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  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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Matt: Great list of songs

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

niko: Confusing

You are confusing all kind of songs with synth pop - Haddaway (Eurodance) with Erasure (eurodance pop) with OMD (new romantic) songs. It seems you put into synth pop group anything that has a bit of electronic sound and comes from UK/Europe....and then Michael Jackson!!! ha ha ha

Thomas: Best 80s/90s Synth_Pop_Dance Music

I can't wait to listen to all the tunes you've compliled here; I've been generating a similar collection over the last couple of months and have a few of your picks on my list already. Just want to plug one of my faves, "Free Nelson Mandela" by The Specials. Though not synth, it is dance (to the nth power).

Don: A Few Mentions

M - Pop Muzik 1979
Gary Numan - Cars 1980
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes 1981
You brought back some memories from way back. Here are a few mentions:
Flock of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away) 1982
Missing Persons - Words 1982
Q-Feel - Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop) 1982
Yaz/Yazoo - Situation 1982
Berlin - Masquerade 1983
Berlin - Metro 1983
Thomas Dolby - Europa & The Prate Twins 1983
Flock of Seagulls - Wishing (If I Had A Photograph of You) - 1983
Sparks - Cool Places 1983
Thompson Twins - Lies 1983
Howard Jones - New Song 1984
Animation - Obsession 1985
Beloius Some - Some People 1985

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