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Top Dance Songs of the 1980s

1970s <-1980-> 1990s


  

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1.
06/1982
444

✫1
US
27
AC


59
dance


✫1
rock


✫1
UK
[Scotti Brothers 02912]
written by Frankie Sullivan & Jim Peterik
Every Breath You Take
2.
05/1983
409

✫1
US
5
AC


26
dance


✫1
rock


✫1
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1984]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #84]
[A&M 2542]
written by Sting
Down Under
3.
10/1982
405

✫1
US
13
AC


33
dance


✫1
rock


✫1
UK
[R]
charted as Who Can It Be Now? / Down Under in US dance charts
[Columbia 03303]
written by Colin Hay & Ron Strykert
Don't You Want Me
4.
12/1981
399

✫1
US




3
dance


4
rock


✫1
UK
Flashdance ... What a Feeling!
5.
04/1983
390

✫1
US
4
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B




2
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1983]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1983]
[Casablanca 811440-7]
written by Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey & Irene Cara
Upside Down
6.
07/1980
382

✫1
US
18
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
produced by Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers; charted as Upside Down / I'm Coming Out in US dance charts
[Motown 1494]
written by Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards
7.
05/1982
376

✫1
US
28
AC


14
dance
26
R&B
4
rock


2
UK
[Capitol 5126]
written by Steve Miller
Say, Say, Say
8.
10/1983
375

✫1
US
3
AC


2
dance
2
R&B
24
rock


2
UK
as Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
[Epic 04169]
written by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Funkytown
9.
03/1980
369

✫1
US




✫1
dance
2
R&B




2
UK
charted as Funkytown / All Night Dancing in US dance charts
[Casablanca 2233]
written by Steven Greenberg
The Tide Is High
10.
11/1980
369

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance






✫1
UK
charted as Rapture / The Tide Is High in US dance charts
[Chrysalis 2465]
written by Howard Barrett, Tyrone Evans & John Holt
Centerfold
11.
11/1981
368

✫1
US




12
dance


✫1
rock


3
UK
charted as Centerfold / Flamethrower in US dance charts
[EMI America 8102]
written by Seth Justman
All Night Long (All Night)
12.
09/1983
364

✫1
US
✫1
AC


5
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
[Motown 1698]
written by Lionel Richie
I Love Rock 'n Roll
13.
12/1981
363

✫1
US




31
dance


✫1
rock


4
UK
as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #484]
[Boardwalk 7-11-135]
written by Alan Merrill & Jake Hooker
Physical
14.
10/1981
353

✫1
US
29
AC


22
dance
28
R&B




7
UK
[MCA 51182]
written by Steve Kipner & Terry Shaddick
Bette Davis Eyes
15.
03/1981
348

✫1
US
15
AC


26
dance


5
rock


10
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1982]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1982]
[EMI America 8077]
written by Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon
Let's Dance
16.
03/1983
345

✫1
US




✫1
dance
14
R&B
8
rock


✫1
UK
featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar
co-produced by Nile Rodgers
[EMI America 8158]
written by David Bowie
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?
17.
09/1982
342

2
US
8
AC


34
dance
39
R&B
21
rock


✫1
UK
charted as I'm Afraid of Me / Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? in US dance charts
[Virgin/Epic 03368]
written by Boy George, Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig), Roy Hay & Jon Moss
Mickey
18.
02/1982
340

✫1
US




3
dance






2
UK
[Chrysalis 2638]
written by Mike Chapman & Nicky Chinn
19.
05/1987
337

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B




✫1
UK
produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9598]
written by George Merrill & Shannon Rubicam
Maneater
20.
10/1982
330

✫1
US
14
AC


18
dance
78
R&B
18
rock


6
UK
[RCA 13354]
written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall & John Oates
Celebration
21.
10/1980
327

✫1
US
34
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




7
UK
charted as Celebration / Take It to the Top in US dance charts
[De-lite 807]
written by Donna Johnson, Claydes Charles Smith, Earl Eugene Toon Jr., James "J.T." Taylor, Ronald Bell (as Ronald Nathan Bell), George Brown (as George Melvin Brown), Dennis Ronald Thomas, Eumir Deodato, Robert Mickens, Robert Bell & Kool & the Gang
Another One Bites the Dust
22.
08/1980
327

