The sound of the 1980s evolved a bit with the emergence of New Wave and Techno music, but the disco feel of the 70s tagged along for sure. ‘Off the Wall’, Michael Jackson’s fifth studio album was released August 10, 1979 and kept the Disco ride going, but may have signaled it’s end.
The 80s provided us with more of an urban feel with the likes of The Gap Band, Digital Underground, Rick James and Tone Loc, just to name a few. From personal experience, I can safely say that this is a good selection of the greatest dance floor hits of the 80s, at least for us Western and Central New York 80s night-clubbers.
These are the Top 20 hits I spun through-out the 80s when I was in the booth playin’ floor scrubbin’, elbow rubbin’, night clubbin’ music. I called myself the Clark Gable of the turntable…the Al Capone of the microphone, the Wolf Blitzer of the music mixer, okay, I’ll knock it off.
The Ultimate 80s Disco Dance Playlist
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1. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
The Essential Michael Jackson
2. Madonna – Into The Groove
Celebration (Deluxe Video Edition)
3. Rick James – Super Freak
20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rick James
4. Kool and the Gang – Celebration
Celebration: The Best of Kool & the Gang (1979-1987)
5. Rob Base – It Takes Two
It Takes Two (Re-Recorded / Remastered)
6. Salt- N-Pepa – Push It
Push It – Single
7. Shannon – Let The Music Play
Let the Music Play
8. Tone Loc – Wild Thing
Wild Thing (Peaches Remix) – EP
9. Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam
Pump Up the Jam
10. New Order – Blue Monday
11. The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
Get the Feeling
12. S.O.S. Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right)
Best of The S.O.S. Band
13. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
14. Digital Underground – The Humpty Dance
Rhino Hi-Five: Hip Hop, Vo. 2 – EP
15. Earth, Wind and Fire – Let’s Groove
Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits
16. Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance
The Silver Collection
17. Gap Band – You Dropped a Bomb On Me
Gap Band: Ultimate Collection
18. Mary Jane Girls – In My House
20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Motown ’80s, Vol. 1
19. Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Around
You Spin Me Around (A Tribute to Dead or Alive) – Single
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