Top 10: Songs That Make Me Dance

[Better late than never edition]

As spring is finally here and my body slowly awakes from the stupor of winter, this is the perfect time to talk about songs that make me dance.

This is of course a Top 10 list we’re talking about so I won’t list just any song I’d dance to (unless I really want to do the Top 1000 someday), but songs that make me go on the dance floor alone or songs that make me gather my last bit of energy at the end of a very long night to dance one final time or songs that make me jump out of bed in the morning, shaking away. In short, songs that just have the je-ne-sais-quoi that makes me more energised.

May you dance into the weekend.

10. Moloko – Sing It Back

I once saw Moloko live, must be about 5 or 6 years ago. They were really cool in general, but their live version of Sing It Back was mind-blowing (and lasted about 10 Minutes). It’s just an awesome song.

9. Gigi D’Agostino – L’Amour Toujours

Gigi D’Agostino‘s music is usually so not to my taste, but L’Amour Toujour‘s got something infecting.  Maybe it’s the cornyness of the lyrics, maybe I get hypnotised by the repetition, but everytime this song comes on, not only do I dance to it, but I also have it stuck in my head for hours on end.

8. Bomfunk MC’s – Freestyler

The Bomfunk MC’s were almost a two-hit-wonder (with the second hit B-Boys & Flygirls so much smaller than the first that you could actually consider them a one hit wonder). But Freestyler is a hit for a reason. It’s extremely catchy and fun and the video is cool (despite the product placement).

7. Muse – Supermassive Black Hole

Muse‘s Supermassive Black Hole is very not Muse-y which might be the reason why it’s so danceable. But whatever the reason, it’s a great song and everytime it comes on it’s like I have to dance.

6. Usher – Yeah!

Again, Usher‘s a musician I don’t normally listen to. But I lovelovelove Yeah! So much so that I bought the album and subsequently was really disappointed because the rest of it is really fluffy R’n’B songs. But that doesn’t take anything from this song – show me another song that consists entirely of three notes and doesn’t get annoying!

5. Panjabi MC – Mundian To Bach Ke

Panjabi MC‘s song Mundian To Bach Ke reminds me of school. In a very good way. It came out in the last year I was in school and it was played on every party. And it also reminds me of my childhood when I used to watch Knight Rider with my little brother (it was either Knight Rider, Batman, Wrestling or watching TV without my brother, all of which happened). So, emotional attachment + catchy tune + good beats = dance compulsion.

4. Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

I don’t think I know any other songs by Sylvester than You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), which is, now that I look at it, kind of a recurring thing for almost all the songs on this list.  It’s danceable and I really, really love the lyrics. What more could one ask for?

3. DJ Marky – Shake It

Imagine, it’s New Year’s Eve 2001-2002, you’re 16 (going on 17 :P) and have met some friends. You get on a bus together and drive to Rio de Janeiro, where you party the whole night through on the Copa Cabana. At three o’clock in the morning, DJ Marky is on and makes you dance into oblivion with his Audio Architecture 2 programme. Guess who you are!

[I’ll give you a hint: If you’re thinking kalafudri, you’re pretty close. ;)]


2. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize

The Chemical Brothers are another one of those I-only-know-one-song-by-them-but-that-I-love-(or-if-I-know-more-I-don’t-know-it’s-them) bands. In this case, Galvanize is that song I know.

1. Mint Royale – Singin’ in the Rain

Mint Royale‘s version of Singin’ in the Rain is absolutely awesome. Need I say more?

Bonus Track:

Out of competition, because I could dance to all of her songs I know: Missy Elliott. But just to have one of her songs on here, here’s Get Ur Freak On.

Well, okay, one won’t do. Here’s Ching-A-Ling.

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