Build me an 80s training montage playlist

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  1. Mitlov

    Mitlov Shiny

    Something good enough to make me tear the sleeves off my gi. Name some tracks. And...go!
  2. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Ok, seeing as i graduated High school in 1983, I think I can help.

    From the Pretenders first album.

    Heart of glass was hardly the best song on Parallel Lines. (Funny, I just discussed this on my FB page.) Here is one with more of a workout tempo to it. I am quite sure I actually had workout tapes in the 80's with this on it. (LOL- and by tapes- I literally mean cassette tapes I made!)

    Ok I just saw it came out in 1978, but this album helped forge and define 80's music. So I still think it counts for 80's music.

    If you are talking Metal, one of the greatest metal albums of all time came out in 1980 and almost the whole album, as most of their music is great as a workout track. AC/DC Back in Black. For a mix, you could pick most anything from this album.

    Does it matter what genre? One could do mixed genre's of workout tapes from that era, or focus on things like "80's metal workout songs" or "80's Early New Wave workout songs."
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  3. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    No grandiose, triumphant, 80s, victory music list is complete without:
    red rain - Peter Gabriel
    Jesus he knows me - Phil Collins
    Jump - van halen
    The final game music from the first teen wolf film

    There are loads. My friends and I made a habit of collecting these tracks on limewire to drink beer and play racing games to (aah uni days). We had tons. I'll see what else I can remember later.
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  4. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Knee rider, I think we have a very different idea of workout music.:p I usually want fast paced music to get me moving for workout music.

    Which brings up a point, do other people like slower music for working out to keep them calm or something? Or faster paced music to pump them up?

    Red Rain is WAY too slow to be good workout music for my tastes. Good song, way too slow for working out.

    Also, Phil Collins for working out? o_O

    I can go with Van Halen, although I would say Unchained is a better workout song (and a better Van Halen song overall.) BTW, for those that don't know- lead singer David Lee Roth is a serious lifelong martial artist.
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  5. Mitlov

    Mitlov Shiny

    Personally I'm not feeling Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel as cheesy-but-awesome 80s training montage-esque music, but everyone's different.

    Here's an example of what I'm thinking of:

  6. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter


    I usually work out to things like this

    Or this

    However grandiose 80s music was awesome for motorstorm on the PS3 and - I think - awesome for montages.

    Try this

    Do you lift dressed like Johnny Cage?
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  7. axelb

    axelb Master of Office Chair Fu

    One- Metallica; Features often in my workouts :D

    Run to the hills - iron maiden

    Straight outta Compton-nwa

    Harder than you think- public enemy

    Bomb the bass - megablast
    (Anyone pay xenon 2 :D)
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  8. bassai

    bassai onwards and upwards ! Moderator Supporter

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  9. Hannibal

    Hannibal Cry HAVOC and let slip the Dogs of War!!! Supporter

    80's you say? But of course.....

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  10. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    Any "Rocky" music
    Blondie "Call Me"
    Europe "Final Countdown"
    Michael Jackson "Thriller" and "Billy Jean"
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  11. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    Having worked out during the 80s...all of these were on my workout track

    Judas Priest
    Van Halen
    Twisted Sister

    And if this doesn't get you to rip the arms off your Gi...nothing will

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  12. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    LOL, "In the Air Tonight" or "One More Night" -- no!
    But "Something Happened on the way to Heaven" -- ya, maybe. Or maybe "Sussusido" or "Easy Lover."

    I did not know that about Roth! But I would consider Van Halen "Panama" and "Jump" for my playlist.
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  13. Mitlov

    Mitlov Shiny

    To clarify, I'm asking for help building this playlist of this because it's not the main genre of music I listen to (for working out or otherwise). If it was my go-to genre day in and day out, I wouldn't need help building a playlist, right? ;) But watching Cobra Kai made me a touch 80's nostalgic, and I wanted to briefly indulge in some terrible-but-awesome 80s-training-montage music.

    ...I could start :)
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  14. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Ok, well I can work with that. Mind you, I didn't like some of these songs below, but I think it they fit what you are asking for.

    Terrible, but awesome 80's training music would be...........

    Devo- One of THE biggest songs in the 80's,

    One of the biggest one hit wonder's of the 80's. Flock of Seagulls

    I actually like these below, but I acknowledge they are pretty bad. o_O
    Safety Dance- Men Without Hats- Extremely quirky, even for that era.

    Missing Persons, This song has the best workout tempo, sort of. Really all their songs sound the same - more or less. This was from a huge festival back then.

    So, Mitlov, you going to go work out with in some 80's fashion clothes with some 80's hair?;)
    Here is an 80's song about working out!
    Yes, workout clothes from that era should be tight- both men and women. And in day glow colors. Don't forget the headband! (I am not exaggerating or kidding.)

    Seriously, having lived through it, there was a lot of terrible music and fashion back then!
  15. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    I just had a major flashback to my youth. It's not the 80's if we don't have arcade games. It's not. Ergo, "Pac-Man Fever" ! :p
    And, come on, "867-5309" :D

    Ahem ... anyway ... I think Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" is a great upbeat 80's song. And a lot of Pat Benatar's songs are good candidates for workout songs.

    But for aerobic exercise, come on, "Flashdance" has to be in the list. :D
  16. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    A Little trivia fact that connects these two musicians. Neil Geraldo, who is Pat Benatar's husband, guitar player, producer, and co-writer played all guitar and bass on Jessie's Girl. (BTW, I am a HUGE Pat Benatar fan, but I hate Jessie's Girl.)
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  17. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    That first bit was mainly for aaradia, so she could rid herself of the horrific mental image of me doing curls to 'another day in paradise' :D

    Vids or it didn't happen re the Johnny cage :p
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  18. EmptyHandGuy

    EmptyHandGuy Valued Member

    Some of my favorites to get the blood pumping ;)

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  19. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    My top three!

  20. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    A few more


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