A 175+ Song Dance Party Playlist For The Weekend

Alright, I’m going to get real with y’all — this is not just a broad-spectrum weekend dance party playlist. Specifically, it contains a ton of 80s new wave and that 90s dance music we interchangeably refer to as trance, techno, club, and house because it seems impossible to discern what the difference between them is. There’s some 80s “rock” in there, too, but dance-y rock like “Rio” and “Dancing With Myself.” There are two songs in there that are probably from the 70s but sound like they were produced in the 80s, both by Evelyn “Champagne” King. There are a few songs from the year 2000, but I tried to avoid dipping into that decade. This is mostly a playlist for people who haven’t listened to the radio in awhile and don’t know what the kids are dancing to these days. This is also a playlist for people who want to have a dance party with actual (for the most part) dance music and not, um, ‘danceable’ music that belongs to other genres. Mostly. I think I’m done qualifying for now. The playlist is here, and the track listing is below. Happy dancing and as always, feel free to leave suggestions for additions.

Crystal Waters – 100% Pure Love
Prince – 1999
Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night) – Single Version
Real McCoy – Another Night
Daft Punk – Around The World
The Pointer Sisters – Automatic
La Bouche – Be My Lover
Ace of Base – Beautiful Life
Alice Deejay – Better Off Alone – Hitradio Mix
New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Radio Edit
New Order – Blue Monday [12″ Version]
Underworld – Born Slippy (Nuxx)
Talking Heads – Burning Down the House
Quad City DJ’s – C’Mon ‘N’ Ride It (The Train)
Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
Gary Numan – Cars
Robert Miles – Children – Radio Edit
Mr. President – Coco Jamboo – Radio Version
K7 – Come Baby Come
Gloria Estefan – Conga
Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days
Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself – 2001 Digital Remaster
After The Fire – Der Kommissar
DJ Lynnwood – Do You Miss Me – Jocelyn Enriquez
Madison Avenue – Don’t Call Me Baby – Original 12″ Mix
INXS – Don’t Change
Yaz – Don’t Go
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Livin’ Joy – Dreamer (Re-Recorded / Remastered)
Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue
Black Box – Everybody Everybody – Le Freak Album Mix
Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight
Kortezman – Everybody’s Free – Original Kortezman Extended Mix
Madonna – Express Yourself
CeCe Peniston – Finally
Parliament – Flashlight
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
Ultra Nate – Free – Mood II Swing Extended Vocal Mix
Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love
Abba – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Duran Duran – Girls on Film
Rick James – Give It To Me Baby
Laura Branigan – Gloria
C+C Music Factory (Presenting Freedom Williams) – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
DJ Spiller – Groovejet – Spiller’s Radio Edit
Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) – Radio Mix
Taana Gardner – Heartbeat
Ini Kamoze – Here Comes The Hotstepper – Heartical Mix
Huey Lewis & The News – Hip To Be Square
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf
Dan Hartman – I Can Dream About You
Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
The Blackout Allstars – I Like It (Like That)
Modern English – I Melt With You
Groove Armada – I See You Baby (Fatboy Slim Remix)
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force – I Wonder If I Take You Home
Whitney Houston – I’m Every Woman
The Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited
Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy
Londonbeat – I’ve Been Thinking About You – Modern Pop Workout Mix
Stars On 54 – If You Could Read My Mind
Big Country – In A Big Country
The Bad Yard Club – In De Ghetto – Radio Mix
Mary Jane Girls – In My House
Madonna – Into The Groove
Sonique – It Feels So Good
Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two
Crush – Jellyhead
The Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love)
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400 – DJ Gius Mix, Radio Edit
Prince & The Revolution – Kiss
Intodeep – Last Night (a Dj Saved My Life) – Original Version
Dazz Band – Let It Whip
Shannon – Let The Music Play
David Bowie – Let’s Dance – 1999 Digital Remaster
Prince & The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy
Earth, Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It For The Boy
Madonna – Like A Virgin
Echo And The Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar
Evelyn “Champagne” King – Love Come Down
The B-52’s – Love Shack
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart – 2011 Total Version
The Cars – Magic
Michael Sembello – Maniac
De La Soul – Me, Myself & I
Everything But The Girl – Missing
Captain Hollywood Project – More And More – Original Single Version
M People – Moving On Up
Culture Beat – Mr. Vain Recall – Radio Edit
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You – 12″ Club Mix
Luscious Jackson – Naked Eye
INXS – Need You Tonight
Animotion – Obsession
Ready For The World – Oh Sheila
Daft Punk – One More Time
The Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another
Gina G – Ooh Aah (Just A Little Bit)
The Go-Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed
Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Stevie Wonder – Part-Time Lover
Eddie Murphy – Party All The Time
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock
Naked Eyes – Promises, Promises
M – Pump Up The Volume (UK 12″ Remix)
Salt-N-Pepa – Push It
The Nightcrawlers – Push the Feeling On – 2007 Remixes (Soul Avangers Remix)
Taco – Puttin’ On The Ritz
Madonna – Ray Of Light
Republica – Ready To Go
Basement Jaxx – Red Alert (Jaxx Radio Mix)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
SNAP! – Rhythm Is A Dancer
Duran Duran – Rio
The B-52’s – Roam
The Clash – Rock The Casbah
Timex Social Club – Rumors
Real McCoy – Run Away
Scatman John – Scatman (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-bop)
Laura Branigan – Self Control
Planet Soul – Set U Free – Fever Mix
Evelyn “Champagne” King – Shame
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money
Robin S – Show Me Love
Yaz – Situation
Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me – Single Version
Black Box – Strike It Up
Phil Collins – Sussudio
La Bouche – Sweet Dreams
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
The S.O.S Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right)
The Romantics – Talking In Your Sleep
Corina – Temptation
Kenny Dope – The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)
Sheila E – The Glamorous Life
SNAP! – The Power
Corona – The Rhythm Of The Night
Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank
Amber – This Is Your Night
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Lisette Melendez – Together Forever
Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
Le Click – Tonight Is The Night
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Nicki French – Total Eclipse of the Heart (Dance Mix)
Cathy Dennis – Touch Me (All Night Long)
Stacey Q – Two Of Hearts
EMF – Unbelievable
Madonna – Vogue
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
The Bangles – Walk Like An Egyptian – Album/Single
Katrina & The Waves – Walking On Sunshine
Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
Go-Go’s – We Got The Beat
Vengaboys – We Like To Party! (Six Flags)
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Haddaway – What Is Love – Single Mix
Information Society – What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy) (Re-recorded / Remastered)
Prince – When Doves Cry
Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You
No Mercy – Where Do You Go
Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (Radio Edit)
Devo – Whip It
Men At Work – Who Can It Be Now?
Cameo – Word Up
The Gap Band – You Dropped A Bomb On Me
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