The 1980s, often remembered as a decade of excess, neon, and wild hair, was also a time when the world witnessed some of the most iconic dance music. From new wave to pop and from R&B to disco, the era was pulsating with vibrant rhythms and unforgettable tunes that had us glued to dance floors. Let’s dive deep into the magic of the 80s and relive the ten best dance songs of that unforgettable decade.
1. Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean” (1983)
The unmistakable bassline, Jackson’s sultry voice, and the foot-tapping beat make this an everlasting dance favorite. No 80s dance list would be complete without the King of Pop’s legendary tracks.
2. Madonna – “Like a Virgin” (1984)
Madonna’s rise to stardom in the 80s was meteoric, and “Like a Virgin” was a testament to her knack for creating the catchiest dance anthems. Her vivacity, style, and that iconic chorus made everyone want to hit the dance floor.
3. Whitney Houston – “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (1987)
Whitney’s powerful vocals combined with an energetic rhythm ensured that this track remains a perennial favorite at parties, weddings, and dance events around the world.
4. A-ha – “Take On Me” (1985)
Blending synth-pop with a catchy melody and memorable music video, this Norwegian band’s mega-hit was an infectious dance number that’s still loved today.
5. Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983)
This anthem of joy, liberation, and, well, fun, was an instant classic, making Cyndi Lauper a household name and giving girls everywhere their dance-worthy motto.
6. Prince – “Kiss” (1986)
Prince’s minimalist yet funky approach to this track, along with his distinctive voice, made “Kiss” a dance floor essential of the 80s.
7. The Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited” (1982)
Few songs capture the ecstatic spirit of dance as perfectly as this one. Its upbeat tempo and the Sisters’ harmonious delivery made it impossible not to move to the beat.
8. Depeche Mode – “Just Can’t Get Enough” (1981)
Synth-pop at its finest, Depeche Mode’s anthem was not just a UK hit but an international dance sensation.
9. Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – “Conga” (1985)
With its fiery Latin rhythms and Estefan’s charismatic vocals, “Conga” invited everyone, everywhere, to feel the beat of the rhythm of the night.
10. Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up” (1987)
Before becoming an internet meme sensation, this song was genuinely one of the 80s’ most danceable tracks. Astley’s smooth vocals and the upbeat tempo ensured it was a chart-topper.
The 1980s were a melting pot of musical influences and experimental sounds, resulting in dance tracks that have withstood the test of time. Even now, when these songs play, it’s hard not to be transported back to a time of legwarmers, mullets, and electric energy. So, whether you’re an 80s kid or a young soul with a penchant for classics, these tracks are sure to get you moving. Let’s keep the 80s dance legacy alive and grooving!