1-“Get Up Offa That Thing,” James Brown
The hardest man in show business makes you want to work the hardest on the dance floor. Brown’s signature scream intro just makes you want to “get up offa that thing and shake ‘til you feel better.”
2-“Land of a 1,000 Dances,” Wilson Pickett
The Pony, The Mashed Potato, The Alligator and The Watusi, Wilson Pickett’s “Land of a 1,000 Dances”comes complete with several dance moves to let your backbone slip.
3-“Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson
Something about the beginning bass line of “Billie Jean” makes you want to lace up your golden shoes, snap your fingers and do your best moonwalk. “Billie Jean” was the first music video by a black artist to air on MTV and Jackson premiered his signature “moonwalk” during the song. Michael Jackson claims that song is about groupies he meant during his various tours.
4-“Twist and Shout” The Beatles
“Twist and Shout” was originally entitled, “Shake it Up, Baby,” but no matter the title, the song has all the fixings for a good old dance song. John Lennon had a cold during the recording and used milk and cough drops to put the shout in “Twist and Shout.” Bruce Springsteen has played the song in concert more than 350 times. The song was written by Phil Medley and Bert Berns in 1961 and first recorded by the Top Notes.
5-“Get Funky,” Daft Punk
Daft Punk added funk to their electric dance music. R&B artist, Pharrell sings on top of funky and legendary guitarist Nile Rodgers chunky guitar strums in this new-aged, spaced-out dance tune.. Daft Punk stays true to form with a robotic round of the chorus, “we’re up all night to get lucky.”
6-“Come On Eileen” Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Vh1 rated “Come on Eileen” the #1 hit wonder of the ‘80s. The song was awarded “Best British Single” in the 1983 Brit Awards. The song incorporates Celtic style fiddle playing and a rousing chorus sure to get anyone moving.
7-“Heart of Glass,” Blondie
A thumping bass line and techno beats create a beautiful back-drop for a dance song. “Heart of Glass” was the first song lead singer, Debbie Harry ever wrote.
8-“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was the debut single for Cyndi Lauper in 1983. The song was written by Robert Hazard. Hazard originally recorded the song and wrote it from a male perspective. It is now revered as an ‘80s feminist classic.
9-“Dancing with Myself,” Billy Idol
The punk song turned sports anthem was originally recorded in 1980. The song features Sex Pistol Steve Jones on guitar. After recording, Jones had a seizure and had to be wheeled out of the recording studio. Not sure if there was water damage. Dancing can improve your mood, help you lose weight and get you out of funk, but you need the right soundtrack. Author Bio: Sara Xiang is working atwww.Dwellus.com. Other than her job, she likes to write articles, managing social media profiles and listening music