14 Awesome 80s Songs for Your Workout Playlist

The 80s were an amazing musical decade. In that decade I went from 5 years old to 14 years old, and that’s some pretty informative years. I had a young, hip mom, who made sure I had an appreciation for all music (even some I probably had no business listening to!), so I’m giving you a little sampling of the wide variety of music that shaped my early childhood. They also happen to be great songs to run and workout to!

And if you were born after the 80s were over, I don’t even want to hear about it, okay? Just pretend you grew up listening right along with me, or I might cry. It’s hard enough that kids who were BORN the year I graduated from high school are now high school graduates.

Get our your leg warmers on and get sweaty!

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey: Greatest Hits – This song should be on every workout playlist. No matter what!

We Got the Beat – Beauty and the Beat

Panama – The Best of Both Worlds

What a Feeling (Re-Recorded) – Disco Smash Hits (Re-Recorded Versions)

A Little Respect – The Innocents, Erasure – Lots of memories from the late 80s!

Runner (12″ Version) – Criminal Tango – My husband made me add this one!

Kharma Chameleon – 80’s Superhits

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – To Memphis With Love – We just wanna have fun running!

Our House – Total Madness – The Very Best of Madness

Welcome to the Jungle – Appetite for Destruction

Beat It (Single Version) – The Essential Michael Jackson – This album was the first I ever owned! I remember getting my first ‘jam box’ for Christmas and this cassette tape. I thought I was pretty badass.

Lucky Star – Madonna

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Make It Big

Chariots of Fire (Original) – Synthesizer Syndicate Selected Hits Vol. 1 – Play this one as you finish your run or cross the finish line. It will make you feel like a champion!


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  • ItsMeVsMe

    I’m pretty sure most of these are going to end up on my playlist this week.

    Except Welcome to the Jungle. I can’t get behind that one.

  • anng

    Fun list of songs that I remember most of..

  • MeDing

    Great list from one 80’s child to another!

  • Kyra

    No Duran Duran????

    • shrinkingjeans

      FAIL! Sorry, Kyra! There were so many songs to choose from! I just realized I didn’t include any Def Leppard either! GAH!

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  • agibs

    Crazy Train!!! There are some great songs on this list although I’m not sure I’d run to some of them, but Crazy Train has got to be one of the most fun songs to burst through!