Best Dance Songs of the 80s


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The Top Ten

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
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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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3I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
For me... The best
I love this song even though I'm a kin in 2013
Best dance n songs since 80s up to now 2014
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4Take 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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5The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
I can't help myselp but dance every time I hear any MJ dance song... thank you MJ for making my teenage life happier.
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


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6Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
Sweet dreams are made of these who am I to disagree.


I totally love this song!
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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!
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8Spotlight - Madonna Listen to sample

9Thriller - 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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10Lambada - Kaoma Listen to sample

The Contenders

11Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Listen to sample

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!


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13Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul Listen to sample

14Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
The best dance feel good 80's song
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15Tainted Love - Soft Cell Listen to sample

16Papa Don't Preach - Madonna Listen to sample

17Physical - Olivia Newton John Listen to sample

18Holiday - Madonna Listen to sample

19Don't Rush Me - Taylor Dayne Listen to sample

20Heaven Can Wait - Sandra Listen to sample

21Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran Listen to sample

221999 - Prince Listen to sample

23La Luna - Belinda Carlisle Listen to sample

24How Will I Know - Whitney Houston Listen to sample

25Straight Up - Paula Abdul Listen to sample

26Like a Prayer - Madonna Listen to sample

27I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts 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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29Footloose - Kenny Loggins Listen to sample

30Don't You Want Me? - Human League Listen to sample

31Funkytown - Lipps Inc. Listen to sample

32Mony Mony - Billy Idol Listen to sample

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

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35You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde Listen to sample

36Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara Listen to sample

37Here Comes the Rain Again - The Eurythmics Listen to sample

38Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
This should be the number one song for any list!
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39I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz Listen to sample

40Gloria - Laura Branigan Listen to sample

41What I Like About You - The Romantics Listen to sample

42Wild Thing - Tone Loc Listen to sample

43Material Girl - Madonna Listen to sample

44Early In the Morning - The Gap Band Listen to sample

45Push It - Salt-N-Pepa Listen to sample

46I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross Listen to sample

47All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie Listen to sample

48The Look of Love, Pt. 1 - ABC
One of the best in the 80's
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49Looking For a New Love - Jody Watley Listen to sample

50Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! Listen to sample

51When I Think of You - Janet Jackson Listen to sample

52Rock the Casbah - The Clash Listen to sample

53Let's Groove - Earth, Wind & Fire
This Song Has A Great Beat
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54Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force Listen to sample

55So Many Men, So Little Time - Miquel Brown Listen to sample

56The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
55? I still Listen to this in 2013
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57Cars - Gary Numan Listen to sample

58Heartbeat - Taana Gardner Listen to sample

59Candy Girl - New Edition
New Edition was the best African American boy band that ever existed
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60Let's Get Serious - Jermaine Jackson Listen to sample

61Criticize - Alexander O'Neal Listen to sample

62Something About You - Level 42 Listen to sample

63She Wants to Dance With Me - Rick Astley Listen to sample

64Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) - Marcia Griffiths

65Let the Music Play - Shannon Listen to sample

66Maniac - Michael Sembello
I llke the song of the 80s disco
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67Venus - Bananarama Listen to sample

68Little Red Corvette - Prince Listen to sample

69Raspberry Beret - Prince Listen to sample

70New Attitude - Patti LaBelle Listen to sample

71Maria Magdalena - Sandra Listen to sample

72Fantastic Voyage - Lakeside Listen to sample

73Aliens - Radiorama Listen to sample

74Call Me - Go West
The best song of my youth
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75Wild Wild West - The Escape Club Listen to sample

76Obsession - Animotion Listen to sample

77When Doves Cry - Prince Listen to sample

78She Works Hard For the Money - Donna Summer Listen to sample

79Double Dutch Bus - Frankie Smith Listen to sample

80Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club Listen to sample

81Bust A Move - Young MC Listen to sample

82Rhythm Nation - Janet Jackson Listen to sample

83No Frills Love - Jennifer Holliday Listen to sample

84Knocked Out - Paula Abdul Listen to sample

85Got to Be Real - Cheryl Lynn

This is It, Let The Party Start. Great Tune

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86Candy - Cameo Listen to sample

87Gonna Have a Funky Good Time - James Brown Listen to sample

88So Emotional - Whitney Houston Listen to sample

89Living In a Box - Living In a Box Listen to sample

90Count Me Out - New Edition Listen to sample

91Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell Listen to sample

92The Reflex - Duran Duran Listen to sample

93Lover Girl - Teena Marie Listen to sample

94Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Gos Listen to sample

95Upside Down - Diana Ross Listen to sample

96What Have You Done For Me Lately? - Janet Jackson Listen to sample

97Pull Up to the Bumper - Grace Jones Listen to sample

98You're the One for Me - D-Train Listen to sample

9999 Luftballoons - Nena Listen to sample

100Obsession - Animotion Listen to sample

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