The 80’s was a fun decade marked by big hair, shoulder pads, colorful fashion, surplus and music that spanned many genres. Punk, new wave, pop, rock and roll and even disco seemed to work together to create memorable songs. There are many fantastic dance songs from the 80’s, and people have different favorites from the period. But there are some songs that are often considered classic 80s dance music.
Michael Jackson s Thriller
The album ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson has sold more than 30 million copies, according to an article on Time.com. Many songs from Thriller have become classic 80s songs, including ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Beat It’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘PYT (Pretty Young Thing).’
The video for these songs has helped make them even more memorable. When the video for ‘Billie Jean’ came out, many people tried to emulate Jackson’s dance style. The video for ‘Thriller’ is still considered one of the best videos of all time.
Madonna exploded on the music scene in the early 80’s and had many hits during the decade that have become classic dance songs. From her album called ‘Madonna’, the songs ‘Holiday’, ‘Borderline’ and ‘Lucky Star’ were dance clubs. Her next album, ‘Like a Virgin’, created the dance ‘Like a Virgin’, ‘Material Girl’, ‘In Groove’ and ‘Dress Up.’ Madonna ended the decade with the album ‘Like a Prayer’ with the hits ‘Express yourself’ and ‘Like a Prayer’.
There were many artists in the 80’s who had a really popular hit, and these songs are still popular. ‘Relaxation’ does not make it by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, ‘Never Gonna Give Up’ by Rick Astley, ‘Safety Dance’ by Men Without Hats, ‘Super Freak’ by Rick James, ‘Electr ic Avenue’ by Eddy Grant, ‘Tainted Love ‘by Soft Cell,’ It Takes Two ‘by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock,’ Funky Town ‘by Lipps Inc. and’ Bust a Move ‘by Young MC.
These artists had other minor hits, but these songs were most successful and are often still played today in dance clubs.
More 80’s songs
Other artists had several hits in the 80’s, and some of these have since become dance classics. For example, as part of the Prince and the Revolution, Prince had big hits with the songs ‘1999’ and ‘Let’s Go Crazy.’ Duran Duran played a major role with the songs ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ and ‘Rio.’ band ‘Dead or Alive’ had a few hits, the biggest of them was ‘You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)’. The girl group Bananarama hit the charts with the songs ‘Venus’ and ‘Cruel Summer’.
There are several compile audio CDs that contain various 80’s dance hits. Purchasing one of these is a great way to get a taste of the best 80’s dance music.