positive Energy)

Praise You In This Storm – Casting Crowns
I Will Follow You – Chris Tomlin
After The World – Disciple
Beauty of the Cross – Jeff Johnson
Fall Apart – Josh Wilson
Day After Day – Kristian Stanfill
Remember Me – Kutless
We Fall Down  – Kutless
My Deliverer – Mandisa
You Never Let Go – Matt Redman
Beautiful – MercyMe
By Your Side  – Tenth Avenue North
Healing Begins – Tenth Avenue North
Love Is Here – Tenth Avenue North
Trust In Jesus  – Third Day

Sing Out Loud (Songs with a Catchy Tune and Feel Good Lyrics)

All That Matters – Addison Road
Light In Me – Brandon Heath
The Lost Get Found – Britt Nichole
Where I Belong – Building 429
The Starry Night – Chris August
Our God – Chris Tomlin
Send Me Out – Fee
Brand New Day – Fireflight
Beautiful Beautiful – Francesca Battistelli
Free To Be Me – Francesca Battistelli
I’m Letting Go – Francesca Battistelli
You Lead – Jamie Grace
When I’m With You – Jamie Grace
We Are – Kari Jobe
Make Some Noise – Krystal Meyers
What A Savior – Laura Story
Hold Us Together – Matt Maher
The Motions – Matthew West
All of Creation – MercyMe
So Long Self – MercyMe
I Am Free – Newsboys
Do Everything – Steven Curtis Chapman
We Live – Superchick
Your Love Is A Song  – Switchfoot
Gone  – Toby Mac

Are you a fan of any of the above songs or artists? Any to add? What music motivates you?


1 CJ March 22, 2012 at 6:42 am

Awesome! I just asked that question on my blog yesterday! It was from the 8K I ran on Sat, realizing, I was low on Christian music that would help me push through the run. Plus, it’s always nice to have a run outside and a song will come on to help me think about the Lord.

2 Cait Martin @ Breathe in. Breathe out. Live on. March 22, 2012 at 7:00 am

This is a fantastic list! I have been listening to the same “Jesus Jams” playlist for almost a year now, and am definitely due for an update. Thank you so much for the suggestions and constant encouragement!

3 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance March 22, 2012 at 7:09 am

Not only am I going to use these for workouts, but for EVERYTHING ELSE! Thanks Tina :D

4 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

My radio station is always 100% of the time turned on KLOVE. I love being able to sing it out on my way to and from work. It’s the best!

5 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

me too! :)

6 Maggie March 22, 2012 at 9:26 am

I agree- listening to KLOVE first thing in the morning on my way to school definitely starts the day on the right note :D

7 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance March 24, 2012 at 5:20 am

Just looked this up and there’s no K-LOVE in Orlando. Boooo :(

8 tinareale March 24, 2012 at 6:03 am

You can listen online! :)

9 Danielle October 26, 2012 at 1:38 am

iheartradio.com has KLOVE on it, also they have an app of ipods, iphones, ipads and probably droids also.

10 Christy March 22, 2012 at 7:20 am

I didn’t realize the Like a Lion by the David Crowder Band was a different version of the Newsboys song! Can’t wait to check it out! I love the David Crowder Band! Thanks for the list.

11 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 22, 2012 at 7:51 am

I don’t know many of the artists on this list but Relient K does hold a special place in my heart–my friends and I listened to them quite a bit in high school!

One of my good friends used to be a HUGE Sanctus Real fan. I remember that one of the first times I met her, way back in 9th grade, she showed me her sneaker which several of the band members had signed!

12 Stephanie March 22, 2012 at 7:57 am

Mat Kearney’s most recent album is awesome for easy run days! The songs have a good beat but they’re not super speedy :)

13 tinareale March 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Thanks for the rec!

14 Jess March 22, 2012 at 7:57 am

OMG I heart you!! I just posted about needing music for my barre classes and some of these will totally work for that! PLUS – I love listening to music while I work and these are some awesome tunes, I’m a big fan of Christian music too – “found” Matt Maher on pandora and am totally hooked on him! Thank you for this!!!

15 lindsay March 22, 2012 at 8:02 am

friend, these are amazing! i love all the songs. Jeremy camp, tenth ave. north, oh gosh.. GOD IS GOOD here.

