What songs make you want to get up and dance?
November 28, 2009 12:03 PM   Subscribe

What are some songs similar to Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones and Lust For Life by Iggy Pop? The kind of song that makes you want to get up and dance around whenever you hear it. Songs can be from any genre or time period.

Other songs I can come up with are:

Judy Is A Punk - The Ramones
Jet Boy, Jet Girl - The Damned
Goody Two Shoes - Adam and the Ants
Surfin' Bird - The Cramps
Anything, Anything - Dramarama
posted by MaryDellamorte to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (82 answers total) 72 users marked this as a favorite
 
Republica - Ready to Go
posted by porn in the woods at 12:08 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow or The Strangeloves (also see: Bo Diddley)

Blitzkrieg Bob was inspired by "Ballroom Blitz" by The Sweet
posted by rhizome at 12:14 PM on November 28, 2009


Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love?
posted by cazoo at 12:14 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]




OutKast - Hey Ya!
posted by tellumo at 12:19 PM on November 28, 2009 [2 favorites]




You say any time period or genre (which is casting a pretty wide net when the question is 'what makes you want to get up and dance?') but as your examples seem to stick mostly to punk/pop-ish stuff, I'll suggest Green Day (Basketcase?) Blur (Song 2?) Foo Fighters (Monkeywrench?) and pretty much every other song that regularly gets played at hockey games.
posted by mannequito at 12:30 PM on November 28, 2009


Talking Heads - Burning Down the House
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 12:31 PM on November 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


Vic Reeves and The Wonderstuff - Dizzy
posted by permafrost at 12:31 PM on November 28, 2009


Segun Bucknor - 'That's the Time'
posted by box at 12:34 PM on November 28, 2009


Around the World - Daft Punk
posted by Seppaku at 12:35 PM on November 28, 2009




Oh and for my own personal taste, nothing works better than Leftfield and Afrika Bambaataa
posted by mannequito at 12:37 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]




ABBA - Take A Chance On Me

Jacques Brel - Vesoul

Brian Eno & David Byrne - Strange Overtones

Polar Bear - To Touch The Red Brick

Hall & Oates - Maneater

Housse de Racket - Oh Yeah!

Ise Lyfe - Bad Word Bounce

Fela Kuti - Water No Get Enemy

LL Cool J - Milky Cereal

Pere Ubu - Humor Me

Stevie Wonder - Another Star

Timbuktu - Lasternas

Dva - Nunovo Tango

Shinichi Osawa - Dreamhunt

this is a good start.
posted by past at 12:44 PM on November 28, 2009 [4 favorites]


Common People by Pulp.

Tainted Love as covered by Soft Cell.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:47 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Liquid Liquid - Cavern featuring a bass line you may be already familiar with
posted by porn in the woods at 12:48 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm not too familiar with old garage rock, but some songs from that genre would be good too.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 12:49 PM on November 28, 2009




The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
posted by tavegyl at 1:01 PM on November 28, 2009


They're not my taste, but you can fill the dance floor by playing:

Prince - Let's Go Crazy (there's a slow bit at the beginning, but it heats up.)

Las Ketchup - Las Ketchup

lots and lots of Eurodisco including this one

lots and lots of disco, like Patrick Hernandez's Born to be Alive

And just about everything by the Village People

Rocky Horror Picture Show - Time Warp
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 1:01 PM on November 28, 2009


Jerk it Out- Caesars

Rentacrowd- Len Price 3

Hate to Say I Told You So- the Hives

I Want You Back- HooDoo Gurus

I Predict a Riot- Kaiser Chiefs

Every Word Means No- Let's Active

Kids- MGMT

Cruel to Be Kind- Nick Lowe

Enola Gay- OMD

This is Not a Love Song- Public Image LTD

Rock and Roll Queen - the Subways

Devil Doll- X

You're Gonna Go Far, Kid- the Offspring

Urban Struggle- the Vandals

Need You Around- Smoking Popes

Psychotic Reaction- the Count Five

Painted by Numbers- the Sounds

Still in Love Song- the Stills

Nthing any Buzzcocks.
posted by oneirodynia at 1:02 PM on November 28, 2009


Old Garage Rock?

The Animals - Psycho
The Rats - Rats Revenge
The 13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me
Love - 7 and 7 Is
Kim Fowley - Bubblegum
The Music machine - Talk Talk

(some of this falls into psych rock)

I've always had a special place in my heart for Gold Soundz by Pavement
posted by orville sash at 1:03 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers.
posted by R. Mutt at 1:03 PM on November 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


(sorry for no links- youtube is giving me problems ATM)
posted by oneirodynia at 1:03 PM on November 28, 2009


ooh, I forgot- Gouge Away- the Pixies.
posted by oneirodynia at 1:05 PM on November 28, 2009


But if I were to venture outside of rock, I would go with these two:

The Meters - Cissy Strut

The Bar-Kays - Holy Ghost

posted by orville sash at 1:07 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oh... and The Sex Pistols trying (failing?) to remember the words to Roadrunner.

