Top 100 Walking Songs of the 1980s

Rev up your walk — and "turn back time" — with these awesome hits from the '80s. Each workout playlist starts and ends with slower songs for warming up and cooling down, and has faster songs in the middle to get you going.

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Top 10 Walking Songs of 1980


"Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" — Rupert Holmes
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" — Queen
"Call Me" — Blondie
"Funkytown" — Lipps, Inc.
"Ladies' Night" — Kool & The Gang
"Rock with You" — Michael Jackson
"Heartbreaker" — Pat Benatar
"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" — Billy Joel
"Working My Way Back to You" — The Spinners
"Upside Down" — Diana Ross

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Top 10 Walking Songs of 1981


"Hungry Heart" — Bruce Springsteen
"Bette Davis Eyes" — Kim Carnes
"9 to 5" — Dolly Parton
"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" — Pat Benatar
"Jessie's Girl" — Rick Springfield
"Celebration" — Kool & The Gang
"Games People Play" — The Alan Parsons Project
"Hold On Tight" — Electric Light Orchestra
"Morning Train (Nine to Five)" — Sheena Easton
"Just the Two of Us" — Grover Washington, Jr.

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Top 10 Walking Songs of 1982


"Why Do Fools Fall in Love" — Diana Ross
"Jack & Diane" — John Mellencamp
"Don't You Want Me" — The Human League
"867-5309 / Jenny" — Tommy Tutone
"Centerfold" — The J. Geils Band
"Eye of the Tiger" — Survivor
"Don't Stop Believin'" — Journey
"I Love Rock 'N Roll" — Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
"Edge of Seventeen" — Stevie Nicks
"Somebody's Baby" — Jackson Browne

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Top 10 Walking Songs of 1983


"Every Breath You Take" — The Police
"Tell Her About It" — Billy Joel
"Billie Jean" — Michael Jackson
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" — Eurythmics
"Flashdance - What a Feeling" — Irene Cara
"Gloria" — Laura Branigan
"Electric Avenue" — Eddy Grant
"Hungry Like the Wolf" — Duran Duran
"Our House" — Madness
"Let's Dance" — David Bowie

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Top 10 Walking Songs of 1984


"What's Love Got to Do with It" — Tina Turner
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" — Wham!
"Let's Hear It for the Boy" — Deniece Williams
"Footloose" — Kenny Loggins
"Jump" — Van Halen
"I'm So Excited" — The Pointer Sisters
"99 Luftballons" — Nena
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" — Cyndi Lauper
"Borderline" — Madonna
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" — Stevie Wonder

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Top 10 Walking Songs of 1985


"Material Girl" — Madonna
"Summer of '69" — Bryan Adams
"The Power of Love" — Huey Lewis & The News
"Sussudio" — Phil Collins
"Take on Me" — A-Ha
"Voices Carry" — 'Til Tuesday
"We Built This City" — Starship
"Rhythm of the Night" — DeBarge
"Glory Days" — Bruce Springsteen
"The Boys of Summer" — Don Henley

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Top 10 Walking Songs of 1986


"When I Think of You" — Janet Jackson
"Invisible Touch" — Genesis
"How Will I Know" — Whitney Houston
"Walk Like an Egyptian" — The Bangles
"Walk of Life" — Dire Straits
"What You Need" — INXS
"You Give Love a Bad Name" — Bon Jovi
"Why Can't This Be Love" — Van Halen
"Bad Boy" — Miami Sound Machine
"Take My Breath Away" — Berlin

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Top 10 Walking Songs of 1987


"I Think We're Alone Now" — Tiffany
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" — U2
"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" — Wang Chung
"Hip to Be Square" — Huey Lewis & The News
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody" — Whitney Houston
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" — Kim Wilde
"Mony Mony" — Billy Idol
"Change of Heart" — Cyndi Lauper
"Stand by Me" — Ben E. King
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" — Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

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Top 10 Walking Songs of 1988


"Got My Mind Set on You" — George Harrison
"Should've Known Better" — Richard Marx
"Sweet Child O' Mine" — Guns N' Roses
"Never Gonna Give You Up" — Rick Astley
"Tell It to My Heart" — Taylor Dayne
"I Hate Myself for Loving You" — Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
"Just Like Paradise" — David Lee Roth
"Nothin' But a Good Time" — Poison
"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" — Belinda Carlisle
"Red, Red Wine" — UB40

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Top 10 Walking Songs of 1989


"Like a Prayer" — Madonna
"She Drives Me Crazy" — Fine Young Cannibals
"If I Could Turn Back Time" — Cher
"My Prerogative" — Bobby Brown
"Smooth Criminal" — Michael Jackson
"Miss You Much" — Janet Jackson
"Straight Up" — Paula Abdul
"Stand" — R.E.M.
"You've Got It (The Right Stuff)" — New Kids On the Block
"I'll Be There for You" — Bon Jovi

Originally published on in June 2010.