30 Best Dance Songs Of The Early Eighties

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I’m taking it waaaaayyyyy back. The early eighties – disco may have been dead but dance music was very much alive. How many of these do you remember? Did I leave out your favorite?

List of top 30 early 1980s dance music songs –

  1. Let the Music Play – Shannon  
  2. Ain’t Nobody – Rufus and Chaka Khan
  3. Circles – Atlantic Starr
  4. Beat It – Michael Jackson
  5. Just Be Good to MeSOS Band
  6. GloriaLaura Branigan
  7. The Safety DanceMen Without Hats
  8. BorderlineMadonna
  9. Love Come Down – Evelyn King
  10. Last Night a DJ Saved My Life – Indeep
  11. It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
  12. Forget Me NotsPatrice Rushen
  13. Make This a Night to RememberShalamar
  14. You Dropped a Bomb on MeGap Band
  15. Let it WhipDazz Band
  16. We Got the BeatThe Go-Gos
  17. Nasty GirlVanity 6
  18. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
  19. Babe, We’re Gonna Love Tonight – Lime
  20. All Night LongLionel Richie
  21. I.O.U. – Freeez
  22. So Many Men, So Little Time – Miquel Brown
  23. Genius of LoveTom Tom Club
  24. She Works Hard for the Money – Donna Summer
  25. Shake it up TonightCheryl Lynn
  26. Candy Girl – New Edition
  27. Give Me Just A Little More Time – Angela Clemmons
  28. Whip It – Devo
  29. Flashdance…What a Feeling – Irene Cara
  30. Murphy’s Law – Cheri

Add these 80s dance songs to a playlist on your favorite streaming service, or pull out those old CDs and vinyl records and give these tracks a spin for an instant throwback dance party!


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Stacy was a stay-at-home mom/part-time preschool teacher whose life was turned upside down in 2011 when her husband passed away suddenly of a heart attack.  She is raising her two fabulous daughters, now ages 18 and 20, who are turning into wonderful young women.  In 2016, she started a blog about her experience as a young widow, The Widow Wears Pink. This led her to write for other publications including Huffington Post, Today.com, Scary Mommy, Grown & Flown, Kveller, Modern Loss, Thought Catalog, and many more. In 2018 she started Living the Second Act with fellow writer Mimi Golub. Today, Stacy and her daughters  are happily living their "new normal" while always keeping her husband's spirit alive.

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