Are Ye Dancin? 1980s playlist: The songs that Scotland up on the dancefloor in the 1980s

Cleopatra's nightclub in GlasgowCleopatra's nightclub in Glasgow
Cleopatra's nightclub in Glasgow
Big heels, bigger hair, rolled up sleeves and clubs in most towns across the land.

Nightclubbing really came of age as a mass market pursuit in the 80s in Scotland, with seemingly no weekend complete without a bit of club action.

And this outpouring of footlose action was not confined to the big cities, with clubbing meccas like Flicks in Brechin opening their doors for the first time.

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With so many of us At the Dancin, and so many tastes to cater for, putting together a playlist that covers all bases is nigh on impossible, as many DJs knew only too well.

And with our selection we have tried to make everyone hapy, with a nod to the club purists, the populists, the rockers, and the Indie kids too.

While there will be no pleasing everybody, homegrown favourites like Deacon Blue always seemed to go down well in all but the trendiest of clubs.

You can watch and listen to our totally free playlist on Youtube by clicking here.

You can also listen to it on Spotify by clicking here

Full track listing

Kelly Marie – Fels Like I’m in Love

Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

Yazoo – Situation

Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin’ On

Human League – Don’t You Want Me

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen

Van Halen – Jump

Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax

Madonna – Into The Groove

Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way

Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me

Whitney Houston – I wann Dance With Somebody

Wham! – Freedom

Erasure – Sometimes

Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round

The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary

New Order – Blue Monday

Deacon Blue – Real Gone Kid

RUN DMC – Walk This Way

Gun n’Roses – Sweet Child O’Mine

Black Box – Ride on Time

Prince – 1999

Spandau Ballet – True

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