✫1
US




2
dance
2
R&B




7
UK
[Elektra 47031]
written by John Deacon
Never Gonna Give You Up
23.
08/1987
324

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance






✫1
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1988]
produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman
[RCA 5347]
written by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken & Pete Waterman
Coming Up
24.
04/1980
324

✫1
US
48
AC


64
dance






2
UK
[live]
[Columbia 11263+]
written by Paul McCartney
Medley: Stars on 45
25.
04/1981
323

✫1
US
11
AC


18
dance






2
UK
[venus, sugar sugar, no reply, i'll be back, drive my car, do you want to know a secret, we can work it out, i should have known better, nowhere man, you're going to lose that girl, stars on 45]
[Radio 3810]
written by various
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
26.
03/1985
320

✫1
US
2
AC


✫1
dance


2
rock


2
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1986]
[Polygram 880659 (Mercury)]
written by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley & Chris Hughes
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
27.
11/1981
320

✫1
US
12
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
28
rock


8
UK
[RCA 12357]
written by Daryl Hall, John Oates & Sara Allen
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
28.
01/1987
318

✫1
US
2
AC


12
dance
5
R&B




✫1
UK
Like a Prayer
29.
03/1989
318

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
20
R&B




✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #300]
[Sire 27539]
written by Madonna & Patrick Leonard
Let's Hear It for the Boy
30.
04/1984
318

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
[Columbia 04417]
written by Tom Snow & Dean Pitchford
Ghostbusters
31.
06/1984
315

✫1
US
9
AC


6
dance
✫1
R&B
38
rock


2
UK
[Arista 9212]
written by Ray Parker Jr
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
32.
05/1984
313

✫1
US
4
AC


27
dance






✫1
UK
[Columbia 04552]
written by George Michael
When Doves Cry
33.
06/1984
312

✫1
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
31
rock


4
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #52]
charted as When Doves Cry / 17 Days in US dance charts
[Warner 29286]
written by Prince
34.
02/1983
312

✫1
US
36
AC


2
dance


16
rock


2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #356]
[RCA 13533]
written by Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart [David Allan Stewart]
Rapture
35.
01/1981
311

✫1
US




✫1
dance
33
R&B
35
rock


5
UK
charted as Rapture / The Tide Is High in US dance charts
[Chrysalis 2485]
written by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein
Easy Lover
36.
11/1984
311

2
US
15
AC


7
dance
3
R&B
5
rock


✫1
UK
with Phil Collins
[Columbia 04679]
written by Philip Bailey, Phil Collins & Nathan East
Part-Time Lover
37.
09/1985
307

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Tamla 1808]
written by Stevie Wonder
38.
12/1988
306

✫1
US
39
AC


3
dance
2
R&B




3
UK
[Virgin 99256]
written by Elliot Wolff
The Reflex
39.
04/1984
305

✫1
US




15
dance


35
rock


✫1
UK
Batdance
40.
06/1989

Batdance by Prince

from Batman   
305

✫1
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


18
alt.
2
UK
[Warner 22924]
written by Prince
41.
12/1983
302

2
US
42
AC


22
dance


23
rock


✫1
UK
42.
11/1985
301

2
US
2
AC


31
dance
6
R&B




✫1
UK
written by Wayne Brathwaite (as Wayne Anton Braithwaite), Barry Eastmond (as Barry James Eastmond), Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Billy Ocean
43.
08/1987
300

✫1
US
38
AC


26
dance






✫1
UK
[R]
[MCA 53167]
written by Ritchie Cordell
What's Love Got to Do with It
44.
05/1984
299

✫1
US
8
AC


21
dance
2
R&B
51
rock


3
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1985]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1985]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #309]
[Capitol 5354]
written by Terry Britten & Graham Lyle
Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car
45.
02/1988
299

✫1
US
5
AC


25
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Jive 9678]
written by Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Billy Ocean
How Will I Know
46.
12/1985
298

✫1
US
✫1
AC


3
dance
✫1
R&B




5
UK
Everything She Wants
47.
12/1984
297

✫1
US
4
AC


7
dance
12
R&B




2
UK
double A-side with Last Christmas in the UK ; charted as Everything She Wants / Like a Baby in US dance charts
written by George Michael
Gloria
48.
07/1982
296

