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The Best '80s Dance Songs  

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What are the best dance songs from the period best known for mullets, jelly bands, and jean jackets? To answer that question, let's rank the best '80s dance songs that truly defined the decade and inspired all of the dance music that followed in the '90s and beyond.

"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung is one of those songs that doesn't just earworm into your brain for hours, it's something you can move to! The single is one of the best known songs the group released, and a great place to start when ranking the best dance songs from the '80s. Salt-N-Pepa helped define the generation for dancers across the world with "Push It," but you don't have to look much further than the King of Pop's incredibly popular classic "Beat It," which helped launch Michael Jackson's solo career. Other popular hits from the decade that just force a listener to move include Madonna's "Into the Groove," Men Without Hats' "The Safety Dance," and Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)."

Vote up your favorite '80s dance songs on this ranked list, and add any tracks that aren't here already.

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Frankie Goes to Hollywood
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Let's Go Crazy Prince
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Let's Dance David Bowie
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reynolds.levaron added I Think We're Alone Now Tiffany
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Into the Groove Madonna
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reynolds.levaron added I Want Your Sex George Michael
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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Dance Songs
reynolds.levaron added Kiss Prince & The Revolution
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MoonshadowRachel added Duran Duran
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Michael Jackson
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Blue Monday New Order
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The Weather Girls
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Michael Jackson
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ralph.morodor added Notorious Duran Duran
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Pump Up the Jam Technotronic
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You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC
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Celebration Kool & The Gang
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Tone-Lōc
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reynolds.levaron added She Bop Cyndi Lauper
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ralph.morodor added Cruel Summer Bananarama
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The Bangles