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80s Pop Songs Spinning Workout Playlist to Get Physical

80s Pop Spinning Routine and Playlist

When the top 80s workout songs come up for debate, classic rock songs always get a lot of love, but let’s take a moment to appreciate the absolutely ICONIC pop songs that came out of the 80s. I’m not kidding. We’ve got true 80s pop powerhouses on this spinning playlist: Madonna, Whitney Houston, Elton John, 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 (45-minute Workout)

  • Song 1: 60-70 RPM – Climb. Find your pace between 60-70 RPM. Add resistance throughout the song to go from moderate intensity to hard intensity. Bonus: Add+10 RPM during the chorus for a quickie surge.
  • Song 2: 65-75 RPM – 30 seconds seated / 30 standing. Every time you sit, add resistance to increase intensity, going from moderate to hardest w/o going breathless.
  • Song 3: 95 RPM – 30/30 very hard sprints.

The 80s Pop Songs Spinning Playlist and Routine

Series Song / WorkoutSong
Warm up“Straight Up,” Paula Abdul
Song 1: Climb“Like a Virgin,” Madonna
Song 2: 30 seated / 30 standing (4x – Mod, Hard, Harder, Hardest) “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes
Song 3: 30/30 breathless sprints (3x; start immediately) “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John
Song 1: Climb“Manic Monday,” The Bangles
Song 2: 30 seated / 30 standing (4x – Mod, Hard, Harder, Hardest) “Kiss On My List,” Hall & Oates
Song 3: 30/30 breathless sprints (4x; start at 00:40 when intro is over and recover into next song)“Maneater,” Hall & Oates
Song 1: Climb“I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” Whitney Houston
Song 2: 30 seated / 30 standing (5x – Mod, Hard, Harder, Harder, Hardest) “Love Shack,” The B-52’s
Song 3: 30/30 breathless sprints (4x; recover into next song) “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins
Cool Down“Physical,” Olivia Newton John

Want to hear the songs? I’ve added all these songs and more to my Spotify playlist here or on YouTube here:

Catch ya next week!

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.