The 80s were a great decade for music, especially when it came to party music! There was such a huge variety of genres available at that time including rock, pop, hip hop and so much more. If you want to throw an awesome 80s themed party with your friends or just have a blast reminiscing about those good old days then this playlist is exactly what you need!
“Use It Up And Wear It Out” – New Order
This is one of the most important 80s songs because it was the first to be played on MTV and it also went on to win the Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 1988. The song was written by the band members Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris. The song was a hit in the UK, reaching number one and selling a whopping three million copies and becoming popular in America where it reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Use It Up And Wear It Out” is a fun party song that is sure to get your guests up dancing even if it was written for them!
“Let’s Go Crazy” – Prince & The Revolution
The song was written by Prince and his band member, Matt Fink who also sang it. It’s an upbeat song that talks about how great it is to be alive and having fun in the here and now. It reached number two in the US after selling more than two million copies before going on to win the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group In 1988. The song is one of those party songs that will have your guests up dancing from start to finish!
“I’m Too Sexy” – Right Said Fred
This song was written by the band’s guitarist, Fred Farian. He wrote this one in 1987 and it was first released as a single on the German label Ariola. The song became popular in Europe after it was released there and eventually made its way over to America where it went on to win the Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 1988. “I’m Too Sexy” is definitely one of those 80s party songs that will have your guests up and dancing!
“We Are The World” – USA For Africa
This song was a huge success during the 80s as it sold over 20 million copies and was part of Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” album in 1987. It came about when Quincy Jones called together a bunch of superstar musicians to record an album which would benefit African children starving due to drought, poverty and disease. The song then went on to become an international hit, winning awards for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year in the US. “We Are The World” is a fun party song that will have your guests up and dancing whether they’re singing along or not!
“Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper
This song was released in 1984 and it was written by the band’s guitarist, Jimmy Marinos, who had previously written “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” for Cyndi Lauper. The song was a huge hit in America where it peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, but also went on to have huge success in Europe reaching number one in several countries including Belgium, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. “Time After Time” is definitely one of those 80s party songs that will get your guests up and dancing from start to finish!