Take a walk—or run—down memory lane with these blasts from the past

By Chris Lawhorn
Updated: September 21, 2017
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Half workout playlist, half time capsule-the songs below will take you back to the year that Reagan was elected President, the Empire struck back, and Pac-Man ate his first power pellet. 1980 also marked the release of Ozzy Osbourne's first solo single, Billy Idol's first hit, and Dolly Parton's first number one. So if your usual playlist feels heavy on contemporary tracks, try adding a few throwbacks to liven up your next trip to the gym.

Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out - 111 BPM

Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train - 137 BPM

Toni Basil - Mickey - 149 BPM

Irene Cara - Fame - 132 BPM

Billy Idol - Dancing with Myself - 89 BPM

Pat Benatar - Hit Me with Your Best Shot - 128 BPM

Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 - 106 BPM

Blondie - Call Me - 142 BPM

Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime - 118 BPM

Devo - Whip It - 158 BPM

To find more workout songs, check out the free database at Run Hundred. You can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the best songs to rock your workout.


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