Best 80’s Workout Songs

What are the best workout songs from the 80’s?

The best 80s exercise and workout songs have great rhythms that keep you moving. They are timeless hits that that have steady tempos and strong rhythms. Chosing the right tempo of music can be very important as your body will naturally move itself to that tempo. Choose a tempo that is too slow or too fast, and you may spoil your workout. For that reason, an approximate beat per minute (BPM) has been listed beside each song.

Here is a basic guideline of which tempos are good for different workouts:

  • Under 100 BPM: Slower paced, warm ups, cool downs
  • 100 to 130 BPM: Walking fast, a little faster paced
  • Over 130 BPM: Higher impact exercise and cardio
  • 135 to 140 BPM: Power walking
  • 135 to 155 BPM: Jogging
  • 150 to 175 BPM: Running
  • Over 175 BPM: Fast running and sprinting

Pick music that will gradually increase your tempo until you reach your optimum speed and then gradually decrease your tempo at the end of the workout. This will ensure that you are warming up and cooling down properly. Below you will find a list of the best working songs from the 80’s. For your convenience, we have compiled the songs in a playlist, making it easy for you to listen to a sample or purchase a song. A detailed listing of the songs is provided below the playlist.

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Best 80’s Workout Songs

  1. “Back on the Chain Gang” by the Pretenders Est. BPM: 154
  2. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson Est. BPM: 135
  3. “Black Cat” by Janet Jackson Est. BPM: 116
  4. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson Est. BPM: 120
  5. “Bust A Move” by Young MC Est. BPM: 118-120
  6. “Chariots of Fire” by Various Est. BPM: 62
  7. “Come Dancing” by the Kinks Est. BPM: 152
  8. “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners Est. BPM: 106
  9. “Cum On Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot Est. BPM: 143
  10. “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol Est. BPM: 176
  11. “Do You Wanna Touch Me” by Joan Jett Est. BPM: 126
  12. “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson Est. BPM: 123
  13. “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” by Wang Chung Est. BPM: 130
  14. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor Est. BPM: 110
  15. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins Est. BPM: 165
  16. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper Est. BPM: 135
  17. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake Est. BPM: 85
  18. “Hungry Like The Wolf” by Duran Duran Est. BPM: 130
  19. “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Est. BPM: 96
  20. “Jump” by Van Halen Est. BPM: 133
  21. “Karma Chameleon” by Boy George Est. BPM: 186
  22. “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince & the Revolution Est. BPM: 98
  23. “Mickey” by Toni Basil Est. BPM: 150
  24. “Modern Love” by David Bowie Est. BPM: 180
  25. “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John Est. BPM: 124
  26. “Pump Up the Jam” by Technotronic Est. BPM: 126
  27. “Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol Est. BPM: 160
  28. “Shock The Monkey” by Peter Gabriel Est. BPM: 148
  29. “Take On Me” by A-Ha Est. BPM: 169
  30.  ”Tainted Love” by Soft Cell Est. BPM: 143
  31. “The Warrior” by Scandal Est. BPM: 140
  32. “We Got The Beat” by the Go-Go’s Est. BPM: 150
  33. “Vacation” by The Go-Go’s Est. BPM: 158
  34. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham! Est. BPM: 163
  35. “Walk This Way” by Run-D.M.C & Aerosmith Est. BPM: 110
  36. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses Est. BPM: 123
  37. “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi Est. BPM: 124

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