2
US
28
AC


4
dance






6
UK
[Atlantic 4048]
written by Umberto Tozzi, Giancarlo Bigazzi & Trevor Veitch
West End Girls
49.
11/1985
296

✫1
US
26
AC


✫1
dance
36
R&B
37
rock


✫1
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1987]
[R]
[EMI America 8307]
written by Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe
Faith
50.
10/1987
295

✫1
US
5
AC


17
dance






2
UK
[Columbia 07623]
written by George Michael
Opposites Attract
51.
12/1989
294

✫1
US
45
AC


24
dance
3
R&B




2
UK
with The Wild Pair
rap by Derrick Delite from the Soul Purpose
[Virgin 99158]
written by Oliver Leiber
Rock Me Amadeus
52.
02/1986
294

✫1
US




4
dance
6
R&B




✫1
UK
charted as Rock Me Amadeus / Vienna Calling in US dance charts
[A&M 2821]
written by Rob Bolland, Ferdi Bolland & Falco
Like a Virgin
53.
11/1984
292

✫1
US
29
AC


✫1
dance
9
R&B




3
UK
[Sire 29210]
written by Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly
Let's Groove
54.
10/1981
292

3
US




3
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
charted as Let's Groove/I've Had Enough in US dance charts
[Columbia 02536]
written by Wayne Vaughn & Maurice White
Papa Don't Preach
55.
06/1986
291

✫1
US
16
AC


4
dance






✫1
UK
[Sire 28660]
written by Brian Elliot & Madonna
Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)
56.
08/1984
291

✫1
US
7
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




6
UK
[Jive 9199]
written by Billy Ocean & Keith Diamond
Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)
57.
06/1989
291

4
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
Start Me Up
58.
08/1981
290

2
US




14
dance


✫1
rock


7
UK
[Rolling Stones 21003]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
59.
08/1981
290

8
US




4
dance


12
rock


✫1
UK

written by Ed Cobb, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland Jr. (as Eddie Holland)
I Feel for You
60.
09/1984
290

3
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
featuring Stevie Wonder & Grandmaster Melle Mel
[Warner 29195]
written by Prince
Fame
61.
06/1980
288

4
US




✫1
dance






✫1
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1980]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1980]
charted as Fame (Irene Cara) / Red Light (Linda Clifford) / Hot Lunch Jam (Irene Cara) in US dance charts
[RSO 1034]
written by Michael Gore & Dean Pitchford
Electric Avenue
62.
01/1983
288

2
US




6
dance
18
R&B
12
rock


2
UK
[Columbia 03793 (Portrait)]
written by Eddy Grant
Shout
63.
12/1984
287

✫1
US




✫1
dance
56
R&B
6
rock


4
UK
Jump
64.
01/1984

Jump by Van Halen

from 1984   
285

✫1
US




17
dance
88
R&B
✫1
rock


7
UK
Lean on Me
65.
02/1987
284

✫1
US
31
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B




3
UK
[King Jay 28430]
written by Bill Withers
Sexual Healing
66.
10/1982
284

3
US
34
AC


12
dance
✫1
R&B




4
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #231]
[Columbia 03302]
written by Marvin Gaye
Together Forever
67.
02/1988
282

✫1
US
2
AC


✫1
dance






2
UK
Time (Clock of the Heart)
68.
11/1982
281

2
US
6
AC


46
dance
34
R&B




3
UK
[Virgin/Epic 03796]
written by Boy George, Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig), Roy Hay & Jon Moss
All Around the World
69.
10/1989
281

3
US
7
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Arista 9928]
written by Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney & Andy Morris
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
70.
12/1983
280

2
US




✫1
dance
80
R&B
16
rock


2
UK
[Portrait 37-04120]
written by Robert Hazard
Tell Her About It
71.
07/1983
279

✫1
US
✫1
AC


38
dance


17
rock


4
UK
[Columbia 04138]
written by Billy Joel
Master Blaster (Jammin')
72.
09/1980
278

5
US




10
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
[Tamla 54317]
written by Stevie Wonder
So Emotional
73.
10/1987
274

✫1
US
8
AC


✫1
dance
5
R&B




5
UK
produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9642]
written by Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg
Need You Tonight
74.
10/1987
274

