Happy International Dance Day!

Good morning you lovely lot. How is everyone? coping well, I hope 🤞 I had a pretty good week, on Friday I took my seventh exam on my course and got a score in the high 90’s, so I was pretty happy the rest of the day! Another thing that happened this week that made it better was that I received a postcard from my sister, which I wasn’t expecting so it was such a nice surprise to wake up to! 😃

International Dance Day

International Dance Day on April 29th is an annual celebration of how dancing positively impacts our lives. The human body’s ability to move, groove, pop, and lock has captivated the way we interact with music and express ourselves artistically. This day was created to allow the world to recognize dance as a professional art form. Dancing gives us the ability to communicate emotions frequently deeper than our own language. International Dance Day is a tribute to millions of people across generations who have dedicated their lives to this craft of enchantment.

Below is a list of just some songs that are sure to make you get up and dance. So whether you’re alone, with family, a partner or having a zoom call with others, get up and have a dance 🎵

15 Songs To Make You Get Up And Dance

Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m1EFMoRFvY

Fun Fact: The video has become an internet phenomenon with thousands of homemade versions posted on YouTube. Beyoncé explained to The Sunday Times May 10, 2009, that the idea for the promo was a 1960s film of a Bob Fosse routine, Mexican Breakfast, which featured his wife, Gwen Verdon. She recalled; “I saw a video on YouTube. They had a plain background and it was shot on the crane; it was 360 degrees, they could move around. And I said, ‘This is genius.’ We kept a lot of the Fosse choreography and added the down-south thing – it’s called J-setting, where one person does something and the next person follows. So it was a strange mixture, kind of like the song, which is almost like a nursery rhyme, the ‘oh-oh-oh’s, and the sinister chords. So it’s like the most urban choreography, mixed with Fosse – very modern and very vintage. We’d spent all the budget on the video for (the previous single) If I Were a Boy, and with this song, we didn’t even have a treatment. So, it’s the least expensive video I’ve done. Not for a moment did I think, ‘This is going to be a movement.’


Psy – Gangnam Style

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGc_NfiTxng

Fun Fact: This single was released on July 15, 2012. The song entered the Gaon Chart singles chart at #1 upon release, spending five weeks at the peak position. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 a couple of months later, giving PSY his first chart hit in America.


Michael Jackson – Thriller

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V90AmXnguw

Fun Fact: The video won for Best Performance Video, Best Choreography, and Viewers Choice at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. The show was hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler.


Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4H_Zoh7G5A

Fun Fact: The track was YouTube’s most popular song of 2011. For a time it was also its second most-played ever, behind Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”


Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlyXNRrsk4A

Fun Fact: The song’s music video was filmed in May 2011. Perry created for the clip a nerdy 13-year-old alter-ego named Kathy Beth Terry, who is fond of astronomy and ’90s teenage heartthrobs. Viral star Rebecca Black, whose hit single was titled “Friday” makes a cameo appearance in the video. Other well-known faces you may spot in the Marc Klasfeld directed clip include Glee stars Darren Criss and Kevin McHale whilst ’80s songstress Debbie Gibson and actor Corey Feldmen play Kathy’s parents. Hanson and saxophonist Kenny G provide the party’s live entertainment.


Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M6samPEMpM

Fun Fact: Each of the Backstreet Boys is costumed after a famous Hollywood monster, Howie is Dracula; Kevin is Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde; Brian is the Wolfman; A.J. is The Phantom of the Opera; Nick is the Mummy.


Kenny Loggins – Footloose

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK2hpeqkYjA

Fun Fact: This single was released a few weeks ahead of the movie, and the video, which used scenes from the film, got a lot of airplay on MTV, building anticipation for the release. By the time the film hit theaters, the song was already in the Top 40, and it went to #1 on March 31, 1984, where it remained for 3 weeks. MTV played a key role in marketing the film, and movie studios tried to follow this template, enlisting major acts to record a song for their movies and producing slick videos with scenes from the movie, essentially creating a preview.


Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxEINSBsbeo

Fun Fact: The video was directed by Jordan Stephens and features the rapping talents of the Rizzle Kicks duo’s actual mums. Later on, James Cordon turns up and joins in with the dancing. This is not the first time the comic actor has tipped his toes into music waters. Back in 2010, Corden linked up with Dizzee Rascal to perform the chart-topping World Cup tie-in single “Shout For England.”


Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD4vsh1zDA

Fun Fact: The song was the Black Eyed Peas’ most successful single of their career, topping over 25 charts internationally including the ones in Australia, Canada, Ireland Italy, New Zealand, UK, and US.


Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru0K8uYEZWw

Fun Fact: According to the UK’s record industry collecting society PPL, this was the most played song across UK radio, TV, and public performance in 2016.


Five – Everybody Get Up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZUn-KtTNmA

Fun Fact: “Everybody Get Up” has received Silver certification for sales of over 200,000 in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number two on 6 September 1998. Worldwide, the song topped the New Zealand Singles Chart on the week of 15 November and reached the top three 3 in Spain and the top five in Ireland, Sweden, and Australia. 


Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JcmQONgXJM

Fun Fact: Smith won the Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance for this song. The previous year, he won the same award for “Men In Black,” which was his first song produced by Poke & Tone and his first release without DJ Jazzy Jeff.


Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH3giaIzONA

Fun Fact: Houston sang this very upbeat and light, but the lyrics are quite emotional, which is why they included “(Who Loves Me)” after “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” in the song title. Says Shannon: “Many of our friends were in this boat – 5 o’clock comes around, they start getting restless and it’s, ‘What am I gonna do?’ and ‘I can’t stand to be alone again tonight,’ and ‘I really don’t wanna just go party, I’d really like to find somebody, try and find somebody to love.’ So it’s more of that long-term partnership that people want.”


The Beatles – Twist & Shout

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RicaUqd9Hg

Fun Fact: The Beatles used this to end many of their early live performances. It was always a huge hit when they played it in concert and was chosen as their opening song at their Shea Stadium performance on August 15, 1965 – the first rock concert held in a stadium.


Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgzGwKwLmgM

Fun Fact: In 2011, Queen fans voted the chorus of “Don’t Stop Me Now” as the band’s best ever lyric. The survey, conducted by HMV, found they liked the lyric “Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball” best.


I hope everyone stays safe and enjoys the rest of the week, see you next Wednesday.

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