Music Monday: Songs That Started Dance Fads

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! To celebrate the crash of autumn, we're going to be shakin' it all day today. This week we're looking at dance fads that came from songs. Catchy + choreographed = million seller, right? At least in the case of these musicians it was! We'll start with the dance so nice, it charted thrice:

The Locomotion


Like most pop songs, this one came from the mind of Carole King herself. In 1962, everyone WAS doing the brand new dance that Little Eva brought them. But when Grand Funk Railroad brought it back to #1 in the '70s? It most certainly wasn't new. And don't even get us started on Kylie Minogue's version. It charted twice, Kylie! It wasn't new at all! PEOPLE KNEW YOU WERE LYING!

Oooookay. Well, Scott's very passionate about his dance music, we suppose. After the jump, you'll find four more songs celebrating the moves born from music. Join us, won't you?

Before we go any further, remember our Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Songs About The Radio and we think you'll tune it in… and leave it there. But before you start reminiscing, check out our current Music Monday. See you after the jump?

The Percolator


If Mr. Curtis Jones had not skipped out on his Master's, the world might never have known was time it was. This pop-wiggle of a dance was born from a little bit of sex appeal and a little bit of Maxwell House. Even today, you might find club kids who'll percolate when the time is right.

The Running Man


Perhaps one of the strangest fad dances, The Running Man turns jogging in place into a dance move. And while it does make baggy silken pants flap like eagle's wings, it's not the sort of dance that's proven to stand the test of time. However the controversial story of its inventor is both beautiful and tragic.

The Hustle


Even today, Van McCoy's masterpiece of an era is used to capture the gilded overproduction of disco. Maybe the genius is in the complete lack of a description. What is a hustle? How do you do it? It's completely up to the listener to figure it out! Is it any wonder people rush to this song as fast as they can?

Souja Boy


This slightly-NSFW lyrics 2000-era dance might not be very complex (you might figure it out before the chorus even hits) but it's at least as respectable as, say, The Mashed Potato. Face it, there have been some dumb dances over the years.

And here's your chance to prove it! Add your favorite dance craze songs in our comments below and help us build the finest party mix ever. Also feel free to drop in like it's hot and visit our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment.