Here’s Every Badass ‘80s Jam From ‘Cobra Kai’ Seasons 1 and 2

Evan Romano
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Photo credit: TINA ROWDEN
Photo credit: TINA ROWDEN

From Men's Health

  • The first two seasons of Cobra Kai are now streaming on Netflix.

  • The series not only follows the events of The Karate Kid movies, but keeps with their spirit musically—the soundtrack is full of '80s jams that Johnny Lawrence would definitely love.

  • Check out every song featured in the series below.

You're the best...around...

It's hard to think of music from The Karate Kid without thinking of the classic theme song from the original, "You're The Best" by Joe Esposito. But, damn it, Cobra Kai is here, and through two seasons has managed to have a badass soundtrack full of '80s bangers, and somehow hasn't played that old theme song even once.

That doesn't mean the spirit isn't still there, though. Cobra Kai might find Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) 34 years after their Karate Kid days living in the 2020 (ok, 2018 and 2019) present. But the show's music is still completely in-tune with the vibes of the original films. That means Foreigner. That means Poison. That means Queen. If you think of it with regard to the '80s, well, it's probably here.

Season 1

Episode 1

"Head Games" - Foreigner

"Nothin' But A Good Time" - Poison

"Sirius" - The Alan Parsons Project

"Stupid In Your Area" - Nation Ruckus

Episode 2

"Ain't That a Kick In The Head" - Dean Martin

"Shake It Up" - Disable Danger

Episode 3

"Black" - Kari Kimmel

"I Want You To Know" - jAQC

"Kiss It" - Dorothy

"Lay It Down" - Ratt

"Live It Up (Aaron Wayne Remix)" - Ali Pierre

"Round and Round" - Ratt

"Stronger" - Donovan Jarvis

Episode 4

"Perm" - Bruno Mars + B57

"Say You Don't Want Me" - Le Bon

Episode 5

"Safe Word" - Alexander Rose

Episode 6

"Bring The Funk Back" - Big Gigantic

"Don't Look Back" - Boston

Episode 7

"Young Hearts" - Commuter

Episode 8

"We're Not Gonna Take It" - Twisted Sister

Episode 9

"Disheveled (With Vocals)" - Joseph Stevens

"The Food Stamp Stomp" - Backdrifter

"For The Night" - Hai Hai Doll

"On Yucca" - DJ Tiq Taq

"Sushi" - Hoodie Allen

"The Swamp" - Backdrifter

"Take It On The Run" - REO Speedwagon

Episode 10

"I Want It All" - Queen

Season 2

Epsiode 1

"Gold Cup" - Al Hazan

"Sweet As A Golden Apple" - KC Booker

Episode 2

"Back In Black" - AC/DC

Episode 3

"Back In The Game" - Airborne

"Tin Pan Boy" - Yungblud

Episode 4

"I'm Gonna Be The One" - Fergus Hambleton

"Island Joint" - Honest Lee

"No Pare" - Dicky Ranking

Episode 5

"Listen To Your Heart" - Roxette

"No Shelter" - Broken Edge

Episode 6

"Fight Song" - Sister Sin

Episode 7

"Believe In Yourself" - Remmi

"Pioneer" - Tom Aspaul

Episode 8

"Burning Fever" - Kristine

"Dance Hall Days" - Wang Chung

"Here I Go Again" - Whitesnake

"If You Leave" - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

"Scallywag" - Sonic Graffiti

"St. Anthony" - Sonic Graffiti

"White Tape" - Amazing Police

"You're The Inspiration" - Chicago

Episode 9

"Bigger (Featuring Akon)" - Stephen Cooper

"Blue Blood" - Raphaella

"Fangs Out" - Bat Fangs

"Hold Steady" - Justin Forest

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"King Of The Night" - Philly Chase

"Live It Up (Aaron Wayne Remix)" - Ali Pierre

"Marigold" - Lee Anna James

"Pelicans" - EGO featuring JF and Noir

"That's My Girl" - Fifth Harmony

"Time Bomb" - Eric Zayne

"We In The Building" - Tia Z

Episode 10

"Cruel Summer" - Bananarama

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