Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best English Dance songs of all time 2017, The art of dance is as old as human civilization itself. We love to watch dance, and often to participate as well. Dance clubs are an integral part of our society. They are a place where people can relax, dance and enjoy a night out with friends. The vibrating thrash of techno, melting together with pulsating laser lights and multi-mirrored disco balls that reflect the brilliance and flavor of the evenings festivities, are what makes the dance club the chosen haven for many. We’ve worked to choose a representation of the best English dance club songs of all time. “Of all time” means that these songs have had to withstand the test of time, and indeed they have. Below are ten of the most iconic dance songs of English to ever hit the dance floor whose rhythms and beats have withstood the test of time.
- 10. 1999 – Prince
- 9. Hey Ya! – OutKast
- 8. I Feel Love – Donna Summer
- 7. Pull Up to the Bumper – Grace Jones
- 6. The Hustle – Van McCoy
- 5. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
- 4. Chic – Le Freak
- 3. Blue Monday – New Order
- 2. Love Hangover – Diana Ross
- 1. Thriller – Michael Jackson
Here we present the list of top 10 best English Dance songs of all time 2017.
10. 1999 – Prince
The song “1999” was written and performed by the late, great American musician, Prince in 1982. This party anthem is ranked 215 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song, written by Prince, was performed by Prince and his band, The Revolution, made up of Dez Dickerson, Lisa Coleman and Jill Jones. According to Prince during a Larry King interview, the song was composed to give people hope for the future: “So I just wanted to write something that gave hope…”.
9. Hey Ya! – OutKast
OutKast is composed of rap duo Bigi Boi and Andre 3000. In 2003 the duo decided to do a double album, with each side contributing an album. Big Boi didi Speakerboxxx and Andre 3000 did The Love Below. It was Andre 3000 ‘s song, Hey Ya! that was the first single and which also became a big selling crossover, meaning that it hit crossed over several genres. Perfect songs for the dance club, spirited and highly energetic, this song about the tough times relationships go through has been a favorite for club goers across America.
8. I Feel Love – Donna Summer
The Donna Summer disco hit, “I Feel Love”, was quite risque when it emerged in the 1970’s. This song had not only plenty of beat going for it, but also plenty of sensual sounds of love making emanating from Summer. Totally techno pop for its time, this synthesized chart topper led record producer Brian Eno to say to David Bowie, “I’ve heard the sound of the future”. Indeed, decades later, dance clubs and pop music shows the effect of being heavily influenced by this song.
7. Pull Up to the Bumper – Grace Jones
Grace Jones is an icon to many in the dance club world. Her unique presence and command of an audience, along with talent and stage presence made “Pull up to the Bumper” a dance club chart topper, still played in clubs today. The track, written by Grace Jones, Kookoo Baya and Dana Mano, has been interpreted by some as being sexually explicit. Throughout the years, “Pull Up to the Bumper” has seen many remixes, and is known as one of Grace Jones signature tracks. In 2011, “The Guardian’s” Richard Vine reported that “Pull Up to the Bumper” is one of the ’50 key events’ in the history of club music.
6. The Hustle – Van McCoy
In 1975 a dance craze lit up clubs across the globe, and it was called “The Hustle”. The Hustle was a line dance done to the song, “The Hustle” by Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony. As a result of McCoy was crowned “Top instrumental Artist” of 1975. A mostly instrumental track, the lead melody was carried by piccolo player, Philip Bodner. “The Hustle” track hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts, and won the Grammy for Best Pop instrumental Performance. A forever hit in dance clubs, and played even in today’s clubs, “The Hustle” remains one of the tracks which characterizes the disco era. Today, those who wish to learn the classic “Hustle” dance, can visit any number of webpages or view one of many videos which instruct dancers on each and every step.
5. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
Saturday Night Fever was a film produced by Robert Stigwood about a youth (John Travolta) dealing with his growing pains via clubbing. The Soundtrack sold over 30 million copies, and spawned some fantastic tunes. Among them was the anthem for the movie: “Stayin Alive”. Written and performed by the ‘Brothers Gibb’, or Bee Gees, this hip chart topper found its way to the public on December ’13, 1977, and proceeded to swiftly climb the international music charts, and was certified platinum. “Stayin’ Alive” is the flagship song of the 1970’s disco era, and will continue to be enjoyed in dance clubs for many years to come.
4. Chic – Le Freak
The disco era of the 1970’s created some of the best and most favored dance tracks in history. Popular dance songs would live on as dance moves, for the decades to come, and one of those songs is “La Freak” by the disco band, Chic. La Freak was released to the public in 1978, and was an immediate hit, spurring the dance craze, “La Freak”, and the choreography spread to discos across the world, and hit the number one spot on Billboard Hot 100 on three separate occasions. The origin of the song centers around the old “Studio 54” dance club. Chic’s guitarist, Nile Rodgers and bassist, Bernard Edwards, were accidentally denied access to the club after being invited by Grace Jones, so they decided to compose a dance song. Still played in clubs today, “La Freak” by Chic is a popular standby for fans of the dance, everywhere.
3. Blue Monday – New Order
According to band member, Bernard Summer this favorite of the dance club crowd was a happy accident, that it just basically ‘happened’. According to Summer: “I don’t think there was a great deal to tell behind the lyrics…It was just one of those things.” “Blue Monday” became one of the best-selling 12 inch singles in Great Britain. The snappy dance beat rhythm was the result of experimenting with an Oberheim DMX drum machine. “Blue Monday” can be categorized as Synthpop, and is recognized as one of the most influential techno pop songs in music history.
2. Love Hangover – Diana Ross
Rumor has it that the great Diana Ross had to be bribed to make this song. Whether true or not, “Love Hangover” is a delectable, sensual and quite danceable track, and has most definitely withstood the test of time. The track was composed by Pamela Sawyer and Marilyn McLeod for the dance clubs. In 1976 Ross released “Love Hangover”, and the track swiftly swept up the charts, to find it’s rightful place in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Soul Charts. Ross’s voice is soft and sensual in this track, and even gives into some levity later on. This track helped to introduce Ross to a new group of fans, and in doing so, revitalized her career.
1. Thriller – Michael Jackson
“Thriller” is known as one of the greatest English dance songs of all time, and was written by Rod Temperton and produced by the great Quincy Jones and released as a single in 1984. Performed by the late, great Michael Jackson, “Thriller” had such an inventive and infectious beat, it became a massive hit for Jackson, and inspired classic “Thriller” dance moves still seen in dance studios today. The dance was choreographed by Jackson and dancer Michael Peters, and was based oh how a zombie might move. This classic track along with it’s inspired dance moves, is a favorite among dance fans all over the world, and spawned an epic music video which incorporated the voice talents of the late, great Vincent Price.
There you have it, a representation of some of the best English dance songs to ever hit the dance clubs. Some of these tracks, such as “Thriller”, “The Hustle” and “La Freak” are so iconic, that their dance moves are still taught in studios and danced in modern day clubs. We hope you enjoyed our sampling of some of the top English dance club songs.