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Who's willing to throw me a song listing (about 40-50) that would work for an 80's theme party. Sort of like a 45th birthday party.
They especially mentioned 80's music that'll keep 'em dancing all night. Last year I mixed in too many 70's (didn't know the difference, I guess).

Can someone help me with a bang-up list of "nothing-but-dance" 80's?
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 1:14 am
OMD - Enola Gay
Kim Wilde - Kids in America
Rockwell - Sombodys watching me
Camouflage - The Great commandment
Men Whitout hats - Safety Dance
Alphaville - Big in jaoan
Murray Head - One night in bangkok
Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax
Salt n pepa - Push it
Trans-X - Living on a video
Sabrina - Boys
Sandra - In the heat of the night

Some examples
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 3:09 am
mizurPRO InfinityMember since 2003
Here it goes... (maybe not 40-50, but enough to get you started)

These are real playlists from a great eighties venue in Mexico City, "NEWS" (Pedregal)

Snap - The Power
EMF - Unvelievable
Roxette - Joyride
Phill Collins - Something Happened On The Way To Heaven (Remix)
Heavy D - Now That We Found Love (David Morales Mix)
Ceejay - Finally
Blackbox - Strike It Up
Clubhouse - Deep In My Heart
Erasure - Love To Hate You
Cartouche - Feel The Groove
Deee Lite - Groove Is In The Heart

And another set...

Milli Vanilli - Girl You Know It's True
Paula Abdul - Straight Up
Roxette - The Look
Linear - Sending All My Love
Erasure - A Little Respect
Sonia - Never Stop Me From Loving You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Omd - Pandora's Box
Cathy Dennis - Touch Me All Night Long
Adventures Of Stevie V - Dirty Cash

And yet another...

Rock Master Scott - The Roof Is on Fire
Noel - Silent Morning
MARRS - Pump Up The Volume
Rick Astley - Together Forever (Lovers Leap)
Bananarama - Love In The First Degree
Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done To Deserve This
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Spagna - Call Me
Kylie Minogue - I Should Be So Lucky
Donna Summer - This Time I Know It's For Real

Keep em' comin...

Madonna - Like A Prayer
Was Not Was - Walk The Dinosaur
FYC - She Drives Me Crazy
New Kids On The Block - The Right Stuff

And another...

Dimples D - Sucker DJ
Dino - That's The Way I Like It
Leila K - Got To Get
Madonna - Vogue

The ones posted before are real sets, even in the ordered played (from - to + BPM), most of them late eighties (1987-1990)

Here on are some great early-mid eighties tracks in no particular order, these tracks are sure to get people dancin'.

Hall & Oates - Maneater
Wham - Wake Me Up
Stevie Wonder - Part Time Lover
Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
- Thriller
- The Way You Make Me Feel
Depeche Mode - Strange Love (Pain Mix)
- Just Can't get Enough
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just wanna Have Fun
Joan Jett - I Love Rock N Roll
Billy Idol - Mony Mony
Doctor & The Medics - Spirit In The Sky
Alphaville - Big In Japan
Ashford & Simpson - Solid
Timex Social Club - Rumors
Breakfast Club - Never Be The Same
Simple Minds - Don't you Forget About Me
Starship - We Built This City
- Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Go West - We Close our Eyes
Pet shop Boys - West End Girls
Rick Astley - My Arms keep missing You
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark
A-Ha - Take On Me
Tears For Fears - Shout
- Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth

Well my friend all of these should get you started... remeber all of the tracks listed before are club tracks, really played and really beloved by the public in those years.

Some other dj's might recomend wedding or specific crowd listings.

Hope this is useful to you.
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 3:35 am
DO NOT PLAY the following songs from the previous posts:

OMD - Enola Gay
Kim Wilde - Kids in America
Camouflage - The Great Commandment
Alphaville - Big In Joan
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
Sabrina - Boys
Sandra - In The Heat Of The Night
Phil Collins - Something Happened on the Way to Heaven
Ceejay - Finally
Clubhouse - Deep In My Heart
Erasure - Love To Hate You
Cartouche - Feel The Groove
Linear - Sending All My Love
Sonia - Never Stop Me From Loving You
OMD - Pandora's Box
Adventures Of Stevie V - Dirty Cash
Rock Master Scott - The Roof Is On Fire
Noel - Silent Morning
Bananarama - Love In The First Degree
Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done To Deserve This
Spagna - Call Me
Kylie Minogue - I Should Be So Lucky
Donna Summer - This Time I Know It's For Real
Dimples D - Sucker DJ
Dino - That's The Way I Like It
Leila K - Got To Get
Alphaville - Big In Japan
Breakfast Club - Never Be The Same
Go West - We Close Our Eyes
Rick Astley - My Arms Keep Missing You

All of these songs are either too depressing, melancholy, obscure, or forgotten in the sands of time (Cartouche - Feel The Groove?? Alphaville - Big In Japan? Spagna - Call Me????? Really? Come on, nobody knows these songs). Even some of the songs I left off the "do not play" list are iffy but these ones are the definite do not play unless you want an empty dance floor. If you're doing an 80's themed party you have to go with the MOST popular songs. Even though a lot of the following songs are cheesy, keep in mind that people associate the 80's with cheese and FUN music, not depressing "art school new wave". Keep in mind that it's not going to be ALL 45 year old people there, there's likely to be younger and older people there so you need to play the most fun and recognizable music that people will actually want to dance to and sing along to.

