Wednesday, August 13, 2014

80's Workout Playlist

I am the biggest sucker for 80s music. Being the youngest child with much older siblings, I grew up with The Cure and Depeche Mode and Talking Heads, and... I could go on.

The 80s had the perfect mix of good beat and bouncy. I have a hard time with really heavy beats that many people love to sweat to, so when I am working out I need the lighter quality to keep me from ending up sprawled out dead on the gym floor. My rule of thumb is, if a song makes you unconsciously drive faster, it's a good one for the workout.

And so I have assembled a killer 80's workout playlist (though there are a few 70's and 90's in there...) And there are so many that aren't on this list- I'm always adding to it and will post new songs and playlists as I make them. Enjoy!

Songs with * are ones I super love and sometimes skip songs to get to.

*Take On Me - A-Ha
Train of Thought - A-Ha
You Shook Me - ACDC
Love Shack - B52's
*Roam - B52's
Tarzan Boy - Baltimora
*Rush - Big Audio Dynamite II 
*The Globe - Big Audio Dynamite II
Gonna Fly Now - Bill Conti
Hooked On a Feeling- Blue Swede
Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
*Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler
Shake It Up- The Cars
You Might Think - The Cars
Magic - The Cars
Dreams - The Cranberries
*Boys Don't Cry- The Cure
Let's Go To Bed - The Cure
The Lovecats - The Cure
*Inbetween Days - The Cure
Close to Me - The Cure
Just Like Heaven - The Cure (note: there is a beautiful cover of this song by Katie Melua, check it out)
Friday I'm in Love - The Cure
Hot Hot Hot!!!- The Cure
Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper (yes, this isn't super high energy, but sometimes you need heart more than speed)
Let it Whip - Dazz Band
*Brand New Lover - Dead Or Alive
You Spin Me Round - Dead Or Alive
Lover come Back To Me - Dead Or Alive
Let's Hear it for the Boy- Deniece Williams
Personal Jesus- Depeche Mode
*Just can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
Shake the Disease - Depeche Mode
People are People - Depeche Mode
Master and Servant - Depeche Mode
Romeo - Donna Summer
Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
Girls on Film - Duran Duran
Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money
Sometimes - Erasure
Chains of Love- Erasure
*A Little Respect - Erasure
*Take a Chance on Me - Erasure
Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Faith - George Michael
What About Love - Heart
The Heart of Rock & Roll - Huey Lewis & The News
The Power of Love -  Huey Lewis & The News
*Don't You Want Me - The Human League
Love Action - The Human League
Together In Electric Dreams - The Human League
Human - The Human League
Flashdance/ What a Feeling - Irene Cara
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
You're the Best - Joe 'Bean' Esposito (Get your Karate Kid on!)
Hurts So Good - John Mellencamp
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Maniac - Michael Sembello
Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil
All I Need Is A Miracle - Mike + the Mechanics
*I Melt With You - Modern English
Never - Moving Pictures
Kyrie - Mr. Mister
One Night In Bangkok - Murry Head
*True Faith - New Order
Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
Regret - New Order
*Blue Monday - New Order
Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar
*Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar
West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
Opportunities - Pet Shop Boys
*It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys
Always On My Mind - Pet Shop Boys
1999 - Prince
*Kiss - Prince
Cream - Prince
*Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
Together Forever - Rick Astley
Don't Say Goodbye - Rick Astley
She Wants To Dance With Me - Rick Astley
*Take Me To Your Heart - Rick Astley
Let's Go To The Mall - Robin Sparkles (yes, this isn't a "real" 80's song, but it makes me laugh. Gotta love HIMYM)
Cherry Bomb - The Runaways
Escape - Rupert Holmes
*Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds (makes me want to watch Breakfast Club every time)
All The Things She Said - Simple Minds
Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
We Built This City - Starship
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
It's Not Over (Til It's Over) - Starship
Kiss Me - Stephen Tin Tin Duffy
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Burning Down The House - Talking Heads
And She Was - Talking Heads
Tell It To My Heart - Taylor Dayne
Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears
Shout- Tears For Fears
*Head Over Heels - Tears For Fears
Pump Up The Jam - Technotronic
She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
*Wake Me Up (Before You Go-Go) - Wham!
Bust A Move - Young MC