Top 41 80s / 90s Synth Pop / Dance Songs of All Time

Growing up in the 80s and 90s I naturally have an affinity for all things synth pop. I grew up on this music and absolutely love it. So here is my take on some of my favorite songs from this genre (and a few outside of it for good measure). These are my personal favorites, let me know if I missed anything good :)

by Quinton Figueroa on October 30th, 2016

All systems go
  1. Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin

    Let's start things off strong with none other than the Pet Shop Boys!

  2. Talk Talk - It's My Life

  3. Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy

  4. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Enola Gay

  5. Real Life - Send Me An Angel

  6. Duran Duran Save A Prayer

  7. Haddaway - What Is Love

  8. Michael Jackson - Beat It

    A different type of synth pop, but nonetheless a great jam. My favorite from Michael Jackson.

  9. Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star

  10. Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

    It might be pushing it to have this song on here but it's too awesome not to have.

  11. Human League – Don’t You Want Me

  12. Soft Cell - Tainted Love

  13. Erasure - Sometimes

  14. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams

  15. Pet Shop Boys - Minimal

    You just can't go wrong with the Pet Shop Boys.

  16. Blaqk Audio - Again, Again and Again

    Okay, this isn't from the 80s or 90s but I threw it in for good measure because it's freaking awesome :)

  17. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round

  18. Cher - Believe

    Pretty cool song if you ask me.

  19. Tears For Fears - Shout

  20. Scatman - Scatman

    Great, unique song that is super catchy,

  21. Tears For Fears - Mad World

  22. Queen - Radio Ga Ga

    Queen is one of my favorite classic rock bands and this song of theirs qualifies as synth pop so it's on the list.

  23. When In Rome - The Promise

  24. Erasure - Love To Hate You

  25. Depeche Mode - Everything Counts

  26. MGMT - Kids

    A newer song but it's too good to not be on this list.

  27. Berlin - Take My Breath Away

    Dem feels.

  28. Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf

    My favorite song from Duran Duran.

  29. Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World

    This is just a classic. This is my favorite Tears For Fears song.

  30. Pet Shop Boys- Integral

    This is an underrated Pet Shop Boys song that is just brilliant. They have so many good songs but I think you already knew that.

  31. Erasure - I Could Fall In Love With You

    Super under-rated song that is brilliant!

  32. Ace of Base - Beautiful Life

    Such an amazing song! My favorite from Ace of Base.

  33. Yazoo - Only You

    YES! A classic.

  34. Real McCoy - Run Away

    When I think 90s dance I think of this song. This is one of my favorite songs from the 90s and my favorite song from Real McCoy.

  35. New Order - True Faith

    The best New Order song.

  36. Pet Shop Boys - Always on My Mind

    This is one of my favorite Pet Shop Boys songs because it freaking tears down the house.

  37. Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence

    My favorite song from Depeche Mode.

  38. Alphaville - Forever Young

    You can never go wrong with this gem.

  39. Pet Shop Boys - Go West

    This is my favorite Pet Shop Boys song, and Pet Shop Boys are one of my favorite synth pop groups, so that says a lot. This song has so much positive energy and uplifts you big time. And no, I didn't forget West End Girls, just never really been a fan of that song. I think they have so many better ones.

  40. Erasure - Always

    I've always been a huge fan of this song. This is my favorite Erasure song. The chorus is amazing!

  41. A-ha - Take On Me

    This right here is the best synth pop song ever made. Everything about it is absolutely perfect. A-ha may not have a lot of hits but they made sure to get this one right. The video is really cool too.

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Quinton Figueroa

Quinton Figueroa

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1 Comment

Matt: Great list of songs

I grew up on these songs and love them too. Thanks for sharing them.

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