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323 Best Dance 80s Songs For Your Wedding Or Party (Hits Playlist)

323 Best Dance 80s Songs For Your Wedding Or Party (Hits Playlist)

The 1980s was a decade full of fantastic dance 80s songs. Whether planning your wedding or throwing a dance party, let these hits 80s songs create an electric atmosphere that will have everyone on the dance floor all night. Get ready to immerse yourself in the infectious rhythms and catchy lyrics that defined the ’80s cultural phenomenon.

Best Dance 80s Songs

From high-energy classics to chart-topping hits, these top dance 80s songs guarantee a fantastic party that captures the vibrant spirit of the 80s.

Here are the best dance 80s songs:

  1. Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  2. I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  3. Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
  4. You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
  5. Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
  6. Rhythm Of The Night” by DeBarge
  7. Physical” by Olivia Newton-John
  8. I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner
  9. Heaven Is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle
  10. Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  11. Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley
  12. Africa” by Toto
  13. The Final Countdown” by Europe
  14. Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
  15. Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  16. Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
  17. Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx
  18. Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
  19. You Make My Dreams (Come True)” by Daryl Hall & John Oates
  20. One More Night” by Phil Collins
  21. She Blinded Me with Science” by Thomas Dolby
  22. Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor
  23. The Politics of Dancing” by Re-Flex
  24. Pump Up the Volumeby M/A/R/R/S
  25. Fame” by Irene Cara
  26. Atomic Dog” by George Clinton
  27. She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals
  28. Private Dancer” by Tina Turner

80s Wedding Songs For Your First Dance

80s era offers a treasure trove of enchanting wedding songs that will transport you and your partner to a bygone era of love and nostalgia. Whether envisioning a romantic walk down the aisle or seeking the perfect 80s first dance wedding songs, we have put together fantastic choices for your big day.

  1. Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
  2. Every Breath You Take” by The Police
  3. In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel
  4. Tonight I Celebrate My Love” by Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack 
  5. Keep On Loving You” by R.E.O Speedwagon
  6. Never Knew to Love Like This Before” by Stephanie Mills
  7. You & I” by Eddie Rabbit & Crystal Gayle
  8. Take My Breath Away” by Berlin
  9. You’re The Inspiration” by Chicago
  10. I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” by New Kids On The Block
  11. Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
  12. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” by Christopher Cross
  13. Longer” by Dan Fogelberg
  14. Crazy For You” by Madonna
  15. Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston
  16. Is This Love” by White Snake
  17. Lovesong” by The Cure
  18. Heaven” by Bryan Adams
  19. Lady” by Kenny Rogers
  20. Drive” by The Cars
  21. Stuck On You” by Lionel Richie
  22. The Search Is Over” by Survivor
  23. Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie
  24. Lost In Your Eyes” by Debbie Gibson
  25. Eternal Flame” by The Bangles
  26. Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis
  27. Can’t Fight This Feeling” by R.E.O Speedwagon
  28. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship
  29. Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen
  30. We’ve Got Tonight” by Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton
  31. Stuck With You” by Huey Lewis and the News
  32. True” by Spandau Ballet
  33. A Groovy Kind of Love” by Phil Collins
  34. Making Love Out of Nothing at All” by Air Supply
  35. Fishin’ In The Dark” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Best Parent Wedding Songs

Creating heartwarming moments during a wedding reception involves selecting the best songs for your parent’s entrance to the wedding reception and for the father-daughter and mother-son dances. From sentimental 80s slow dance songs to lively melodies, check out this list that will leave a lasting impression on this joyous occasion.

  1. Mother” by Danzig
  2. I Love Rock ‘N Roll” by  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  3. I Just Called To Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder
  4. Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince & The Revolution
  5. Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
  6. Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones
  7. Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince & The Revolution
  8. Your Mama Don’t Dance” by Poison
  9. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!
  10. Forever Young” by Rod Stewart
  11. Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
  12. Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
  13. Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
  14. Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.

