Popular songs with simple actions. like the macarena.

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For a class of young people / young adults who love heads shoulders knees and toes but need something more grown up.

Any more suggestions? The Macarena is perfect because the actions are so simple and most can do them with support. Would appreciate.

plax (ico), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 20:38 (two weeks ago) link

Cha Cha Slide, innit. As much as it makes me want to pour actual boiling tar in my ears.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 20:43 (two weeks ago) link

every Steps song had a really easy dance routine

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 20:45 (two weeks ago) link

Lol steps yes, did not think of that. I will have to Google cha cha slide

plax (ico), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 20:52 (two weeks ago) link

What is great about the macarena is that it can be done sitting down and the actions are very repetitive

plax (ico), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 20:52 (two weeks ago) link

And also not very fast

plax (ico), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 20:53 (two weeks ago) link

"The Ketchup Song" by Las Ketchup has a fun & easy little sequence

Josefa, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 20:54 (two weeks ago) link

Cha Cha Slide is great because he tells you what to do

Superman by Black Lace?

FBPRieu (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 21:06 (two weeks ago) link

I had eaten an edible at a wedding reception and the Cupid Shuffle came on - I'd never heard it in my life and half the room got up and began doing the same dance together and it confused the hell out of me because they were mostly rural Minnesota folk and I was trying to figure what kind of weird-ass country line dance they were doing.

joygoat, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 21:09 (two weeks ago) link

chicken dance

ingredience (map), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 21:28 (two weeks ago) link

baby shark

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 22:40 (two weeks ago) link

the ones i can recall having seen at youth dances/mixers/functions while growing up:

marcia griffiths "electric boogie" (aka the electric slide)
v.i.c. "wobble"
whigfield "saturday night"
soulja boy "crank that"
rednex "cotton eye joe"

oh and recently there's blanco brown "the git up" which does call out many of its steps

at weddings w/ older folks present they always play isley brothers "shout" and ppl do the same thing every time, i guess something from animal house? idk never saw it but it's easy enough to imitate

i feel like at one point in elementary school class we were taught some line dance-ish steps to lou bega "mambo no. 5" (presumably matching some steps that are called out in the second verse) but who knows if anyone actually does that anymore. in general i'm sure some of the ones i mentioned have fallen out of collective memory and/or have some regional variation, like i always saw people dancing to "cotton eye joe" the same way around where i grew up but i think in other places i've seen ppl do slightly different things along to it, or a few more/less steps than what i knew

as an american i should also note that i think the only reason i ever encountered "saturday night" is because i went to a summer camp that had lots of counselors who had come over from europe... in retrospect i'm amazed that the song (+ dance) stuck around at that camp's social functions for so long after the song was actually a hit on the other side of the ocean

dyl, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 22:52 (two weeks ago) link

i wouldn't put too many of these in one party playlist tho

dyl, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 22:52 (two weeks ago) link

The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
Chubby Checker - The Twist
Silento - Watch Me

Siegbran, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 22:54 (two weeks ago) link

Psy - Gangnam Style

Siegbran, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 22:59 (two weeks ago) link

perhaps the young people/young adults at this function will be well versed in the 'mayo pete dance'? lol

dyl, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 23:00 (two weeks ago) link

as an american i should also note that i think the only reason i ever encountered "saturday night" is because i went to a summer camp that had lots of counselors who had come over from europe... in retrospect i'm amazed that the song (+ dance) stuck around at that camp's social functions for so long after the song was actually a hit on the other side of the ocean

Ha, this song was unavoidable in Ottawa (and I definitely did not seek out dance-pop music at that time). Did it really not cross over in the US?

No language just sound (Sund4r), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 23:05 (two weeks ago) link

it didn't even hit the hot 100!

dyl, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 23:11 (two weeks ago) link

damn america sucks

#FBPIRA (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 23:17 (two weeks ago) link

irish folk doing that rock the boat thing at weddings etc.

scottish old women dancing the slosh to beautiful sunday at weddings etc.

#FBPIRA (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 23:19 (two weeks ago) link

Not just Irish people, the "Oops Upside Your Head" rowboat was a staple at every party and wedding reception I went to as a kid

FBPRieu (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 23:21 (two weeks ago) link

Also gonna suggest "The Time Warp"

FBPRieu (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 23:21 (two weeks ago) link

Lots of moves to chose from with The Hustle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj23_nDFSfE

that's not my post, Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:23 (two weeks ago) link

Is "YMCA" too obvious to mention?

No language just sound (Sund4r), Thursday, 28 November 2019 03:45 (two weeks ago) link

I'm a big fan of mid-90s Brazilian/Euro hit 'Tic Tic Tac' by Carrapichio which really should have been bigger than the Macarena

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hV2o7KdndI

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:20 (two weeks ago) link

Remember 'Rolex Sweep'?

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:21 (two weeks ago) link

tbf Macarena was pushed by both Hillary Clinton and Bill Gates

anvil, Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:49 (two weeks ago) link

tbf Macarena was pushed by both Hillary Clinton and Bill Gates


the macarena and jeffrey epstein have a lot in common

A victim managed to capture evidence of the gimp (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 28 November 2019 12:48 (two weeks ago) link

Blame It On The Boogie

Jeff W, Thursday, 28 November 2019 18:43 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u38dNIB06EU

a song that makes sense for British people in the 90s, impressions of TV characters and personalities with dance routines, some parts have dated... terribly

boxedjoy, Thursday, 28 November 2019 19:38 (two weeks ago) link

I remember going to parties as a child in like 1995 and having zero idea who any of these people are

boxedjoy, Thursday, 28 November 2019 19:39 (two weeks ago) link

The locomotion

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 29 November 2019 00:39 (two weeks ago) link

Agadoo

Duke, Friday, 29 November 2019 18:10 (two weeks ago) link

this was very helpfull. nothing is too obvious! can't believe i didn't think of YMCA for this, which btw is the best recommendation (ty) as it doesn't involve legs or overly specific actions (with finger movements etc). thanks all!

plax (ico), Saturday, 30 November 2019 14:35 (two weeks ago) link

Phish had a dance called The Meatstick.

https://youtu.be/AMdcaUuoltwp

☮ (peace, man), Saturday, 30 November 2019 14:39 (two weeks ago) link

Oh wait, that one was in Japanese.

☮ (peace, man), Saturday, 30 November 2019 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

y'all. the motherfucking Hokey Pokey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_XN6HUTZ7E

💠 (crüt), Saturday, 30 November 2019 18:21 (two weeks ago) link

Is not a pop song

plax (ico), Saturday, 30 November 2019 21:48 (two weeks ago) link

You could learn a load of old dance moves in short order from this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdbrIrFxas0

Maresn3st, Saturday, 30 November 2019 21:51 (two weeks ago) link

Is not a pop song

― plax (ico), Saturday, November 30, 2019 4:48 PM bookmarkflaglink

big band music was p poppy in the 50s

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Saturday, 30 November 2019 21:52 (two weeks ago) link

Lou wouldn’t sing like this again until “Head Held High” (which itself instructs the listener to “do the Dog,” so it’s all a rich tapestry).

https://youtu.be/5r998weOUiM

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 30 November 2019 21:57 (two weeks ago) link

You could learn a load of old dance moves in short order from this


The original, appropriately by a Chicago group, is, dare I say, more swinging:

https://youtu.be/XaKVs5mJ4Bg

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 30 November 2019 22:00 (two weeks ago) link


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