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128 Songs About Dancing

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Get up and move it, move it!  Make a playlist of pop, rock, hip hop, and country songs about dancing, then get up and bust some moves.  Or grab a partner and two step.  Just have fun!

Get up and move it, move it! Make a playlist of pop, rock, hip hop, and country songs about dancing, then get up and bust some moves. Or grab a partner and two step. Just have fun!

Got Rhythm? Me Neither

When they were passing out dance talent, I was skipped right over. My mother always told me, however, that what I lacked in rhythm I more than made up for with grace. Over the years, I've had more than one DJ call attention to my unique sense of rhythm. Yep, I keep time to my own beat.

If you enjoy getting out on the dance floor and busting a move as much as I do, why not make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and hip hop songs about dancing? We have a long list of favorites to start you out. Who cares if you have no rhythm and your footwork is all wrong? You have plenty of company.

Reader Perspective

1. "Can't Stop The Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake is high on life in this uplifting 2016 rock song. Wouldn't you feel that way with sunshine in your pocket, an electric feeling in your bones, and a good song in your feet? With all that positive energy, he just wants to dance the night away, so why not join him?

2. "Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon

Meeting on the dance floor, these two strangers instantly feel a chemistry and somehow know they were destined for one another. Rather than talk through awkward introductions, the woman tells her new beau to "shut up and dance with me."

This fun 2014 in-your-face rock song is based on the singer's own experience in meeting his girlfriend in an LA nightclub.

3. "Let's Dance" by David Bowie

The narrator in this 1983 international chart-topper invites his partner to put on their dancing shoes and sway with him over to an area where they can be alone together under the moonlight. His expression of love and devotion are pure poetry:

And if you say run, I'll run with you
And if you say hide, we'll hide
Because my love for you
Would break my heart in two
If you should fall into my arms
And tremble like a flower.

4. "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" by Silentó

Focus now. I hope you're watching because the narrator in this 2015 hip hop song demands your attention.

Silentó takes listeners through a dance routine involving the whip, nae nae, and stanky leg, and that's just for starters. Some people still won't get it. (You know who you are.) The song was both an international hit and a YouTube viral sensation.

5. "I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice

When you meet the right person, it will change your heart and mind about a lot of things. The man in this 2014 country song had been a confirmed bachelor and certified non-dancer previously, as he has two left feet.

However, he has now found the woman of his dreams, and that changes everything. He confesses to her that "I’d do anything with you anywhere." The Prince Charming with no rhythm is now out on the dance floor, twirling his sweetheart. She's danced circles around his heart.

6. "The Dance" by Garth Brooks

If you've ever found the love of your life only to have your heart shattered, then this bittersweet country song from 1990 should resonate.

A man looks back upon a dance he once shared with his ex, and he realizes that he wouldn't have done anything differently. Even though he experienced emotional turmoil when their affair ended, the joy of knowing and loving her was worth the pain and heartache.

7. "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 (featuring Christina Aguilera)

Some people seem to be born with natural rhythm, and others must be schooled in how to shimmy and shake it on the dance floor.

With all the confidence of a rock star, the narrator in this 2010 hit is naked and ready to show off his dancing ability to his partner. He promises that his moves are so nimble and sexy that they rival Mick Jagger's famous footwork, including the rooster strut, hip shaking, and deep knee bends.

But wait. While Jagger often credits his mother for his dancing ability, he really owes his famous moves to Tina Turner and her backup dancers. The gals gave him lessons when they were on tour with The Stones in the late '60s. Hey, Mick, give credit where it's really due.

8. "Vogue" by Madonna

Strike a pose. This international dance hit from 1990 was inspired by elaborate dances with complex hand gestures; the dance style was popular in underground gay dance clubs at the time. Invoking the names of film and sports legends of a bygone era, Madonna encourages her audience to use their imagination and let their dreams come true.

9. "Heartache on the Dance Floor" by Joe Pardi

A sunburned redhead on the dance floor caught not only this cowboy's eye but also his heart. In this 2016 country song, a man is vacationing in a west coast town when he falls hard for a girl who's dancing like she just doesn't care. He's so smitten that all he can do is watch and sing along. Then, like Prince Charming searching for Cinderella, he extends his stay to search for the red-haired dancing beauty, hoping to see her again.

10. "Dance with My Father Again" by Luther Vandross

The man in this 2003 R&B song of remembrance looks back fondly on a time in his childhood when all was right with the world. He recalls that as a small boy his father would scoop him up and dance with both him and his mother until he was asleep.

