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'80s Alt Rock Workout Mix

by Annie Zaleski

'80s Alt Rock Workout Mix

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Gym workout music is often unbearably perky, which can be grating if your style veers more toward the alternative side of things. Thankfully, there are plenty of '80s modern rockers with darker (but brisk!) songs that ensure exercising doesn't feel like a chore. From British groovemeisters (New Order, Happy Mondays, The Housemartins and Madness) and swooning goths (The Cure, The Smiths and Bauhaus side project Tones on Tail) to Pet Shop Boys' and Erasure's peppy techno and XTC and Oingo Boingo's zippy post-punk, it's clear that '80s alt rockers weren't immune to amped-up tempos and heart-racing rhythms. Now, go on and get your gym groove on, rockers!

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