You don’t need to look any further for the best break dancing ‘80s music. The list below has everything you’ll ever need to get a snapshot of the biggest dance craze of the decade. These songs were the biggest and best of their time and hold up even today.
- “Breakdance.” The woman who gave the world “Flashdance” also gave it “Breakdance”. Irene Cara threw her hat into the ring of break dancing ‘80s music with this catchy pop tune that helped further popularize the ever-growing dance style.
- “I Feel For You” This single by Chaka Khan was incredibly popular in break dancing ‘80’s music. Known for its wicked scratches and heavy beat, “I Feel For You” gave B-boys everything they wanted in a break dancing song.
- “Breakin’ (There’s No Stopping Us).” This song by Ollie and Jerry features the staples of break dancing ‘80’s music: synth beats, robotic voices, a catchy hook and an upbeat tempo.
- “Beat Street Breakdown.” This break dancing ‘80s music gem was fashioned by some of the pioneers of hip hop. Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, and the Furious Five released this track to accompany another break dancing flick that popularized this ‘80s music trend.
- “Jam On It.” The group Newcleus scored a hit with this break dancing ‘80’s music favorite. Switching up tempos, “Jam On It” allows every B-boy the chance to show off moves of all styles.
- “This Could Be the Night.” Cindy Mizelle’s “This Could Be the Night” differs from the other break dancing ‘80s music by focusing on its pop sensibilities. Lush vocals and a standard pop hook dominate the song on top of light synth beats. A true break dancing song with crossover appeal.
- “Rockit.” The song with only one word spoken during its entire runtime, Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” became perhaps the biggest break dancing song of all time. Jam-packed with scratches and killer fill-ins, the absence of lyrics allows “Rockit” to focus on the B-boys’ moves instead of the song itself.
- “We Are the Jonzun Crew.” This song by Jonzun Crew has everything good about break dancing music crammed into its six minutes.“We Are the Jonzun Crew” is driven by a heavy robotic voice that has been little heard outside of the ‘80s. Coupled with a fast-paced beat and feel-good vibe, “We Are the Jonzun Crew” is a topnotch break dancing tune.
- “Break Dance Electric Boogie” From the group West Street Mob, this is one of the busiest break dancing songs you’ll find. A thick, industrial synth and high-tempo drumbeat power most of the song, mixed with a variety of sounds, voices, fill-ins, and samples. This song is so infectious and so much fun to break to, you’ll be begging for more when it’s over less than four minutes later.
- “Planet Rock” Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force punched in what’s largely considered to be one of the best underground break dancing tunes ever. It was underground in the sense that people immersed in break dancing and hip hop culture were the one to mostly take to the song, which doubled as one of hip hop’s earliest hits.
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