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.
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.
- All Cats Are Grey - The Cure
- Great Southern Land - Icehouse
- The Crying Game - Boy George
- It's My Life - Talk Talk
- More Than This - Roxy Music
- Save a Prayer - Duran Duran
- Waiting for the Night - Depeche Mode
- If You Were Here - Thompson Twins
- Forever Young - Alphaville
- Ordinary World - Duran Duran
- Only You - Yaz
- Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
- If You Leave - Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark
- Boadicea - Enya
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'80s New Wave for Your Pilates Workout
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!
- Take Me Home - Phil Collins
- Graceland - Paul Simon
- Drive - The Cars
- All Through the Night - Cyndi Lauper
- We Belong - Pat Benatar
- Eternal Flame - The Bangles
- Wrapped Around Your Finger - The Police
- Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
- Still Loving You - Scorpions
- These Dreams - Heart
- Live to Tell - Madonna
- Like a Prayer - Madonna
- It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
- So Alive - Love and Rockets
- Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
- I'll Stand By You - Pretenders
- Orinoco Flow - Enya
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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.
- True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
- Blame It On the Tetons - Modest Mouse
- Save Me - Aimee Mann
- Man On the Corner - Genesis
- Life In Mono - Mono
- Mad World - Michael Andrews & Gary Jules
- Challengers - The New Pornographers
- What I Am - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
- Wild World - Maxi Priest
- Walking On the Moon - The Police
- The Police and the Private - Metric
- Leather and Lace - Stevie Nicks & Don Henley
- Time after Time - Willie Nelson
- Boy With a Coin - Iron & Wine
- Haiti - Arcade Fire
- Caribbean Blue - Enya
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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