Best Dance Songs of the 80s


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The Top Ten

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]My favorite Michael Jackson song of all time. The anti gravity lean he does in the video was out of sight.

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.
Catchy, even the music video was nice.

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
Sweet dreams are made of these who am I to disagree.


I totally love this song!

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
[Newest]This must come in the top 5

7Thriller - 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!

8Into 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!

9Lambada - Kaoma

10Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

The Contenders

11Papa Don't Preach - Madonna

12Blue 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!


This one has that demon dance beat you know ya can't resist!

13Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
The best dance feel good 80's song

14Spotlight - Madonna

15Tainted Love - Soft Cell

16Physical - Olivia Newton John

17Holiday - Madonna
This hot the eighties dancing

18Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran

19How Will I Know - Whitney Houston

20Straight Up - Paula Abdul

21Kriminal Tango - Ray Colignon

221999 - Prince

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

26Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul

27Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Another good song from the 80's.


28Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
This should be the number one song for any list!
Hello how do you not wanna DANCE to Rick and that rhythm!

29Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
Love this one so much it is to be played as my urn is taken out too fun un un key town

30Word Up - Cameo
Best Dance songs that often gest overlooked. Needs to be listened to a few more times... Memories... Ah

31Heaven Can Wait - Sandra

32Don't You Want Me? - Human League

33Mony Mony - Billy Idol

34On 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.

35You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde

36I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz

37Here Comes the Rain Again - The Eurythmics

38What I Like About You - The Romantics

39Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara

40La Luna - Belinda Carlisle

41Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!

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

43Gloria - Laura Branigan

44Material Girl - Madonna

45Let's Get Serious - Jermaine Jackson

46I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross

47Wild Thing - Tone Loc

48Early In the Morning - The Gap Band
Love this song. Huge Gap fan!

49Push It - Salt-N-Pepa

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

55Wild Wild West - The Escape Club

56She Wants to Dance With Me - Rick Astley

57Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) - Marcia Griffiths

58Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force

59Maniac - Michael Sembello

60So Many Men, So Little Time - Miquel Brown

61The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
55? I still Listen to this in 2013

62Cars - Gary Numan

63Bust A Move - Young MC

64Heartbeat - Taana Gardner

65Candy Girl - New Edition
New Edition was the best African American boy band that ever existed

66Maria Magdalena - Sandra

67Criticize - Alexander O'Neal

68Something About You - Level 42

69Obsession - Animotion

70When Doves Cry - Prince

71Let the Music Play - Shannon

72Venus - Bananarama

73Little Red Corvette - Prince

74Raspberry Beret - Prince

75New Attitude - Patti LaBelle

76You're the One for Me - D-Train

77Rhythm Nation - Janet Jackson

78Fantastic Voyage - Lakeside

79Candy - Cameo

80So Emotional - Whitney Houston

81Aliens - Radiorama

82Call Me - Go West
The best song of my youth

83Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell

84She Works Hard For the Money - Donna Summer

85Double Dutch Bus - Frankie Smith

86Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club

87Everlasting Love - Sandra
Beautiful song
I like it

88Let's Hear It For the Boy - Deniece Williams

89No Frills Love - Jennifer Holliday

90Knocked Out - Paula Abdul

91Got to Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
This is It, Let The Party Start. Great Tune

92Gonna Have a Funky Good Time - James Brown

93Mothers Talk - Tears for Fears

94Living In a Box - Living In a Box

95Count Me Out - New Edition

96Celebrate Youth - Rick Springfield

97The Reflex - Duran Duran

98Lover Girl - Teena Marie

99You Spin Me Right Round (Like a Record Baby) - Dead or Alive

100Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Gos

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