Running from the Law: My Favorite 80's Pop Music Running Playlist

Thursday, August 6, 2015

My Favorite 80's Pop Music Running Playlist

I wanted to share some news with you all today - I think I might officially be back into running.  I have missed it so much!  I still don't have the time or energy to devote to training for a race or anything- it'll be a long time before I'm ready to run another half-marathon or even a 10K, but I'm slowly easing my way back and it feels great!  Ok, painful and hard, but great. Sometimes. Anywhoo, I put together this awesome 80's music playlist to listen to while I'm on the treadmill and it's been making the miles fly by, so I thought I'd share.  I always love getting song/playlist recommendations from friends, so I'm paying it forward.  This playlist starts you out a bit slow while you warm-up, pumps up the volume after the first song and keeps you going for miles.  I love it!  I hope you do too!

Let My Love Open the Door, Pete Townshend 
You Spin Me Right Round, Dead or Alive
Talk Dirty To Me, Poison
One Way or Another, Blondie
Under Pressure, Queen & David Bowie
Psycho Killer (Deluxe), Talking Heads   
No sleep til Brooklyn, Beastie Boys
Take on Me, A-Ha
Rag Doll, Aerosmith        
Dancing with Myself, Billy Idol
99 Red Balloons, Nena
Footloose, Kenny Loggins
Blister in the Sun, Violent Femmes
Tainted Love, Soft Cell
1999, Prince
Living on a Prayer, Bon Jovi
Eye of the Tiger, Survivor
Come on Feel the Noise, Quiet Riot
I Melt With You, Modern English

What are some of your favorite running songs/playlists?
What are you jamming to these days?


  1. Some good ones on there! And some I don't recognize. I have never gotten the Beastie Boys appeal---that's like sacrilege, right? Also, is Come Out and Play an 80s song? I thought I remembered that from college---mid 90s?

    1. Oh, it totally is! I accidentally included it from another playlist! Thanks for the heads-up!

  2. I love the 80s!!! Great list! I can't think of any songs off the top of my head that is include since you have such a good list already.

  3. Love this list! I have never been a runner, but am doing the Couch to 5K program to ease into it (this baby weight has got to go). For me, the key is getting my mind off the fact that I am running, so podcasts have been really helpful. Particularly ones that make you want to listen until the end (Serial, Mystery Show, etc.).

  4. Some 80s songs are so fun! Great list!

  5. My husband would love this playlist! He basically listens to the rock of ages soundtrack and has no clue about new music ;)

  6. My playlist is full of music I'd never let my kiddo(s) listen to. Think ridiculous workout rap and alternative. If you heard my playlist you might think you had you hands on some dudes music. Whoops. :)
    I never thought to throw in some good 80s jams. Going to have to add those once the running shoes go back on!

  7. Not that I have the time or the energy or the drive to go to the gym (or even go for a walk - really, the laziness has got to get its butt kicked into gear) but I love 80s music and think it is so motivating! I'm going to bookmark this if (when!!!) I start getting my butt in gear and get moving!

  8. Yay for being back at it! I am a running fiend when I'm pregnant, but then it takes me forever to get back into after baby comes along! I love all your old jams. I tend to listen to more current music when I run so I don't get too bored with old favorites. But the endless pandora stations keep me entertained!

  9. Now, I have Psycho Killer in my head. I love that song. The whole playlist is awesome but that's the one that's in my head - "fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far better, run run run run run run run away". Tee hee!

    Have a good weekend! :)

  10. Nice playlist! That should put some pep in your step :) Nothing helps along a workout like the right music.

  11. I love the idea of running. But I don't love running... Also we might be soul mates based on your choice of 80s music. Just sayin! ;)

  12. When I think 80's playlist, it's the wedding singer soundtrack all day long! Maybe not the best for running though.

  13. Thank you thank you thank you! I've been in a music rut lately and these suggestions are exactly what I needed to spice up my running routine!