Sadly, tragedy struck their happy little family of three Even now as an adult, he yearns for those simple times when he felt protected and loved.

11. "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack

What do you wish for on behalf of those you love? This inspirational country song from 2000 features a narrator who wants her loved ones to enjoy the dance of life. She hopes that they:

  • never lose their sense of wonder
  • give faith a chance
  • are unafraid to take risks
  • are free to hope and
  • are always true to themselves.

12. "Life's a Dance" by John Michael Montgomery

Using the unfamiliar steps of a new dance as a metaphor for life, this perky country song from 1992 provides excellent advice. Learn from your experiences and keep moving:

Life's a dance you learn as you go
Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow
Don't worry about what you don't know
Life's a dance you learn as you go.

13. "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus

This fun, upbeat pop song from 2009 describes the singer's move from Nashville to Los Angeles. (It was only four years later that she went totally off the rails and twerked on the MTV Video Music Awards.)

Although Miley finds herself in unfamiliar territory, music and dancing reassure her that her transition will work out okay. The song became an international hit then briefly resurged in popularity in 2011, following the death of terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

14. "Private Dancer" by Tina Turner

In this 1984 rock song, the narrator is a stripper with dreams of becoming rich and having a family of her own. (Someone please tell her that taking her clothes off and dirty dancing won't get her where she wants to be.)

The song describes the mind-numbing objectification and loneliness of working as this type of dancer:

All the men come in these places
And the men are all the same
You don't look at their faces
And you don't ask their names
You don't think of them as human
You don't think of them at all
You keep your mind on the money
Keeping your eyes on the wall.

15. "Cheap Thrills" by Sia

When this song first came out, I could've sworn they were singing, "I love cheap girls," but that wouldn't be right would it? It's become an inside joke in my household. What the song is really about is dancing and how you don't always need cash to have a good time.

Putting on her high heels, doing her makeup and her hair, the narrator in this 2016 pop song can't wait to get out on the dance floor with her partner. She admits that she loves cheap thrills. Don't you?

16. "Baby Likes to Rock It" by The Tractors

The guy in this rousing 1994 country song lives on the wild side. His honey enjoys taking him dancing on the outskirts of town. There they visit a rockin' and rowdy bar with go-go dancers that gets raided by the police.

17. "Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol

When it comes to dancing, having a partner is great but ultimately not required. While many people assume there's a double entendre in this 1982 rock song, Billy Idol instead claims that its meaning is literal. He wrote the song after witnessing a fad in Japan involving girls dancing alone in a mirror with their reflection. Your dirty mind had you assuming other things, didn't it?

18. "Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches & Herb

When is the last time you shook your moneymaker out on the dance floor? Hopefully, it's been more recently than when this disco tune hit the charts in 1978. This booty shaking dance number was an international hit for the music partnership dubbed "Peaches & Herb."

But did you know that while Herb remained the same over the years, there were seven different women who filled the singing role of "Peaches" over time? This hit song was made with the third one.

19. "Dance The Night Away" by Van Halen

This guy better watch it. In this classic Van Halen rock song from 1979, the protagonist notices a classy young woman from across the nightclub as she rocks the dance floor. While he claims it's love at first sight, he also knows that she's awfully youthful—"barely a beginner." He has romance on his mind and is ready to advance from voyeur to participant given half a chance.

20. "Come Dancing" by The Kinks

In this 1982 pop song, the narrator recalls how his sister used to go dancing with her teenaged boyfriends on Saturday nights. Although he was just a kid at the time, he knew that sometimes she'd stay out past curfew listening to the bands. His sister cried the day they tore down the dance hall and built a bowling alley, later downgrading the site even further to a mere parking lot. Now all that exists are her memories. But they are good, vivid memories.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance.