✫1
US




7
dance
73
R&B
12
rock


2
UK
charted as Need You Tonight / Mediate in US dance charts
[Atlantic 89188]
written by Andrew Farriss & Michael Hutchence
75.
06/1987
274

✫1
US
44
AC


7
dance
✫1
R&B




4
UK
[Columbia 07675]
written by Terence Trent D'Arby & Sean Oliver
Hungry Like the Wolf
76.
05/1982
274

3
US




36
dance


✫1
rock


5
UK
The Way You Make Me Feel
77.
11/1987
274

✫1
US
9
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Epic 07645]
written by Michael Jackson
78.
02/1986

Kiss by Prince

from Parade   
274

✫1
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




6
UK
with The Revolution
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #461]
[Paisley Park 28751]
written by Prince
9 to 5
79.
11/1980
273

✫1
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country
77
dance






47
UK
charted as 9 to 5 / The House of the Rising Sun in US dance charts
written by Dolly Parton
You Keep Me Hangin' On
80.
10/1986
273

✫1
US
30
AC


6
dance






2
UK
My Prerogative
81.
08/1988
271

✫1
US




7
dance
✫1
R&B




6
UK
[MCA 53383]
written by Bobby Brown, Gene Griffin & Teddy Riley
Is There Something I Should Know?
82.
03/1983
271

4
US




34
dance


3
rock


✫1
UK
Pump Up the Jam
83.
09/1989
270

2
US




✫1
dance
10
R&B




2
UK
featuring Felly
written by Ya Kid K (as Manuela Kamosi) & Jo Bogaert (as Thomas de Quincey)
She Drives Me Crazy
84.
01/1989
270

✫1
US




✫1
dance
54
R&B


5
alt.
5
UK
[MCA 53483]
written by Roland Gift, David Steele & Andy Cox
Desire
85.
10/1988

Desire by U2

from Rattle and Hum   
269

3
US




37
dance


✫1
rock
✫1
alt.
✫1
UK
[Island 7-99250]
written by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr.
You Got It (The Right Stuff)
86.
11/1988
268

3
US




20
dance
28
R&B




✫1
UK
[Columbia 08092]
written by Maurice Starr
Walk Like an Egyptian
87.
09/1986
268

✫1
US




46
dance






3
UK
[Columbia 06257]
written by Liam Sternberg
Pass the Dutchie
88.
09/1982
268

10
US




11
dance
8
R&B




✫1
UK
Bad
89.
09/1987

Bad by Michael Jackson

from Bad   
267

✫1
US
33
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Epic 07418]
written by Michael Jackson
Who's That Girl
90.
07/1987
267

✫1
US
5
AC


44
dance
78
R&B




✫1
UK
[Sire 28341]
written by Madonna & Patrick Leonard
Sledgehammer
91.
04/1986
266

✫1
US




✫1
dance
61
R&B
✫1
rock


4
UK
[MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year 1987]
[Geffen 28718]
written by Peter Gabriel
92.
08/1986
265

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
3
R&B




8
UK
[A&M 2861]
written by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Owner of a Lonely Heart
93.
11/1983
262

✫1
US




3
dance
69
R&B
✫1
rock


28
UK
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
94.
05/1980
262

✫1
US
45
AC


82
dance






14
UK
[Columbia 11276]
written by Billy Joel
95.
05/1980
262

4
US
3
AC


50
dance
5
R&B




4
UK
96.
03/1985
262

3
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
13
R&B




2
UK
chated as New Attitude / Axel F in US dance charts [instrumental]
[MCA 52536]
written by Harold Faltermeyer
Don't You (Forget About Me)
97.
02/1985
262

✫1
US
36
AC


9
dance


✫1
rock


7
UK
[A&M 2703]
written by Keith Forsey & Steve Schiff
Miami Vice Theme
98.
09/1985
261

✫1
US
16
AC


23
dance
10
R&B
29
rock


5
UK
[instrumental]
[MCA 52666]
written by Jan Hammer
Love Shack
99.
09/1989
261

3
US




7
dance




✫1
alt.
2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #243]
[Warner 22817 (Reprise)]
written by Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland & Cindy Wilson
100.
06/1980
261

4
US
26
AC


2
dance
✫1
R&B




7
UK
[Warner 49505]
written by Rod Temperton

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