Secular songs of communal joy
August 17, 2012 8:48 AM Subscribe
Secular songs of communal joy?
posted by Egg Shen to media & arts (33 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
For our purposes, "communal" requires more than just a number of people dancing in the same location. So Martha & The Vandellas's "Dancing In The Street" would qualify, since people are dancing "everywhere around the world", but Sam Cooke's "Twistin' The Night Away" would not qualify, since it only involves "a place up-a New York way".
Similarly, The Young Rascals's "Groovin'" would qualify, since it involves "All the happy people we could meet", while The Drifters's "Under The Boardwalk" would not qualify, since despite "the happy sounds of the carousel", no one but the narrator and his baby are specifically identified as having a good time.