I’ve gotten into running this year. Seriously, if you’d told me a year ago that I’d be running on a regular basis, I’d of been like, “stop it!” Rude, I know. But I would’ve never believed you. I’ve always avoided running until now. I’d embraced exercise, but not cardio. And one of the things that really helps me get moving on my most lazy days is my 80s and 90s playlist.
Quite frankly, I like being active, but getting started with any activity is always hard. Lately I’ve gotten into old TV shows from the early days of television. So I’ve been watching The Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl and Mary Tyler Moore. I’m amazed at how timeless these shows are. Sure society has changed. But the underlying themes are still so relevant. And before I digress too much, the point is that I can easily talk myself into staying home and watching a Netflix marathon.
Keeping in step to the 80s & 90s
But I push myself to get off my butt and move. Because this is important to me. But some days I need an extra lift to get energized. And this is where music from the 80s and 90s comes in. That era has so many songs that are upbeat. And that music just makes you want to move Seriously! Can you really just sit still while listening to Journey’s Don’t stop believing or Quiet Riot’s Come on feel the noize? I don’t think so. You have to get up!
And there’s another perk of grabbing your hairspray and your parachute pants before your workout. Something about that music just makes me feel silly. And you can’t take yourself too seriously while listening to it. So you’re not the fastest runner. So you look like a hot mess. Who gives a crap! It’s the 80s and 90s people!
Yes, you might be embarrassed if someone sees your playlist
You might want to keep this playlist under lock and key. Because this playlist is a little, to quote the 90s, cheesy. But that’s the fun in it. You don’t have to tell anyone you’re listening to this music. It can be your little secret.
But the amazing thing that nobody told me in high school is that being uncool is totally cool anyway! I really needed to hear that when I was 12 and desperately trying to fit in. But being a big dork is totally sexy. And if that’s the case, you’re gonna be your hottest, sexiest self listening to this playlist!
My 80s and 90s upbeat playlist to get moving and sweating
Grab your headband and your thighmaster. We’re gonna get moving like it’s 1999!
Hit me baby 1 more time – Britney Spears
Come on feel the noize – Quiet Riot
Getting Jiggy With It – Will Smith
Bust-a-move – Young MC
Kiss – Prince
Barbie girl – Aqua
Dream on – Aerosmith
Into the groove – Madonna
Livin’ on a prayer – Bon Jovi
Ice ice baby – Vanilla Ice
Walk this way – Run DMC
Physical – Olivia Newton John
Mmmmbop – Hanson
Welcome to the jungle – Guns & Roses
Faith – George Michael
Super Freak – Rick James
Gonna make you sweat (Everybody dance now) – C+C Music Factory
Pretty fly (For a white guy) – The Offspring
Hit me with your best shot – Pat Benetar
Don’t stop believing – Journey
Get the party started!
This list is guaranteed to give you the lift you need if you feel like you’re dragging. And before you know it, your dreaded run will become an 80s & 90s dance party.
And if this playlist gets you inspired, take it one step further. Put on some blue eyeshadow. Get out some glitter. And wear a shirt that goes down to your knees. Now, you’re really rocking the 80s and 90s style!
Do you have a favorite playlist that you listen to on those days when you lack inspiration? Is there a song that you can’t help but move once it starts playing? Do you have a playlist that you would be mortified if anyone saw? Well, of course let me know in the comments!
Danielle L says
Yes! Great post, how fun. I love to move to Faith by George micheals
So many good ones! I can’t get myself moving without a good playlist. I always have throwbacks from the 80s and 90s on my playlists too!
YAAAS! The music was so much better then. Thank God I was born in the 90s and was forced to listen to my parents music. We were so lucky!
Thanks for sharing this list!
My smile grew harder as I read this list. All of these song was my favorite. “I am a barbie girl in a barbie world.” lol
I pretty much love all of your song choices! I am a huge 90s music fan, pretty much any 90s song I love haha! I might have to steal this list!
Cori @ Sweet Coralice says
I’m glad I’m not the only one, lol! My iTunes is loaded with this “cheesy” kind of music and then some. Of course I use these songs to get me motivated when I have a cookie order due and I’m super lazy about getting started. By the time you know it, I’m in high gear, lol, but I’m weird that way. I’d add a little Cyndi Lauper, Culture Club & some Styx ?
I would totally listen to “hit me with your best shot” by P.B.! Thanks for putting this together!
Great play list! I could totally see that as being amazing to work out to!
This playlist is awesome! I’m obsessed with 80s and 90s music. My favorite Pandora station is Summer Hits of the 90s. We pretty listen to it daily!
All of these songs bring me back to my childhood where they acutally played great music on the radio and nothing like stuff they play today. I would have to add a lot of Michael Jackson music that gets me moving.
RoseMary Griffith says
What a fun post to read, Erica. In my dreams, I am a running, but in reality all I do is admire those of you who run! I’m the one in the car driving by a runner saying, Good for you!
But the playlist is great. I’d head more toward the 60s & 70s being the generation I hale from, but some of these songs are favorites.
You need to hang with my husband. He wasn’t alive during the 60s, but that music is “his music”. As soon as he gets in my car I need to turn on the satellite radio 60s station!
(1) One of your selections, Aerosmith’s “Dream On”, goes back to the 1970s. And if you’re gonna go back to the ’70s, you should include at least one song from the late-’70s disco era: I recommend the Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing” in this regard.
(2) Steely Dan’s “Peg” would also be a very good choice from the 1970s.
(3) Lastly, let me make a plug for one of my favorite dance tracks (and a song that was years ahead of its time), Blondie’s “Rapture”.
Ok! I’ll work on a 1970s playlist. Thanks for the tips!
Amber Marie says
Love this!! I have an 80’s playlist in my Spotify with a lot of similar songs lol
The 80s are so fun!!