Before there was a Miley, there was Billy Ray. This catchy country tune was a summertime hit back in 1992. It was Cyrus’s debut single and the song he is most known for performing. Achy Breaky Heart and the accompanying video have been credited with introducing line dancing into the mainstream.
This fun and easy to learn line dance made famous by The Fresh Prince of Bel Air consists of just a couple of steps. It’s simplicity is it’s charm and also the reason it’s usually best used in a mashup or mix of songs.
Arguably the most popular song of 2013, this high energy line dance puts the work into workout. Blurred Lines caused controversy when Robin Thicke preemptively sued the Marvin Gaye estate over an impending copyright lawsuit. While it’s obvious the two songs share a similar groove (check out DJ Love MD’s mashup), we wonder if there was a better way to mend fences.
Boot Scootin’ Boogie is another classic country line dance song that, like Achy Breaky Heart, has been credited with introducing line dancing into the mainstream. Play this song and any county western fan worth their salt will be up and on the floor in no time.
While this song may not be appropriate for every audience, it’s reuse of the catchy “Boogie Shoes” groove makes it a dance floor favorite for the ladies.
The Cha Cha slide was introduced to the world on urban radio stations across the US in late 2000. It’s since gone on to become a favorite at skate parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs and sporting events. The called instructions ensure that even the rhythmically challenged can follow along.
The Chicken Dance is a song with a long history. The song, originally an Oktoberfest drinking song, was written by Swiss musician Werner Thomas in the 1950s, the song was called the “The Duck Dance.” The Chicken Dance earned its name during a 1981 Oktoberfest celebration in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There were no duck costumes available in land locked Oklahoma, however, a chicken costume from a local television station was donated for use at the festival. There are 140 recorded versions of the song with over 40,000,000 in world wide sales, making it one of the most popular songs of all-time.
Copperhead Road is the title track of Steve Earle’s critically acclaimed 1988 album release. The song relates the story of a Vietnam Vet who returns home to his family of moonshiners only to become a marijuana dealer. No one who doesn’t already know will figure out the meaning of the song. Believe it or not Copperhead Road was once an actual road in Tennessee.
Cotton Eyed Joe is a song whose origin is lost in the sands of time. All indications are that the song predates the American Civil War. There are stories of the song being sung on plantations in Louisiana and other southern states as early as the 1850s. Because of its age, there are a lot of versions of the song and dance. Today the most popular is by the Swedish band Rednex.
Although Cupid Shuffle did not perform as well as many other songs in terms of chart position or album sales, it’s still one of the most popular line dances of all-time. The simplicity of the dance along with the called instructions, make it a go to favorite song for weddings, birthdays and family reunions.
A favorite of mothers, daughters and granddaughters everywhere, the Electric Slide is one of the first line dances many people learn. Though not as loved by the younger set, this may be the one song to get non-dancing guests out on the floor.
One of 2013’s most popular trends, the Harlem Shake is a non-dancers dream participation song. While not a line dance in the strictest sense, it does encourage the participation of guests of all ages. This is the one participation song where it’s acceptable for you not to move. The original Harlem Shake video spawned an unknown number of copycat videos from dance teams, television news crews, militaries and average citizens all around the world. It was a true global phenomenon.
The Hokey Pokey is a dance that any able bodied person can do, as you can see in the video below. Combine it with the Chicken Dance and you have back to back dancing for everyone at your party.
Do you remember when Miley Cyrus represented the wholesome, family friendly Disney brand? Those days may be gone, however she left behind a legacy of good clean fun with this line dance from the Hannah Montana franchise. Instructions included.
The Locomotion has been around in one form or another for over 50 years. The song has appeared in the US Top 5 in three different decades; 1960s Little Eva, 1970s Grand Funk Railroad, 1980s Kylie Minogue.
The Macarena was a worldwide phenomenon of the mid 1990s. It has the distinction of being ranked the #1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of all Time” by VH1, as well as being ranked Billboards #1 dance song and #1 All Time Latin Song.
The “Stanky Legg” is the debut song of the hip hop group GS Boyz. This is definitely a dance for the younger generation and not necessarily because it’s difficult to do.
Step in the Name of Love reached #1 on both the Billboard R&B and Pop chart in 2003. For a time it was known as the “steppers anthem.”
Another song for the younger generation, Teach Me How To Dougie is a dance for those who chill at the “Back of the party, I don’t really like to boogie.”
Todo, Todo, Todo (translation Everything, Everything, Everything) is a Spanish language song performed by Daniela Romo. The accompanying dance has “choreography which is a staple at Filipino informal/formal (hall) parties.” If you like the Cha Cha Cha, you’ll love the Todo, Todo, Todo.
The Watermelon Crawl is a 4 wall, 40 count country western line dance for beginner/intermediate dancers.
2014 line dance courtesy of the line dance king, Cupid.
A staple amongst college aged men and women of all races. The Wobble is the line dance of the the 2010s.