'80s Pop Workout Mix
by Annie Zaleski | January 21, 2014
During the '80s, fitness was all the rage, from Jazzercise classes to fashion statements based on workout gear like leotards and legwarmers. Naturally, the decade's pop music is the perfect soundtrack for the annual January shedding of the holiday pounds. There's the obvious heart-rate-pumpers, of course: Olivia Newton-John's "Physical," The Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)," Madonna's "Into the Groove" and Irene Cara's "Flashdance … What a Feeling." But '80s pop music also revved up workout playlists in more nuanced ways -- from peppy synth-funk (Morris Day and the Time, Prince, The Gap Band) and upbeat cuts from fierce dancefloor divas (Sheena Easton, Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson) to Stock, Aitken & Waterman-produced glittery synth-pop (Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Bananarama). Crank up this '80s pop playlist while you're sweating on the treadmill, and those lbs. are guaranteed to drop off right quick.