Ballroom at the 80s

Joe

Well-Known Member
#1
Music thread!

What kind of 80s music (pop or otherwise) is ballroom-danceable? I'm talking things like:

Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up for Hustle
Madonna's Material Girl for Cha Cha
Cindi Lauper's True Colors for Rumba
Journey's Open Arms for Waltz (albeit a lil fast)

etc.

Looking for ideas here.
 

Purr

Well-Known Member
#3
How about some of Michael Jackson's tunes? I've done hustle to Thriller, and cha cha to The Way You Make Me Feel and Billie Jean.
 

Merrylegs

Well-Known Member
#5
One more! There is an INXS song that I cannot recall the name of but it is a V Waltz. It has a jazzy intro with a sax. and123 did a performance to it a couple of months ago. I just can't remember the name of the song...
 

Purr

Well-Known Member
#6
Smooth Operator by Sade, rumba

Caribbean Queen, Billy Ocean, cha cha

Mony Mony, Billy Idol, east coast swing
 

Peaches

Well-Known Member
#8
Oh, god. Time to go through the music lists.

What are you doin', Joe? Got a special, themed night of dj-ing planned?
 

mamboqueen

Well-Known Member
#9
Do they have to be original versions of the songs?

I posted this in another thread...the U2 song (is it from the 80's??) should be danceable...

rhythmsdelmundo.com/

The other songs are really worth a listen, too. (Partial hijack)!
 

DrDoug

Active Member
#11
For samba, "Slippery People" by Talking Heads or any of several Peter Gabriel songs.

For jive, "White Wedding" by Billy Idol.

For cha cha, "Jump" by Van Halen or "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

For American rumba, "Every Breath You Take" by the Police or "Heaven" by Talking Heads.
 

Peaches

Well-Known Member
#12
"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell for swing.
"Sweet Dreams" by Eurythmics for hustle, or cha.
"We Belong" by Pat Benetar for NC2S.
"Call Me" by Blondie for swing.
"Queen of Hearts" by Juice Newton for...jive? (Never done jive...sounds like a very fast swing.)
"Celebration" by Kook & The Gang for hustle.
"Down Under" by Ment at Work for samba.
"Africa" by Toto for samba.
"Stray Cat Strut" by the Stray Cats for am. ft. or swing.
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler for NC2S.
 

Medira

New Member
#13
How about some of Michael Jackson's tunes? I've done hustle to Thriller, and cha cha to The Way You Make Me Feel and Billie Jean.
I tend to prefer "The Way You Make Me Feel" as a WCS, actually.

Merrylegs said:
One more! There is an INXS song that I cannot recall the name of but it is a V Waltz. It has a jazzy intro with a sax. and123 did a performance to it a couple of months ago. I just can't remember the name of the song...
Are you thinking "Never Tear Us Apart"?

"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper is a good American Rumba
"Love Shack" by the B-52's could be a cha cha or ECS.
"Summertime" by Billy Stewart is a cha cha
"Africa" by Toto and "Walk like an Egyptian" by the Bangles are sambas
"Always" by Erasure is an American Rumba
"It's My Life" by Talk Talk is a cha cha
"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor is a slow International Rumba or a bolero
"Wouldn't it be Good" by Nik Kershaw for an American Rumba (could be a semi-fast International rumba)
"Don't Dream it's Over" by Crowded House is an International Rumba
"Sign Your Name" by Terrence Trent D'Arby is an International Rumba
"Every Time You Go Away" by Paul Young is an International Rumba
"No One is to Blame" by Howard Jones is an International Rumba
"Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles is an ECS
"I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders is a bolero/International Rumba
"Only You" by Yaz is an American Rumba
"The Power of Love" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood is a bolero
"Forever Young" by Alphaville is an International Rumba
"Strange Currencies" by REM is a Viennese Waltz
"Moments in Love" by Art of Noise is a slow International rumba, but could be fun to dance to.

...I may come back to this. I have a meeting to run to though...
 

Medira

New Member
#14
Okay...after more iPod trolling...

"Money (That's What I Want)" by the Flying Lizards - Cha Cha
"That's Alright With Me" by Blancmange - Samba
"Call Me" by Blondie - Jive
"99 Luftballoons" by Nena - Jive
"Venus" by Bananarama - ECS
"Cruel Summer" by Bananarama - Cha Cha
"The Reflex" by Duran Duran - ECS
"Come Undone" by Duran Duran - International Rumba
"The Politics of Dancing" by Re-Flex - Cha Cha
"Da Da Da" by Trio - Cha Cha
"She Blinded me with Science" by Thomas Dolby - Cha Cha
"Pretty in Pink" by The Psychedelic Furs - ECS
"Homosapien" by Pete Shelley - Cha Cha
"We Run" by Strange Advance - Cha Cha
"Sweet Dreams" by The Eurythmics - Cha Cha
"Get it On (Bang a Gong)" by Power Station - Cha Cha
"Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer - Cha Cha
"So In Love with You" by Orchestral Manouvers in the Dark - Cha Cha
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" by the Talking Heads- Cha Cha
"Cars" by Gary Numan - Cha Cha
"Rise Up" by The Parachute Club - Hustle
"Hold Me Now" by the Thompson Twins - Rumba
"Spirit in the Sky" by Doctor and the Medics - WCS
"Eternal Flame" by The Bangles - Rumba/Bolero
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears - ECS
"Lost in Emotion" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam - Cha Cha
"The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News - ECS
"Bad" by Michael Jackson - Cha Cha
"Private Eyes" by New Order - Cha Cha
"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr. - ECS/Cha Cha
"When I'm With You" by Sheriff - Rumba
"Jesse's Girl" by Rick Springfield - ECS
"These Dreams" by Heart - Rumba
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship - Rumba
"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes - Cha Cha
"Why" by Annie Lennox - Rumba
 
#15
I don't know what you'd dance to them but you have to work "Rock me Amadeus" and "One Night in Bangkok" into the rotation somehow :cool:
 

Medira

New Member
#16
I don't know what you'd dance to them but you have to work "Rock me Amadeus" and "One Night in Bangkok" into the rotation somehow :cool:
Hmm...off the top of my head...

Rock me Amadeus - Samba
One Night in Bangkok - Cha Cha/ECS (probably more cha cha)
 
#17
Queen! (I guess it's not all 80's, but still) I remember Wendy Johnson did an awesome show with music from Queen. Val and Val did a cha-cha to Another One Bites the Dust :D

I know some Sting songs are good for dancing. . . just can't think of which ones at the moment.
 

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