Three Awesome '80s Yoga Playlists

Updated on August 25, 2017
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Shay enjoys exercise that involves reclining and occasional naps, and therefore has been an advocate for pilates and yoga for over a decade.

Three Awesome 80s Yoga Playlists
Three Awesome 80s Yoga Playlists

Mellow Out with Some Sweet '80s Music

Who says all yoga music has to be unrecognizable? Not I! I'm offering up three hour-long 80s yoga playlists that prove that contemporary music is a-OK at any time, even whilst in downward dog. These songs are also great for pilates and, for those of you that would rather eat fire than bend like that, it's just plain good music for chillaxin. Relaxin. Relaxing? I mean relaxing.

I think the etherial quality of new wave music lends itself perfectly to yoga, so I've got a New Wave Yoga Playlist for you. Because I realize not everyone likes new wave (gasp!), the second is an 80s Pop/Rock Yoga Playlist. Lastly, since there are those of you that might like the idea of an 80s "ish" songs playing during your yoga session, but don't want to go full nostalgic, I've got an "'80s Inspired" Yoga Playlist. It includes a mix of "milder" songs, covers, and more modern songs that give me warm fuzzy feelings.

Three Awesome 80s Yoga Playlists
Three Awesome 80s Yoga Playlists

PS: I've punctuated each playlist with Enya, because Enya is king. Bow down.

'80s New Wave Yoga Playlist

The relaxing, mellow new wave of the 80s is tailor made for yoga. Most of these songs can be found on iTunes, but a good amount are available for free with Amazon Prime if you have an account.

  1. All Cats Are Grey - The Cure
  2. Great Southern Land - Icehouse
  3. The Crying Game - Boy George
  4. It's My Life - Talk Talk
  5. More Than This - Roxy Music
  6. Save a Prayer - Duran Duran
  7. Waiting for the Night - Depeche Mode
  8. If You Were Here - Thompson Twins
  9. Forever Young - Alphaville
  10. Ordinary World - Duran Duran
  11. Only You - Yaz
  12. Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
  13. If You Leave - Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark
  14. Boadicea - Enya

'80s New Wave for Your Pilates Workout

The Best of Depeche Mode, Volume 1
The Best of Depeche Mode, Volume 1
If you want to go ultra specific with your 80s new wave theme, Depeche Mode is hard to beat. This is one of my favorite "best of" collections of the era. Depeche Mode's Greatest hits album includes a whopping 18 of their best songs. It's got a good beat, isn't overwhelming, is fun to work out to, and it will keep you motivated, even when your pilates session is making you cry.

'80s Pop/Rock Yoga Playlist

This playlist clocks in at 1 hour 20 minutes, but I did this on purpose. I figure most people have will a some songs they don't like. Since a lot these are among the most popular songs of the decade, I wanted to give you the option of not including a few and still have a full 60-minute playlist. See how considerate I am!

  1. Take Me Home - Phil Collins
  2. Graceland - Paul Simon
  3. Drive - The Cars
  4. All Through the Night - Cyndi Lauper
  5. We Belong - Pat Benatar
  6. Eternal Flame - The Bangles
  7. Wrapped Around Your Finger - The Police
  8. Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
  9. Still Loving You - Scorpions
  10. These Dreams - Heart
  11. Live to Tell - Madonna
  12. Like a Prayer - Madonna
  13. It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
  14. So Alive - Love and Rockets
  15. Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  16. I'll Stand By You - Pretenders
  17. Orinoco Flow - Enya

The Perfect 80s Album for Yoga

Paul Simon's Graceland is one of the few albums I can listen to from start to finish without skipping a single track (the titular track is song 2 in the playlist above). It is so laid back and relaxing, I think it's the perfect fit for a yoga session. Graceland is a pop album, but has heavy African and World Music influences. It's fun and catchy, and not at all your usual yoga CD.

'80s-Inspired Yoga Playlist

This playlist has some familiar songs, familiar songs in an unfamiliar package, and a heavy dose of indie and acoustic.

  1. True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
  2. Blame It On the Tetons - Modest Mouse
  3. Save Me - Aimee Mann
  4. Man On the Corner - Genesis
  5. Life In Mono - Mono
  6. Mad World - Michael Andrews & Gary Jules
  7. Challengers - The New Pornographers
  8. What I Am - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
  9. Wild World - Maxi Priest
  10. Walking On the Moon - The Police
  11. The Police and the Private - Metric
  12. Leather and Lace - Stevie Nicks & Don Henley
  13. Time after Time - Willie Nelson
  14. Boy With a Coin - Iron & Wine
  15. Haiti - Arcade Fire
  16. Caribbean Blue - Enya

An '80s Inspired Album for Yoga or Pilates

Funeral, by Arcade Fire, was released in 2004 while I was in college and remains one of my all time favorites today. It's truly an amazing indie/alternative album from start to finish (song 15 in the playlist above is on this album). Funeral features driving synth and piano with dark layered melodies, and is heavily influenced by the new wave of the '80s. If you like Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Joy Division, or even David Bowie, you should absolutely check this album out.

© 2014 Shay Marie


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    • TerriCarr profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm not much into most 80's music....but I do love Enya and Paul Simon.

    • puppy-love profile image


      6 years ago

      excellent collection thanks for the playlist!

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      6 years ago

      A great playlist! Some great listening to be had there!

    • aminebombom profile image


      6 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      nice playlist here, the old music is really something to listen to.

      well done

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      6 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I love all you have selected here, I might have to take up yoga!!! Thanks:)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I like your featured collections here!

    • RoadMonkey profile image


      6 years ago

      Great idea, providing a themed play list that you can pick and choose from!

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for this new twist on yoga music.

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      Merry Citarella 

      6 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Clever idea for a lens! I love it. And so many of these songs hold memories. They'd be great for any exercise I think. Thanks for putting this together!


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