Running with the Wolves (song)

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"Running with the Wolves"
Wolfwalkers edition cover
Single by Aurora
from the EP Running with the Wolves and the album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend
Released20 April 2015 (2015-04-20)
  • Aurora Aksnes
  • Michelle Leonard
  • Nicolas Rebscher
Aurora singles chronology
"Running with the Wolves"
"Murder Song (5,4,3,2,1)"
Music video
"Running with the Wolves" on YouTube

"Running with the Wolves" is the fourth single released by Aurora and the second single on Running with the Wolves and All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend. It was written by Aurora, Michelle Leonard and Nicolas Rebscher and produced by Odd Martin Skålnes, Rebscher and Magnus Skylstad. On 20 April 2015, the song was officially released worldwide.

In 2020, as part of the Apple TV+ animated film Wolfwalkers, a newer version of the song was released, which is heard in the soundtrack and trailer. This version uses medieval Irish instruments as the backing music.[1][2] The song was also used for the theme song for Wolfblood series 4–5, as well as Wolfblood Secrets in addition appearing on an episode of The Blacklist.


A Scandipop and electropop song,[3][4] Aurora wrote it during the blood moon of 2014. The song is about freedom and joining nature again, getting away from phones and radio and all the distractions around us.

In an interview with The 405, she said: "I just imagined the moon turning all the people around the world into wild animals, running away from all the rules, all the materialism and technology. Just being a part of nature again, running free."[5] She added:

The song is about having the animal instinct inside you come to life. Running with them, joining them – the instinct taking over, giving you freedom and making you forget about your human self and all things we humans keep around us in the modern society.

I think humans need to let go a bit more, shake their bodies more often, like the animals do ... It's a beautiful thing really.

Sometimes when you look at the world, and you see what we've done to it, the way many of us hurt the world we live in, innocent animals, even our own kind! And that kind of makes you want to follow the wolves instead. At least for one night.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Running with the Wolves", directed by James Alexandrou, was premiered through Vevo on 10 June 2015.[7] The singer also released an acoustic version of the song through Vevo on 7 July 2015. This video was directed by Kenny McCracken.


Chart performance for "Running with the Wolves"
Chart (2015) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 72


Certifications for "Running with the Wolves"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[9] Platinum 60,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ @auroramusic (9 October 2020). "Are you ready for #wolfwalkers? You can find a familiar song in it 🐺 watch on @AppleTV from December 11th if you like ✨" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "r/auroramusic - New Version of "Running With the Wolves" to be Used in the Movie "Wolfwalkers"?". reddit. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Album Review: Aurora - All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend". DIY Magazine. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  4. ^ Elmahdi, Adam (21 September 2015). "Aurora leads a joyous celebration of melancholy in East London". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Track-by-Track: Aurora's All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend". The 405. 11 March 2016. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  6. ^ "AURORA - Running With The Wolves" – via
  7. ^ iamAURORAVEVO (10 June 2015). "AURORA - Running With The Wolves" – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Aurora %5BNO%5D – Running with the Wolves" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved 29 December 2022.
  9. ^ "Brazilian single certifications – Aurora – Running with the Wolves" (in Portuguese). Pro-Música Brasil. Retrieved 13 December 2023.