Best Dance Songs of the 80s


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


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


oh... what a dance by michael jackson. no one can defeat him. MJ forever
I so agree love whitney and MJ best singers of all time legends and they will never be forgoten. They were truly good singers and both had hard lives... I think its an awesome list #teamWhitney and MJ... Love you
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2Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
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.
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...


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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.
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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!
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5The 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


I can't help myselp but dance every time I hear any MJ dance song... thank you MJ for making my teenage life happier.
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6Into 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!
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7Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
I totally love this song!
Sweet dreams are made of these who am I to disagree.


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8Spotlight - Madonna Listen to sample

9Lambada - Kaoma Listen to sample

10Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul Listen to sample

The Contenders

11Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Listen to sample

12Don't Rush Me - Taylor Dayne Listen to sample

13Tainted Love - Soft Cell Listen to sample

14Papa Don't Preach - Madonna Listen to sample

15Physical - Olivia Newton John Listen to sample

16Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
The best dance feel good 80's song
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17Holiday - Madonna Listen to sample

18Heaven Can Wait - Sandra Listen to sample

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!
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20Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran Listen to sample

211999 - Prince Listen to sample

22La Luna - Belinda Carlisle Listen to sample

23How Will I Know - Whitney Houston Listen to sample

24Straight Up - Paula Abdul Listen to sample

25Like a Prayer - Madonna Listen to sample

26I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
I like the rhythm.


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27So Emotional - Whitney Houston Listen to sample

28Chance 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
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29Blue 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!
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30Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Another good song from the 80's.


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31What Have You Done For Me Lately? - Janet Jackson Listen to sample

32Funkytown - Lipps Inc. Listen to sample

33Don't You Want Me? - Human League Listen to sample

34You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde Listen to sample

35Mony Mony - Billy Idol Listen to sample

36Word Up - Cameo
Best Dance songs that often gest overlooked. Needs to be listened to a few more times... Memories... Ah
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37On 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.
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38Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara Listen to sample

39Here Comes the Rain Again - The Eurythmics Listen to sample

40Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
This should be the number one song for any list!
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41I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz Listen to sample

42Gloria - Laura Branigan Listen to sample

43Let's Groove - Earth, Wind & Fire
This Song Has A Great Beat
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44What I Like About You - The Romantics Listen to sample

45Wild Thing - Tone Loc Listen to sample

46Material Girl - Madonna Listen to sample

47Let's Get Serious - Jermaine Jackson Listen to sample

48Early In the Morning - The Gap Band
Love this song. Huge Gap fan!
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49Push It - Salt-N-Pepa Listen to sample

50I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross Listen to sample

51All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie Listen to sample

52The Look of Love, Pt. 1 - ABC
One of the best in the 80's
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53Looking For a New Love - Jody Watley Listen to sample

54Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! Listen to sample

55When I Think of You - Janet Jackson Listen to sample

56Rock the Casbah - The Clash Listen to sample

57Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force Listen to sample

58So Many Men, So Little Time - Miquel Brown Listen to sample

59The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
55? I still Listen to this in 2013
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60Cars - Gary Numan Listen to sample

61Heartbeat - Taana Gardner Listen to sample

62Candy Girl - New Edition
New Edition was the best African American boy band that ever existed
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63Maria Magdalena - Sandra Listen to sample

64Criticize - Alexander O'Neal Listen to sample

65Something About You - Level 42 Listen to sample

66She Wants to Dance With Me - Rick Astley Listen to sample

67Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) - Marcia Griffiths

68Let the Music Play - Shannon Listen to sample

69Maniac - Michael Sembello
I llke the song of the 80s disco
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70Venus - Bananarama Listen to sample

71Little Red Corvette - Prince Listen to sample

72Raspberry Beret - Prince Listen to sample

73New Attitude - Patti LaBelle Listen to sample

74Bust A Move - Young MC Listen to sample

75Fantastic Voyage - Lakeside Listen to sample

76Aliens - Radiorama Listen to sample

77Call Me - Go West
The best song of my youth
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78Wild Wild West - The Escape Club Listen to sample

79Obsession - Animotion Listen to sample

80When Doves Cry - Prince Listen to sample

81She Works Hard For the Money - Donna Summer Listen to sample

82Double Dutch Bus - Frankie Smith Listen to sample

83Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club Listen to sample

84You're the One for Me - D-Train Listen to sample

85Everlasting Love - Sandra
Beautiful song
I like it
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86Rhythm Nation - Janet Jackson Listen to sample

87No Frills Love - Jennifer Holliday Listen to sample

88Knocked Out - Paula Abdul Listen to sample

89Got to Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
This is It, Let The Party Start. Great Tune
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90Candy - Cameo Listen to sample

91Gonna Have a Funky Good Time - James Brown Listen to sample

92Living In a Box - Living In a Box Listen to sample

93Count Me Out - New Edition Listen to sample

94Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell Listen to sample

95The Reflex - Duran Duran Listen to sample

96Lover Girl - Teena Marie Listen to sample

97Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Gos Listen to sample

98Upside Down - Diana Ross Listen to sample

99Pull Up to the Bumper - Grace Jones Listen to sample

10099 Luftballoons - Nena Listen to sample

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