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’80s One-Hit Wonders For Your Workout

The term “one-hit wonder” makes it clear that an act was unable to replicate the success of its breakthrough song. However, the fact remains that landing a single track in the Top 40 is more than most bands will ever manage. So, for this playlist, we’ve combed the ’80s in search of fast tracks from artists whose brush with fame was fleeting.

The list kicks off with Living Colour’s signature song and winds down with the same from Michael Penn. Along the way, you’ll find rock cuts like “Your Love” and “I Melt with You.” Elsewhere, there are pop tunes like Michael Sembello’s Flashdance masterpiece and a tune from Europe that was featured heavily throughout Arrested Development. Above all else, the enduring appeal of these songs make them excellent power tracks for when your current mix isn’t doing the trick. So, grab a few favorites, and get moving.

Michael Penn – No Myth – 103 BPM

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax – 115 BPM

The Outfield – Your Love – 129 BPM

The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men – 138 BPM

Modern English – I Melt with You – 156 BPM

Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me – 124 BPM

Michael Sembello – Maniac – 158 BPM

Devo – Whip It – 158 BPM

Europe – The Final Countdown – 117 BPM

Living Colour – Cult Of Personality – 93 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Chris Lawhorn

Chris Lawhorn

Chris Lawhorn runs the workout music database Run Hundred and contributes playlists to Women's Running. He also operates the Case/Martingale record label and holds a BA in English from Ball State University. Before joining Women's Running, Chris covered workout music for Shape and Marie Claire. To find more running songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular routine.