16 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 22, 2012 at 8:03 am

Oh wow Tina, this is an AWESOME list!! I love Where I Belong by Building 429 and I still adore the old Newsboys songs. I used to be totally obsessed with Phil Joel and when he put out his own album, I loved the song ‘Together’. It’s definitely not a workout song but such a lovely relaxing one – maybe good for a cool-down! If you haven’t heard it, the link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IAKkd6FmWk. I’m going to listen to all these songs at work today!

17 tinareale March 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Thanks for sharing that. I have to check it out! :)

18 Lauren March 22, 2012 at 8:07 am

Love Chris Tomlin and Tenth Ave North! I walked down the aisle to a Chris Tomlin song and every time I hear it, I still tear up. Often I will play it during my long runs and it always makes me think of my wedding day.

19 Lauren March 22, 2012 at 8:08 am

Funny as soon as I posted this comment, Tenth Ave North just came on my Pandora. How ironic! :)

20 crystal October 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

What song did you walk down to?

21 bri carpenter March 22, 2012 at 8:11 am

Thanks Tina for such an awesome resource post. New music is always great for keeping workouts fresh and not boring. Working out to Christian music also really helps me keep perspective as to why I am doing every workout – to honour God with my body – and not get caught up in all sorts of other things that sometimes go along with working out.

22 Lori Lynn March 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

Manic Drive and Press Play are two other Christian bands that I absolutely LOVE. They both have new albums that I have listened to over and over. Manafest, Rapture Ruckus, Thousand Foot Krutch, The Afters, and Anthem Lights are a couple more Christian bands that have some really good workout music too!

23 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 22, 2012 at 8:24 am

This is an awesome list, Tina – LOVE it!

24 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List March 22, 2012 at 8:29 am

Love practically all of these songs!! Although there were some that I’ve never heard of before and will have to download! Like A Lion is on my list now!

Download some of Cory Asbury’s songs – he leads worship at IHOP in Kansas City and he’s from Franklin! Psalm 18 is an upbeat one of his that I use for running.

25 Samantha March 22, 2012 at 8:45 am

I love SO MANY of these songs and was completely clueless that they’re Christian songs. Great list!

26 tinareale March 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Just goes to show that Christian music doesn’t mean gospely music. ;)

27 Tina March 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

Thanks for sharing! I’ve been wanting to add some new songs to my playlist, I’ll definitely be using your list! One that I really love running to is Lecrae, he’s a christian rapper. His lyrics are amazingly motivating, and the fast beats keep me moving!

28 tinareale March 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I’ll have to check him out!

29 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

tina, i loved these lists!! a lot of these songs are some of my favorites! i can’t wait to start downloading some of these.

30 Ali @ Around the VeggieTable March 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

I am SO excited about this list!! Thanks for taking the time to compile all these…I am going to make a spotify playlist :) I was jamming to David Crowder Band on the way to work and now I’m excited to have some new tunes! Thank you thank you :)

31 Marty September 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Did you ever compile these into a spotify playlist? I would be very interested in using it for my running workouts!

32 Ali @ Around the VeggieTable September 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

I did actually! I think I need your email address to share it with you, right? So if you give me that I’d be happy to figure out how to send it to you :)

33 Cindy Stephens August 5, 2013 at 10:54 pm

will you send it to me also if you can?

34 Cindy Stephens August 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

sorry not sure why my email did not post it is [email protected]

35 Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family March 22, 2012 at 9:17 am

I LOVE contemporary Christian for workout music. I REALLY love Casting Crowns :)

36 Maggie March 22, 2012 at 9:25 am

I am definitely going to be bookmarking this page! Lately I have been LOVING Building 429- every time I hear a new song I like on the radio, I look it up..and it’s them again! I’m excited to add some of the songs on this list I’ve never heard of to my playlist, too. Mandisa is another one of my favorites to run to as well, especially “Stronger” :)

37 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 22, 2012 at 9:36 am

I am so in love with this list…bookmarking and pinning!

38 Rachel @RunningRachel March 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

Great list! I was just thinking this exact thought a few weeks ago… I am so sensitive to secular lyrics … that they really effect me on my runs.