Fun 80s Songs

From infectious beats to catchy hooks, these retro gems will ignite the party and have guests of all ages busting out their best moves all night long. Here are some fun 80s songs to dance to:

  1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
  2. Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard
  3. It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls
  4. I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters
  5. Love Shack” by B-52’s
  6. Material Girl” by Madonna
  7. Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths
  8. It’s Tricky” by Run-DMC
  9. We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister
  10. You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
  11. Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol
  12. Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  13. Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel
  14. Addicted To Love” by Robert Palmer
  15. Hey Mickey” by Toni Basil
  16. Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles
  17. 867-5309 / Jenny” by Tommy Tutone
  18. Centerfold” by J. Geils Band
  19. Hey Ladies” by Beastie Boys
  20. We Got The Beat” by The Go-Go’s
  21. We Built This City” by Starship
  22. Freeze Frame” by The J Geils Band
  23. Dancing On The Ceiling” by Lionel Richie
  24. La Bamba” by Los Lobos
  25. You Dropped A Bomb On Me” by Gap Band
  26. Super Freak” by Rick James
  27. Red Red Wine” by UB40
  28. The White Horse” by Laid Back
  29. Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell
  30. Girls Ain’t Nothing But Troubleby DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Hip Hop & Rap 80s Songs For Your Dance Party

These iconic hip-hop 80s songs, filled with infectious beats and clever rhymes, will transport you back to when the genre was just beginning to make its mark and revolutionize the music industry. Get ready to groove and nod your head to the rhythm of these timeless classics.

  1. Bust A Move” by Young M.C
  2. Push It” by Salt N’ Pepa
  3. It’s Tricky” by Run D.M.C.
  4. Wild Thing” by Tone-Loc
  5. Apache (Jump On It)” by The Sugarhill Gang
  6. Poison” by Bel Biv Devoe
  7. Rebel Without A Pause” by Public Enemy
  8. Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Loc
  9. It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
  10. Wild Thing” by Tone Loc
  11. Follow The Leader” by Eric B & Rakim
  12. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos” by Public Enemy
  13. I Ain’t No Joke” by Eric B. & Rakim
  14. Just A Friend” by Biz Markie
  15. The Show” by Doug E Fresh
  16. Rapper’s Delightby The Sugarhill Gang
  17. La-Di-Da-Di by Doug E. Fresh
  18. Walk This Way” by Run D.M.C. (ft. Aerosmith)
  19. Going Back To Cali” by LL Cool J
  20. I’m Bad” by LL COOL J
  21. Me, Myself, & I” by De La Soul
  22. Wild Wild Westby Kool Moe Dee
  23. Pump Up The Jam” by Technotronic
  24. Word Up” by Cameo
  25. Paul Revere” by Beastie Boys
  26. Microphone Fiend” by Eric B. & Rakim
  27. Hazy Shade Of Criminal” by Public Enemy
  28. Supersonic” by J.J. Fad
  29. Rock The Bells” by  L.L Cool J
  30. 6 N The Morning” by Ice T
  31. Going Way Back” by Just-Ice
  32. Children’s Story” by Slick Rick
  33. PSK, What Does It Mean?” by Schoolly D
  34. Rapture” by Blondie
  35. South Bronx” by Boogie Down Productions
  36. The Message” by Grandmaster
  37. Sucker MCs” by RUN D.M.C
  38. The Breaks” by Kurtis Blow
  39. Brass Monkeyby Beastie Boys
  40. Ego Trippin’ by Ultramagnetic MCs 
  41. Peter Piper” by RUN D.M.C
  42. That’s The Joint” by Funky 4 Plus 1
  43. Cha Cha Cha” by M.C Lyte
  44. Body Rock” by The Treacherous Three
  45. Just A Friend by Biz Markie

Top R&B 80s Songs for Your Wedding Day

Prepare to be captivated by the velvety voices and irresistible melodies of these timeless R&B 80s songs.