Even More Songs About Dancing

SongArtistYear Released

21. Twist & Shout

The Beatles


22. Safety Dance

Men Without Hats


23. Rock Your Body

Justin Timberlake


24. The Loco-Motion

Little Eva


25. Just Dance

Lady Gaga (featuring Colby O'Donis)


26. Dance Like Yo Daddy

Meghan Trainor


27. Conga

Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine


28. Move

Little Mix


29. Last Dance

Donna Summer


30. Bet You Can't Do It Like Me



31. Into The Groove



32. Dancin'

The Black Lillies


33. Could I Have This Dance

Anne Murray


34. Macarena

Los Del Rio


35. Push It



36. The Curly Shuffle

Jump 'N the Saddle Band


37. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

Leo Sayer


38. 7/11



39. Dance Hall Days

Wang Chung


40. Perm

Bruno Mars


41. Twistin' the Night Away

Sam Cooke


42. Gangham Style



43. Hips Don't Lie



44. Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)

Marcia Griffiths


45. Careless Whisper

George Michaels


46. Lose Control

Missy Elliott (featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop)


47. The Twist

Chubby Checker


48. Pump It

The Black Eyed Peas


49. Crocodile Rock

Elton John


50. Monster Mash

Bobby Pickett


51. Lose Yourself to Dance

Daft Punk


52. Dance, Dance

Fall Out Boy


53. Dance With Me



54. Flashdance... What a Feeling

Irene Cara


55. Two Step

Laura Bell Bundy


56. Dancing Queen



57. Boot Scootin' Boogie

Brooks & Dunn


58. Daddy, Dance with Me

Krystal Keith


59. Bust A Move

Young MC


60. Down on the Corner

Creedence Clearwater Revival


61. Everybody (Backstreet's Back)

Backstreet Boys


62. We Got The Beat

The Go-Go's


63. Watermelon Crawl

Tracy Byrd


64. I'm Your Boogie Man

K.C. and the Sunshine Band


65. The Hustle

Van McCoy


66. Footloose

Kenny Loggins


67. Dance Tonight

Paul McCartney (featuring Natalie Portman)


68. Da Butt

Experience Unlimited


69. We Danced

Brad Paisley


70. Wake Me Up Before You Go



71. Everybody Dance



72. I Just Want to Dance with You

George Strait


73. Better When I'm Dancin'

Meghan Trainor


74. Dance Little Jean

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


75. Dancing in the Dark

Bruce Sprinstein


76. Everybody



77. Don't Stop the Music



78. Shake It

Metro Station


79. Le Freak



80. If Bubba Can Dance



81. Life On The Dancefloor



82. Dance with the One That Brought You

Shania Twain


83. Dancin' Away with My Heart

Lady Antebellum


84. Gettin' Jiggy Wit It

Will Smith


85. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

James Brown


86. Save the Last Dance for Me

The Drifters


87. Pump Up The Volume



88. Dance the Night Away

The Mavericks


89. Harlem Shuffle

The Rolling Stones


90. We Danced Anyway

Deana Carter


91. Touch Me When We're Dancing



92. I Wanna Dance with Somebody

Whitney Houston


93. Let's Groove

Earth, Wind & Fire


94. Dance with Me Tonight

Olly Murs


95. La Bamba

Los Lobos


96. Dance, Baby, Dance

Chris Cagle


97. Dance for Me

Florida George Line


98. All She Wants to Do Is Dance

Don Henley


99. Dance with the Devil

Katy Perry (featuring Nicki Minaj)


100. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)



101. Dance in the Mirror

Bruno Mars


102. Dancing in the Moonlight

King Harvest


103. Dancing in the Dark

Imagine Dragons


104. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

C+C Music Factory


105. When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing ...

Lana Del Rey


106. Murder on the Dance Floor

Sophie Ellis-Bextor


107. Dancing in the Street

Martha and the Vandellas


108. And We Danced

The Hooters


109. Shadow Dancing

Andy Gibb


110. I Like to Move It

Reel 2 Reel


111. Pop, Lock, & Drop It



112. Dancing Your Memory Away

Charly McClain


113. Get Down Tonight

KC & The Sunshine Band


114. Dance Like Nobody's Watching

Kathy Matthea


115. Mary Jane's Last Dance

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers


116. Dancing on the Ceiling

Lionel Ritchie


117. Louisiana Saturday Night

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


118. Dancing in the Sheets



119. You Should Be Dancing

Bee Gees


120. Tennessee Waltz

Norah Jones


121. Play Me the Waltz of the Angels

Owen Mac


122. Dancing

Kylie Minogue


123. Mashed Potato Time

Dee Sharp


124. Uma Thurman

Fall Out Boy


125. Turn the Beat Around

Gloria Estefan


126. Dancing's Not a Crime

Panic! At The Disco


127. Oklahoma Swing

Vince Gill & Reba McEntire


128. Shake It Up

The Cars


Dance is music made visible.