Other great pumping Christian songs are:

NY2LA by Press Play
most Toby Mac

Revolution by Kirk Franklin
Boomin’ by TobyMac
Changed Forever by TobyMac
Welcome to Our Big Rock Show by All-Star United
Student Driver by Stellar Kart
Hero by Skillet
Awake and Alive by Skillet
Party Goin’ on Upstairs by The Electrics (hard to find)
Supertones Strike Back by Supertones
In the Name by Raze
ShowStopper by TobyMac
Believer by Decemberradio (slow start)
Get to Heaven by The Electrics (hard to find)
Suckerpunch by Five Iron Frenzy
Second Chances by Stellar Kart
We Shine by Stellar Kart
Barlow Girls by Superchick
Be My Escape by Relient K
Slam by TobyMac
Activate by Stellar Kart
Walking on Sunshine by Jump 5
Anthem by Superchick
It’s On by Superchick
The Great Adventure by Steven Curtis Chapman
5 Minutes of Fame by Barlow Girl
Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been by Relient K
High of 75 by Relient K

39 tinareale March 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Oh! Thanks for all the recommendations! Def going to check them out. :)

40 CJ March 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Thanks for the extras Rachel! I’m just gonna have to give these lists to the hubby to download for me… :D

41 Ericka @ The Sweet Life March 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

Tina, so excited to check out this list. IT is hard to narrow down good Christian workout songs but I have a few I love. Cant’ wait to see what you chose and get it on my next playlist!

42 jobo March 22, 2012 at 10:02 am

oh my Gosh, this is a goldmine of awesome songs!!! I am definitely going to download some of these! I love how you categorized them!!

43 Yellow Haired Girl March 22, 2012 at 10:59 am

You know, this wouldn’t be the kind of music I would typically use for a workout. But when I was younger, I LOVED MercyMe and Steven Curtis Chapman. Thanks for reminding me than I can go back to those old faves for some motivational tunes!

44 Christy March 22, 2012 at 11:28 am

Needtobreathe is an awesome group too. Lots of great songs to workout to.

45 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut March 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Gah I love this list!! It is so amazing to be running and thinking about my creator. I had an awesome moment in my run yesterday only listening to praise music on top of a hill looking at all he has created for us…breathtaking!

Thanks for this list!! *bookmarking it*

46 Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner March 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

great list! I’d like to add: I can only imagine – MercyMe.. maybe for a warmup or cool down. love that song!

47 tinareale March 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

That song (instrumental) was part of our wedding processional. It gets me all emotional for so many reasons when I hear it.

48 Melissa March 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I love so many of these songs! I also love listening to Hawk Nelson when I run.

49 Raine March 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

This is great. I keep saying I’m going to get back into a running routine now that it is nice outside – looks like I’ll be using many of these songs for a new playlist. :)

50 Annie @ What's Annie Making? March 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Oh this makes me so excited!!! Thank you so much for putting this list together. I love having some great Christian music in my workout playlists. Made To Love is constantly in my running playlists because the beat is perfect and it’s so encouraging to listen to. You rock!

51 anna, fitscally responsible March 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

this is great timing! I was looking for new music to update my playlist. I don’t have particularly strong religious beliefs (ok, not very strong at all) but you’re right that the message is inspiring!

52 Kelly March 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Wow! Thank you! I need to update my playlist and this is just the perfect resource

53 Sarah @ A Runners Heart March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Thank you for this list! I love most of these bands and singers! I saw where someone mentioned Lecrae and agree he is awesome! There’s also another rapper called Flame you should check out! One song in particular called “Joyful Noise”! I LOVE that song! :)

54 Pure2raw twins March 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm

LOVE this!! I love listening to Christian music. usually what is on in my car.

55 Kelsey @ The Secret Life of Kelsey March 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm

THIS IS GRRRRRRRRRRREAT!!!! :) Also love Jamie Grace “I love the way you hold me”

and of course Building 429 LISTEN TO THE SOUND…

fun fact: Jason Roy (lead singer of B429) is actually my WORSHIP leader at my church!!! how cool is that?!?

56 tinareale March 23, 2012 at 7:28 am

ummm…that is completely awesome!

57 Ro @ Eat Live Move March 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm

WOW!!!! This list is amazing! I just started training for a 5k and I could really use some of these worship songs! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Btw, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. As a new blogger, I am so inspired and motivated by your blog and journey. Click here for more information about the award.

