Best Dance Songs of the 80s


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1Smooth 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 - SmoothCriminal

Being a child of the 80's there were many great dance songs, but Smooth Criminal would have to been the best. - Luvumore4evaMJ

oh... what a dance by michael jackson. no one can defeat him. MJ forever

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

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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... - love4mjj

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 dance to it all the TIME - ilovepizza123467788

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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.

Catchy, even the music video was nice.

4The 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! - fleurdemimi

I can't help myselp but dance every time I hear any MJ dance song... thank you MJ for making my teenage life happier.

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

This is the most catchy song of the 80's..

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5I 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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6Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics

When it comes to dancing, nor Billie Jean nor Take on Me can compete with the ever-popular rhythm of Sweet Dreams.

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

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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!

I can't stop dancing when I listen to this

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8Blue Monday - New Order

Damn right, this song is the Magna Carta of Alternative Dance! The anthem of this little raver! - theOpinionatedOne

New Order bounced the 80's dance wave... got the boyz on the floor (rather than around it)

Unlike the other songs on this list, this one is actually a dance song. Any publication worth its salt has this as No. 1.

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

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91999 - Prince
10Thriller - 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. - smile4-life

I�'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 there�'s no doubt about it!

The Newcomers

?I Don't Want Your Love - Duran Duran

The Contenders

11Another One Bites the Dust - QueenV1 Comment
12Maniac - Michael Sembello
13You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde
14Footloose - Kenny Loggins

Another good song from the 80's. - funnyuser

15The Reflex - Duran Duran
16Lambada - Kaoma
17Gloria - Laura Branigan
18Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
19Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara
20Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran

I love this song! - Pony

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Top Remixes (15)

1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
2. How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
3. Into the Groove - Madonna
1. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
2. Take On Me - A-ha
3. Thriller - Michael Jackson
1. I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock of Seagulls
2. When Doves Cry - Prince
3. Rio - Duran Duran

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