In the ’80s, you had the Moonwalk, the Running Man, the Cabbage Patch, the Roger Rabbit, the Kid n Play kick-step, the Robot, the Worm, the Wave and all sorts of break-dancing among others hitting the dancefloor. You had great dancing in the movies as evidenced by our popularTop Dance Scenes from ’80s Movieslist. You also had plenty of dancing on our radios and on our MTV.Music anddancinggo hand in hand. Music can certainly inspire you to dance and, conversely, dance can inspire music. This was apparent in the ’80s (as well as other decades) with many songs even includingdanceordancingin the title.
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“We can dance if we want to. We can leave your friends behind. Because your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance, well, they’re no friends of mine.”
There’s my list. As usual and as I mentioned earlier, these are based on my personal preferences and the order could very well change a little depending on my mood or nostalgia on a given day. Interesting that Michael Jackson, who was so identified by his dancing in the ’80s, didn’t have any hit songs with dance in its title.
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One that just missed qualifying for the list was Van Halen’s “Dance the Night Away” since it was actually released in 1979.Are there any songs from the ’80s with dance/dancing in the title that you feel I have overlooked?If you have others or if you’d rank any differently, please leave them in the comments section below. There is an appropriate Japanese proverb that I have always liked and that loosely translates to:“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.”In the ’80s, we had lots of reasons to dance and these songs represent just a small portion of that inspiration.