Wednesday, March 15, 2006

100 Greatest Dance Songs...and 100 More by Zen Angel

Yes, folks, I watched yet another "greatest hits"
show on VH1...
this time, the 100 Greatest
Dance Songs of the Rock Era,
originally compiled in 2000. A pretty good show,
and I agreed with maybe 90% of them
(if not always the order they were in). And naturally, I felt
they left out a HUGE number of terrific tunes.

To keep in the spirit of the list, I tried to keep my
100 choices in the following guidelines: they had to
be dance songs (but not slow dance songs), they had
to be reasonably popular (which curbed my desire to fill
this with esoteric but delicious club hits and mixes...but
I didn't always succeed) and they had to be classic (at least
five years old, although one or two might have slipped by me).


So here's the Top 100
Greatest Dance Songs
of the Rock Era,
according to VH1.
What follows the list is my addition:
#101-200.

Enjoy!




VH1's TOP 100
GREATEST DANCE SONGS
OF THE ROCK ERA


1) "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor
2) "Don't Leave Me This Way" - Thelma Houston
3) "We Are Family" - Sister Sledge
4) "Vogue" - Madonna
5) "The Hustle" - Van McCoy
6) "Last Dance" - Donna Summer
7) "Y.M.C.A." - Village People
8) "The Twist " - Chubby Checker
9) "Gonna Make You Sweat" - C&C Music Factory
10) "Stayin' Alive" - Bee Gees
11) "Respect" - Aretha Franklin
12) "Get Down Tonight" - KC & the Sunshine Band
13) "Love's Theme" - Love Unlimited Orchestra
14) "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" - Sylvester
15) "It Takes Two" - Rob Base & DJ E Z Rock
16) "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
- Michael Jackson
17) "Disco Inferno - The Tramps
18) "Dancing In The Street"
- Martha & the Vandellas
19) "Shame" - Evelyn "Champagne" King
20) "Got To Be Real" - Cheryl Lynn
21) "That's The Way (I Like It)"
- KC & the Sunshine Band
22) "Love Hangover" - Diana Ross
23) "Lady Marmalade" - Labelle
24) "Let The Music Play" - Shannon
25) "Mashed Potato Time" - Dee Dee Sharp
26) "Le Freak" - Chic
27) "Louie Louie" - The Kingsmen
28) "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson
29) "Finally" - Cece Peniston
30) "Turn The Beat Around" - Vicki Sue Robinson
31) "Best Of My Love" - The Emotions
32) "You Should Be Dancing" - Bee Gees
33) "Upside Down" - Diana Ross
34) "Forget Me Nots" - Patrice Rushen
35) "It's Raining Men" - The Weather Girls
36) "Rhythm Is A Dancer" - Snap
37) "Push It" - Salt-N-Pepa
38) "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"
- McFadden & Whitehead
39) "Love Train" - The O'Jays
40) "Into The Groove" - Madonna
41) "Rock The Boat" - Hues Corporation
42) "Love Is The Message" - MFSB
43) "Celebration" - Kool & The Gang
44) "Good Times" - Chic
45) "More, More, More (Part 1)"
- Andrea True Connection
46) "Boogie Oogie Oogie"
- A Taste Of Honey
47) "Dance To The Music"
- Sly & the Family Stone
48) "Cool Jerk" - The Capitols
49) "Shout" - The Isley Brothers
50) "Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)"
- Soul 2 Soul
51) "Never Can Say Goodbye" - Gloria Gaynor
52) "Brick House" - The Commodores
53) "Ring My Bell" - Anita Ward
54) "Doctor Love" - First Choice
55) "The Loco Motion" - Little Eva
56) "Rock Your Baby" - George McCrae
57) "Cherchez La Femme"
- Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
58) "All Night Long (All Night)" - Lionel Richie
59) "La Bamba" - Ritchie Valens
60) "Believe" - Cher
61) "Jump (For My Love)" - Pointer Sisters
62) "Shake Your Groove Thing" - Peaches & Herb
63) "Love To Love You Baby" - Donna Summer
64) "Funkytown" - Lipps, Inc.
65) "Land Of 1,000 Dances" - Wilson Pickett
66) "1999" - Prince
67) "Flashdance... What A Feeling" - Irene Cara
68) "Take Your Time (Do It Right)"
- The S.O.S. Band
69) "Shotgun" - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
70) "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine)"
- James Brown
71) "Let's Dance" - David Bowie
72) "Fly Robin Fly" - Silver Convention
73) "Show Me Love" - Robin S
74) "My Prerogative" - Bobby Brown
75) "I Got You (I Feel Good)" - James Brown
76) "I Feel Love" - Donna Summer
77) "Ain't Nobody" - Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
78) "And The Beat Goes On" - The Whispers
79) "Heart Of Glass" - Blondie
80) "You're The First, The Last, My Everything"
- Barry White
81) "Straight Up" - Paula Abdul
82) "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry
83) "Got To Give It Up" - Marvin Gaye
84) "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" - Los Del Rio
85) "Keep On Truckin'" - Eddie Kendricks
86) "I Want To Dance With Somebody"
- Whitney Houston
87) "TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)"
- MFSB f/ Three Degrees
88) "U Can't Touch This" - MC Hammer
89) "MacArthur Park" - Donna Summer
90) "Heartbeat" - Tanya Gardner
91) "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)"
- Dead Or Alive
92) "Disco Lady" - Johnnie Taylor
93) "Thank You
(Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" -
Sly & the Family Stone
94) "Flashlight" - Parliament
95) "ABC" - Jackson 5
96) "What'd I Say" - Ray Charles
97) "Dancing Queen" - ABBA
98) "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" - Rod Stewart
99) "Rock Lobster" - The B-52's
100) "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" - Will Smith
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ZEN ANGEL'S 100 MORE
GREATEST
DANCE HITS


