Let me preface this by saying I am not a dancer (and Marie, don’t try and tell me I am). I detail my misadventures on the dance floor here in a piece I wrote for the 2012 A to Z Challenge. That said, here are eleven songs about dances and moves.
- Traveling Wilburys, “Wilbury Twist” The last song on The Traveling Wilburys’ second album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3. John Candy makes a cameo appearance here.
- Rolling Stones, “Harlem Shuffle” The Stones covered this on their 1986 album Dirty Work. It was done originally by the duo Bob & Earl in 1963.
- The Blues Brothers featuring Ray Charles, “Shake A Tail Feather” I’ve actually walked past the building with the mural on it, on East 47th Street in Chicago, though I don’t think it was a pawn shop. From the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers, as if I had to tell you.
- Rufus Thomas, “Do The Funky Chicken” Come on, you and I both know you can’t talk about songs with dances in the title and not talk about Rufus. Taken from the 1972 movie Wattstax.
- Chubby Checker, “Limbo Rock” Chubby’s pretty famous for his songs about dance moves, especially “The Twist,” so I thought I shouldn’t do that one. This was almost as popular.
- Cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Time Warp” I first heard this on a Dr. Demento album long before I saw the video for it, and the rest is history.
- PSY, “Gangnam Style” Might not be a dance per se, but there’s tons of dancing in this and it’s been watched close to three billion times, so I’m counting it. The young lady in the video is Hyuna, from the K-Pop group 4Minute, in case you were curious (I was).
- Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers, “Monster Mash” The classic Hallowe’en song that was recorded in May 1962 and released 55 years ago last Friday.
- Los Del Rio, “Macarena” The song we all love to hate, this was really popular in 1996 and made temporary stars of Los Del Rio.
- Lou Bega, “Mambo No. 5” A hilarious, and somewhat culturally-insensitive, take-off on this song can be found here.
- Frankie Yankovic, “Beer Barrel Polka” I’m from Chicago, Mary (who’s Lithuanian) played the accordion, my sister-in-law is Polish, I had to do a polka, even though, as my sister-in-law would tell you, the polka is not a Polish dance and Yankovic isn’t Polish, either (he’s Slovene).
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 28, 2017.