FT5: Songs That Make You Dance

0205top5coverIt’s Friday night. Whether or not you are the host of a party, en route to a social gathering, or made sure to pack a few extra bucks to load up the bar jukebox; you have a few songs in mind that are gonna be played. Everyone has their own fist pumping, head rocking, “make up your own dance moves” go-to tracks that you know everyone will dance to without shame. The following are a few songs that will make you dance your pants off, with or without liquid courage. Follow the jump for the full list (in no particular order).

davidbowie_letsdanceDavid Bowie “Let’s Dance

The title alone says it all. There are other Bowie songs that spark a fire in my feet, but this one will forever have a place in my heart. The first single from the Let’s Dance album in ’83 knew what it was contributing to the eighties. This track represents a new movement in Bowie’s career which showcased him to a new audience of young party-goers. It went on to become one of his biggest-selling tracks. When Bowie tells you to “put on your red shoes and dance the blues,” you can’t help but do as he says.


michaeljackson_dontstopMichael Jackson “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough

Of course anytime you hear MJ, you can’t help but bust a move. With its speedy tempo and thrusting beats, this track rises to the top of best dancey tracks by Michael. Released in 1979, “Don’t Stop ‘till You Get Enough” was his first single to reach number one on the US Billboards Hot 100 chart within seven years. It also earned Jackson his first solo Grammy and AMA (more deserving than that Tay Swift).


daftpunk_strongerfasterDaft Punk “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

With its heart pounding bass and compelling electric synth, you can’t help but agree that this track falls in the category of one of the coolest pop songs sever. This song has only been around since 2001 and won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in ’09. It’s been sampled by Kanye and an infinite amount of DJs, but we still like the plain ‘ole DP version. Have you seen some of the YouTube videos this song has inspired? Duh, the kid who wrote all the words on his/her fingers and spelled out the entire song known as “Daft Hands.”


jamiroquai_cannedheatJamiroqui “Canned Heat

Everyone is overly familiar with Napoleon Dynamite’s spectacular performance to this song and his awkward choreography is forever imbedded in your mind. I only know of one other Jamiroqui song that is worth remembering that takes me back to middle school, which is “Virtual Insanity” accompanied by that crazy music video where Jay Kay danced in a white room wearing a pimp hat. But back to the point, this song rocks.


sugarhillgang_jumponitSugarhill Gang “Apache Dance (Jump On It)

We can thank Fresh Prince for the provocative hip thrusting movements that make up the Apache Dance. Every time a wedding DJ plays it we all seem to know the hip action better than the Macarena moves. This song was originally marketed towards children, which doesn’t really make sense. Every grown adult has the capability to recognize this track and jump up like a smiling idiot to dance along, which is fine by me.



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