From Michael Jackson to Prince, and from K.C. to Billy Idol and Duran Duran, the songs that made dancing to a generation will survive in the heart of many listeners.
The decade of the 80′, which began musically after the punk-rock and the emergence of the Disco music, caught the sound of those times.
The danceable songs and their catchy rhythmic patterns, sustained in a sturdy tandem battery-low and successful touches of Guitars and synthesizers, as well as colorful and memorable choruses, were abundant and made the delight of several generations of listeners.
The same as they danced with joy in the remembered holidays, or on the dance floor of a disco in the neighborhood. Some of the best danceable songs of that decade.
Here are the best.
1 – “Wanna Be Startin’ Something’” Michael Jackson.
Included in the bestseller “Thriller” this song of the king of pop was released as the fourth single from that album on May 8 1983.
The song was written in 1978 by the same Michael Jackson and peaked at number five on the U.S. list of simple billboard.
The song stood out immediately for its rhythmic, funky touch, tinged with successful contributions of bronzes.
The final part of the song contains an unforgettable chorus, almost tribal, played by the same “black gold“.
Launched in 1979, this song by this French singer from a Spanish father and Italian-Austrian mother, became a worldwide success throughout the world.
And the same thing happened in our country, especially during the years 1980 and 1981, when the song reached its greatest diffusion and popularity.
To this day the song, (“I Was Born to Be Alive”) refers to the hedonism and the slogan of not to give up the dreams, it is still scheduled in some radios and is a track in any selection of disco music.
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3 -“Dancing with myself”, Billy Idol.
This song was released in 1981 by Generation X, the punk band led by the singer and songwriter Billy Idol.
With steely touches of Punky, thanks to the Sharp guitars that emerge at the beginning of the song, the same won great popularity due to hes promotional video, directed by the renowned filmmaker of horror movies Tobe Hooper.
4 – “You’d gimme so more” K.C.& The Sunshine Band
After touching the sky with singles like “Please don’t go”, “I’m your boogie man” and “Keep it comin’ love” in the decade of the 70′, the singer and keyboardist Harry Casey shook the clubs from all over the world with this remarkable single released in 1982.
The song that mixes the disco music and dance, stands out for his syncopated and orgasmic keyboard and the unmistakable voice of the American artist.
The following year, Casey would perch in the first lists of the charts with another single, “Give It Up”
5 – “Rock and roll is King” Electric Light Orchestra
Included in the album “Secret messages”, of 1983, this song took the band back to the top of the charts.
Composed and performed by the vocalist and guitarist Jeff Lynne, the song was stripped out of the traditional symphonic airs of the group and represented a return in glory and majesty to the roots (“rock and roll is king”) of this excellent english group.
6 – “The Reflex” Duran Duran
Composed and performed by this famous British new romantic quintet and included on the album “Seven and the Ragged Tiger”, this song was released in April 1984 and reached number 1 in the UK singles chart.
In June of that same year reached the number 1 of the Billboard Hot 100 list of the United States for two weeks.
From there, the song became a huge international success, helped in part to his popular video, directed by film director Russell Mulcahy (“Highlander”) and that it was recorded during the tour “Sing Blue Silver” in a stadium in Toronto in March 1984.
At the insistence of the band members that their videos “could not be ordinary”, they added some interesting special effects, like the part where a giant screen next to the stage comes a cascade of water and soak the public.
7 – “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Cindy Lauper
This single, included on the album “She’s so unusual”, was the first worldwide success of the North American singer Cindy Lauper at the end of 1983.
Who Won fame as a powerful feminist anthem (“The Girls Just Want To Have Fun”), because the song letters claims the role of women in society (Gillian G. Gaar, author of the book “She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll”, considers the video “a strong feminist declaration“.
This song with touches of hymn, driven by a remarkable synthesizer and a devastating, reached great popularity due precisely to the award-winning and joyful video, which shows, among other characters, the own mother (who interprets itself) and the brother of the singer.
This song was top 10 in more than 25 countries and ranked number 23 in “100 best songs of the 80,” according to the VH1.
8 – “Never gonna give you up”, Rick Astley
Released as the first single from the album “Whenever You Need Somebody” the young English singer Rick Astley, was number 1 in the charts of the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.
The song, in the new millennium, later gained even greater popularity thanks to the Internet joke or phenomenon known as “Rickrolling“, where a series of deceptions links directed the attention of the visitors to the music video of the song.
(in 2008, in just a couple of days, more than 13 million people watched the video thanks to this “trap” of cyberspace).
In the same video appears a smiling and colorín Rick Astley singing and dancing, with backup dancers.
9 – “Don’t You Want Me” (The Human League
“Don’t You Want Me” is a single by British synthpop group The Human League, released on 27 November 1981 as the fourth single from their third studio album Dare (1981).
“Dancing in the dark” Bruce Springsteen
Composed and performed by the “Boss” Bruce Springsteen, this song is considered the most successful single and known of his career. Included in the album “Born in the U.S.A.”, the most sold LP (See here LP meaning) of Bruce Springsteen.
The song is notable for robust battery, the riffs of the synthesizer and the sax by Clarence Clemons.