The Friday 5×2: Your “Dance Moves” Songs

Monday’s topic was “songs with dance moves in the title,” and I came up with a list of ten. You came up with more, although not quite ten, and I did some minor changes to some of the ones you came up with. Here’s this week’s list.

  1. The Beatles, “Twist & Shout” Several of you asked why I didn’t include this one. Honestly, I didn’t bother looking, because I was afraid I’d run into the problem I always run into, that Beatles songs posted to YouTube get taken down faster than you can say “BMG.” I could have used The Isley Brothers’ version, then I found this on The Fab Four’s “official” channel. From their first album, 1963’s Please Please Me in the UK, Introducing… The Beatles! in the US.
  2. Stray Cats, “Rock This Town” Birgit suggested this and the next two. This is the video I remember of this song. It was released in 1981 and reached #9 in both the US and UK.
  3. Stray Cats, “Stray Cat Strut” The followup single to “Rock This Town,” also from 1981. It reached #3 in the US and #11 in the UK.
  4. Louis Prima, “Jump, Jive & Wail” Birgit suggested The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s cover, but I figured that was too much Setzer, so I went with wild man Louis Prima here. The dark-haired woman standing in the background looking upset is his wife, Keely Smith. Theirs was not a happy relationship.
  5. Booker T. & The MG’s, “You Can’t Sit Down” A song that’s been covered by many, both instrumntal and vocal, which means you might see it in a future Battle of the Bands. Eugenia suggested this and the next.
  6. The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” Eugenia suggested The Dovells’ version of “You Can’t Sit Down,” then I found this and decided to use it instead. Great doo-wop!
  7. Robert Lindsay, “The Lambeth Walk” The song is from the musical Me and My Girl, written in the late Thirties by Noel Gay (music) and Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose (lyrics). It had its first run in the West End in 1937 and was made into a movie called The Lambeth Walk a couple of years later, when the world was preparing for war (there are numerous videos out there of Nazi soldiers marching aound to this song). “Bristol Stomp” made me think of this.
  8. The Diamonds, “The Stroll” This was a popular dance in the late Fifties. It originated on American Bandstand, though this video is from Iowa (no idea where; the person who uploaded it said it was from Idaho).
  9. Bill Haley & The Comets, “Rock-A-Beatin’ Boogie” Had to put a song with some boogie in it. The film clip is from 1945’s Yolanda And The Thief, and Fred Astaire’s dance partner is Louise Bremer.
  10. Denver Airport Swing Dance Flash Mob Just looked like too much fun to pass on.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for September 1, 2017. Have a good Labo(u)r Day weekend, if you’re headed out, if not, I’ll be here all weekend…

28 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: Your “Dance Moves” Songs

  1. Great songs here John! I’m glad you linked it in your Monday post because I missed it on Friday. I love The Stroll, both the song and the dance. The video was comical watching some of those kids, both boys and girls, who were unsure of the footwork and how the dance goes. Lol.
    Also really dig the floor in Bill Haley’s video! Such great illusion.
    And the Stray Cats: wow, I haven’t heard them in a long time! They have some fun songs.

    The flash mob was awesome. Very entertaining. Was cool seeing all the bystanders with smiles on their faces. Not the usual countenance when encountering fellow travelers in airports.

    And I love Bob Seger’s Horizontal Bop! I totally forgot about that song for last week’s Dance Moves post. Good one!!

    Okay, heading back to your Monday’s Music Moves Me post…

    Michele at Angels Bark


  2. The Locomotion by Little Eva and Grand Funk Railroad. The Macarena (was that in the original post?) Mambo #5 by Lou Bega. Blame it on the Bossa Nova by Edye Gorme. Boot Scootin Boogie by Brooks and Dunn. Wah Watusi by the Orlons. The Bird and Oak Tree by Morris Day and the Time.

    Lots more!


    1. I had the Macarena and Mambo #5 (with a link to a hilarious takeoff) in the original list, and added Boot Scootin’ Boogie to this last night. Good catch on the others; I don’t know that anyone else caught them. I’ll tack the others on to this list. The playlist feature is great…


  3. Oh wow…thank for showcasing my ideas:) I enjoyed the videos. The mob flash one is great and the one before is funny because those kids look so unhappy


  4. I’ve never been a huge fan for dance songs though I enjoy watching good dance. The fad dances that have come along through the years are too gimmicky. I am a sucker for flash mob videos. It’s a weird idea, but I guess to be expected in our age of the internet and YouTube.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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                1. He’s a very good guitarist and has an amazing collection. I had their album “In Color… and in Black & White,” and you could see the contrast between Robin Zander and Tom Petersson (the traditional rocker-looking guys) versus Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos (the weird-looking ones). I guess Nielsen’s son Daxx is playing with them now…

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