NEW YORK, March 18, 2011—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 running mix. Now go bust a move out there on the pavement ‘80s style.
Karla’s Radical ‘80s Running Mix
AC/DC—You Shook Me All Night Long
A-ha—Take On Me
The B-52’s—Love Shack
The Bangles—Walk Like An Egyptian
Billy Idol—Dancing With Myself and Rebel Yell
Bon Jovi—Livin’ On a Prayer
The Cars—Just What I Needed and Let’s Go
Cheap Trick—I Want You To Want Me
The Clash—Should I Stay or Should I Go?
The Cure—Boys Don’t Cry and Just Like Heaven
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
Journey—Any Way You Want It and Don’t Stop Believin’
Juice Newton—Queen of Hearts
Kim Wilde—Kids in America
Loverboy—Workin’ for the Weekend
Madonna—Get Into the Groove and Material Girl
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
Prince—Kiss and I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
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
Van Halen—Hot For Teacher and Panama
The Vapors—Turning Japanese
Violent Femmes—Blister in the Sun
Wham!—Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Young Guns, Bad Boys, Freedom…. (Yes, I’m still a Wham! Fan)
Young MC—Bust a Move
Karla Bruning is an award-winning 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.
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