Get down to some Aerosmith and Bon Jovi and glide through the miles like you're shredding on an axe guitar

By Megan Soll
Updated: April 03, 2016
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Whether you love hair metal or good old hard rock, the '80s brought the fever way beyond the cowbell. Anthemic choruses, wailing guitar solos-the music scene was louder and flashier than ever before.

Which makes rock songs from that era exactly what you need get your blood pumping during a run, whether you're jazzing up your treadmill routine or just looking for a way to add some excitement to your marathon training (god knows you need as much musical drama as possible during those long runs). Keeping pace or pushing yourself to a better time is no problem when you have a great guitar riff to pump you up, right? (The genre doesn't just work for cardio-when you don't feel up to a run, switch your soundtrack to these classic rock songs for strength training).

Gear up with AC/DC's "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" and Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City" (a classic!). Pick up your pace with "Hot Blooded" and "Money for Nothing." Channel your inner Top Gun volleyball vibes to Kenny Loggins' "Playin' with the Boys," then get serious with Metallica's "Enter Sandman" before dancing your way along the pavement to Motley Crue's "Girls, Girls, Girls" and breezing through a good lap or two with Scorpions "Rock You Like a Hurricane." Push through a tough stretch with Van Halen's "Panama" and "Crazy Train" (Ozzy is always good for a late-in-the-game energy boost), then wind yourself down with a little Whitesnake and Journey's "Separate Ways."

Not an '80s rock fan? No worries. For some playlist variety, go for the Ultimate Rihanna lineup, some great booty workout songs, or try some tunes from Country's Hottest Women.

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