Are you sick and tired of the 5 doof-doof songs that get played ad nauseum at your gym?

 

Is your current workout playlist feeling a little stale?

 

Do you wish you had a playlist that transported you back to the 20th century without its wild modern stresses?

 

Listen, it really hit home that I was in my 30s the other day when I realised I don’t know new music, I don’t understand new music, and I honestly don’t like it (apart from Lady Gaga, of course).

 

Yes, I’m well aware that makes me a Nanna, but I also refuse to give up my side part, and baggy jeans do nothing for my ass, so it is what it is and there’s nothing we can do about it.

 

And if you’re in the same boat as me and you’re looking for a workout playlist that’s equal parts nostalgic and motivational, I’ve got you.

 

This bumper playlist of 137 songs contains NOTHING after 2005, and is guaranteed to contain some bangers to grapevine, chasse and sidestep to in your retro workout.

 

The Ultimate Retro Workout Playlist

 

  1. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  2. Just Like Paradise – David Lee Roth
  3. Mambo No 5 – Lou Bega
  4. Any Way You Want It – Journey
  5. Atomic – Blondie
  6. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson
  7. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – The Backstreet Boys
  8. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham
  9. Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani
  10. Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
  11. Black or White – Michael Jackson
  12. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
  13. The King of Wishful Thinking – Go West
  14. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  15. Wannabe – Spice Girls
  16. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
  17. Get Low – Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz
  18. Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
  19. We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
  20. 1999 – Prince
  21. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran
  22. Mickey – Toni Basil
  23. I Want You – Savage Garden
  24. Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go Gos
  25. Milkshake – Kelis
  26. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
  27. Killing In the Name – Rage Against the Machine
  28. Kids In America – Kim Wilde
  29. Young Hearts – Candi Staton
  30. I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock of Seagulls
  31. Running on Empty – Jackson Browne
  32. Jump (For My Love) – The Pointer Sisters
  33. Fox On the Run – Sweet
  34. All Star – Smashmouth
  35. Paint It, Black – The Rolling Stones
  36. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – Dead or Alive
  37. My Sharona – The Knack
  38. We Will Rock You – Queen
  39. Mamma Mia – ABBA
  40. What A Feeling – Irene Cara
  41. You Get What You Give – New Radicals
  42. Born to Be Alive – Patrick Hernandez
  43. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
  44. Surrender – Cheap Trick
  45. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
  46. Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
  47. Maniac – Michael Sembello
  48. Don’t Cha – The Pussycat Girls
  49. Beat It – Michael Jackson
  50. Rasputin – Bony M
  51. Stronger – Britney Spears
  52. Walk of Life – Dire Straits
  53. Nothin’ But A Good Time – Poison
  54. Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler
  55. Spice Up Your Life – The Spice Girls
  56. The Final Countdown – Europe
  57. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix a Lot
  58. Whip It – DEVO
  59. Bring It All Back – S Club 7
  60. Blue Monday ’88 – New Order
  61. Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
  62. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
  63. Don’t Say You Love Me – M2M
  64. Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
  65. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N Roses
  66. Rock You Like A Hurricane – Scorpion
  67. Stop – The Spice Girls
  68. Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
  69. No One Like You – Scorpions
  70. The Power of Love – Huey Lewis & The News
  71. Everybody Get Up – Five
  72. Girls, Girls, Girls – Motley Crue
  73. Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child
  74. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
  75. 5, 6, 7, 8 – Steps
  76. Cum On Feel The Noize – Quiet Riot
  77. Kick – INXS
  78. We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister
  79. Just A Girl – No Doubt
  80. Ace of Spades – Motorhead
  81. Under Cover of the Night – Rolling Stones
  82. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
  83. Waterloo – ABBA
  84. Absolutely Everybody – Vanessa Amarosi
  85. Simply Irresistible – Robert Palmer
  86. Mr Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
  87. Together In Electric Dreams – Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder
  88. Believe – Cher
  89. The Touch – Stan Bush
  90. My Humps – Black Eyed Peas
  91. Let My Love Open the Door – Pete Townsend
  92. Lollipop (Candyman) – Aqua
  93. Play With Me – Extreme
  94. We Built This City – Starship
  95. Real Wild Child (Wild One) – Iggy Pop
  96. Destination Calabria – Alex Gaudino
  97. Let’s Hear It For the Boy – Deniece Williams
  98. Cherry Pie – Warrant
  99. Call Me – Blondie
  100. Spaceman – Babylon Zoo
  101. Material Girl – Madonna
  102. Poison – Alice Cooper
  103. Working for the Weekend – Loverboy
  104. Moving On Up – M People
  105. I’m Still Standing – Elton John
  106. Barbie Girl – Aqua
  107. Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
  108. Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
  109. Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
  110. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  111. Mony Mony – Billy Idol
  112. I’ve Been Thinking About You – Londonbeat
  113. Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  114. Tush – ZZ Top
  115. Hot Stuff – Donna Summer
  116. Another Night – Real McCoy
  117. September – Earth, Wind and Fire
  118. Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
  119. Respect – Aretha Franklin
  120. I’ll Be There for You – Rembrandts
  121. Shake Your Groove Thing – Peaches & Herb
  122. Shake That – Eminem
  123. Disco Inferno – The Trammps
  124. Things Can Only Get Better – D:Ream
  125. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  126. More Than a Feeling – Boston
  127. Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees
  128. I Wanna Rock – Twisted Sister
  129. Boogie Wonderland – Earth, Wind & Fire
  130. (Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty
  131. Heart of Glass – Blondie
  132. Talk Dirty to Me – Poison
  133. You Should Be Dancing – The Bee Gees
  134. The Boys Are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy
  135. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
  136. White Wedding – Billy Idol
  137. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

 

It’s a bit of a mix bag, but that’s just the way I like it! So, what do you think? Which songs will you be adding to your own retro workout playlist?

 

Oh, and this DJ is taking requests.  Do you have any retro favourites that aren’t on this playlist?  Comment below to let me know so we can add them!

 

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