Add these to your list (in no particular order):

Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
Kenny Loggins - Footloose
Tony Basil - Hey Mickey
Madonna - Holiday
Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It
RUN DMC & Aerosmith - Walk This Way
Prince - Kiss
Young MC - Bust A Move
Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two
Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
Tone Loc - Wild Thing
Prince - Let's Go Crazy
Prince - 1999
Denise Williams - Let's Hear It For The Boy
DeBarge - Rhythm Of The Night
Lionel Richie - All Night Long
UB40 - Red Red Wine
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Bananarama - Venus
Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine
The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
Irene Cara - What A Feeling (Flashdance)
The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
The Clash - Rock The Casbah
Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf
The Eurhythmics - Sweet Dreams
The Go Go's - We Got The Beat
Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue
Madness - Our House
George Michael - Faith
Nena - 99 Red Baloons
The Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited
The Proclaimers - 500 Miles (I'm Gonna Be)
Eddie Murphy - Party All The Time

My additions might be songs that we've all heard a million times, but guess what? These songs actually keep people dancing.
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 9:57 am
mizurPRO InfinityMember since 2003
With all respect dizzyrocks2001 the post asked you to suggest some tracks not to trash the previous ones.

I could as easily trash your crowd cause if they (or you) don't know songs like Spagna - Call Me and some of the other tracks you trashed then you're not really 80's fans.

The songs I listed come not just from my opinion, i was a real eighties dj and those songs brought the house down.

Most of the songs you mention nobody knows are included in several cd and dvd eighties compilations... so just like that it's not just my opinion.

I can understand your opinion (if not your ways) if you or the people you play for did not live the eighties and are just fans of the eighties stuff played on the radio over the last few years, but if you want to play for people over the age of 35 that really lived those days on the club scene you should have more than Toni Basil on your deck.

Obscure... oh my god, all of this tracks are perfectly known in my country (Mexico) and we don't even speak english...

By the way I agree with most of your tracks, however some of the groups you mention in fact do have better tracks than the ones you selected, just to name one... Duran Duran - The Reflex is much better option than Hungry Like A Wolf (also great dance tune). But this is not a critic nor debate post is a playlist suggestion post.
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 11:16 am
[quote=mizur]With all respect dizzyrocks2001 the post asked you to suggest some tracks not to trash the previous ones.

It's okay, dizzyrocks, the input was still very useful, as you gave a valid reason why they may not be easily danceable too. I'm from Maine, USA, and you're right; most people here wouldn't even know or care about some of those you mentioned. I never heard of 90% of them myself (and I'm a DJ, right). :)
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 11:31 am
mizur wrote :
With all respect dizzyrocks2001 the post asked you to suggest some tracks not to trash the previous ones.

I could as easily trash your crowd cause if they (or you) don't know songs like Spagna - Call Me and some of the other tracks you trashed then you're not really 80's fans.

The songs I listed come not just from my opinion, i was a real eighties dj and those songs brought the house down.

Most of the songs you mention nobody knows are included in several cd and dvd eighties compilations... so just like that it's not just my opinion.

I can understand your opinion (if not your ways) if you or the people you play for did not live the eighties and are just fans of the eighties stuff played on the radio over the last few years, but if you want to play for people over the age of 35 that really lived those days on the club scene you should have more than Toni Basil on your deck.

Obscure... oh my god, all of this tracks are perfectly known in my country (Mexico) and we don't even speak english...

By the way I agree with most of your tracks, however some of the groups you mention in fact do have better tracks than the ones you selected, just to name one... Duran Duran - The Reflex is much better option than Hungry Like A Wolf (also great dance tune). But this is not a critic nor debate post is a playlist suggestion post.



