I listen to a lot of music from the ‘80s—a lot—especially when I run. Since I’m in an ‘80s cover band, The FADES, I’m often learning “new” tunes. Running gives me extra time to drill them into my head. But more than that, I love the ‘80s as a musical genre (otherwise I wouldn’t be in an ‘80s cover band), and there are many, many, many songs from the ‘80s that are great for running. I even listen to ‘80s tunes that The FADES don’t cover.
So I thought I’d share my favorite ‘80s music running mix. You can download all the songs via the iTunes affiliate links provided. Enjoy!
Karla’s Radical ‘80s Running Mix
A-ha—Take On Me
The B-52’s—Love Shack
The Bangles—Walk Like An Egyptian
Bon Jovi—Livin’ On a Prayer
Cheap Trick—I Want You To Want Me
The Clash—Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Cyndi Lauper—Girls Just Want To Have Fun
David Bowie—Modern Love
Dead or Alive—You Spin Me Round
Dexy’s Midnight Runners—Come On Eileen
George Harrison—Got My Mind Set On You
The Go-Go’s—We Got The Beat
The Hooters—Karla With a K
The Human League—Don’t You Want Me
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts—Bad Reputation
John Cougar Mellencamp—Authority Song
Juice Newton—Queen of Hearts
Kim Wilde—Kids in America
Loverboy—Workin’ for the Weekend
Men Without Hats—Safety Dance
M.C. Hammer—U Can’t Touch This
Modern English—I Melt With You
Naked Eyes—Always Something There to Remind Me
New Order—Bizarre Love Triangle
The Pretenders—Mystery Achievement
The Proclaimers—I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)
Queen—Another Bites the Dust
Ready For the World—Oh Sheila
The Rolling Stones—Start Me Up
RUN-DMC with Aerosmith—Walk This Way
Stray Cats—Rock This Town
Tiffany—I Think We’re Alone Now
The Vapors—Turning Japanese
Violent Femmes—Blister in the Sun
Young MC—Bust a Move
Now go bust a move out there on the pavement ‘80s style.
Karla Bruning is a journalist and running nerd. She has completed four marathons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at RunKarlaRun.com, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning. To listen to an interview with Karla, check out The Marathon Show, available for streaming or download on BlogTalkRadio and iTunes.