Best Dance Songs of the 80s

The Top Ten
1 Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson Cover Art

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.

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

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

This is one of the best dance songs of all time. People will be dancing to this song 100 years from now!

2 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson Billie Jean - Michael Jackson Cover Art

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'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.

Pretty equal to Smooth Criminal and Thriller... hard to decide this one... love them all...

Honestly, I could dance to all of his songs but I have this emotional attachment to this one and I could dance it all day. I know the choreography to a variety of his songs, but this is the first one I learned and has affected my life so much. - BillieJean777

3 Take on Me - A-Ha Take on Me - A-Ha Cover Art

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 Into the Groove - Madonna Into the Groove - Madonna Cover Art

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.

Called dance song of the decade!

5 The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson Cover Art

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

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

6 I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston Cover Art

Laugh out loud you suk fail!

For me... The best

7 Blue Monday - New Order Blue Monday - New Order Cover Art

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

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

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!

8 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics Cover Art

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.

I totally love this song!

9 1999 - Prince 1999 - Prince Cover Art

This song is so amazing! RIP.

This should be number 1

10 Thriller - Michael Jackson Thriller - Michael Jackson Cover Art

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!

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.

The Contenders
11 Maniac - Michael Sembello Maniac - Michael Sembello Cover Art
12 Lambada - Kaoma Lambada - Kaoma Cover Art
13 Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara Cover Art
14 You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde Cover Art

Definitely a 80s big hit. Love her rhythm.

15 Gloria - Laura Branigan Gloria - Laura Branigan Cover Art
16 The Reflex - Duran Duran The Reflex - Duran Duran Cover Art
17 Footloose - Kenny Loggins Footloose - Kenny Loggins Cover Art

Another good song from the 80's.

18 I Don't Want Your Love - Duran Duran I Don't Want Your Love - Duran Duran Cover Art
19 I'll Tumble 4 Ya - Culture Club I'll Tumble 4 Ya - Culture Club Cover Art
20 Holiday - Madonna Holiday - Madonna Cover Art

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

Definitely a classic, should be in Top 5!

21 Let It Whip - The Dazz Band Let It Whip - The Dazz Band Cover Art
22 Tainted Love - Soft Cell Tainted Love - Soft Cell Cover Art

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

23 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Cover Art
24 New Attitude - Patti LaBelle New Attitude - Patti LaBelle Cover Art
25 People Are People - Depeche Mode People Are People - Depeche Mode Cover Art
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