Dance like no one is watching (and they aren't)
April 27, 2020 9:54 PM   Subscribe

Something that helps me cultivate a positive mood is dancing around my apartment while doing chores. I'm looking for recommendations with an upbeat tempo and the kind of song that gets stuck in your head (in a good way).

Music really helps me flip that switch from crap day to good day! I asked a similar music question last summer, but it's time to refresh my playlist.

Here are a couple songs that I've been listening to and are working for me...

The Glow - Victoria Monet
In This World - Moby

Any recommendations like these? Anything you're currently listening to that's upbeat and working for you? I'll try everything suggested. :)
posted by pdxhiker to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
The Talking Heads’ concert film Stop Making Sense has been my background music for dance-party-housework for the last few weeks. It’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 10:51 PM on April 27, 2020 [3 favorites]

Over time I've become a big fan of C89.5. It's a publicly supported dance station in Seattle. If you don't know what to play, stream that for a while!

A song they played recently that I can't get out of my head: Checklist by MAX . (Video is adorable too)
posted by rouftop at 11:25 PM on April 27, 2020 [3 favorites]

I am a big fan of No Lights, No Lycra. Up until isolation times, we met and danced in the dark. Now we have (eg) Spotify for NLNL music for the same thing in our own homes. I love not having to come up with tunes that make you want to groove out unselfconsciously.
posted by honey-barbara at 11:38 PM on April 27, 2020

A bunch of songs from the Trolls soundtrack do this for me.
posted by Weeping_angel at 12:42 AM on April 28, 2020

I've been using various upbeat songs for VR-based boxing workouts recently, and the three songs from my workout playlist that I find myself involuntarily shaking it to when they come on are:

Dragostea Din Tei - O-Zone (I know it's a meme but it works)
Hey Ya - OutKast (a very famous song that I forgot existed for like a decade)
Bubblegum Bitch - Marina and the Diamonds (not a word I am in the habit of using or promoting works)

So some caveats there for all of them but they are my most-guaranteed ass-shaking songs right now.
posted by terretu at 12:43 AM on April 28, 2020 [2 favorites]

posted by hellopanda at 1:44 AM on April 28, 2020

I've been enjoying these decade by decade mixes for dancing to around home myself
posted by lollusc at 2:18 AM on April 28, 2020

The Avalanches Noisy Eater is super-fun
and bouncy.
posted by Otter_Handler at 5:28 AM on April 28, 2020

I Wanna Dance With Somebody gets me on my feet.
Gloria Estefan classics
posted by theora55 at 5:37 AM on April 28, 2020 [2 favorites]

I've been doing the same thing! My current favorite is Robyn's - Dancing on My Own. Lyrics are not upbeat but the song is! Most Robyn songs will work. Other current favorites are:

White Reaper - Might be Right (very rock but very danceable!)
Glass Animals - Your Love
Kid Cudi - Pursuit of Happiness
Major Lazer - Que Calor
Megan the Stallion - Hot Girl
Sofi Tucker - Purple Hat
Whitney Houston - It's Not Right But It's Ok
posted by donovangirl at 5:39 AM on April 28, 2020

B-52s! Anything by B-52s!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:49 AM on April 28, 2020 [1 favorite]

Maybe you'll like Paper Rings by Taylor Swift?
posted by U.N.Owen at 7:20 AM on April 28, 2020

Over time I've added recommendations to my public spotify dance playlist, which you're welcome to listen to. It ranges from house/ambient/trance to scandi pop to lounge, funk, hip hop, rap, and on.
posted by cocoagirl at 8:28 AM on April 28, 2020

A little different, as it's guided, but Body Groove is great for this. Sometimes I listen to her, sometimes I just dance. Lots of really great music!
posted by MountainDaisy at 10:13 AM on April 28, 2020

Lately our house has been grooving to Junior Senior - Move Your Feet!
posted by thirteenthletter at 11:33 AM on April 28, 2020 [1 favorite]

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