(Maybe even better that The Modern Lovers version.)
posted by R. Mutt at 1:08 PM on November 28, 2009


Couple of glam-era instrumentals for you:

Cozy Powell - Dance With the Devil
The RAH Band - The Crunch
posted by neroli at 1:22 PM on November 28, 2009


Romantics - What I like about you [and the song they allegedly copied from The Yardbirds Over Under Sideways Down]
Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine
Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata
Coconut Monkeyrocket - Shopping for Explosives
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor
posted by jessamyn at 1:23 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Town Called Malice by the Jam gets me every time.
posted by willpie at 1:24 PM on November 28, 2009


David Bowie — Suffragette City
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 1:25 PM on November 28, 2009


If you can handle something a little harder and faster try Disfear - Testament.
posted by The Straightener at 1:26 PM on November 28, 2009


the politics of dancing
posted by lester's sock puppet at 1:31 PM on November 28, 2009


On My Radio by The Specials
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 1:34 PM on November 28, 2009


Kid Creole & the Coconuts - Endicott
posted by neroli at 1:37 PM on November 28, 2009




Any song by (or covered by) the Sonics.
posted by mullacc at 1:52 PM on November 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


MC5 Kick Out the Jams
posted by mullacc at 1:53 PM on November 28, 2009


From my playlist called Hard to Listen to Sitting Down:

Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, Vampire Weekend
Canned Heat, Jamiroquai (thanks, otherwise reprehensible Napoleon Dynamite)
Americano, Brian Setzer
Peace Frog, the Doors
Wonderful Night, Fatboy Slim
Fell in Love with a Girl, the White Stripes
Southside Shuffle, J. Geils
Hell, Squirrel Nut Zippers
Superstition, Stevie Wonder
Subbacultcha, Pixies
Sympathy for the Devil, the Rolling Stones
Evenflow, Pearl Jam
Are You Gonna Be My Girl, Jet

I'm pretty sure that shows my age. But I'm really lazy, and those songs make me get up and dance (think white woman's overbite). Sometimes, I sing, too, if the house is empty!
posted by theredpen at 1:54 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Elvis Costello's Mystery Dance
posted by marsha56 at 1:55 PM on November 28, 2009


TV on the Radio Wolf Like Me
posted by Maude_the_destroyer at 1:56 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Prince -- I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man

Prince -- Mountains
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:56 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


The Cult — She Sells Sanctuary
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 1:57 PM on November 28, 2009


The two that are currently making me dance (generally in the middle of the night, headphones on, trying not to clump around too loudly and freak out the neighbours) are:

Todd Rundgren - Bang On The Drum All Day
Muse - Uprising

And if you want to include "playing all possible air instruments" in "dancing":

The Who: Baba O'Riley
posted by ZsigE at 2:04 PM on November 28, 2009


You seem to be looking for punk-ish stuff, so I'll recommend:

Minutemen - Viet Nam
Minutemen - Glory of Man

Beyond that, these are always guaranteed to get me moving:

Justice - Genesis
Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
MF Doom - Coffin Nails
James Brown - It's a New Day
Ghostface Killah - Kilo (featuring Raekwon)
posted by saladin at 2:15 PM on November 28, 2009


The Clash - Train in Vain
posted by nestor_makhno at 2:18 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Devo: Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy (particularly the latter)
posted by Sys Rq at 2:20 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


My sharona by The Knack
Alright by Jesse Dee (long intro, fun starts around at 0:50 or so).
posted by swordfishtrombones at 2:25 PM on November 28, 2009




Mouse on Mars - Doit
posted by krilli at 3:06 PM on November 28, 2009


David Lindley - Mercury Blues
posted by hangashore at 3:32 PM on November 28, 2009




saladin, so right -- I don't have the Minutemen on that list only because they have their own special playlist!
posted by theredpen at 3:44 PM on November 28, 2009


Radio Radio, Elvis Costello
posted by Rinku at 3:54 PM on November 28, 2009


"Just Dance" - Lady Gaga
"She's Got Me Dancing" - Tommy Sparks
"Here It Goes Again" - OK Go
posted by SisterHavana at 4:16 PM on November 28, 2009


More Elvis Costello - Pump It Up
posted by hangashore at 4:30 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]




If you're liking the stompy glam thing on Lust for Life, dig into T Rex and Marc Bolan some. Jeepster, 20th Century Boy, Ride a White Swan. Also, the Bo Diddley suggestion was right on, as was the suggestion of I Want Candy (if all you know is the Bow Wow Wow version, you really need to hear the original) and I'd add the Stones version of Not Fade Away to that list.
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:10 PM on November 28, 2009


Skate or Die-Teenage Bottlerocket (really, anything by these guys)
Manthem-The Bouncing Souls
Rebel Fate-The Cobra Skulls
Banging Camp-The Hold Steady
I Don't Need Love-Randy
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 5:18 PM on November 28, 2009


Any genre you say?

