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Dance Songs of the 80's

A Trip to Forgotten Tunes: Best Dance Songs of the '80s and '90s

Get down and dirty to these groovy dance songs of the 80's and 90's that were the highlight in the music world, with dance tracks that were both memorable and impactful...
Naomi Sarah
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018
The 80s was a time when people were getting used to the idea of going to discotheques and getting down to music that was melodic, rhythmic and above all entrancing. It was a very dance-oriented period with many musicians experimenting with music styles and sounds that gave people something to get their feet and bodies moving to. The dance songs of the 80s and 90s have been able to withstand time with many of them still making waves in weddings, birthdays and social gatherings to date. Those that were around during this time, will know that this was an epic time in dance music history.
The 80s was such a musically vibrant time, for those who loved to dance like there was no tomorrow, to what we now look back on as old school dance music. Tracks like Beat It by Michael Jackson, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, Like a Virgin by Madonna and Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves were just some in a pool of the best there was in dance music.
You can always immediately identify a song that's been done in that golden decade with its electronically generated beats and the use of just regular instruments that didn't take it to a complicated level but most definitely with that eudaemonic element to it. It was all about fun tunes that got you humming all day long or randomly busting a move when no one was looking. Whichever way people take to that time of dance music, it is a reminiscent era for both the old and young.
Dance Songs of the 80s and 90s
We've listed out here the best of the best when it comes to dance music that made not only an impression on those who possessed the first hand releases, on the young as we speak. Sometimes no matter what you may tune into at the end of the day, we still find ourselves reaching out for a track that was gold during its initial release period. You'll find here dance songs of the 80s and 90s that were big back then, and now making a comeback with modern-day listeners.
Song Hits of the 1980s
  • Super Freak Part 1 - Rick James
  • I'm So Excited - The Pointer Sisters
  • Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  • Celebration - Kool and the Gang
  • Jump (For My Love) - The Pointers Sisters
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
  • Walk Like An Egyptian - The Bangles
  • 1999 - Prince
  • Pump Up the Jam - Technotronic
  • Give It to Me Baby - Rick James
  • It Takes Two - Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock
  • It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
  • Our Lips Are Sealed - Go-Gos
  • Wild Thing - Tone Loc
  • Tainted Love - Soft Cell
  • Upside Down (Inside Out) - Diana Ross
  • All Night Long - Lionel Richie
  • Flashdance, What a Feeling - Irene Cara
  • You Spin Me Around (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive
  • Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club
  • Word Up - Cameo
  • Let's Dance - David Bowie
  • I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
  • She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer
  • Ride on Time - Black Box
  • Material Girl - Madonna
  • Footloose - Kenny Loggins
  • Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - George Michael
  • More Bounce to the Ounce Part 1 - Zapp
  • Rapture - Blondie
  • Conga - Miami Sound Machine
  • Forget Me Nots - Patrice Rushen
  • Wanna' Be Startin' Somethin' - Michael Jackson
  • The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
  • Let the Music Play - Shannon
  • Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
  • Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
  • Stompi - Brother Johnson
  • Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant
  • Mickey - Toni Basil
  • Venus - Bananarama
  • Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
  • White Horse - Laid Back
  • My Prerogative - Bobby Brown

Song Hits of the 1990s
  • Unbelievable - EMF
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart - Nikki French
  • Here Comes the Hotstepper (Heartical Mix) - Ini Kamoze
  • Mr. Vain - Culture Beat
  • Come on N' Ride It (The Train) - Quad City DJs
  • Tootsee Roll - 69 Boys
  • The Power - SNAP!
  • What is Love? - Haddaway
  • Vogue - Madonna
  • Get Ready for This - 2 Unlimited
  • Strike It Up - Black Box
  • Believe - Cher
  • Gettin' Jiggy With It - Will Smith
  • Macarena - Los Del Rio
  • Tom's Diner - DNA feat. Suzanne Vega
  • Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless) - Crystal Waters
  • Whoomp! There It Is - Tag Team
  • I Like to Move It - Real 2 Real feat. Martha Wash
  • All That She Wants - Ace of Base
  • Be My Lover - La Bouche
  • Poison - Bell Biv Devoe
  • Insomnia - Faithless
  • Ooh Aah.. Just a Little Bit - Gina G.
  • This is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
  • Dreamer - Livin' Joy
  • Children (Dream Version) - Robert Miles
  • If You Could Read My Mind - Stars on 54
  • Da' Dip - Freak Nasty
  • I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
  • Your Loving Arms - Billy Ray Martin
  • Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
  • Where Do You Go? - No Mercy
  • Sweet Dreams - La Bouche
  • Rhythm of the Night - Corona
  • Beautiful Life - Ace of Base
  • Around the World - Daft Punk
  • Temptation - Corona
  • Tonight in the Night - Le Click
  • We Like to Party - Venga Boys
  • Ray of Light - Madonna
  • Push the Feeling On - The Nightcrawlers
  • Sexual (Li Da Di) - Amber
  • Blue (Da Ba Dee) - Blue
  • Smooth - Carlos Santana Feat. Rob Thomas
  • Together Forever - Lisette Melendez

These were just some of the best dance songs of the 80s and 90s that were topping off charts during their time, making it big among those who breathed and lived dance music. For more dance numbers, I suggest you also look into the 100 greatest songs of the 90s. Remember to tune into these tracks once in a while to relive the good old days or to rediscover a time in music history that you never looked into. Keep listening!