Music Monday: Ladies Of The 80s

This morning’s spin class was a themed ride, and I was going to be going regardless, but this certainly seemed like a fun theme that I was looking forward to. The set list started out with The Pointer Sisters “I’m So Excited” and it was a solid selection to kick things off.

“It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls was up next and I can understand why it was included, but I could have lived without it. Pat Benatar would have been a much better selection in my opinion. Let’s just go with “We Belong” which is slower, but would have made for a good hill climb.

It really isn’t much of a Ladies Of The 80s theme without some Whitney Huston and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is a great selection.

My memory of this morning, which is just a few hours ago is already spotty. Madonna’s “Material Girl” or “Like A Prayer” was included somewhere. Either one was fine.

A remix of “Flashdance” by Irine Cara was included on the list which was good enough but I think “Tell It To My Heart” by Taylor Dayne would have been a good, if offbeat, choice.

A remix of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was included, an obvious choice, but I didn’t care for the remix, and I also think a different song would have been a better inclusion.

Tina Turner does a great rendition of “Proud Mary” but I never cared for the song regardless of who is singing it (Credence Clearwater Revival, Ike & Tina, Solomon Burke). The fact The Go-Gos did not get included in this morning playlist was a crime.

“Miss You Much” by Janet Jackson was a great choice. Actually, a whole class around the Rhythm Nation 1814 album would be fun.

“Conga” by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine was declared the favorite song on the playlist by the instructor. It was so fast I had difficulty keeping up.

“Cold Hearted” got the remix treatment, but I think the original version by Paula Abdul was good enough to be included as is.

The cool down song was The Bangles “Manic Monday” and was a decent selection for that spot on the playlist.

While my playlist doesn’t quite match up with what was offered up this morning in class it was a good set, a fun theme and I hope there are more of these in the future.

 

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