I'm going to be doing quite a few of these lists. I was inspired by Entertainment Weekly's recent issue of lists that named "modern classics" of music, film, literature and television (among other things) of the last 25 years, so I want to weigh in on some of the things I love, and maybe expose people to some new stuff. First up, I'm going to list my favorite dance songs. Now this is real dance music that's played in dance clubs, not The Electric Slide and the YMCA that deejays play at wedding receptions so grandma can participate. This is modern classic dance music that gets people in the mood to move and get up on those dance blocks. Or something. Anyways, I don't have a preference for house mixes, unless noted.
1. Better Off Alone by Alice Deejay - The classic dance song. When the opening notes ring out, crowds ring out in cheers. It doesn't get better than how this song can get people going.
2. Nobody's Supposed To Be Here by Deborah Cox - A song that starts out a little slower and builds and builds to a perfect dancy climax.
3. Sexual (Li Da Di) by Amber - Amber and Kylie are kind of neck and neck for the face of dance music, but Amber has a real track record of danceable hits in the US, this being the best.
4. Can't Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue - Kylie's breakout hit that reintroduced her to the states, this slow dance number is sultry and, well, hard to get out of your head.
5. It's Not Right But It's Okay (Thunderpuss Mix Edit) by Whitney Houston - Whitney can rock it when she wants.
6. Hung Up by Madonna - Borrowing a hook from ABBA, Madonna spins a hot track, proving she's still got it.
7. Around the World (La La La La La) by ATC - Very Euro, but utterly fun.
8. Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65 - Also very Euro, this is the only male vocal to make my list. The ladies just know how to rock it...
9. This Is Your Night by Amber - Amber's debut dance hit from the 90's is still just as great as when it first came out.
10. Breathe On Me by Britney Spears - Never officially released, this song nonetheless reared its head in dance clubs across the country with its suggestive lyrics.
11. In A Dream by Rockell - This was included in the first "Fired Up!" CD that boasted some of the best dance songs around, and while it took awhile to grow on me, it's easily earned its place on this list.
12. Creep by Dannii Minogue - "Neon Nights" may be the best dance CD of the past decade. This song from Kylie's sister is the best track.
13. Ecstasy by ATB - A little piano is mixed into this song, making it a little more interesting than the usual dance songs. Plus, simple hook, but very effective.
14. Something by Lasgo - A minor dance song, this one caught my ear when I heard it all of maybe twice on the radio. But definitely worth seeking out.
15. Never (Johnny Budz Breaks Remix) by Roc Project featuring Tina Arena - I loved Tina Arena's "Ask Me" CD, where she scored a minor hit with "Chains," but this song, a little slower than most dance songs, had me obsessed for months. Great layered sounds.
16. Toxic by Britney Spears - The song we all know and love, written by Cathy Dennis, a dance diva from the early 90's who had hits like "(Touch Me) All Night Long."
17. Don't Cha by Pussycat Dolls - The little moans and sexiness of this song make it a force to reckoned with on the dance floor.
18. Ooh La La by Goldfrapp -Dark and sultry, this song has people swaying whether they want to or not. Hypnotic.
19. Waiting For Tonight by Jennifer Lopez - J.Lo can bust a move, and this one has everyone following her lead.
20. Don't Call Me Baby by Madison Avenue - Sassy and fun, the attitude behind this beat demands attention.
21. I'm A Slave For You by Britney Spears - Try not to dirty-dance to this one.
22. Do You Miss Me by Jocelyn Enriquez - Like "This Is Your Night," this is an older song, but listen to it, and it doesn't sound dated whatsoever.
23. Yes by Amber - Her last big single, I know she was disappointed that it didn't get radio play because of the racy lyrics, but it was still a hit at the clubs.
24. Everything I Wanted (Xenomania 12" Mix) by Dannii Minogue - One of Dannii's older songs from the UK, this was never released in the US, and it's a damn good song. Though hardly anyone has heard of her stateside, Dannii has as long of a career as her sister Kylie - decades long. This is available on a greatest hits remix CD, along with another great dance song All I Wanna Do.
25. Cry For You by September - A catchy-as-hell song that was hard to track down since the prominent lyrics are "You'll Never See Me Again!" It was worth the effort to find it though.