What are you dancing to lately?
September 17, 2018 12:55 PM   Subscribe

It need not be new, and I'm genre-agnostic on this one, but it needs to be something that makes you want to dance (or run - gym music is fine too). Some very minor further comments inside.

I cannot get through a workout without music, and I often close the day out with a dorky dance party for one. And at this point some of my workout/dance music has been my go-to for literally twenty years. A few new items are needed. I have consulted an array of metafilter threads which have supplied a few entries, but I could do with more.

A couple of things I like lately:

It's House Music, Lady Alma

I Walk, Don Cherry
posted by Frowner to Media & Arts (27 answers total) 51 users marked this as a favorite

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:07 PM on September 17, 2018

Cambodian Space Project
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 1:13 PM on September 17, 2018

I've been dancing to Sunshine Jones lately, specifically Same Mistakes
posted by gyusan at 1:29 PM on September 17, 2018

Not 24 hours ago, I was very happily flailing around to Carly Rae Jespen's "Cut to the Feeling"

And for maximum uninterrupted dancing enjoyment, the audio only version

Great question :)
posted by elephantsvanish at 2:00 PM on September 17, 2018

I love this for running!
posted by cakelite at 2:05 PM on September 17, 2018

The Omar Souleyman remix of Björk's Crystalline
posted by rollick at 2:15 PM on September 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

I can’t get enough of Superorganism these days. Lends it self to solo galumphing about incredibly well in imo.

For workout I’d go: Vulfpeck for some excellent modern hipster funk.

And people either love or hate BUSINESSFUNK but if you like the cheesy synth lines used to make promotion videos in the 80s (“the humble egg can be processed into over five Thousand product”), then this is your new crack. It’s also freely accessible, because it’s made from sound libraries of the era.
posted by SaltySalticid at 2:15 PM on September 17, 2018 [4 favorites]

Goldfrapp's Ooh La La is doing it for me right now.
posted by HotToddy at 2:39 PM on September 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

Spotify playlist designed for maximum booty shaking.
posted by MexicanYenta at 2:52 PM on September 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

posted by The World Famous at 3:06 PM on September 17, 2018


Tame Impala
posted by cotton dress sock at 3:11 PM on September 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

Lately Hozier's just-released song Moment's Silence (Common Tongue) has me wanting to dance.

I probably have more running songs than dance songs. For years my workout playlist was:

1. Kanye West anything
2. Crystal Castles, Baptism
3. Stromae, Ta fête.... Stromae generally.
4. Azealia Banks, 212 (Anna Wintour is also a good dance song)
5. Florence and the Machine
6. Woodkid, Run Boy Run
7. old Muse of the Knights of Cydonia era
8. various remixes of the White Stripes, Seven Nation Army (here's one, beware the dubstep)

This is a bit of an eclectic list and it's a little dated but I hope there may be something in there that speaks to you.
posted by coffeeand at 3:18 PM on September 17, 2018

Jungle - Happy Man

The Jacksons - Torture
posted by ataco at 3:27 PM on September 17, 2018

Dee-Lite’s “Groove is in the Heart” started playing in my head yesterday and got me boogieing.
posted by epj at 3:28 PM on September 17, 2018 [3 favorites]

Tiffany Young Over my skin has a similar groove to your song.
posted by forforf at 3:55 PM on September 17, 2018

A little less "cool vibe" and a little more handclap-y, but my office dance break is Harlem - New Politics. Also featuring my favoritest ever lyric "I spend my money on the regular miracles. Just like you. Like me. Like everybody else."
posted by BlueBlueElectricBlue at 4:17 PM on September 17, 2018


Boys (warning: fairly explicit)

Water Me.

Good As Hell.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:39 PM on September 17, 2018 [7 favorites]

I find I Have Arrived by Murder by Death dance inspiring, though it's maybe not a typical 21st century dance track.

More typical from my current playlist is (Not Another Lame) Fight Song by Kawehi (probably more than one of her covers is dancy, too, The Closer cover is). I also am really digging the track from this FPP from the other day.
posted by Caduceus at 5:25 PM on September 17, 2018


The 1975
posted by sweetjane at 6:04 PM on September 17, 2018

Santigold - Disparate Youth
Parov Stelar - All Night
Sheila & B Devotion - Spacer 1979
YACHT - Miles and Miles
The Faint - The Geeks Were Right
Jungle - The Heat
posted by AnhydrousLove at 6:46 PM on September 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

Parad(w/m)e by Sylvan Esso
posted by hellogoodbye at 7:10 PM on September 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

This is a very random assortment, but here you go!

Do You Wanna Dance? - The Ramones
Sax - Fleur East
Hey Now - Matt and Kim
I'm Alive - Michael Franti & Spearhead
Volare - Gipsy Kings
Dance Apocalyptic - Janelle Monáe
Hello - Martin Solveig & Dragonette
posted by trillian at 7:42 PM on September 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

Here's a Google Play Music playlist with all of these songs. Enjoy, Google Players!

(I had to make a few choices, and a few things weren't available, but it's pretty close. Seriously eclectic dance mix. You may want shuffle.)
posted by nosila at 8:58 AM on September 18, 2018

Meshell Ndegeocello, I Wonder If I Take You Home
LCD Soundsystem, Tribulations
Erykah Badu, U Don’t Have to Call
Eric Agyeman, Abenaa Na Aden?
posted by miles per flower at 9:57 AM on September 18, 2018

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