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The Best '80s Dance Songs

Updated April 5, 2020 7.6k votes 652 voters 54.4k views115 items

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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  • Let's Dance1
    98
    68

    Let's Dance

    David Bowie
  • Billie Jean2
    111
    82

    Billie Jean

    Michael Jackson

    AlbumsHIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1, Bad, Thriller

    ComposerMichael Jackson

    ProducerQuincy Jones, Michael Jackson

    Length (seconds)4:49

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    #65 of 122 Cover Songs That Are Better Than The Originals#36 of 95 History's Greatest Disco Songs, Ranked

  • 3
    83
    54

    Kiss

    Prince & The Revolution

    Date Recorded1986

    AlbumsParade

  • Beat It4
    96
    67

    Beat It

    Michael Jackson

    AlbumsHIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1, Thriller

    ComposerMichael Jackson

    ProducerQuincy Jones, Michael Jackson

    Length (seconds)3:49

    More Beat It 

    #11 of 133 The Best Workout Songs#5 of 30 The Best Eddie Van Halen Guitar Solos Of All Time, Ranked

  • Celebration5
    81
    55

    Celebration

    Kool & The Gang

    AlbumsCelebrate!

    ComposerKool & the Gang, Eumir Deodato, Robert Bell, James "J.T." Taylor, Claydes Charles Smith

    Length (seconds)4:59

  • Another One Bites The Dust6

    AlbumsThe Game

    ComposerJohn Deacon

    ProducerQueen, Reinhold Mack

    Length (seconds)3:35

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    #3 of 77 The Best Pop Songs About Death#11 of 20 The Best Bouquet Toss Songs

  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun7
  • Blue Monday8
    97
    75

    Blue Monday

    New Order
  • Relax9
    72
    50

    Relax

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    AlbumsWelcome to the Pleasuredome

    ComposerHolly Johnson, Peter Gill, Mark O'Toole

    ProducerTrevor Horn, Stephen Lipson

    Length (seconds)3:8

    More Relax 

    #23 of 62 The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders#5 of 45 The Greatest Dance Songs by One-Hit Wonders

  • Hungry Like the Wolf10
    61
    38

    AlbumsRio

    ComposerDuran Duran

    Length (seconds)5:10

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    #18 of 179 The Best Pop Songs Of The '80s, Ranked#45 of 284 The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked

  • Let's Go Crazy11
    85
    64

    Let's Go Crazy

    Prince
  • You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)12

    AlbumsYouthquake

    ComposerPete Burns, Dead or Alive, Wayne Hussey, Steve Coy, Mike Percy

    ProducerPete Waterman

    Length (seconds)3:14

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    #6 of 20 LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem Video Syncs Up With A Shocking Number Of Different Songs#37 of 114 The Best Party Songs Of The '80s, Ranked

  • Pump Up the Jam13
    83
    64

    Pump Up the Jam

    Technotronic

    AlbumsPump Up the Jam

    ComposerYa Kid K

    Length (seconds)3:36

  • Into the Groove14
    77
    60

    Into the Groove

    Madonna
  • Nasty15
    49
    32

    Nasty

    Janet Jackson

    Date Recorded1986

  • Push It16
    63
    48

    Push It

    Salt-N-Pepa

    AlbumsA Salt With a Deadly Pepa

    ComposerRay Davies, Hurby Azor

    Length (seconds)3:28

  • Take On Me17
    32
    15

    Take On Me

    a-ha

    ComposerMorten Harket, Magne Furuholmen, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy

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  • Bizarre Love Triangle18

    AlbumsBrotherhood

    ComposerBernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert

    Length (seconds)4:22

    More Bizarre Love Triangle 

    #2708 of 3,867 The Best Songs Of All Time, Ranked#176 of 256 The Best Songs with Love in the Title

  • Walking On Sunshine19
    31
    14

    Walking On Sunshine

    Katrina and the Waves
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)20

    AlbumsWhitney

    ComposerShannon Rubicam, George Merrill

    ProducerNarada Michael Walden

    Length (seconds)4:49

    More I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) 

    #76 of 193 The Worst Freakin' Songs of the '80s, Ranked#16 of 88 The Best Songs For Your New Year's Eve Party Playlist

  • The Safety Dance21
    60
    47

    The Safety Dance

    Men Without Hats

    AlbumsRhythm of Youth

    ComposerIvan Doroschuk

    Length (seconds)2:45

    More The Safety Dance 

    #14 of 107 The Greatest Songs by '80s One-Hit Wonders#119 of 246 The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

  • Walk Like an Egyptian22
    59
    46

    AlbumsDifferent Light

    ComposerLiam Sternberg

    ProducerDavid Kahne

    Length (seconds)2:0

    More Walk Like an Egyptian 

    #17 of 52 The Best 1980s Music Videos#17 of 22 These Pop Songs Describe The Plots Of Your Favorite Horror Movies

  • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'23
    50
    36

    AlbumsHIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1, Thriller, Bad

    ComposerMichael Jackson

    ProducerQuincy Jones, Michael Jackson

    Length (seconds)5:18

  • All Night Long (All Night)24
    51
    37

    All Night Long (All Night)

    Lionel Richie
  • I'm So Excited25
    44
    30

    I'm So Excited

    The Pointer Sisters

    AlbumsSo Excited

    ComposerJune Pointer, Anita Pointer, Ruth Pointer, Trevor Lawrence

    Length (seconds)3:48