  1. Purple Rain” by Prince
  2. I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” by Daryl Hall & John Oates 
  3. How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston
  4. The Sweetest Taboo” by Sade
  5. 1999” by Prince
  6. Sweet Love” by Anita Baker
  7. Sign Your Name” by Terence Trent D’Arby
  8. Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson
  9. Fire and Desire” by Rick James & Teena Marie
  10. Mr. Telephone Man” by New Edition
  11. Man in the Mirrorby Michael Jackson
  12. Don’t Be Cruel” by Bobby Brown
  13. Tell It to My Heart by Taylor Dayne
  14. Smooth Operator” by Sade
  15. The Bird” by Morris Day & The Time
  16. Upside Down” by Diana Ross
  17. Kiss” by Prince
  18. Caught in the Rapture” by Anita Baker
  19. Forget Me Nots” by Patrice Rushen
  20. Nite and Day” by Al B. Sure!
  21. Through the Fire” by Chaka Khan
  22. After the Love Has Gone” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  23. Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown
  24. Maneater” by Daryl Hall & John Oates
  25. That’s the Way Love Is” by Ten City
  26. Stomp!” by The Brothers Johnson
  27. Mercedes Boy” by Pebbles
  28. Working My Way Back To You” by The Spinners
  29. Jump for My Love” by The Pointer Sisters
  30. What Have You Done for Me Lately” by Janet Jackson
  31. Endless Love” by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
  32. Get Down On It” by Kool & The Gang
  33. Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder 
  34. Computer Love” by Zapp & Roger
  35. Let’s Wait Awhile” by Janet Jackson
  36. You And Me” by Rockie Robbins
  37. You Are My Lovely One” by Michael Jackson
  38. Can You Stand the Rain” by New Edition
  39. My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown
  40. Cool It Now” by New Edition
  41. If You Were Here Tonight” by Alexander O’Neal
  42. In My House” by Mary Jane Girls
  43. Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross
  44. When She Was My Girl” by The Four Tops
  45. Miss You Much” by Janet Jackson
  46. Don’t Stop the Music” by Yarbrough & Peoples

Best 80s Rock Songs

Prepare to rock out to the best 80s rock songs that capture the essence of love or the timeless classics that defined the era.

  1. Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  2. Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey
  3. With Or Without You” by U2
  4. Jump” by Van Halen
  5. The Lady In Red” by Chris De Burgh
  6. I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi
  7. Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
  8. Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol
  9. These Dreams” by Heart
  10. Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen
  11. Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen
  12. Back In Black” by AC/DC
  13. Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison
  14. Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses
  15. Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
  16. Total Eclipse Of The Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
  17. Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash
  18. Any Way You Want It” by Journey
  19. You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi
  20. White Wedding” by Billy Idol
  21. I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones
  22. Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
  23. Epic” by Faith No More
  24. Your Love” by Outfield
  25. Working For The Weekend” by Loverboy
  26. Love Bites” by Def Leppard
  27. Blister In The Sun” by Violent Femmes
  28. Mony Mony” by Billy Idol
  29. Need You Tonight” by INXS
  30. The Power Of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News
  31. I Remember You” by Skid Row
  32. Highway To Hell” by AC/DC
  33. Dr. Feelgood” by Mötley Crüe
  34. Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money
  35. Animal” by Def Leppard
  36. Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant
  37. You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon
  38. Fight For Your Right (To Party)” by Beastie Boys
  39. Rock This Town” by Stray Cats
  40. Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne
  41. No Sleep Til’ Brooklyn” by Beastie Boys
  42. Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins
  43. Hungry Like The Wolf” by Duran Duran
  44. Simply Irresistible” by Robert Plamer
  45. Copperhead Road” by Steve Earle
  46. One Thing Leads To Another” by The Fixx
  47. Listen To Your Heart” by Roxette 

Pop Dance 80s Songs 

From chart-topping hits to iconic anthems, these tracks defined the decade and continue to be beloved by fans worldwide, serving as a testament to the lasting impact of 80s pop music. Get ready to sing along and relive the era of neon colors, big hair, and unforgettable pop sensations.

Here are the best pop 80s songs for your party playlist:

  1. Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge
  2. Drive” by The Cars
  3. Gloria” by Laura Branigan
  4. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” by Billy Ocean
  5. Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” by Phil Collins
  6. Borderline” by Madonna
  7. I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany
  8. Funkytown” by Lipps Inc.
  9. 99 Red Balloons” by Nena
  10. All Night Long” by Lionel Richie
  11. Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes
  12. Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Williams
  13. Flashdance (What A Feeling)” by Irene Cara
  14. Cruel Summer” by Bananarama
  15. The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E
  16. Situation” by Yazoo
  17. We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner
  18. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” by The Righteous Brothers
  19. Jungle Love” by Morris Day & The Time
  20. Don’t You Want Me” by Human League
  21. Let’s Dance” by David Bowie
  22. Like A Prayer” by Madonna
  23. Lucky Star” Madonna
  24. Venus” by Bananarama
  25. Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  26. Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
  27. The Promise” by When In Rome
  28. Goody Two Shoes” by Adam Ant
  29. Call Me” by Blondie
  30. Conga” by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine
  31. Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
  32. Lay All Your Love On Me”—ABBA
  33. Fresh” by Kool & The Gang
  34. Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits
  35. I Feel For You” by Chika Khan
  36. Who Can It Be Now?” by Men At Work
  37. Maniac” by Michael Sembello
  38. The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats
  39. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics
  40. This Time I Know It’s for Real” by Donna Summer
  41. Mercedes Boy” by Pebbles
  42. Modern Love” by David Bowie
  43. Everybody Have Fun Tonight” by Wang Chung
  44. Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club
  45. Whip It” by Devo
  46. Our Lips Are Sealed” by Go-Gos
  47. Down Under” by Men At Work
  48. What’s Love Got to Do With It” by Tina Turner
  49. You Spin Me ‘Round (Like a Record)” by Dead Or Alive
  50. Raspberry Beret” by Prince & The Revolution
  51. I Want to Break” Free by Queen
  52. Private Eyes” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Disco 80s Music Playlist For Party

