Most danceable tunes

Full disclosure, I’d like to compile a playlist.
My suggestion, Avalon -Roxy Music
Much obliged in advance

Blue monday

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Great idea… 10 for a start…

Fishies, The Cat Empire
Get Lucky, Daft Punk
Valerie, Amy Winehouse & Mark Ronson
Right Down the Line, Gerry Rafferty
I’d Rather Dance with You, Kings of Convenience
I Follow Rivers (Magician Remix), Lykke Li
All Night Long, Lionel Richie
Like Sugar, Chaka Khan
Shut Up and Dance, Walk the Moon
Mukana, Oliver Mtukudzi

Best slow dance - Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody.
Fast dance - LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem. (Every day I’m shufflin’), and Bee Gees - Stayin’ Alive.

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Anything with a beat, usually regular, sufficiently prominent to hear/feel above the rest of the music and any background noise.
But beyond that, it will depend on the kind of dancing - Merengue? Salsa? Milonga? Disco? Jive? Rumba? Cha cha cha? Tango? Waltz? Foxtrot? Quickstep? Some music is danceable in more than one style, though which works best can depend on tempo

The Specials, Rat Race
The Ruts, Staring at the Rude Boys
Heaven 17, (We don’t need this fascist) Groove Thang
Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive
Soft Cell, Bedsitter 12”

I used to DJ at student parties, can you tell?


Just about any track from Lady Gaga’s brilliant ‘The Fame’.

The Ruts :thinking:

Indeed, and thanks for letting me know. I was conflating The Specials Rat Race with The Ruts Rude Boys. The Specials reference Rude Boys a lot of course. That’s my excuse.

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Great idea for a Thread - I can feel a playlist coming on…

My contribution from frequent plays in our household

Specials - Nite Klub
Dee-lite - Groove is in the Heart
Prodigy - Hot Ride
Metrik - Life Thrills
Soft Cell - Memorabilia
Human League - A Crow and a Baby
Major Lazer - Lean on
Leftfield - Afro Left
B52’s - Rock Lobster
Devo - Whip it
DAF - Der Mussolini
Disclosure - White Noise
Rudimental - Waiting all night

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Are people dancing at home normally? Or having periodic parties at home with dancing?

I never used to dance - decades ago I’d sometimes bop/jiggle a bit opposite a girl amongst a crowd, and rotate to slow music if I was lucky enough to get her in my arms, but that is it, and that’s about all that most people seemed to do. However, since retiring, my wife and I have been going to dancing lessons, and finding it enjoyable, if very difficult to master properly, and challenging to remember steps and technique. But it is not something I’m inclined to do at home, and in any case there is limited space for many dances, limiting practice.

Music for most types of dance is absolutely not what I would choose to play for listening pleasure, so I don’t have a suitable collection even if some tracks might suffice. But Spotify to the rescue - choose a dance style and random play will give things with the right beat. To the OP, maybe doing that would suggest a playlist.

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Roadrunner - Junior Walker.

Yeah, baby!!!


These days it’s mainly jigging from foot to foot on my dodgy hips/knees with my 2 yr old grand daughter doing the encouraging. Thinking of it as tapping your feet from a standing up position!


If this doesn’t get you dancing. Nothing will.


Great stuff, and if we’re talking Motown then see if you can sit still to this unreleased (at the time) Marvin Gaye wonder.


Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman
Dancing in the Dark - Astaire and Charisse

Springsteen’s version is pretty good too.


Good call.

A suppose any Northern Soul track will be danceable. By definition.

A mate (a Casino veteran) went to a Northern Soul Night in Buxton about a month ago. He’s 67, still got the aches and pains to prove it. :smile_cat:

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I still manage to get out a few times a year - takes a few days to recover though :roll_eyes:


I’m not greatly into musicals, but I do remember that Cyd Charisse had her legs insured for $1,000,000.

I always used to wonder if the underwriters demanded that she show up in their offices, when the policy was up for renewal, with her legs bare for inspection!