58 JennyV March 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Great list!!!

My favorite Christian group is actually Elevation Worship based out of Charlotte (NC). I went to church there when I lived in the area and have to say that they are so talented! They have CDs on iTunes too

59 Jessica March 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm

love this! thanks!!

60 [email protected] March 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

Music is amazing, and can be one of the best motivational tools for any obstacle in life- but it certainly plays a major part in getting through tough workouts or runs. Once you find a playlist that keeps you going no matter what, it can mean the difference between feeling good throughout your workout, and feeling like you just want to give up. I like your playlists especially because I’m sure the messages in these songs are mostly about perseverance and belief in yourself. I always gear toward up beat, feel-good music too, it makes me want to workout (end enjoy it) not just feel like I have to.

61 Vanessa March 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I love everyone of them!! My playlist is similiar. My favorite is Casting Crowns, Third Day, and Natalie Grant. :)

62 Deborah V March 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Thanks for this list. I’ve wished for something like this for a long time.

63 Amberly March 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thank you Jesus for this list!!!! Oh, and Tina too! Haha… seriously though, I’ve been needing new songs, but I have also been needing some extra God time. Sometimes the music I listen to doesn’t affect my workout or my thinking in a positive way, so these songs will be a nice change. :)

64 Kim March 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Paul Baloche “I Will Boast”, another great one!

65 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run March 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

You know…I’ve never thought about adding Christian music to my playlist. I’m not even sure. I should, though, simply for the fact that I could use a little faith in my runs these days. I have a 5K in three weeks…and I haven’t even begun training. (Which will probably show in my time.) ;) I’ve been a huge Switchfoot fan for years, and it’d probably do me some good to add them in, eh? I’m so used to adding pop, hip hop, and dance to my lists that it never even crossed my mind to dive into that genre.

I’ll run through your list tonight…I start training tomorrow! Thanks, Momma. <3

66 Christine March 25, 2012 at 8:35 am

Run- Lecrae
Surrender- Flame & V. Rose
Movin’-Group 1 Crew
You- 21:03
No Chains On Me- Chris Tomlin
Say, Say- Kristian Stanfill
Rise and Sing- Fee
All My Fountains- Chris Tomblin

67 Katie D. March 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

This is a great list!!! Most people raise their eyebrows when I say I workout to Christian music, I think they imagine hymns and organs, but it really ROCKS!!

68 [email protected] March 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm

This is great! I’ll admit, running is a huge struggle for me. My ability to stick to a work out is solely based on if I have good music to push me through, I’m so excited to download a few of theses and give them a try on my next run. Thank you so much!

69 Sarah H March 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

I am running my first 5K in a couple weeks. I am not a fan of running, so this is a huge growth thing for me and I find that Christian music really inspires me to keep running and training (along with the C25K program), but the music is invaluable. These songs remind me that it is not about me and I have God with me and His strength will get me through. Thank you soooo much for all the time and effort you put into this list!!! You just do not even know!

70 Sarah H March 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

ps- found this via Pinterest, LOVE!!!

71 Dulaine April 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

I love Good Day by Britt Nicole, My Best Days are Ahead of Me by Danny Gokey, and Hosanna by Starfield. Thanks for the list; I am going to “refresh” my iPod today!

72 tinareale April 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Thanks for your recs!!! I will definitely check those out. :)

73 Lindsey April 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

I needed this! Thanks so much!

74 kaykay April 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

You should check out http://www.air1.com!
They play a lot of rock songs that other radio stations don’t, such as Switchfoot, Skillet, Group 1 Crew, Ashes Remain, and much more.

75 Jenny April 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I agree with those who have said this, but Lecrae is one of the BEST Christian artists to work out to!!

76 Jamie April 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I totally agree. Lecrae and TobyMac are on my playlist and they keep me pumped for the whole time. My favorite song is Go Hard by Lecrae.

77 KC April 18, 2012 at 1:11 am

Most of my running playlist is Skillet or “rock bands”!

