Run This Track
It’s the original sport. Human and earth. One foot in front of the other. Running has been around since our prehistoric ancestors were drumming on logs for a beat while dancing into the night. Jogging and jamming go hand in hand, and the best part is you can do it anywhere. So sit back...scratch that...get up, move those feet, and RUN these tracks! (Bonus points for actually running on a track while running these tracks.)
Bruce Springsteen with "Born to Run"
We’d get roasted if we left this one off the list, so we’re starting things off strong with this classic Springsteen jam. The Boss belts this ballad with the energy of someone who knows there’s always more to explore. You know there is too, so grab your favorite pair of Knocks, head out the door, and take yourself on a little “run” adventure!
Kanye West and Pusha T with "Runaway”
This layered and complex song reflects the perplexing nature of the man who wrote and produced most of it. With lyrics that read like an open letter penned just after one of Kanye’s most controversial moments (does “Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’ma let you finish” ring a bell?), this is considered by some to be Ye’s best work. An apology, an admission, a toast. Love him or hate him, the guy is an artist.
BONUS: This music video is part of a larger mini-movie that Yeezy directed featuring several tracks from this song’s parent album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. If you’re looking for an artist ahead of his time, check out the full movie, which came out in 2010, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg5wkZ-dJXA (warning, this short film includes some explicit language).
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers with "Runnin’ Down a Dream"
Sounds like Tom could have used a pair of Knocks while driving through the beating sun in the first verse of this classic jam. Luckily for those of us who prefer to chase dreams on foot, Knockarounds are the perfect sunglasses for running too. A dream come true.
Beyoncé with "Run the World (Girls)"
Confirmed: Girls run both “the world” and “this motha.” Gotta go with Queen Bey here.
Run the Jewels with "Run the Jewels” (Explicit)
If listening to songs by Run The Jewels doesn’t make you want to run through a brick wall, we don’t know what will. (Just as a heads up though: while our shades do protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays, they don’t do much for protecting your dome from crashing through solid barriers.)
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas with "Nowhere to Run"
Sometimes having nowhere to run can be more freeing than having a definite destination in mind. Last-minute left turns and spontaneous street crossings can lead to new discoveries and even new favorite routes. So lace up your kicks, throw on your favorite pair of Knocks, and hit the road with nowhere to run!
Woodkid with "Run Boy Run"
The most successful hit by music-video-director-turned-musician Yoann Lemoine, “Run Boy Run” was nominated for Best Short Form Music Video at the 2013 Grammy Awards. With its percussion-heavy instrumentals, supportive strings, and well-placed horns, it’s easy to ride the epic swells of this blissful ode to independence. Not only that, but the lyrics will fill you with confidence in your own awesome abilities. Get after it, Knockfans!
George Strait with "Run"
If you’re ever looking for alternatives to running, Mr. Strait offers a healthy helping of options in this slow plea for a loved-one’s return home. Other than hot-air ballooning and horseback [riding], he doesn’t leave much out of this one. Well, except for water travel. Because, hey, you can’t really do that if you’re trying to get to Dallas.
Sir Sly with "&Run”
If you ever need to think something over, or just blow off some steam, you might want to subscribe to Sir Sly’s solution: kick your shoes off and run. If you can’t find the answers to your questions after a long run, you might have trouble finding them at all. At the very least, you’ll have time to go through some thoughts.
Van Halen with "Runnin’ with the Devil"
Sounds like despite late nights, hard partying, and endless tours, the members of Van Halen found some time to get a run in. That’s what this song is about, right??
BONUS: Run D.M.C. with "Walk This Way (feat. Aerosmith)"
They may be called Run D.M.C., but they know there’s a time and a place for walking. This cross-genre collab did great things for both Run D.M.C. and Aerosmith, and helped start the rock-rap subgenre. And hey, sometimes it’s okay to slow things down to a walk—you might see things a little differently!