Roni Size - Brown Paper Bag
posted by cazoo at 5:25 PM on November 28, 2009


I;d try The Black Lips or King Khan & BBQ Show for the garage-y punk sound.
posted by GilloD at 6:04 PM on November 28, 2009


He's Frank (Slight Return). Fatboy Slim and Iggy Pop collaboration.
posted by sophist at 6:22 PM on November 28, 2009






52 Girls by B-52's.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:26 PM on November 28, 2009




What is Life by George Harrison.

Look Back In Anger by David Bowie.

Deceptacon by Le Tigre.

Hit The North by The Fall.

Free Range by The Fall.

House of Jealous Lovers by The Rapture.

Bubbilicious by Rex The Dog (with a great video).

Audacity of Huge by Simian Mobile Disco.

Licked by Love by The Penelopes.

Rhythm of Cruelty by Magazine. (possibly NSFW video)

My Tulpa by Magazine.

Editions of You by Roxy Music.

Over and Over by Hot Chip.
posted by ClanvidHorse at 9:48 PM on November 28, 2009


"Ain't Nothing But A House Party" - Phil Fearon
"Erotic City" - Prince (this video actually has the George Clinton version followed by the Prince version)
"3AM Eternal" - KLF
"Copacabana" - Barry Manilow
"Push It" - Salt 'N Pepa
"Bodyrock" - Moby
"Cool It Now" - New Edition
"Going Underground" - The Jam
"Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room)" - Paul Lekakis
"I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock & Roll)" - Nick Lowe
"Run Runaway" - Slade
posted by SisterHavana at 10:07 PM on November 28, 2009


House of Pain Jump Around
Gang of Four To Hell with Poverty
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 10:12 PM on November 28, 2009


Battles - Atlas
Jorge Ben - O Namorado da Viúva
Cornershop - Brimful of Asha
Modest Mouse - Float On
M.O.T.O. - Dance Dance Dance Dance Dance to the Radio
The Eternals - Space Dancehall
The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
Archie Bell & the Drells - Tighten Up
The Go! Team - Ladyflash
Roger & the Gypsies - Pass the Hatchet
Roxy Music - Virginia Plain
The Monks - Monk Chant
Cheap Trick - I Want You to Want Me
Japanther - River Phoenix
posted by hydrophonic at 10:51 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Okay, I would recommend:

Haiti by Arcade fire.

Take me Home Tonight by Eddie Money.

Mr. Big Stuff by Jean Knight.

In the Midnight by Langhorne Slim.

In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett.

Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Dirty Whirl by TV on the Radio.

Oro-mi-ma by Nunca Antes.

Bat Macumba by Os Mutantes.

Aaje Nachle from Monsoon Wedding.

Lots more, but those always work pretty well for me.
posted by ajarbaday at 11:01 PM on November 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you like to dance to industrial, dark electro, EBM, etc., here are a few that might get ya movin'. (Many more on my LiveJournal).

Soman - Mask
Eisenfunk - Pong
Re:\Legion - Cancer Decay
Das Ich - Destillat (VNV Nation Remix)
Laibach - Tanz Mit Laibach
And One - Panzermensch
VNV Nation - Chrome
Steinkind - Ich Muss
Faderhead - TZDV
Contagion - Scratch
Funker Vogt - Harvester of Sorrow (cover of a Metallica track)
posted by velvet winter at 12:12 AM on November 29, 2009


Oops. Correction for the And One - Panzermensch link.
posted by velvet winter at 12:16 AM on November 29, 2009


For some reason your original items made first think of Molly's Chamber by Kinds of Leon.
posted by like_neon at 6:50 AM on November 29, 2009


Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson. Maybe not "dance", exactly, but I dare you to listen to this and remain still.
posted by jpdoane at 9:31 AM on November 29, 2009


OMG - Great songs in this thread. MD, Thanks for posting!
posted by garnetgirl at 11:27 AM on November 29, 2009


Public Image Limited - Memories and Swan Lake.
Back-to-back stone killers from Metal Box. Jah Wobble's propulsive bass will get your rump shaking.
posted by porn in the woods at 11:46 AM on November 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


I almost always thrash around on the air guitar when "Speaking in Tongues" by Eagles of Death Metal comes on.
posted by Turkey Glue at 3:23 PM on November 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Morningwood — Nth Degree
posted by nicwolff at 9:15 PM on November 29, 2009


Twisting the Night Away - Sam Cooke. Yep.
posted by kugelmass at 1:00 PM on November 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


I can't believe nobody linked to B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad) by Outkast yet. This one ALWAYS gets butts on the floor.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 5:53 PM on December 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


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