Some classic dance songs include "The Twist" by Hank Ballard, "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, "Vogue" by Madonna and "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees. These songs were recorded in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Hank Ballard recorded "The Twist" in 1959, followed by "Let's Twist Again" and "Slow Twistin." All three songs became a staple in New York nightclubs after Chubby Checker's performance of "The Twist" on American Bandstand in 1960. Several songs by different artists were inspired by Ballard's tune, including "Twistin' the Night Away" by Sam Cooke and "Twist and Shout" by the Isley Brothers.
"Thriller" was the song that brought the world's attention to Michael Jackson and the seventh song released from his Thriller album. His recording company spent $500,000 on a first-of-its-kind 14-minute short movie to accompany the song, and the iconic dance in the video inspired a fraternity dance scene in the movie "Revenge of the Nerds".
Madonna's "Vogue" was inspired by a style of dancing in the late 1980s, vogueing, which she experienced at a nightclub called the Sound Factory. Madonna wrote the song in 1990 to accompany her character in the movie Dick Tracy.
"Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees was released in 1977. The song stayed at the number one spot of the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks and opened the movie "Saturday Night Fever."