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The Vitality Big Half Chart 2020

For the last few weeks, we’ve been asking readers of The Vitality Big Half 2020 newsletter for your running song suggestions for The Vitality Big Half Chart.

Last year, Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor toppled 2018’s winner Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen at the top of the chart.

So, can Freddie Mercury and co regain their crowns as the kings of The Vitality Big Half Chart? Or can Survivor survive at the top? Or will they both be overthrown by a new pretender to the throne? Read on to find out.

We were once again blown away by the number of responses - more than 1,800 votes were cast. Thank you to everyone who took part.

So, what tunes get you pounding the streets and treadmills? Well, you voted four new entries into the top 10 this year and three of those make up positions 10, nine and eight.

Kesha’s This Is Me, from the box office hit The Greatest Showman is straight in at 10 – yes, you are glorious and there is a place for all of you…in The Vitality Big Half 2020.

Next in at number nine, AC/DC’s 1990 hit Thunderstruck has been rocking you along during your training runs. We’d rather not experience any thunder or lightening on Sunday though, thank you very much.

Motivational

The motivational Don't Stop Believin' by Journey has clearly been keeping many of you company on those cold and dark training runs over the last few weeks as the 1981 classic power ballad bursts in at number eight. Definitely don’t stop believing, you can do this!

This year, Pharrell Williams’ Happy is up two places to number seven. We didn’t think participants of The Vitality Big Half could get any happier but clearly you can!

At number six, for a second year running it’s Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia. Being strong and light on your feet will certainly help you conquer those 13.1 miles. And we’re confident you won’t fall either – you’ve got this!

After being completely overlooked for last year’s top 10, The Killers are back in at number five with Mr Brightside. The Las Vegas quartet occupied the spot two years ago with the same song.

Final four

Heading into the final four, it’s safe to say you are creatures of habit and remain reassuringly consistent when it comes to the music that gets you moving during your training runs.   

Bruce Springsteen is at number fourth for a third year consecutive year. The ever popular Born To Run refuses to relinquish fourth place. But he can do what he wants, after all he’s The Boss.

Eminem’s 2002 hit Lose Yourself maintains its grip on third spot. Get psyched up for your big moment, you own it, but you won’t lose yourself on the course, just follow your fellow runners to the Finish Line at Cutty Sark.

Forever favourites?

Would you be surprised to hear that Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor and Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now are your favourite running songs for the third consecutive year? We weren’t! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But who came out on top this year? Scroll down to find out!

NUMBER SONG ARTIST CHANGE SINCE 2019
10 This Is Me Kesha New entry
9 Thunderstruck AC/DC New entry
8 Don't Stop Believin' Journey New entry
7 Happy Pharrell Williams Up two places
6 Titanium David Guetta No change
5 My Brightside The Killers New entry
4 Born To Run Bruce Springsteen No change
3 Lose Yourself Eminem No change
2 Eye Of The Tiger Survivor Down one place
1 Don't Stop Me Now Queen Up one place

Thanks to everyone for taking part, we really appreciate your suggestions. Our resident DJ, Mr H will play as many of your songs as possible as you warm up in the Start Areas on Event Day.

Prize winner

Our favourite suggestion didn’t make the top 10 but it did make us smile. It was I Feel Love by Donna Summer, which was suggested by Eve Theophilus in Bridgend, Wales. Feel the love! That’s what The Vitality Big Half is all about.

Congratulations Eve, you have won a pair of New Balance running shoes. An email with details about how to claim your prize has been sent to you.