Best Dance Songs of the 80s


The Top Ten

1 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 - 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

Michael Jackson is so bad I could have wrote something better when I was 1. My dog died when this song came on he jumped out the car and off a bridge. R.I.P Jimmy we will never forget Jimmy and that Miley Cirus is better with the song wrecking ball.

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2 Billie 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

This song is the bain of my existence, my hamster died while this song was on the radio. I believe it was the song that killed poor Dave, never forgotten but we shall forget Michael Jackson and this no good hamster-killing song.

Absolutely orgasmic!

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3 Take 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.

La mejor cancion y el mejor video de los 80�'s

4 The 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.

Rated #10 Michael jackson song - Ajkloth

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

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5 I 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!

Best dance n songs since 80s up to now 2014

6 Into 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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7 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics

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

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

I totally love this song!

A classic.

8 Blue Monday - New Order

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

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

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

It's a blue monday because u partied all weekend

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9 1999 - Prince

This song is so amazing! RIP. - Fandomstuck

This should be number 1

10 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Iconic song.


The Best Song EVER!

The Contenders

11 Thriller - 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!

12 Maniac - Michael Sembello

I llke the song of the 80s disco

13 Lambada - Kaoma
14 Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara


15 You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde

Definitely a 80s big hit. Love her rhythm.


16 Gloria - Laura Branigan
17 The Reflex - Duran Duran
18 Footloose - Kenny Loggins

Another good song from the 80's. - funnyuser

19 I Don't Want Your Love - Duran Duran
20 Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
21 I'll Tumble 4 Ya - Culture Club
22 Tainted Love - Soft Cell

A definite dance floor classic that still holds its own today.

23 Let It Whip - The Dazz Band
24 Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran

I love this song! - Pony

25 Holiday - Madonna

Should be in the Top 3! Dance classic of the 80's

This hot the eighties dancing

Definitely a classic, should be in Top 5!


26 Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

The best dance feel good 80's song

27 I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

I like the rhythm. - funnyuser

28 New Attitude - Patti LaBelle

good song.

29 People Are People - Depeche Mode


30 Here Comes the Rain Again - The Eurythmics
31 How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
32 Venus - Bananarama
33 Point of No Return - Expose
34 Spotlight - Madonna
35 Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul
36 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
37 Like a Prayer - Madonna
38 I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock of Seagulls
39 Don't Rush Me - Taylor Dayne
40 Chance 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

This song is a Great party starter

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41 Don't You Want Me? - Human League
42 Physical - Olivia Newton-John
43 When Doves Cry - Prince & The Revolution
44 Cars - Gary Numan

One of my favorite 80's songs!

45 Straight Up - Paula Abdul
46 Rock the Casbah - The Clash
47 Tell It to My Heart - Taylor Dayne
48 Kriminal Tango - Ray Colignon
49 So Emotional - Whitney Houston
50 Master and Servant - Depeche Mode
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1. I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston
2. How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
3. Into the Groove - Madonna
1. Into the Groove - Madonna
2. Spotlight - Madonna
3. Holiday - Madonna
1. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
2. Take on Me - A-Ha
3. Thriller - Michael Jackson

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