78 Karen April 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

Father, Spirit, Jesus – Casting Crowns
Second Chance – Rend Collective Experiment
You Are My Vision – Rend Collective Experiment
Build Your Kingdom Here – Rend Collective Experiment
Walk on the Water – Britt Nicole
Today is the Day – Lincoln Brewster
The New Song We Sing – Meredith Andrews
Forever Reign – One Sonic Society
Everlasting God – Lincoln Brewster

79 tinareale April 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Thanks for the suggestions! I will have to check them out.

80 yvonne August 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm

thanks karen, great additions! love this today is the day….

81 Cate May 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Thanks for this awesome list I am for sure downloading these and putting them on my running playlist!

82 Laura May 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Thanks soo much for sharing:) I recently started running with my 10 year old daughter who joined a running club at her middle school and was looking for some appropriate music we could both listen to. We finished our first 5k on may fifth and are looking forward to many more with great music to listen to:) We listen to way Fm mostly so this music is mostly our fav artists/songs.

83 tinareale May 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I’m glad it’s a good resource for you and your daughter. What a special way to bond by running together. I can’t wait to do so with my daughter when she gets older. Have a great day!

84 Sabrina June 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Thank you so much for compiling this list. I have been searching for some great Christian workout songs.

85 Kevin June 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Great List! You should check out some of the remixes:
Way Beyond Myself (Flatline Remix)- Newsboys
Born Again (French Horn Rebellion Remix)-Newsboys
made to love (Telemitry Remix)-TobyMac
No Ordinary Love (G-Man Remix)-TobyMac

86 [email protected] June 16, 2012 at 1:01 am

this is the perfect list of songs I was looking for!! I am working out and needing music that will motivate me through the workout and I downloaded all of your top 10, too :D I downloaded other non-Christian songs, BEFORE I found yours….thanks for a great list and for spending so much time on this! It helps all of us out there wanting music that is uplifting and motivating :D

87 Heather June 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I just found this linked to Pinterest and I can’t thank you enough for it! I ran a half marathon last year and would have loved to have these songs on my playlist. I’m restructuring my workout mix and I definitely plan to add some of these to it. :-)

88 Jill June 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm

This is the first comment I’ve ever made but this list was so great. I also live some of the othe suggestions I read about in the comments. I would like to add one more really great workout band- Group One Crew. They have some really perfect songs to work out to like Clap ya Hands and Let It Roll. Thanks again!

89 tinareale June 26, 2012 at 7:05 am

Thanks for sharing your recommendation. I don’t think I have ever heard of them but can’t wait to check them out. Have a great day!

90 Jo July 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Awesome! Just in time for marathon training and playlist revamping :) I would definitely have to add just about every song by The City Harmonic. The royalroyal is a great new band to check out, too!

91 Yvonne July 6, 2012 at 1:57 am

Found this post on Pinterest! Thank you for compiling such a great list! Mandisa has a great new song called ‘Good Morning’, great beat and lyrics!

92 tinareale July 6, 2012 at 6:53 am

I love that song! Thanks for visiting! :)

93 Sarah July 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm

my most favorite christian workout music is Lecrae, anything by Lecrae. I also like Tedashi, Flame, and a lot of guys who are in the 116 clique (romans 1:16). It is hip hop – good hip hop. Some people have come to think that Christian music doesn’t have the beats like mainstream, but this music puts mainstream hip hop to shame!

When i workout I put on lecrae and set it to shuffle. Awesome workout every time

94 the whyte house July 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

check out toby mac’s remixed album. awesome beats for running and such. also, britt nicole has some amazing upbeat songs on all 3 of her albums.

95 Allison July 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I can’t believe none of Beckah Shae’s songs are on that list! My all time favorite song to run to is her song “Holy” — CHECK IT OUT!

96 Susan July 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Thank you!! That took a lot of time to compile! Great lists and also from the ones that responded! I have lots of itunes purchasing to do.:-). I grew up with CCM (age 42) and never get tired of hearing new & more songs as my two young boys grow up with that music. I listen to three different CCM stations and always learn of a new song or group that way.
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97 Kristen July 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Great list! But you can add anything by The Rocket Summer. All up beat christian music. Check out: Run and Don’t Stop- The Rocket Summer.

98 Lindsey July 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! It’s amazing to see how many people you have blessed with this (and that’s just the people that left comments!). Another song is Shake Heaven by Montell Jordan. I know he was a mainstream one-hit wonder in the 90′s, but he is a worship leader in Atlanta now. This song may just be played locally, but is worth a listen. It gets me pumped up and puts a smile on my face every time!