Dance is music made visible.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 27, 2020:

Derek Beachy - Thank you for this suggestion which I added.

Derek Beachy on May 26, 2020:

Dancing’s not a crime by panic at the disco

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 13, 2020:

Peggy - It's also a whole lot of fun! I recall disco dancing endlessly with my sister after school as a kid. Now I twirl my daughter around and she loves it. Happy Easter to you too!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2020:

Dancing is good exercise and releases endorphins. Reading this was perfect to read on this day. Happy Easter!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 20, 2019:

Christopher Nowak - Thank you for the suggestion.

Christopher Nowak on December 19, 2019:

How could you leave out one of ELTON JOHNS' best songs?:


Christopher Nowak on December 15, 2019:

Sorry folks. It should be GLORIA ESTEFAN.

My apologies!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 14, 2019:

Christopher Nowak - Added! It's hard to believe that song has been recorded by at least three different artists. Reading the lyrics always gives me a chuckle.

Christopher Nowak on December 13, 2019:

TURN THE BEAT AROUND!!! (Gloria Estevan)

LYRICS:Makes me want to move my body yeah, yeah, yeah.

Just like AFRICA and DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE, it has those nice piercing high pitched vocals during the chorus.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2018:

Shyron - Thanks for the song suggestion. I included the beautiful 2016 version by the young Irish boy Owen Mac because it is so tender and more recent. Such a nice rendition.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 25, 2018:

Flourish, I was going through some albums today and came across an album by Jean Shepard 1960 “Waltz of the Angels” Kitty Wells also sang it, but I much prefer Jean.

Blessings my dear friend

P.S. I love these songs/your play lists.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 25, 2018:

Kallini2010 - I will. I certainly wouldn't want you to self-plagiarize!

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on February 25, 2018:

Thank you, Floursih, I'll follow your advice. I have already made a copy of my comment, so could you please delete it then? Otherwise, it's your property and me using it is "plagiarism".

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 25, 2018:

kallini2010 - You may have a dance article there about how to dance for people who think they cannot. Good advice!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 24, 2018:

kallini2010 - Some people just have the moves and others just need to stay away from the mirrors. Unfortunately, people will often call attention to lack of rhythm or funny dance moves when one is just doing yer thang on the dance floor. I may have had that happen to me once or twice, not saying. However, I can laugh at myself and keep on going. I'm in awe of good dancers and salute them. Keep dancing!

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on February 23, 2018:

It makes me feel so sad! I miss dancing. When I tried to remember songs about dancing, the songs for dancing seem to pop up. They "feel" to be about dancing. They are, sort of, interwoven in my feeble brain.

There is one - Vaba-Ba-Boom by Edmundo Ross orchestra (if you don't dance, you will go to your doom - that sort of thing).

I know that you "don't have moves", but you have to try this

- Georgie Dann - Campesino (Completo) HQ Audio y video

( - it may not make you dance, but it sure will make you laugh.

I'm a good dancer, but I can't have it all. Maybe some day...

Dancing is easy when one overcomes the fear of judgment. Or stays away from mirrors.

Cheers and many happy dancing days!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 27, 2017:

Catherine - I think we're all great dancers in our hearts. I know I am, even if it doesn't match reality. Glad you enjoyed this.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 27, 2017:

Frank - Thanks for your kind comments. I hope you have an awesome day.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on December 27, 2017:

Thanks for the memories. I love dancing. I'm by no means a natural, but I loved to dance anyway. I'm playing some of my favorite dance song from your list and bopping in my seat. My bad bag limits my dancing these days. But I can still bop in my seat.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 27, 2017:

this playlist got me thinking about songs from the big band era.. Like dancing cheek to cheek, come dance with me, I could have danced all night.. I like what these hubs do to me awesome

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2017:

Jo - Thanks for the suggestion. I added that at #120. Have a wonderful week.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on October 30, 2017:

Lot of good songs here. Since I live in Tennessee I immediately thought of the 'Tennessee Waltz'.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2017:

Devika - Glad you enjoyed this! Keep dancing!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 27, 2017:

Beautiful songs! I like dancing and this list is so helpful

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 26, 2017:

Tamara - Glad you like this so much. Keep dancing!

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on October 26, 2017:

What a great way to start out my day! I am going to want to add some of these songs to my playlist. I already have Billy Idol, Dancing With Myself...

