I have a saying: what happens on the running playlist, stays on the running playlist. (But I also have a blog, so I guess that’s not always true.)

Anyway, I love to run with music.  I also get bored easily, so I’m always looking to mix up my playlist. There’s only so much Calvin Harris a girl can take, mmmmmkay? I am a huge 80s music fan; in my non-running life, mostly of 80’s new wave. But I’ve been using Spotify lately, so I have instant access to some super-deep cuts of every genre, and have found some 80’s pop that really makes me want to move. I will say, that I might not have ever thought about or bought without it being right there on Spotify for me to access. So yes, these are pretty much my musical dirty little secrets. Here ya go:

Lionel Richie: Dancing on the Ceiling

Okay, first of all, whatever you’re thinking, shut up. Okay? I cannot even lie. I love this song. It’s not even a blip on my childhood music radar, but it is just so FUN and UPBEAT and makes me take my running less seriously.

The Go-Go’s: Our Lips are Sealed

Cheeky 80’s girl band. Drums. Belinda Carlisle’s hair. Convertibles. This one also falls into the ‘fun distraction from pain’ category.

The Bangles: Hazy Shade of Winter

WIth all due respect to Simon and Garfunkel, I like this girl-band version better. It’s kind of intense and dark, but driving, which is perfect for running. And, is that some plastic cowbell I hear in there? I rest my case.

Do you have any dirty little secrets on your playlist? C’mon… I shared mine…