The Biggest Dance Crazes
Dance crazes have kept us moving throughout the generations and although they may come and go, some have stood the test of time and still have the ability to work their music magic and get us up on the dancefloor.
Chubby Checker – ‘The Twist’ (1960)
The arm swinging, hip swivelling dance became popular after Chubby Checker danced the Twist to his chart topping hit.
Bee Gees – Night Fever (1978)
The disco-inspired moves made famous in the film Saturday Night Fever, which featured a string of Bee Gees hits, had everyone wanting to do the “Brooklyn Shuffle” and “Tango Hustle” just like the movie’s megastar John Travolta.
Village People – YMCA (1978)
It is said that the iconic routine was invented on the spot when the group were rehearsing for an episode of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand after the audience mistook their raised arms in the chorus for a Y formation.
Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)
The infamous choreography first appeared in the song’s ground-breaking music video starring dancing zombies and the pop star in his iconic red leather jacket.
Kylie Minogue – The Loco-Motion (1987)
‘The Locomotion’ first became a dancefloor sensation when it was released back in 1962 by Little Eve and was once again revived by the Australian popstar as her debut single.
Madonna – Vogue (1990)
Strike a Pose! Madonna’s iconic hit that turned vogueing into a worldwide phenomenon turned 30 this year and remains one of the Queen of Pop’s signature tunes and music videos.
Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky Heart (1992)
The US country singer soared to instant superstardom with the release of his debut single, which also sparked a popular line dancing craze.
Whigfield – Saturday Night (1994)
When this bop hit No.1 it had people all over Europe rolling their wrists and bouncing around to the beat.
Los Del Rio – Macarena (1995)
Macarena was originally released back in 1993 and only became a global hit and dance craze a couple of years later.
Steps – Tragedy (1998)
The Steps’ cover of the Bee Gees classic ‘Tragedy’ was just as big as its accompanying dance routine, which was said to have been inspired by the Home Alone film poster of Macaulay Culkin screaming.
DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide (2000)
How low can you go? DJ Casper AKA Mr. C the Slide Man’s catchy song first filled dancefloors across America before eventually making its way across the globe. In fact, it remained a worldwide chart hit for four years and topped the UK Singles Chart in March 2004.
Las Ketchup – The Ketchup Song (Aserejé) (2002)
The Spanish pop group released the track along with some fun and simple dance moves that instantly sent the world into a viral dance frenzy.
Soulja Boy Tell Em – Crank That (2007)
The video for the catchy track featured fellow hip-hop stars such as Omarion and Lil’ Bow Wow. The accompanying ‘Crank That’ dance quickly took the world by storm and was even incorporated into one of Beyoncé’s shows.
Beyonce – Single Ladies (2008)
It took Queen Bey and her back-up dancers over a month to perfect the choreography for the music video and make it look flawless.
Psy – Gangnam Style (2012)
Following its release, Psy’s legendary horse-riding moves catapulted the song’s popularity and the music video quickly became the first ever to surpass a billion views on YouTube.
Silento – Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) (2015)
After writing the track in his basement and releasing it on YouTube, the viral hit inspired a new dance craze as well as earned the rapper a record deal.
Master KG Feat. Nomcebo Zikode – Jerusalema (2020)
The “Jerusalema” dance challenge has taken social media by storm across the world, with people sharing videos of themselves dancing to the uplifting track by South African artist Master KG. The official music video also recently hit one million views on YouTube.