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

Hi I'm Selena Wilde this is the all time best in your face other songs seriously my fave. Not even born in this time :))))))))! RIP Michael Jackson.
MJ forever

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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

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.

This and Smooth Criminal are both the best - IIBK

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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.

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 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!

7 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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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 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!

The Contenders

11 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen


The Best Song EVER!

12 Maniac - Michael Sembello

I llke the song of the 80s disco

13 You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde

Definitely a 80s big hit. Love her rhythm.


14 Footloose - Kenny Loggins V 1 Comment
15 The Reflex - Duran Duran
16 Lambada - Kaoma
17 Gloria - Laura Branigan
18 Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara V 1 Comment
19 I Don't Want Your Love - Duran Duran
20 Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
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