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When it comes to weddings, 1980s songs are the best for getting everyone on the dance floor. The 1980s were a very diverse decade of music: Disco came to an abrupt end; the rise of the Hair Bands took over Classic Rock; New Wave became a very popular sub-genre of Pop music, as dance floors filled to the sound of synthesizers; Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Prince defined the sound of pop music of the 1980s; and Hip-Hop planted its roots for the 1990s.

The best 1980s songs for weddings are listed below; and as always, a Spotify playlist is included at the end for your listening enjoyment!

Last Updated: Winter 2020

1980s Songs:

a-ha – “Take On Me”

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AC/DC – “Back In Black”

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AC/DC – “You Shook Me All Night Long”

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Aerosmith – “Love In An Elevator”

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Animotion – “Room To Move”

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B-52’s – “Love Shack”

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Babyface – “It’s No Crime”

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Bananarama – “Venus”

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Bangles – “Walk Like An Egyptian”

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The Beach Boys – “Kokomo”

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Beastie Boys – “Brass Monkey”

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Beastie Boys – “Fight For Your Right”

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Belinda Carlisle – “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”

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Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”

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Billy Idol – “Dancing With Myself”

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Billy Idol – “Mony Mony”

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Billy Idol – “White Wedding”

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Billy Joel – “Uptown Girl”

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Billy Joel – “We Didn’t Start The Fire”

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Billy Ocean – “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)”

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Blondie – “Call Me”

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Blondie – “The Tide Is High”

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Bob Seger – “Old Time Rock & Roll”

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Bobby Brown – “My Prerogative”

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Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer”

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Bon Jovi – “You Give Love A Bad Name”

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Bonnie Tyler – “Holding Out For A Hero”

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Boy Meets Girl – “Waiting For A Star To Fall”

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Bruce Hornsby – “The Way It Is”

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Bruce Springsteen – “Dancing In The Dark”

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Bryan Adams – “Summer Of 69′”

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Cameo – “Word Up”

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Carl Carlton – “She’s A Bad Mama Jama”

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The Cars – “Shake It Up”

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Cher – “If I Could Turn Back Time”

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The Commodores – “Lady (You Bring Me Up)”

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Culture Club – “Karma Chameleon”

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Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”

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David Bowie – “Let’s Dance”

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Dazz Band – “Let It Whip”

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Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”

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Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me”

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Deniece Williams – “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”

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DEVO – “Whip It”

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Dexy’s Midnight Runners – “Come On Eileen”

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Diana Ross – “Upside Down”

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Dire Straits – “Walk Of Life”

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Dolly Parton – “9 To 5”

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Duran Duran – “Hungry Like A Wolf”

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Earth, Wind & Fire – “Let’s Groove”

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Eddie Money – “Take Me Home Tonight”

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Eddie Rabbitt – “I Love A Rainy Night”

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Eddy Grant – “Electric Avenue”

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Europe – “The Final Countdown”

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Eurythmics – “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”

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A Flock Of Seagulls – “I Ran (So Far Away)”

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Genesis – “Invisible Touch”

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Gloria Estefan – “Conga”

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Guns N Roses – “Paradise City”

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Guns N Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”

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Hall & Oats – “Private Eyes”

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Hall & Oats – “You Make My Dreams”

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Huey Lewis & The News – “The Power Of Love”

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The Human League – “Don’t You Want Me”

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Irene Cara – “Flashdance… What A Feeling”

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The J. Geils Band – “Centerfold”

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Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “I Love Rock N’ Roll”

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John Mellencamp – “Jack & Diane”

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Journey – “Any Way You Want It”

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Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin'”

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Katrina & The Waves – “Walking On Sunshine”

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Kenny Loggins – “Danger Zone”

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Kenny Loggins – “Footloose”

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The Knack – “My Sharona”

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Kool & The Gang – “Celebration”

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Kool & The Gang – “Get Down On It”

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Lipps Inc. – “Funkytown”

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Los Lobos – “La Bamba”

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Madness – “Our House”

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Madonna – “Into The Groove”

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Madonna – “Like A Prayer”

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Marcia Griffiths – “Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)”

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Matthew Wilder – “Break My Stride”

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Men At Work – “Down Under”

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Men At Work – “Who Can It Be Now”

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Michael Jackson – “Bad”

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Michael Jackson – “Beat It”

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Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”

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Michael Jackson – “Man In The Mirror”

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Michael Jackson “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”

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Michael Jackson – “Rock With You”

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Michael Jackson – “Smooth Criminal”

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Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

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Michael Jackson – “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”

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Michael Sembello – “Maniac”

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Modern English – “I Melt With You”

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – “Fishin’ In The Dark”

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Olivia Newton-John – “Physical”

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The Outfield – “Your Love”

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Pat Benatar – “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”

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Pat Benatar – “Love Is A Battlefield”

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Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – “Say Say Say”

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Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls”

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Phil Collins- “Two Hearts”

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Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited”

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Pointer Sisters – “Jump (For My Love)”

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Prince – “1999”

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Prince – “Kiss”

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Prince – “Let’s Go Crazy”

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Prince – “Raspberry Beret”

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Prince – “When Doves Cry”

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Queen – “Another One Bites The Dust”

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Queen – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

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Queen – “Under Pressure”

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Ray Parker, Jr. – “Ghostbusters”

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Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”

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Rick Astley – “She Wants To Dance With Me”

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Rick Astley – “Together Forever”

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Rick James – “Super Freak”

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Rick Springfield – “Jessie’s Girl”

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Rob Base – “It Takes Two”

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The Romantics – “What I Like About You”

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Roy Orbison – “You Got It”

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Run-D.M.C. – “It’s Tricky”

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Run-D.M.C. Feat. Aerosmith – “Walk This Way”

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Salt-N-Pepa – “Push It”

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Simple Minds – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”

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Soft Cell – “Tainted Love”

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The Spinners – “Working My Way Back To You”

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Starship – “We Built This City”

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Steve Winwood – “Higher Love”

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Steve Winwood – “Roll With It”

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Sugarhill Gang – “Apache”

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Survivor – “Eye Of The Tiger”

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Technotronic Feat. Felly – “Pump Up The Jam”

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Tiffany – “I Think We’re Alone Now”

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Tom Petty – “Free Fallin'”

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Tone-Loc – “Wild Thing”

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Toni Basil – “Mickey”

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Toto – “Africa”

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Van Halen – “Jump”

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The Weather Girls – “It’s Raining Men”

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Wham! – “Everything She Wants”

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Wham! – “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”

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Whitney Houston – “How Will I Know”

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Whitney Houston – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”

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Young M.C. – “Bust A Move”

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ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man”

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