Also, very good unput and I thank you.
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 11:34 am
He wants people to dance, not reminisce and play name that tune. There's a big difference between what was big in the 80s and what will actually work on a dance floor today. And for the record, I wasn't trashing your list and saying they were bad songs, I was telling him that those songs just won't work to keep a full dance floor, there's a difference. Maybe in Mexico "The Great Commandment" by Camouflage was a big hit, but I'd bet my life that in Canada and the U.S. 9 out of 10 people who grew up in the 80s (me included) wouldn't even know or remember it. Guess what, the majority of people have middle of the road taste in music and the same old songs that you hear on every 80s compilation are the ones that work.
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 12:00 pm
mizurPRO InfinityMember since 2003
Here are some more:

(try listening to them pure gems)

Corey Hart - Sunglases At Night
Al Corley - Square Rooms
Falco - Rock Me Amadeus
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
Paul Lekakis - Boom Boom
Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round
Tecnotronic - Pump Up The Jam
- Get Up
Criminal Element Orchestra - Put The Needle On The Record
Mc Miker G & Dj Sven - Holiday Rap
Grease - Megamix
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
George Michael - Sex
- Faith
Information Society - What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)
INXS - Need You Tonight
- New Sensation
Kaoma - Lambada
Gypsy Kings - Bamboleo
Laura Branigan - Gloria
Level 42 - Lessons In Love
John Cougar Mellencamp - Jack And Diane
Nu Shooz - Point Of No Return
- I Cant Wait
Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noize
Twisted Sister - Were Not Gonna Take It
Van Halen - Jump
The Human League - Don't You Want Me
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 12:11 pm
mizurPRO InfinityMember since 2003
dizzyrocks2001 for the record I did not suggest Camouflage, I love the song but not even when it was brand new it caused a commotion, don't know why, great track.

But i did suggest Spagna - Call me and many others that apply to your following remark:

dizzyrocks2001 wrote :
the same old songs that you hear on every 80s compilation are the ones that work.


Same with Alphaville - Big In Japan, Erasure - Love To Hate You, or even OMD - Pandora's Box (everybody knows this one as "Long Long Way").

However as they say in my country, "EN GUSTOS SE ROMPEN GENEROS", wich roughly translated is "IN TASTE GENDERS ARE BROKEN", basically meaning everyone likes what it likes.

If your ever in my country drop me a line will go eighties clubbin, maybe we can bet a few bucks on wich playlist gets more hits, yours or mine.

Just posted this:

http://www.virtualdj.com/forums/114800/Music_discussion/Best_5_eighties_dance_songs_.html

Drop your top 5 over there.

Best regards.
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 12:22 pm
Girls slapped legs
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 12:50 pm
Just added a few of my best floor fillers to that top 5s thread- enjoy!
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 7:30 pm
Did a 80's birthday party last year, this is what I ended up playing.

Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
Trans-X - Living On Video
Gary Numan - Cars
M - Pop Muzik
Human League - Don't You Want Me
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Romantics - Talking In Your Sleep
Spandau Ballet - True
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Kim Wilde - Kids In America
Madness - Our House
Duran Duran - Planet Earth
Modern English - I Melt With You
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
Depeche Mode - Strangelove
Thompson Twins - Lies
OMD - If You Leave
Cure - Love Song
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax (Banned Version)
Dead Or Alive - In Too Deep
Falco - Rock Me Amadeus
Laidback - White Horse
Blondie - Atomic
Berlin - No More Words
Marc Almond - Tears Run Rings
Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another
Roxette - Listen To Your Heart
Laura Branigan - Gloria
Madonna - Everybody
Janet Jackson - The Pleasure Principle
Deniece Williams - Let's Hear It For The Boy
Expose' - Point Of No Return
Samantha Fox - I Wanna Have Some Fun
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - Head To Toe
Shannon - Let The Music Play
Jody Watley - Don't You Want Me
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Paula Abdul - Cold Hearted
Brenda K. Starr - I Still Believe
Stacy Q - Two Of Hearts
E.G. Daily - Love In The Shadows (JK Edit)
KC - Give It Up
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Donna Summer - Love's About To Change My Heart
Company B - Fascinated
Cool Notes - Spend The Night
Debbie Gibson - Only In My Dreams
Stevie Wonder - Part-Time Lover
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero
Diana Ross - Chain Reaction
Sylvester - Do You Wanna Funk
Sister Sledge - Lost In Music (Remix)
Chaka Khan - I Feel For You
Soul II Soul - Back To Life
Club Nouveau - Lean On Me
Midnight Star - No Parking On The Dance Floor
Kool & the Gang - Get Down On It
Gap Band - Party Train
Pointer Sisters - Jump (For My Love)
Klymaxx - The Men All Pause
Mary Jane Girls - In My House
Erasure - Chains of Love
Book Of Love - You Make Me Feel So Good
Kajagogoo - Too Shy
Sly Fox - Let's Go All The Way
Culture Club - Time
Electronic - Getting Away With It (Version 2)
Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
Communards - Never Can Say Goodbye
B-52's - Girl From Ipaneima Goes To Greenland
Bananarama - Venus
Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
Go-Go's - We Got The Beat
Cyndi Lauper - Goonies 'R' Good Enough
Romeo Void - Never Say Never
Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
Pseudo Echo - Funky Town
Love And Rockets - So Alive
Escape Club - Wild, Wild West
 

