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The 80’s had hair, lots of hair, leather gloves, rubber band bracelets and hair. But the music was pretty spectacular if you needed an upbeat workout tune. Let’s face it, this is the decade that gave us Jazzercise, Richard Simmons, and the Jane Fonda workout videos. Believe it or not, there’s a science behind upbeat music and its ability to rev us up through a workout.

According to Costas Karageorghis, associate professor of sport psychology at Brunel University in England, if a song’s tempo is between 120 and 140 beats per minute (BPM), people tend to exercise longer and more vigorously, ignoring negatives like fatigue. So when you want to rock through a workout, don’t be afraid to crank up your favorite fast paced play list. And if you need some help getting started here are the top ten 80’s choices, as chosen by the Daily Spark. They’re not all super fast because if we’re honest, we need to take breaks every now and then.

No. 1: Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1983) – 121BPM
No. 2: Pat Benatar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot (1980) – 138 BPM
No. 3: Survivor – Eye of the Tiger (1982) – 113 BPM
No. 4: The B-52’s – Love Shack (1989) – 134 BPM
No. 5: Michael Jackson – Beat It (1982) – 138 BPM
No. 6: Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer (1986) – 123 BPM
No. 7: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock N’ Roll (1982) – 96 BPM
No. 8: Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982) – 120 BPM
No. 9: Van Halen – Jump (1984) – 130 BPM
No. 10: Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ (1982) – 120 BPM

Let us know what music makes your workout breeze by. Do you have a decade or play list that really lets you check out for a bit and jam through your routine? We can’t wait to hear from you!