Best Dance Songs of All Time

The floor burns through the ages because of these rhythms. Even those unwilling to dance find themselves tapping a foot to these beats. They are the best of all the dance songs ever played, the songs of the masses.
No matter who you are, or where you're from, you always carry the desire to dance. Whether you take it out on the dance floor on a Friday night, do a little swirl when you receive your paycheck, or even the jazz hands while being obnoxiously sarcastic, you dance to express.

No matter what the music (or even if there isn't any playing), everyone should shake a little to shake it off.

It goes without saying that all these songs are such that you will want to start grooving with the first beat. These classics are what made us want to dance and still manage to do it today. As for my lists, I've stuck to mentioning a lot of classics.

You'll find other lists that add modern hip hop, techno, and house tracks. But I've kept it old school here, trying to add as many golden hits along with relatively modern tracks to help cultivate my readers' taste for dance music.

Best Dance Songs Of All Time

Get Down Tonight | KC & the Sunshine Band


Get The Party Started | Pink


Get Up Offa That Thing | James Brown


Le Freak | Chic


Music | Madonna


One More Time | Daft Punk


Play that Funky Music | Wild Cherry


Shout | The Isley Brothers


The Message | Grandmaster Flash

Author's Picks

I'm no professional when it comes to dancing. My personal choices include the cheesiest things one can make, along with MJ. I deliberately left him out of the above list to give him space over here, because no dance list could ever be complete without him!

U Can't Touch This | MC Hammer
Everything at Once | Lenka
Macarena | Los Del Río
La Bamba | Los Lobos
Mambo No. 5 | Lou Bega
Hips Don't Lie | Shakira
Celebration | Kool & The Gang
What Is Love | Haddaway
Walk Like an Egyptian | The Bangles
I'm Too Sexy | Right Said Fred

  • Michael Jackson's Best Dance Songs
  • Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
  • Thriller
  • Beat It
  • Black or White
  • Billy Jean

Other Great Dance Numbers

These are the most-called-out songs in a lot of clubs. Of course, the list spans across a long line of musical hits, so a lot of these songs are not played today. And yes, a lot of it is a little old for today's younger audience, but let's not have that stopping us from enjoying these!
  • Another Night | Real McCoy
  • Anything Could Happen | Ellie Goulding
  • Blue Monday | New Order
  • Can't Get You Out of My Head | Kylie Minogue
  • Coco Jambo | Mr. President
  • Don't You Worry Child | Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin
  • Get-A-Way | Maxx
  • Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) | C+C Music Factory
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) | James Brown
  • I Gotta Feeling | Black Eyed Peas
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody | Whitney Houston
  • I Will Survive | Gloria Gaynor
  • I'm Lovin' It | Justin Timberlake
  • Let's Get It Started | The Black Eyed Peas
  • Milkshake | Kelis
  • Mr. Vain | Culture Beat
  • No Limit | 2 Unlimited
  • Pump Up the Jam | Technotronic
  • Rhythm Is A Dancer | Snap!
  • Ride On Time | Black Box
  • Stayin' Alive | Bee Gees
  • Superlove | Lenny Kravitz
  • Sweet Dreams | Eurythmics
  • The Rhythm Of The Night | Corona
  • Touch The Sky | Cartouche
  • Twist and Shout | The Beatles
  • Umbrella | Rihanna
These songs find common ground with most party-goers, even today. If you feel that any other songs should be added, feel free to suggest the tracks that you find dance-worthy.
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