Posted Fri 28 Aug 09 @ 11:56 pm

 

Posted Sat 29 Aug 09 @ 12:25 am
dizzyrocks2001 wrote :
He wants people to dance, not reminisce and play name that tune. There's a big difference between what was big in the 80s and what will actually work on a dance floor today. And for the record, I wasn't trashing your list and saying they were bad songs, I was telling him that those songs just won't work to keep a full dance floor, there's a difference. Maybe in Mexico "The Great Commandment" by Camouflage was a big hit, but I'd bet my life that in Canada and the U.S. 9 out of 10 people who grew up in the 80s (me included) wouldn't even know or remember it. Guess what, the majority of people have middle of the road taste in music and the same old songs that you hear on every 80s compilation are the ones that work.



EXACTLY
 

Posted Sat 29 Aug 09 @ 12:39 am
acw_djPRO InfinitySenior staffMember since 2005
There are very good songs listed there...

80's and in USA??


Mmm... well It will be uncomplete with out Van Halen, and rock of early 80s... Billy Idol, Madness, The Cure, Depeche Mode (101 Live for example) Duran Duran, Def Leppard, Motley Crue...

For dance-club section ...
Sharon Brown - Specialize in Love
Carol Jianni - Hit N Run
Gap Band - Burn Rubber
Week's & Company - Rock Your World
BBQ Band - On The Beat

Pop:
Madonna
Pet Shop Boys
Roxette
Brian Adams
Tears for fears
Michael Jackson
Rick Astley

High Energy:
Patrick Cowley - Menergy
Trans X -
Bobby Orlando -

Jams:
Salt N Pepper
Buffalo sentence
Run DMC
Rock Master Scott-The roof is on fire
Quincy Jones - ay No corrida
Suzzane Vega

Unrated:
Information Society
Midnight Oil
Gipsy Kings


Pff... just realize... Too many rhythms on that decade...

How many hours are you going to play to play them all???

HAve a great party!
 

Posted Sat 29 Aug 09 @ 4:11 am
how about these to the list

sugarhill gang rappers delights
run dmc walk this way
chad jackson here the drummer (get wicked)
rick astley never gonna give you up
whitney houston i wana dance with somebody
deelite groove is in the heart
black box ride on time
yazz the only way is up
salt n pepa push it
dead or alive you spin me round(like a record baby)
new order blue monday
yazoo don't go
depeche mode don't you want me
duran duran planet earth
paul simon you can call me al
men at work down under
aha take on me
sister sledge frankie
katrina & the waves walking on sunshine
cydi lauper girls just wanna have fun
toni basil mickey

you could also do


bryan adams summer of 69
queen don't stop me now
bon jovi livin on a prayer
guns and roses sweet child of mine
acdc you shook me all night long
billy idol white wedding
"" "" rebel yell
 

Posted Sat 29 Aug 09 @ 4:50 am
chibieCUE userMember since 2007
dizzyrocks2001 wrote :

Add these to your list (in no particular order):

Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
Kenny Loggins - Footloose
Tony Basil - Hey Mickey
Madonna - Holiday
Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It
RUN DMC & Aerosmith - Walk This Way
Prince - Kiss
Young MC - Bust A Move
Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two
Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
Tone Loc - Wild Thing
Prince - Let's Go Crazy
Prince - 1999
Denise Williams - Let's Hear It For The Boy
DeBarge - Rhythm Of The Night
Lionel Richie - All Night Long
UB40 - Red Red Wine
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Bananarama - Venus
Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine
The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
Irene Cara - What A Feeling (Flashdance)
The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
The Clash - Rock The Casbah
Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf
The Eurhythmics - Sweet Dreams
The Go Go's - We Got The Beat
Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue
Madness - Our House
George Michael - Faith
Nena - 99 Red Baloons
The Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited
The Proclaimers - 500 Miles (I'm Gonna Be)
Eddie Murphy - Party All The Time

My additions might be songs that we've all heard a million times, but guess what? These songs actually keep people dancing.


100% agree!

 

Posted Sat 29 Aug 09 @ 8:35 am
Man. I want to pop on my parachute pants now.
 

Posted Sat 29 Aug 09 @ 8:01 pm
guys im an 80s fan and do some 80s gigs to you guys who put up the lists big whoops to you.havent heard of some of the songs but will listen when i get time.great lists bring back the acid face jeans and hoodies lol.and of course the hammer pants
 

Posted Sun 30 Aug 09 @ 7:16 am
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