The 80s brought us wild hair and clothes, unique styles, MTV, zipper shirts, parachute pants, and some of the best music ever made. The 80’s also introduced a lot of us to the dance floor in wild clubs, with mood lights and fog machines. So many great songs came from the 80s, but we’re looking here at the top dance songs – the songs that powered the dance clubs. These are the Top 40 Dance Songs of the 80s:
1 – Always On My Mind by The Pet Shop Boys, the guys who brought so many songs to the purple fog dance floor; from Suburbia to Domino Dancing, their version of the Willy Nelson song is probably the ultimate 80s dance track.
1/tie – The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats, the most famous dance song from the 80s, does anyone not know this infectious beat?
2 – Victim of Love by Erasure, who have a whole list of dance songs that powered the 80s, Oh L’Amour, Sometimes, A Little Respect…
3 – Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order, while “True Faith” is their most famous video, it’s BLT high energy that got the DJ’s attention week after week.
4 – Theme from S’Express by S’Express; it’s a natural, you can’t resist to dance.
5 – Let the Music Play by Shannon, who also brought “Give Me Tonight.”
6 – It’s My Life by Talk Talk, played every Friday and Saturday with extra fog.
7 – Tell It To My Heart by Taylor Dayne
8 – Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat
9 – Get Into the Groove by Madonna
10 – When Smokey Sings by ABC
11 – Tainted Love by Soft Cell
12 – Big in Japan by Alphaville
13 – Cruel Summer by Bananarama
14 – Just Like Heaven by The Cure
15 – Engola Gay by OMD Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark
16 – Let’s go! by Wang Chung
17 – Vacation by the Go-Go’s, just like Our Lips are Sealed the beat gets you every time.
18 – Strangelove from Depeche Mode was one of the smoothest 80’s songs with a kicker bassline
19 – When Doves Cry … Prince & the Revolution
20 – Together Forever by Rick Astley
21 – Word Up by Cameo, the funniest video, the coolest beat.
22 – Girl in Trouble by Romeo Void
23 – Electric Dreams … Phil Oakley & Giorgio Morodor
24 – Tarzan Boy from Baltimora
25 – Suboceana by the Tom Tom Club
26 – Relax ! by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Remember: Frankie Say Relax! T-shirts?
27 – You Spin Me Round (Lie a Record) from Dead or Alive
28 – Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean
29 – You Dropped A Bomb On Me – The Gap Band
30 – Don’t Go by Yaz (aka Yazoo: Alison Moyet & Depeche Mode’s Vince Clarke)
31 – Call Me by Blondie
32 – It’s Raining Men by the Weather Girls
33 – Let’s Hear it for the Boy (Footloose) Deniese Williams
34 – Don’t You Want Me by the Human League
35 – Swept Away by Diana Ross
36 – Super Freak by Rick James
37 – Maniac (from the Flashdance soundtrack) Michael Sembello
38 – Let it Whip! … the Dazz Band
39 – Open Your Heart by Madonna
40 – Rhythm of the Night by Debarge
Bonus Track: p:Machinery by Propaganda… the 8-minute Polish remix is magnificent. This might even tie with the #1 song; even though it lacked fame – it was played in every club night after night!
There you have it, the ultimate 80’s megamix dance CD! Good times remembered… all those clubs, friends, songs, and memories of the 80s.
Many acts, such as Duran Duran and Cindi Lauper sang great songs in the 80’s, but not really dance songs. They’ll appear on our 80’s MTV & radio hit list. See Top2040.com
See Also: Top 40 Dance Songs of the 70s
The Best Love Ballads and Slow Songs of the 80’s