From iconic hits to hidden gems, these disco 80s songs will transport you back to a time of glittering disco balls and non-stop dancing. So put on your dancing shoes and get ready to strut your stuff to these timeless disco classics.

  1. Thriller” by Michael Jackson
  2. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” by Michael Jackson
  3. You’re My Heart; You’re My Soul” by Modern Talking
  4. Get Down On It” by Kool & The Gang
  5. Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora
  6. This Time I Know It’s for Real” by Donna Summer
  7. Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel
  8. Give Me The Night” by George Benson
  9. Mercedes Boy” by Pebbles
  10. Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna
  11. Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  12. Last Night A DJ Saved My Life” by Indeep
  13. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” by Michael Jackson
  14. Let the Music Play” by Shannon
  15. September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  16. Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  17. Caribbean Queen” by Billy Ocean
  18. Vamos A La Playa” by Righeira
  19. Sadie” by Joe Bataan
  20. Shake It Up” by The Dazz Band
  21. And The Beat Goes On” by The Whispers
  22. You’re the One for Me” by D Train
  23. Moody” by ESG
  24. Give It to Me Baby” by Rick James
  25. Holiday” by Madonna
  26. Genius Of Love” by Tom Tom Club

Best Dance Moves Of The 80s

From the electric slide and the moonwalk to the robot and the cabbage patch, these retro dance moves of the 80s will add an extra dose of nostalgia and entertainment to your celebration, ensuring that everyone hits the dance floor with style and flair.

  1. The Moonwalk: Popularized by Michael Jackson, the Moonwalk became a signature move of the decade. It involves a dancer appearing to glide backward while still moving forward.
  2. The Electric Slide: This line dance gained popularity in the ’80s and is still enjoyed at weddings and parties today. The simple and repetitive steps make it accessible to dancers of all skill levels.
  3. The Robocop: This dance movement that emerged in the 1980s, inspired by the robotic movements of the fictional character RoboCop from the sci-fi action film franchise.
  4. The Roger Rabbit: This dance move is named after the animated character Roger Rabbit from the film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit. During this dance, the dancer skips backward and has their arms flapping back on at their sides.
  5. The Snake: Also Known as “The Axl Rose,” refers to a dance move associated with Axl Rose, the lead vocalist of the rock band Guns N’ Roses.
  6. The Running Man: This dance move involves a combination of running in place with exaggerated arm movements. It gained popularity through various music videos and dance routines.
  7. The Cabbage Patch: This dance involves moving your arms in a circular motion while bouncing your body from side to side. It gained popularity after being featured in the song “Cabbage Patch” by The World Class Wreckin’ Cru.
  8. The Sprinkler: This is a fun and playful dance move that imitates the spinning motion of a sprinkler head. The dancer places one hand on the back of their neck and waves the other hand right in front of them while spinning in a circular motion. 
  9. The Hammer Dance: This dance move was popularized by MC Hammer in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It became synonymous with his hit song “U Can’t Touch This.
  10. The Lambada: Known as the “forbidden dance,” the Lambada became a hit in the late of this decade. It involves fast and sensual movements, often performed with a partner.

Check out these amazing videos with more ’80s dance moves:


FAQ

What is the biggest hit of the 80s?

The number 1 song from the 1980s is “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John. Released in 1981, It spent ten consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, making it one of the most successful songs of the decade.


What are the most commonly requested 80s songs at weddings in the United States?

These songs have remained popular for wedding receptions due to their catchy melodies, timeless appeal, and ability to get people on the dance floor. 

  1. Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
  2. Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
  3. Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  4. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
  5. Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

What Were The Biggest Hit Songs Of The 80s?

Here is a list of some of the biggest hits songs of the 80s, organized by year:

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