99 Tina July 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I know exactly the song you’re talking about. It is a fun song and has a good beat for running. I’m from the area so they would play it regularly on my favorite radio station. :)

100 Chelsea August 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Thanks so much for including Christian rock! I listen to Power FM, but I just have a hard time remembering band names and song titles in general. This list reminded me of several I want on my iPod!

101 Katie August 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Desert Song by Hillsong United is a great one, too!

102 Susan August 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Thanks for posting this list! I’m looking forward to downloading some new songs! As someone already mentioned above Group1Crew is great for working out! Also, some good old Out of Eden from “back in the day!” :)

103 Karen August 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm

2 other great upbeat Christian song are “Talk About It” (Nicole C Mullen) and “Life” (Beckah Shae)

104 SAVANNAH PAYNE August 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Great list! I really love working out to Family Force 5!

105 Roshan Baskota September 3, 2012 at 10:28 am

Thank you for this wonderful list of music. I am listening them!

106 hadley September 10, 2012 at 1:48 am

is there somewhere i can just download them all?

107 Debbie Mc. October 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Yes! I’ve started Couch to 5k after a 3 year “break” from running, and the first workout I listened to a Cardio Dance Station on Pandora, and it was just really hard to get to the end. The next time I made a short playlist of Christian songs, and it made all the difference, so now that’s all I listen to when I do my workouts! You should listen to Free Chapel’s All Things New, Grace, and Graffiti Skies. They’re from a live worship album and they’re a little bit rock and pop and a little bit southern gospel, and the audience sounds make me feel like there’s a crowd cheering me on. :) All Things New is my new anthem. I can’t get healthy and fit on my own, but God can make my sick and broken body all new again!

108 Jess October 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Not that I work out.. (I would LOVE to start running just need to learn to push through it and eventually enjoy doing it) but this is the list I have been looking for, for the longest time! Thank you!!

109 tinareale October 27, 2012 at 6:43 am

If you are looking for a good start up to running, I highly suggest the Couch to 5K program. It’s what I used to get started and does a great job of slowly building up. The key is to keep the jogging light so not to burn out during those portions of the intervals.

Either way, I’m glad you enjoyed the list! There are great recommendations throughout the comments too. :)

110 Jess Ziegler October 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Thanks! I have tried similar programs like couch to 5k but I didnt use music.. I have pretty much downloaded every single one of these songs to my MP3 player :D

Britt Nicole is a very upbeat Christian artist – I think she would be great to workout to. :)

111 Sierra Fitzwater November 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

You should try Flyleaf and Red too. They are both christian bands that I love!

112 Shelby Porter November 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Jake Hamilton- “War Drums.” This is the BEST workout song ever. It makes you train as if you are training for battle. I showed it to some football players at my college and they workout to it too now!! BEST EVER. Plus “Hallelujah” by Jake Hamilton and “Go Hard” by Lecrae are also good too :)

113 tinareale November 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I added some Lecrae after someone recommended him before. Very good stuff! Never heard of Jake Hamilton so I’m listening to those now on YouTube. They do have strong beats good for running. Thanks for the recs!

114 Joan November 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

Thanks for the great christian unning playlists
There is a Christian Couch to 5k called Run
For God. It’s a Bible Study on perseverance
and determination. Check it out on runforgod.com.
It’s awesome!

115 tinareale November 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

That is so cool! I never knew they had that. Thanks for sharing!

116 Hulda Carolina November 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

Hello Tina Reale.
I’m a runner in Brazil.
I can not write in English, but I use Google translator to write in your blog.
Seeking music for training in the academy crest found you.
I really enjoyed your playlist.
How do I download these songs?’s Possible?
I will return to visit him always, here.
I hope you can decipher what I wrote.
Stay with God.

117 Darren Macdonald December 9, 2012 at 3:47 am

Ahh! Thankyou so much, i was getting so bored of my old music, really enjoy Fireflight!

118 Kim December 23, 2012 at 11:17 pm

This is a really good playlist! Thanks! You should check out Royal Tailor. :)

119 Liz January 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Oh my goodness! I just asked my friends today for suggestions, then found your site. Thanks so much for the posting! A lot of times I know the songs, but not the artist, so it’s hard to find.

