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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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ralph.morodor added My Preogative Bobby Brown
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Blue Monday New Order
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The Weather Girls
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reynolds.levaron added I Think We're Alone Now Tiffany
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Michael Jackson
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Celebration Kool & The Gang
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Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
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Michael Jackson
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Always On My Mind is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Dance Songs
reynolds.levaron added Always On My Mind Pet Shop Boys
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Let's Go Crazy Prince
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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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Devo
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Let's Dance David Bowie
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ralph.morodor added Kenny Loggins
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ralph.morodor added Change Of Heart Cyndi Lauper
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Frankie Goes to Hollywood
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Laura Branigan