There are endless songs played at bars, clubs, parties, weddings, and other events that get people out on the dance floor, but only a few can claim to be the best dance songs ever. The top dance songs of all time have survived through the years and keep people dancing to their beat.
1. The Twist by Chubby Checker
Hitting the top of the Billboard charts in both 1960 and 1962, The Twist was listed by Billboard as the All-Time Top Song from their Hot 100 list. The song comes with an iconic dance move that involves gyrating and swiveling your feet, which is why Billboard also named it in their Top 10 Best Line Dance Songs.
2. The Hustle by Van McCoy
The Hustle made it to the top five of Billboard’s 20 Popular Line Dances of all time and number six on the Top 40 Weekly list of the Top Dance Songs of All Time. In 1975 it topped Billboard’s charts, and it even won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. This popular song from the disco era still gets people dancing today.
3. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
While Michael Jackson’s Thriller might be the best line dance song according to Billboard, Billie Jean was named the Most Iconic Song of All Time based on a statistical analysis of song popularity. Billie Jean was based on situations Michael saw his brothers caught up in and featured a danceable beat. In fact, scientific research about the most danceable songs ever puts Billie Jean at number 10.
4. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
While Bruno Mars has an extensive collection of fabulous hits, Uptown Funk is a true winner at the dance floor. It is certified Platinum and a Grammy Award winner, was named number two on the Billboard Top Song of All Time list, and is the ninth best selling music single of all time.
5. Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
Known for their cheeky songs with dancing inducing beats LMFAO has produced numerous dancing hits. Their Party Rock Anthem ranks number six on Billboard’s Greatest of All Time singles and cracked the Top 20 for best selling music singles of all time.
6. Dancing Queen by ABBA
Surely a song with “dance” in the title had to make this list! Dancing Queen cracked the Top 30 for Most Iconic Songs of All Time, hit number three on Top 40 Weekly’s Best Dance Songs, and made VH1’s 100 Greatest Dance Songs list.
7. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran was named Artist of the Decade in 2019, so it’s no wonder his dance hit Shape of You is the number 12 best selling music single of all time. It also landed at number nine on Billboards All Time Top Songs. Although he’s known for his acoustic sets and romantic love songs, Shape of You features a gentle dance beat that celebrates the body as you move.
8. I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
I Gotta Feeling is listed as the number 25 best selling music single of all time and the number seven Top Song of All Time by Billboard. The song celebrates the feeling that “tonight’s gonna be a good, good night” as it calls for listeners to celebrate.
9. We are Family by Sister Sledge
The perfect dance song for weddings and other family celebrations is We are Family. VH1 lists the song at number three on their 100 Greatest Dance Songs list and Top 40 weekly says it’s the number five Top Dance Song of All Time.
10. Y.M.C.A. by The Village People
The Village People created a sensation with this song. DJ’s all over know an event is not not complete without dancing to Y.M.C.A. Top 40 Weekly named Y.M.C.A. their number one dance song of all time and VH1 puts it at number seven on their 100 Greatest Dance Songs list. This song is fun to dance to and the letter-making motions to this song are easy to do, even for children!