Working for the weekend is a little easier with Loverboy and more of our faves from the 1980s

By Megan Soll
Updated: April 11, 2016
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Grab your sweatbands and aerobics leggings, people! The 1980s were pop heaven, and the tunes created during that era have never been more fun to listen to, whether you're hitting the pavement or rocking deadlifts in the gym. '80s pop is a natural explosion of endorphin-fueled goodness, making it perfect for riding that workout high. With Pat Benatar blasting in your earbuds, you'll be turning heads in the best ways.

Start out with Toto's "Africa" to get into the groove, or if Wham is more your jam, cue up "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go." We recommend getting your squats on to INXS's "Need You Tonight," and hit the overhead press to "Come On Eileen" (that bridge is perfect for the slow-down). Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams" rocks sprints on the treadmill, and Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" is an excellent way to push your endurance to the limits. (For more cardio-fueling tunes, check out our '80s Rock Running Playlist.)

We dare you to try and not mouth the words to the Outfield's "Your Love," Ric Springfield's "Jessie's Girl," and Eddie Money's "Take Me Home Tonight" (don't worry if other people give you the side-eye; they're just jealous). Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend" and J Geils Band "Centerfold" are both key for dance along to during cardio. Bring it home with Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield" and Mr. Mister's "Kyrie" (think you don't know it? You do!).

Find the right playlist to easily power you through your weekday workout or weekend gym time. Follow SHAPE x Fitness on Spotify-we're always blasting something new.

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