Best Dance Songs of the 80s


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Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
LUV the dance moves, I could do this for HOURS, and be the last one dancing, I could do this moves FAST AND HARD, with my wet hair dangling around like MJ


Being a child of the 80's there were many great dance songs, but Smooth Criminal would have to been the best.


oh... what a dance by michael jackson. no one can defeat him. MJ forever
[Newest]His unique and his different

2Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
I just want to let everyone know that he is the king and that there will never be anyone compare to him... RIP. AND, HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
Pretty equal to Smooth Criminal and Thriller... hard to decide this one... love them all...


I'm not a big Jackson fan but remember people this is the dance catagory... The song has to be a good song to dance to. Most songs on this list are not good dance songs.
[Newest]I dance to it all the TIME


3Take On Me - A-ha
DEFINITELY my favorite pop song from the 80s. Great beat, lyrics, and even music video. That keyboard and chorus will forever be burned into my brain.

4I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
For me... The best
I love this song even though I'm a kin in 2013
Laugh out loud you suk fail!

5Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
I totally love this song!
Sweet dreams are made of these who am I to disagree.


6The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
The AWESOME rhythm and beat of this song make you move involuntarily, so you might as well get up and dance to it...LOL!


Rated #10 Michael jackson song


. By the time I've heard this song, I can't help but groove and move

7Into the Groove - Madonna
Classic dance song! This one still holds up today. They still play this one in clubs and it still gets everyone out on the dancefloor.
Every time I hear this song all I wanna do its DANCE! I get into the groove!
[Newest]Called dance song of the decade!

8Lambada - Kaoma

9Spotlight - Madonna

10Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

The Contenders

11Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul

12Don't Rush Me - Taylor Dayne

13Tainted Love - Soft Cell

14Papa Don't Preach - Madonna

15Physical - Olivia Newton John

16Holiday - Madonna

17Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
The best dance feel good 80's song

18Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran

19Thriller - Michael Jackson
there is no one in this planet that doesn't know the thriller dance... I mean I wasn't even born when it came out, but I know it very well.


IĀ'm so surprise that Thriller is in this place of the list when all we know that this is the song of the century and thereĀ's no doubt about it!

20Heaven Can Wait - Sandra

21Straight Up - Paula Abdul

22La Luna - Belinda Carlisle

23Like a Prayer - Madonna

24I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
I like the rhythm.


25Chance To Dance - Wreckin Crew
This Song Is The Bonb. This Song Is A Great Dance Boggie track.
This Was an all star band that made a great dance tune
Every Time I Hear This Song I Wanna Dance
[Newest]This band had a great sound

261999 - Prince

27Blue Monday - New Order
New Order bounced the 80's dance wave... got the boyz on the floor (rather than around it)
Damn right, this song is the Magna Carta of Alternative Dance! The anthem of this little raver!


Loved this song then, Love it now!

28How Will I Know - Whitney Houston

29Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Another good song from the 80's.


30Funkytown - Lipps Inc.

31Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
This should be the number one song for any list!

32Don't You Want Me? - Human League

33Word Up - Cameo
Best Dance songs that often gest overlooked. Needs to be listened to a few more times... Memories... Ah

34You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde

35Mony Mony - Billy Idol

36On the Radio - Donna Summer
Donna Summer was not only beautiful but a legend of her times... love you Donna for the songs and the memories that live on. I say the 80s were an awesome time, Lygon street, hot nights and the St. Kilda forshore were the places to be, anyone reading this will know we are now happy families watching our children enjoy the music and life as we did then.

37Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara

38I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz

39Here Comes the Rain Again - The Eurythmics

40What I Like About You - The Romantics

41Gloria - Laura Branigan

42Let's Groove - Earth, Wind & Fire
This Song Has A Great Beat

43Wild Thing - Tone Loc

44Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!

45Material Girl - Madonna

46Let's Get Serious - Jermaine Jackson

47Early In the Morning - The Gap Band
Love this song. Huge Gap fan!

48Push It - Salt-N-Pepa

49I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross

50All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie

51The Look of Love, Pt. 1 - ABC
One of the best in the 80's

52Looking For a New Love - Jody Watley

53When I Think of You - Janet Jackson

54Rock the Casbah - The Clash

55She Wants to Dance With Me - Rick Astley

56Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force

57So Many Men, So Little Time - Miquel Brown

58The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
55? I still Listen to this in 2013

59Cars - Gary Numan

60Heartbeat - Taana Gardner

61Candy Girl - New Edition
New Edition was the best African American boy band that ever existed

62Maria Magdalena - Sandra

63Criticize - Alexander O'Neal

64Something About You - Level 42

65Wild Wild West - The Escape Club

66Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) - Marcia Griffiths

67Let the Music Play - Shannon

68Maniac - Michael Sembello
I llke the song of the 80s disco

69Venus - Bananarama

70Little Red Corvette - Prince

71Raspberry Beret - Prince

72New Attitude - Patti LaBelle

73Bust A Move - Young MC

74You're the One for Me - D-Train

75Fantastic Voyage - Lakeside

76Candy - Cameo

77Aliens - Radiorama

78Call Me - Go West
The best song of my youth

79Obsession - Animotion

80Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell

81When Doves Cry - Prince

82She Works Hard For the Money - Donna Summer

83Double Dutch Bus - Frankie Smith

84Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club

85Everlasting Love - Sandra
Beautiful song
I like it

86Rhythm Nation - Janet Jackson

87No Frills Love - Jennifer Holliday

88Knocked Out - Paula Abdul

89Got to Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
This is It, Let The Party Start. Great Tune

90Gonna Have a Funky Good Time - James Brown

91So Emotional - Whitney Houston

92Living In a Box - Living In a Box

93Count Me Out - New Edition

94The Reflex - Duran Duran

95Lover Girl - Teena Marie

96You Spin Me Right Round (Like a Record Baby) - Dead or Alive

97Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Gos

98Upside Down - Diana Ross

99What Have You Done For Me Lately? - Janet Jackson

100Pull Up to the Bumper - Grace Jones

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