317 Best 80s Songs For Your Wedding Or Dance Party (Top Hits)

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Are you looking for the best 80s dance music for your wedding or party? If so, you have come to the right place!

Putting together an 80s music playlist for your party will take you back to one of the best decades of all time (Big hair and parachute pants included)!

Here’s a list of our favorite 1980s wedding songs for your big day or retro dance party (you can scroll through from top to bottom, or you can simply click on one of the links below to be taken right to that section):

A group of people dancing on the dance floor at a wedding. This is for the article, best 80s wedding dance songs.

Upbeat Dance Songs From The 80s For Your Wedding Reception Or Dance Party

These fun & upbeat 80s songs will definitely get your guests on the dance floor! You can use these top hits from the eighties to build your ultimate dance party playlist!

The Michael Jackson Thriller music video was the start of story-form music videos in the 80s.

Here is the full video (a must-see if you have never seen the entire full-length feature). If the video is not showing up on your phone, you can simply open it in YouTube here.

Top 80s First Dance Wedding Songs

If you are looking for the perfect song for your first dance, we have put together some awesome choices for your big day.

Most of these songs would also work for walking down the aisle during the wedding ceremony.

If you want more first dance song ideas, we have an entire article about The Best First Dance Songs.

  • The Neverending Story” by Limahl (From the 1984 hit movie, The Neverending Story. If the video below does not load on your phone, you can watch the 3 minute video on YouTube)
  • If you are a fan of Stranger Things, then you will appreciate this scene of Dustin and Suzie singing their version of The Neverending Story (If the video below does not play on your phone, you can watch it on YouTube here).

    80s Father Daughter & Mother Son Dance Songs

    *If you need more song ideas for the parent dances, check out the best songs for the father-daughter dance and the best songs for the mother-son dance.

    The Best 80s Slow Dance Songs for Couples (Great Love Songs)

    Some of these songs would also be a perfect choice for walking down the aisle at your wedding ceremony.

    What? Friends listen to Endless Love in the dark.

    Happy Gilmore

    Rap and Hip-Hop Songs From The 1980s For Your Dance Party

    80s Rock Songs for Your Wedding Day

    If you love rock music, check out The Best Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Wedding Songs or The Best Pop Punk Wedding Songs.

    A group of poeple having fun on the dance floor at an 80s theme wedding.

    80s Music Playlist For Party (Or Getting Room On The Wedding Day)

    Some songs from the eighties might not be upbeat enough for your reception or party dance floor, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be a part of your day or event.

    Here are few more songs that you might want to add to your 80s music playlist:

    Which 80s song is still the most requested at US weddings?

    Even though there are hundreds of awesome 80s songs to use at your wedding, there are 3 songs that continue to get requested the most.

    We polled hundreds of couples, talked with over 30 wedding DJs, and the results showed that there were 3 obvious winners.

    Here they are, in order:

    1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
    2. Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey
    3. Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

    There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The 3 most requested 80s wedding songs of all time.

    What was the number 1 song of the 80s?

    The number 1 song from the 1980s was “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John. “Physical” was released on October 13, 1981. It stayed in the first position on “Billboard’s Hot 100 Number 1 Singles” for 10 weeks in a row. No other song from the 1980s stayed at number 1 that long.

    Physical” by Olivia Newton-John

    80s Dances

    Now that you have picked out the best 80s songs for your wedding or dance party, it’s time to pair them up with some of the most popular dances from the ’80s.

    If you want to impress your guests, learn how to do a few of these ’80s dance moves:

    • The Running Man
    • Moonwalk
    • The Snake (a.k.a. The Axl Rose)
    • Roger Rabbit
    • The Kid N’ Play
    • Hammer-Dance (U Can’t Touch This!)
    • The Cabbage Patch
    • The Sprinkler
    • Thriller Dance
    • The Lawn Mower
    • The Clone (a.k.a. The Molly Ringwald)

    A fun collection of dances from the eighties:

    The best video tutorial on how to do The Roger Rabbit:

    What Were The Biggest Hit Songs Of The 80s?