1) "Rock Around the Clock"
- Bill Haley & His Comets
2) "Car Wash"- Rose Royce
3) "Jailhouse Rock"- Elvis Presley
4) "Limbo Rock"- Chubby Checker
5) "Surfin' USA"- the Beach Boys
6) "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'"
- Nancy Sinatra
7) "Boogie Wonderland"- Earth, Wind & Fire
8) "Monster Mash"- Bobby "Boris" Pickett
9) "Born to Hand Jive"- Cliff Richard
10) "Missing (Todd Terry Remix)"
- Everything But the Girl
11) "Wipeout"- The Sufaris
12) "I Love the Night Life"- Alicia Bridges
13)"Another Night"- The Real McCoys
14) "Conga"- The Miami Sound Machine
15) "Erotic City"- Prince
16) "Shake Your Body Down to the Ground"
- Michael Jackson
17) "(Love is Like) A Heat Wave"
- Martha & the Vandellas
18) "Girls & Boys (Pet Shop Boys Mix)"- Blur
19) "Gravy (On My Mashed Potatoes)"- Dee Dee Sharp
20) "Groove is in the Heart"-
Deee-Lite with Bootsy Collins
21) "Take Control"- Lords of Acid
22) "Supermodel (You Better Work)"- RuPaul
23) "Tequilla"- The Champs
24) "Take a Chance on Me"- ABBA
25) "Bizarre Love Triangle"- New Order
26) "Twist and Shout"- The Beatles
27) "Electric Boogie (Slide)"- Marcia Griffiths
28) "Music"- Madonna
29) "Da Butt"- E.U.
30) "Crucified"- Army of Lovers
31) "The Madison Time, Part 1"- Ray Bryant Combo
32) "Touch Me (All Night Long)"- Cathy Dennis
33) "The Humpty Dance"- Digital Underground
34) "Go"- Moby
35) "Jump Jive and Wail"
- The Brian Setzer Orchestra
36) "Maniac"- Michael Sembello
37) "Pump Up the Volume"- M/A/R/R/S
38) "Freaks Come Out at Night"- Whodini
39) "Everyday is Halloween"- Ministry
40) "Get Ready For This"- 2 Unlimited
41) "Blue Monday"- Orgy
42) "Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)"- Q-Feel
43) "Where the Streets Have No Name
(I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)"
- Pet Shop Boys
44) "Stop! In the Name of Love"- The Supremes
45) "Relax"- Frankie Loves Hollywood
46) "Get the Party Started"- Pink
47) "Mony Mony"- Tommy James
48) "Love Shack"- The B-52's
49) "Johnny B. Goode"- Chuck Berry
50) "Dance, Dance, Dance"- The Beach Boys
51) "Firestarter"--The Prodigy
52) "Be My Lover"- La Bouche
53) "Superfreak"- Rick James
54) "Kung Fu Fighing"- Carl Douglas
55) "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
-The Eurythmics
56) "Neutron Dance"- Pointer Sisters
57) "Walk Like an Egyptian"- The Bangles
58) "Hot Hot Hot"- Buster Poindexter
59) "Pony Time"- Chubby Checker
60) "Strike It Up"- Black Box
61) "Together Again"- Janet Jackson
62) "You Dropped a Bomb On Me"- The Gap Band
63) "Pump Up the Jam"- Technotronic
64) "It's Your Thing"- The Isley Brothers
65) "Planet Rock"- Afrika Bombaataa
& the Soul Sonic Force
66) "Banana Boat (Day-o)"- Harry Belafonte
67) "Rockit"- Herbie Hancock
68) "Footloose"- Kenny Loggins
69) "Bust a Moove"- Young MC
70) "Superstition"- Stevie Wonder
71) "The Phantom of the Opera"- Harajuku
72) "Ladies' Night"- Kool & the Gang
73) "Beautiful Life"- Ace of Base
74) "Dancing Machine"- Jackson 5
75) "99 Luftballoons"- Nena
76) "In My House"- The Mary Jane Girls
77) "The Hippy Hippy Shake"- Swinging Blue Jeans
78) "Dancing With Myself"- Billy Idol
79) "Auto Bahn"- Kraftwerk
80) "What Is Hip?"- Tower of Power
81) "Low Rider"- War
82) "Rhythm of the Night"- Debarge
83) "The Watusi"- Vibrations
84) "Love Rollercoaster"- The Ohio Players
85) "Days Go By"- Dirty Vegas
86) "Rock Me Amadeus"- Falco
87) "The Bird"- The Time
88) "Just a Touch of Love"- Slave
89) "Get Connected"- Stereo MC's
90) "Proud Mary"- Ike & Tina Turner
91) "I Only Want to Be With You"- Dusty Springfield
92) "Harlem Shuffle"- Bob & Earl
93) "California Love"- 2Pac & Dr. Dre
94) "Praise You"- Fatboy Slim
95) "Aqaurius/Let the Sun Shine In"- 5th Dimension
96) "The Bad Touch"- The Bloodhound Gang
97) "Sylvie"- St. Etienne
98) "A Little Respect"- Erasure
99) "Sweet Dreams"- La Bouche
100) "Queen of the Hop"- Bobby Darin

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