80s songs

While the fashion from the 1980s might only come out of the closet for dress up parties these days, the music is still considered some of the best of our time. Especially for music to get you moving.

From dance and pop hits to a little rap and rock, it’s got to be one of the most diverse, eclectic and extravagant decades in recent cultural history.

Here, we have been busy rifling through the tracks to whittle down a decade of music into 40 of the best tracks to move to. From dancing to exercise, if you want to get up off that couch, these are the songs to hit play on.

1. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper (1983)
2. “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar (1980)
3. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor (1982)
4. “Love Shack” by The B-52's (1989)
5. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson (1982)
6. “Manic Monday” by The Bangles (1986)
7. “Let's Dance” by David Bowie (1983)
8. “Livin' on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi (1986)
9. “I Love Rock N' Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (1982)
10. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson (1982)
11. “Faith” by George Michael (1987)
12. “Jump” by Van Halen (1984)
13. “Don't Stop Believin’" by Journey (1982)
14. “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves (1983)
15. “Kiss” by Prince (1986)
16. “Holiday” by Madonna (1983)
17. “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang (1980)
18. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson (1982)
19. “Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar (1983)
20. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics (1983)
21. “White Wedding” by Billy Idol (1982)
22. “Take on Me” by a-ha (1985)
23. “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles (1981)
24. “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club (1983)
25. “The Tide is High” by Blondie (1980)
26. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham (1984)
27. “Let's Hear It for the Boy” by Deniece Williams (1984)
28. “A Little Respect” by Erasure (1988)
29. “Sweet Child O' Mine” by Guns N' Roses (1987)
30. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins (1984)
31. “Wild Thing” by Tone-Loc (1989)
32. “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell (1981)
33. “Borderline” by Madonna (1983)
34. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston (1987)
35. “Just Can't Get Enough” by Depeche Mode (1981)
36. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley (1987)
37. “Always Something There to Remind Me” by Naked Eyes (1983)
38. “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block (1988)
39. “It Takes Two” by Rob Base (1988)
40. “Down Under” by Men at Work (1981)