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TO celebrate January 7 being the most active day of the year, Spotify has released a top 10 list of the most listened to songs in the world as chosen by runners, to help you run further and faster this New Year.

After carrying out a survey on over 1500 runners, Spotify found that more than three quarters of runners need music to train.

Over 88% reported that music is important, if not essential, for getting them pounding the pavement, and over 60% said that music helps them to run both faster and longer.

However despite music’s ability to motivate, some runners said they still struggle to find just the right soundtrack to their run. So if you’re struggling to get started with those New Year running resolutions, try taking some music inspiration from fellow runners and listen to Spotify Running’s top 10 most listened to songs in the world as chosen by runners in 2015.

1. Beyoncé – Run the World (Girls)2. Sia – Chandelier3. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk4. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth)5. Beyoncé – 7/116. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song7. Missy Elliott – Work It8. TLC – No Scrubs9. Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money10. Calvin Harris – Feel So Close

And if you need more music, Spotify Running, the app launched by Spotify in May 2015, is the perfect accompaniment on your run.

Once you start running, the application will calculate your pace and using your own musical tastes match it to the perfect non-stop playlist of songs to help you go the distance, no matter how far it might be.

And giving you even more reason to turn up the volume, studies have now proved that music can benefit your workout.

A team at Brunel University, UK have built up a body of research that shows that carefully selected music, such as your perfect running playlist, can extend how long you workout for by up to 15%, and reduce how hard you feel your working by up to 12%.

It can also improve the beneficial exercise effects by up to 15%, and the efficiency of your movements by up to 7%, with the research showing that faster music is best for high-intensity exercise such as running.

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