120 Darcey January 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

Thank you so much for taking the time to put together this list. I am downloading more than half to run to. Great motivation by God to take care of our bodies!

121 Libby January 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Thanks so much!!!

122 Britteny Beckstrom January 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

This is awsome! Thank you so much for sharing!

123 kathy February 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Love your list, thanks! I also love anything by, RED, Skillet, Lecrae, Family Force 5, Disciple especially Game On, Thousand Foot Krutch, P.O.D, and Pillar. They are a bit of a harder rock in some cases, but great for keeping me moving!!

124 Holly from 300 Pounds Down February 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I am so excited to have found this post!! I have been looking for something like this for a long time. I love Mandisa! thanks for this list

125 Megan March 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I just skimmed through, so I may have missed something, but I didn’t notice any songs by Lecrae. His songs are my favorites for running; great beats and culturally relevant lyrics.

126 ambien March 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

The write-up has proven helpful to me. It’s very educational and you are obviously extremely experienced in this field.
You possess opened my sight to be able to different views on this particular subject matter with interesting and solid

127 Sharie April 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Thank you! I have a hard time finding good running music!

128 Christina April 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thanks SO much for posting this! I’ve been trying to compile a good playlist to run to. I have several of these already, but it’s like every time I would try to think of songs with a good running rhythm, I’d draw a blank. I really appreciate this list. It’s fantastic!

129 tinareale April 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

Thanks for commenting and glad you like them! have a great day!

130 Steph May 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

Thank you for this list! My son has taken up running and I wanted to surprise him with a playlist. This is perfect. I was surprised that Relient K didn’t make the list more often because all their songs are so catchy – like “Sadie Hawkins Dance” and “High of 75″

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132 Kristin June 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Pressing On by Relient K is one of my favourite running songs and always seems to come up in the shuffle just when I need it. I’m a little surprised it didn’t seem to make the list. Also, pretty much anything by Thousand Foot Krutch though Rawkfist is a favourite.

133 Jody July 10, 2013 at 1:37 am

Just googled christian workout songs and found your post. Great list. I have some of these, but others I might have to look at getting. If you haven’t checked out the new Passion CD, I recommend it as well as Chris Tomlin’s newest. I also love Building 429.

134 mary July 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

Great list! I only have christian music on my playlist & am always looking for positive songs with motivating beat. You should really check out Capital Kings album.awesome fast beats. Also really liking Brit Nicole-Gold.

135 Paulo July 17, 2013 at 1:27 pm

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Appreciate it!

136 Erin July 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Thank you thank you thank you for this list! I’ve been trying to “renovate” my running music, and this is PERFECT!!!

137 Joanne September 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm

thanks so much!!

138 Jonny September 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I have a great one that was missed!! It’s called “Born to Run” by Eva Kroon Pike! http://evakroonpike.com/music.html It is a great running song based off the verse Hebrews 12:1. Also, I lost 90 pounds in 8 months by eating better and running, so she wanted to write a song to encourage me. It is my favorite song on my running playlist!

139 Nate September 15, 2013 at 8:08 am

These are great! I realized I had about 1/3 of them in my library. I’m looking to add in some classic Christian rock in the mix. Anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking some Petra, Steven Curtis Chapman, older newsboys/audio A. That sort of stuff. Any help would be great! I’m making a list for a 1/2 marathon, so the more the merrier!


140 Shirley Pierce September 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm

How can I download these songs?

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142 Christy November 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Thank you for these lists! Yay–songs to beef up my Christian Cardio Pandora station! I have also stumbled upon Lecrae and KJ-52 – a little more urban/rap and great for running! The song Jesus (reggaetown remix) by KJ-52 was so different and refreshing I laughed out loud when it came on (a little bit Latina!).

143 Elizabeth Robitaille January 13, 2014 at 2:10 am

Thank you!!!! this is an amazing list. I absolutely adore “Love Take Me Over” by Steven Curtis Chapman – always makes me run faster!

144 Lisa February 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm

I love this list for workouts, but an added bonus is these will also be great songs for my children. I love to keep them in focus instead of listing to the current less than holy tunes coming out of the “in” artist of the moment. Thanks!!

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