    When making your wedding playlist, you might want to stick to the top hits. We have compiled the top music singles from each year of the 80s for you (according to Billboard magazine record charts).

    1980 Top 10 Hit Songs

    1. “Call Me” by Blondie
    2. “Another Brick in the Wall, Part ll” by Pink Floyd
    3. “Magic” by Olivia Newton-John
    4. “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson
    5. “Do That To Me One More Time” by Captain & Tennille
    6. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen
    7. “Coming Up” by Paul McCartney
    8. “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc
    9. “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” by Billy Joel
    10. “The Rose” by Bette Midler

    1981 Top 10 Hit Songs

    1. “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes
    2. “Endless Love” by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
    3. “Lady” by Kenny Rogers
    4. “(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon
    5. “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
    6. “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang
    7. “Kiss on My List” by Hall & Oates
    8. “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbit
    9. “9 To 5” by Dolly Parton
    10. “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon

    1982 Top 10 Hit Songs

    1. “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John
    2. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
    3. “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
    4. “Ebony and Ivory” by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
    5. “Centerfold” by The J. Geils Band
    6. “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League
    7. “Jack & Diane” by John Cougar
    8. “Hurts So Good” by John Cougar
    9. “Abracadabra” by Steve Miller Band
    10. “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” by Chicago

    1983 Top 10 Hit Songs

    1. “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
    2. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
    3. “Flashdance (What a Feeling)” by Irene Cara
    4. “Down Under” by Men at Work
    5. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson
    6. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
    7. “Maneater” by Hall & Oates
    8. “Baby, Come to Me” by Patti Austin and James Ingram
    9. “Maniac” by Michael Sembello
    10. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics

    1984 Top 10 Hit Songs

    1. “When Doves Cry” by Prince and The Revolution
    2. “What’s Love Got to Do with It” by Tina Turner
    3. “Say Say Say” by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
    4. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
    5. “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” by Phil Collins
    6. “Jump” by Van Halen
    7. “Hello” by Lionel Richie
    8. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes
    9. “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.
    10. “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club

    1985 Top 10 Hit Songs

    1. “Careless Whisper” by Wham!
    2. “Like A Virgin” by Madonna
    3. “Wake Me up Before you Go-Go” by Wham!
    4. “I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner
    5. “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan
    6. “Out Of Touch” by Hall & Oats
    7. “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears
    8. “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits
    9. “Crazy for You” by Madonna
    10. “Take On Me” by a-ha

    1986 Top 10 Hit Songs

    1. That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne and Friends (Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder)
    2. “Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie
    3. “I Miss You” by Klymaxx
    4. “On My Own” by Pattie LaBelle and Michael McDonald
    5. “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister
    6. “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston
    7. “Party All The Time” by Eddie Murphy
    8. “Burning Heart” by Survivor
    9. “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister
    10. “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer

    1987 Top 10 Hit Songs

    1. “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles
    2. “Alone” by Heart
    3. “Shake You Down” by Gregory Abbott
    4. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
    5. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship
    6. “C’est La Vie” by Robbie Nevil
    7. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
    8. “The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby and the Range
    9. “Shakedown” by Bob Seger
    10. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

    1988 Top 10 Hit Songs

    1. “Faith” by George Michael
    2. “Need You Tonight” by INXS
    3. “Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison
    4. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley
    5. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
    6. “So Emotional” by Whitney Houston
    7. “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle
    8. “Could’ve Been” by Tiffany
    9. “Hands to Heaven” by Breathe
    10. “Roll with It” by Steve Winwood

    1989 Top 10 Hit Songs

    1. “Look Away” by Chicago
    2. “My Perogative” by Bobby Brown
    3. “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” by Poison
    4. “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul
    5. “Miss You Much” by Janet Jackson
    6. “Cold Hearted” by Paula Abdul
    7. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
    8. “Girl you Know It’s True” by Milli Vanilli
    9. “Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley” by Will to Power
    10. “Giving You the Best That I Got” by Anita Baker

    *Coming Soon: Best dance songs of the 90s and best dance songs of the 70s

    If you are looking for wedding music for each part of your day, we have 100’s of amazing song ideas for you here.

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