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105 of the Best 80s Workout Songs For Weight Lifting, Running, Indoor Cycle, and More

80s workout songs

Since the 80s are known for rock music, teased up hairstyles, and high energy performances, it only makes sense that the decade made some banger workout songs. There are SO MANY GOOD hits on this 80s workout songs list. 

Here are just my favorite 80s workout songs—great for spin class, workout routines, stretching, and more! I’ve broken the songs up by their BPM (beats per minute). 

  • 140 or more BPM: Great options for sprint songs and HIIT exercises. 
  • 120-140 BPM: Great for marches, jumps, and large muscle group exercises like squats and lunges. 
  • 120 or less BPM: Great for climbs, yoga, and stretching. 


80s Workout Songs for Running Sprints and HIIT Exercises 

  1. “Call Me,” Blondie
  2. “Cars,” Gary Numan
  3. “Don’t Do Me Like That,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 
  4. “You May Be Right,” Billy Joel 
  5. “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar
  6. “Queen of Hearts,” Juice Newton 
  7. “Whip It,” Devo 
  8. “We Got The Beat,” The Go-Go’s 
  9. “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police
  10. “Kids in America,” Kim Wilde 
  11. “Working for the Weekend,” Loverboy
  12. “Maneater,” Hall & Oates
  13. “She Works Hard For the Money,” Donna Summer
  14. “You Can’t Hurry Love,” Phil Collins 
  15. “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John 
  16. “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins
  17. “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Deneice Williams
  18. “Would I Lie To You?,” Eurythmics
  19. “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” John Cougar Mellencamp
  20. “Walk Like An Egyptian,” The Bangles

80s Workout Songs for Steady State, Jumps, and Weight Lifting Exercises 

  1. “Rock With You,” Michael Jackson 
  2. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Queen 
  3. “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me,” Billy Joel 
  4. “Upside Down,” Diana Ross
  5. “Stomp!” The Brothers Johnson
  6. “Heartache Tonight,” Eagles 
  7. “Fame,” Irene Cara
  8. “Celebration,” Kool & the Gang 
  9. “Kiss On My List,” Hall & Oates
  10. “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton 
  11. “Urgent,” Foreigner 
  12. “You Make My Dreams,” Hall & Oates
  13. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar
  14. “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” The Police
  15. “Another One Bites The Dust,” Queen
  16. “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” The Police
  17. “I’m Coming Out,” Diana Ross
  18. “Physical,” Olivia Newton John 
  19. “Eye Of The Tiger,” Survivor
  20. “I Love Rock ‘n Roll,” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  21. “Don’t You Want Me,” The Human League
  22. “Hurts So Good,” John Cougar
  23. “Tainted Love,” Soft Cell 
  24. “Let’s Groove,” Earth, Wind, & Fire 
  25. “Our Lips Are Sealed,” The Go-Go’s
  26. “Get Down On It,” Kool & The Gang
  27. “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Van Halen
  28. “Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson 
  29. “Beat It,” Michael Jackson 
  30. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Eurythmics
  31. “Come On Eileen,” Dexys Midnight Runners
  32. “Hungry Like The Wolf,” Duran Duran
  33. “Mickey,” Toni Basil 
  34. “1999,” Prince 
  35. “Always Something There To Remind Me,” Naked Eyes
  36. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin,” Michael Jackson
  37. “Jump,” Van Halen
  38. “All Night Long (All Night),” Lionel Richie 
  39. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper 
  40. “Uptown Girl,” Billy Joel 
  41. “Love Is a Battlefield,” Pat Benatar 
  42. “Like a Virgin,” Madonna 
  43. “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” Don Henley
  44. “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
  45. “You Give Love a Bad Name,” Bon Jovi 
  46. “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” Janet Jackson 
  47. “Manic Monday,” The Bangles
  48. “Take Me Home Tonight,” Eddie Money
  49. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston
  50. “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi 
  51. “Open Your Heart,” Madonna
  52. “(I Just) Died In Your Arms,” Cutting Crew
  53. “Hip to Be Square,” Huey Lewis and the News
  54. “Rock Steady,” The Whispers
  55. “Got My Mind Set on You,” George Harrison
  56. “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Rick Astley
  57. “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,” Billy Ocean
  58. “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  59. “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” Poison
  60. “My Prerogative,” Bobby Brown
  61. “Straight Up,” Paula Abdul
  62. “She Drives Me Crazy,” Fine Young Cannibals
  63. “Wild Thing,” Tone Loc
  64. “Bust a Move,” Young MC
  65. “Love Shack,” The B-52’s
  66. “Funky Cold Medina,” Tone Loc 

80s Fitness Music for Climbs, Yoga, and Chill Exercises 

  1. “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),” Rupert Holmes
  2. “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” Prince 
  3. “Keep On Loving You,” REO Speedwagon 
  4. “The Tide is High,” Blondie 
  5. “Take It On The Run,” REO Speedwagon 
  6. “Rosanna,” Toto
  7. “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey 
  8. “Down Under,” Men at Work 
  9. “Africa,” Toto
  10. “Little Red Corvette,” Prince
  11. “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” Journey 
  12. “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now),” Phil Collins
  13. “If This Is It,” Huey Lewis and the News
  14. “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” REO Speedwagon 
  15. “We Built This City,” Starship 
  16. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes
  17. “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!),” Beastie Boys
  18. “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” Def Leppard 
  19. “Fast Car,” Tracy Chapman 

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