What are the best songs for breakdancing?
May 13, 2005 9:43 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for the best songs ever recorded for breakdancing. Old Skool especially (I.e. "Beat Box" by Art of Noise or "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock)
posted by jeremias to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
It's Like That - Run DMC
posted by Jairus at 10:25 AM on May 13, 2005

On a relatively nu-skool tip, anything by Jackal & Hyde. See if you can preview Seek & Destory or their Go Bang! remix somewhere.
posted by mnology at 10:47 AM on May 13, 2005

Best answer: These are a lot of the electro classics that I play:

Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Looking For The Perfect Beat
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock
Cybotron - Clear
Debbie Deb - When I Hear Music
Egyptian Lover - Egypt, Egypt
Freestyle - Don't Stop The Rock
Freestyle - The Party Has Just Begun
Grand Master Flash - Scorpio
Jamie Jupitor (Egyptian Lover) - Computer Power
Newcleus - Jam On It
Planet Patrol - Play At Your Own Risk
Pretty Tony - Jam The Box
Shannon - Let The Music Play
Twilight 22 - Electric Kingdom
Twilight 22 - Siberian Nights
World Class Wreckin' Cru - Juice
posted by p3t3 at 10:50 AM on May 13, 2005 [1 favorite]

I have nothing to add, because p3t3 already added them all. Excellent list, my friend.
posted by felix at 10:57 AM on May 13, 2005

Also there was an old record label called Street Sounds that put out a series of (now highly saught after) compilations called "Street Sounds Electro" which highlighted many classics of the old breakdance electro.
posted by p3t3 at 10:57 AM on May 13, 2005

posted by Succa at 11:05 AM on May 13, 2005

Al-Naafiysh (The Soul), by Hashim is pretty much the only thing I can think of not posted.
posted by bobot at 11:06 AM on May 13, 2005

"Tour de France" by Kraftwerk? I seem to remember that was on one of those breakdance compilations.
posted by kindall at 11:10 AM on May 13, 2005

^Kraftwerk reminded me of a related anecdote (if thats allowed on askmefi):

I saw Grandmasterflash on a music panel at some symposium and someone asked him about Kraftwerk; his response was basically "Oh yeah, I used to play those records when I wanted to go to the bathroom or talk to the ladies. All the other records only had a couple minutes that are good for dj's, but that kraftwerk stuff was already edited to just the beats".. gave me a bit of a laugh :)

Also Kraftwerk - "Numbers" is a good one
posted by p3t3 at 11:17 AM on May 13, 2005

Yeah, anything Kraftwerk. On the same note, but for a newer sound, anything Orbital.

and what p3t3 said.
posted by rxrfrx at 11:45 AM on May 13, 2005

The first song that came to mind for me was (as Jairus said) Run DMC's "It's Like That" - some guy named Jason Nevins did a remix; the video used to play on MTV and featured two squads having a breakdance contest. Although that makes me think of Dirty Vegas' "Days Go By" - with the whole video being pretty much some guy breakdancing to the song.

Sadly, I never have learned to breakdance, so I don't know what works well and doesn't. But judging by some of the previous suggestions, I would also throw in Daft Punk, and maybe even some Fatboy Slim.

Ooh! Ooh! And what about the soundtrack to Breakin'? And Breakin' 2: The Electric Boogaloo!?

posted by attercoppe at 6:41 PM on May 13, 2005

There's a double CD I have called Electro Breakdance - The Real Old School Revival that has alot of the songs mentioned in this thread on it. It's a great compilation.
posted by rfs at 8:30 PM on May 13, 2005

Break Machine!
posted by mr.marx at 9:09 AM on May 14, 2005

"Rapper's Delight" - Sugar Hill Gang
posted by SisterHavana at 9:29 AM on May 14, 2005

Warp 9 - Light Years Away
Kilowatt - Kil-o-watt
Spoonie Gee - Monster Jam
Twilight 22 - Electric Kingdom
Two Sisters - B-Boys Beware
posted by hydrophonic at 9:44 AM on May 14, 2005

The Jonzun Crew!
posted by vronsky at 11:45 AM on May 14, 2005

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