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

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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2 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

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3 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

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.

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

Absolutely orgasmic!

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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

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

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5 Into the Groove - Madonna

Awesome song


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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6 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

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7 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)

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

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8 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics

A classic.

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!

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9 1999 - Prince

This song is so amazing! RIP. - Fandomstuck

This should be number 1

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10 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!

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The Contenders

11 Maniac - Michael Sembello

I llke the song of the 80s disco

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12 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Iconic song.


The Best Song EVER!

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


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15 You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde

Definitely a 80s big hit. Love her rhythm.


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16 Gloria - Laura Branigan UListen to Sample
17 The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats

55? I still Listen to this in 2013

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18 The Reflex - Duran Duran UListen to Sample
19 Footloose - Kenny Loggins

Another good song from the 80's. - funnyuser

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20 I Don't Want Your Love - Duran Duran UListen to Sample
21 Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears UListen to Sample
22 Let's Groove - Earth, Wind & Fire

This Song Has A Great Beat

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23 Tainted Love - Soft Cell

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

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24 I'll Tumble 4 Ya - Culture Club UListen to Sample
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!


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26 Let It Whip - The Dazz Band UListen to Sample
27 I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

I like the rhythm. - funnyuser

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28 New Attitude - Patti LaBelle

good song.

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29 Something About You - Level 42


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30 Here Comes the Rain Again - The Eurythmics UListen to Sample
31 Venus - Bananarama UListen to Sample
32 Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

The best dance feel good 80's song

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33 People Are People - Depeche Mode


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34 I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock of Seagulls UListen to Sample
35 Point of No Return - Expose UListen to Sample
36 Super Freak - Rick James UListen to Sample
37 Spotlight - Madonna

This song is actually as good as Holiday or Into the Groove. Maybe even more energetic and inspirational. The real jem!

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38 How Will I Know - Whitney Houston UListen to Sample
39 Cars - Gary Numan

One of my favorite 80's songs!

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40 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood UListen to Sample
41 Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul UListen to Sample
42 Don't Rush Me - Taylor Dayne UListen to Sample
43 Papa Don't Preach - Madonna UListen to Sample
44 Chance to Dance - Wreckin Crew

This song is a Great party starter

Fantastic! Sound

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

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45 Physical - Olivia Newton-John UListen to Sample
46 When Doves Cry - Prince & The Revolution UListen to Sample
47 Straight Up - Paula Abdul UListen to Sample
48 Rock the Casbah - The Clash UListen to Sample
49 Tell It to My Heart - Taylor Dayne UListen to Sample
50 Rio - Duran Duran UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (17)

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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