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80s New Wave Spinning Workout Routine and Playlist to Spin You Round

80s New Wave Spinning Routine

You can’t build a playlist of 80s workout songs without including the once up-and-coming New Wave genre. These songs are fast and short–great for HIIT, sprints, and anaerobic intervals. I’ve got a lot of great 80s New Wave artists and groups in this playlist: Kim Wilde, Blondie, DEVO, The Police, The Go-Go’s, Naked Eyes, and more.


Reminder: I like to teach my spinning classes in a series of exercises that we do 2-4 times through. I pick a couple exercises to make up the series, and we stick to it throughout the class. That way, participants know what to expect, so they can go big when they’re supposed to and not hold back for fear of another interval around the corner.

The Series (50-minute Workout)

Here’s the series. Do it four times through.

  • Song 1: Chorus surge – RPM. Start out at a 65-75 RPM pace, moderate intensity. At the chorus, increase your pace +10 RPM to find hard or very hard intensity.
  • Song 2: Climb. Throughout the song, increase your intensity from moderate to very hard by adding resistance. Option to stand out of the saddle, as desired.
  • Song 3: 30/30/60 Interval drill. Do 30 seconds moderate, 30 seconds hard intensity, and then 1 minute very hard / as close to breathless as you can go. For the last series, do this twice.

The 80s New Wave Spinning Workout Routine and Playlist

Series Song / WorkoutSong
Warm up“Kids in America,” Kim Wilde
Song 1: Chorus surge – RPM“Call Me,” Blondie
Song 2: Climb“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart
Song 3: 30/30/60“Whip It,” DEVO
Song 1: Chorus surge – RPM“Don’t Stand So Close To Me,” The Police
Song 2: Climb“Take on Me,” a-ha
Song 3: 30/30/60“Our Lips Are Sealed,” The Go-Go’s
Song 1: Chorus surge – RPM“You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” Dead Or Alive
Song 2: Climb“Always Something There to Remind Me,” Naked Eyes
Song 3: 30/30/60“We Got The Beat,” The Go-Go’s
Song 1: Chorus surge – RPM“Hungry Like the Wolf,” Duran Duran
Song 2: Climb“Don’t You Want Me,” The Human League
Song 3: 30/30/60 (x2) “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police
Cool Down“Relax,” Frankie Goes To Hollywood

You can find all these songs on my Spotify playlist or on YouTube here:

Disclaimer: Readers who rely on this information do so at their own risk. Instructors must be properly certified, insured, and have the music licensing in order to teach a spin class. is not liable for any injuries or negligence that occurs.

80s New Wave Spin Routine and Playlist