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45 songs with dance moves to inject some energy into your party

As a DJ who's seen more than his fair share of dance floors, I can attest to the transformative power of a well-timed song with a signature dance move. It’s like flipping a switch in the atmosphere of your party. Suddenly, there's a visible shift in energy, a collective excitement that's palpable. It's an invitation, an unspoken challenge that few can resist, and it serves a dual purpose: not only does it energise your guests, but it also gives them something to talk about long after the party's over. The highlight of my night has often been when the most hesitant guest steps out of their shell and onto the dance floor to do the “Macarena”.

But when is the optimal moment to deploy these musical aces? Well, timing is everything. Kick off your event with a universally recognized dance track to quickly warm up the crowd. As the party progresses and you sense a dip in energy or see clusters of guests retreating to their comfort zones, that's your cue. A well-chosen track at this juncture can act as a second wind, reinvigorating the party and encouraging mingling and participation. And don't underestimate the power of closing the night on a high note with a classic dance hit, it leaves a lasting impression, ensuring your party is the one they talk about for weeks.

Diversity in your playlist is key. A mix of genres ensures there's something for everyone, from the timeless grooves of the '70s to the latest viral dance hit. It's about striking the right balance, blending classic moves with modern trends, ensuring your dance floor is inclusive and appealing across the board. Remember, a successful DJ reads the room, adapting the playlist to the vibe of the party, ensuring that each song builds on the energy of the last.

This playlist is centred on diversity and covers a wide array of genres, whether you're a fan of rock, pop, hip-hop, or electro, there's something here that will move you—literally.

45 party dance songs with actions 

  1. "Thriller" by Michael Jackson - The zombie dance.

  2. "Macarena" by Los Del Rio - The Macarena dance.

  3. "YMCA" by Village People - YMCA arm movements.

  4. "Gangnam Style" by Psy - The horse-riding dance.

  5. "The Twist" by Chubby Checker - The twist dance.

  6. "Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex - Line dancing.

  7. "Cha Cha Slide" by DJ Casper - Step-by-step group dance.

  8. "Cupid Shuffle" by Cupid - The shuffle dance.

  9. "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" by Silentó - Whip and Nae Nae moves.

  10. "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" by Soulja Boy Tell'em - The Crank That dance.

  11. "The Time Warp" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" - Time Warp dance steps.

  12. "Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide)" by Marcia Griffiths - Electric Slide.

  13. "Wobble" by V.I.C. - The Wobble line dance.

  14. "Chicken Dance" by Werner Thomas - The Chicken Dance.

  15. "Hokey Pokey" by Ray Anthony - The Hokey Pokey dance.

  16. "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva - The Loco-Motion dance.

  17. "Jump On It!" by The Sugarhill Gang - Apache Jump On It dance.

  18. "Teach Me How to Dougie" by Cali Swag District - The Dougie.

  19. "Saturday Night" by Whigfield - Saturday Night dance routine.

  20. "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" by Las Ketchup - Aserejé (The Ketchup Song) dance.

  21. "Shuffle" by LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem for shuffling.

  22. "Vogue" by Madonna - Voguing.

  23. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by Beyoncé - The Single Ladies dance.

  24. "Lean Back" by Terror Squad - Lean Back dance.

  25. "Jerusalema" by Master KG feat. Nomcebo - Jerusalema dance challenge.

  26. "Toosie Slide" by Drake - The Toosie Slide.

  27. *"Bye Bye Bye" by NSYNC - The Bye Bye Bye puppet dance.

  28. "Grease Lightning" from "Grease" - Grease Lightning dance.

  29. "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins - The Footloose dance.

  30. "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira - Belly dancing moves.

  31. "Danza Kuduro" by Don Omar - Kuduro dance.

  32. "1, 2 Step" by Ciara - 1, 2 Step dance.

  33. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory - Dance workout.

  34. "Stayin' Alive" by Bee Gees - Disco moves.

  35. "Let's Twist Again" by Chubby Checker - Twist dance, again.

  36. "Jump Around" by House of Pain - Jumping dance.

  37. "Pump Up the Jam" by Technotronic - House dance.

  38. "Conga" by Miami Sound Machine - Conga line dance.

  39. "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats - The S-s-s-safety dance.

  40. "Limbo Rock" by Chubby Checker - Limbo dance.

  41. "The Harlem Shake" by Baauer - Harlem Shake dance.

  42. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Funky moves.

  43. "Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake - Feel-good dance moves.

  44. "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee - Latin dance.

  45. "Swish Swish" by Katy Perry - Vogue-inspired moves.

These songs span several decades and genres, but they all have one thing in common: they get people up and moving with specific dance moves that have become as memorable as the songs themselves. Can you think of any others? Leave them in the comments. 


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