This is such a fun collection you have here! Makes me feel like cranking up the whatchamacallit (stereo, CD Player, DVD, Bluetooth, not sure what it is called exactly), and putting on my faves!



Tamara xxx

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 26, 2017:

Rasma - Glad you enjoyed this list. Have a wonderful week!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on October 26, 2017:

WOW lots of awesome dance music among my all time favorites too like Macarena.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 25, 2017:

Randi, Good to see you again. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 25, 2017:

Mary - As long as you're having fun, who cares what you look like? It's kind of you to give the kids a good giggle.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on October 25, 2017:

Fun! I am so bad about getting on here and reading. I forgot how much I enjoy your song lists and the fun information along with them! Thank you!

Mary Wickison from USA on October 25, 2017:

I knew that was going to be a big article.

I love the phrase, "dance is music made visible".

So many wonderful songs and videos.

I was always a wallflower but the last get together at my neighbor's I was up dancing. Brazilians love to dance. My moves were so bad, I had children (not even my own), rolling their eyes and shaking their head. What I lack in natural talent, I make up for in enthusiasm.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 25, 2017:

Linda - Thanks for the kind kudos. Hava a great week.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 24, 2017:

I certainly don't have natural rhythm, but I enjoy reading about it! Your music articles are always entertaining, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 24, 2017:

Dora - I love that song. Leaves a lump in the throat. Thank you for sharing your sentiments, and have a wonderful week!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 24, 2017:

"Some people seem to be born with natural rhythm." I'm not one of them, but I do like to move with the music. Luther Vandross' song is familiar to me, and it is so touching.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 24, 2017:

Linda - You're right! Cole Porter was before my time!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 23, 2017:

Ooh, ooh, another song just popped into my head. I am almost POSITIVE you will not have heard of this one because it's sooo old. "When We Begin the Beguine" by Cole Porter.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 23, 2017:

Sallie - It makes me wonder if some people don't follow directions for dance steps that well, how will they ever get to places on a map? Hmm. I love any chance to fit geography in. The world is full of places with funny-sounding names. Thanks for stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 23, 2017:

Larry - Chances are that most people are so self-conscious about their own dancing to notice how poor others are. Of course, there are exceptions, but that's fun, too. When I was twenty-something, I once had a sexy two-stepping cowboy lift me off my feet and just carry me through the dance steps because I was so bad. True story. Thanks for stopping by!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 23, 2017:

Heidi - I'm glad I have some company when it comes to dance ability. (That usually doesn't stop me from dancing, however.) Thanks for stopping by and leaving suggested songs. I recall dancing to the Bee Gees as a kid.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 23, 2017:

Shyron, Oh, yes, you can find that classic country ditty on my Booty Playlist. I hope you are doing well. Thinking of you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 23, 2017:

Bill - I love that one as well. Hope you are doing well.

Sallie Beatrice Middlebrook PhD from Texas, USA on October 23, 2017:

Excellent article with great humor, rhythm, and fun! Fond memories evoked. Loved the treatment--offering songs and cities with dance names--with directions, to help those who need to go and get their grooves on!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on October 23, 2017:

I've always been to self-conscious to cut loose and dance:-)

I love music, though. Wonderful list.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on October 23, 2017:

Ironically, I am a horrible dancer, but my favorite tunes are ALL dance tracks, many of which are in this amazing playlist.

And, of course, some of my fave dance tracks are from Saturday Night Fever ("You Should Be Dancing, Yeaaaahhh") and Michael Jackson ("Dancing Machine").

Thanks for getting me movin' and groovin' on Monday!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 23, 2017:

"The Dance" will always be #1 for me. Brooks released the all-time classic with that one. :)

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on October 23, 2017:

Flourish, the first song that came to mind was "Tight Fitting Jeans by Conway Twitty.

I have not read this completely, I will be back to this after my appointments I have several today.

Blessings my friend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 23, 2017:

Linda - The songs just kept coming on this one. I'm sure I left off some, but readers always come up with suggestions for additions. I dance, but apparently just not all that well. Does it really matter when you're having fun though? Hope you have a fantastic week!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 22, 2017:

Well Flourish, I don't dance but that doesn't matter. What a great compilation. When I say the title I thought "over a hundred? Really?" Well, you nailed it.

I can't name one favorite. There are too many.

Dancing on the Ceiling is certainly one.

Numbers 49 and 50 just make me laugh. Thanks for such a fun article.