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Lionel Richie’s ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’: Black Music Month Best Video #28

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Lionel Richie's "Dancing On The Ceiling" lands in the No. 28spot on Yahoo! Music's 30 Best Videos In Black Music History list. Tomorrow,look out for an entry from Chris Brown.

In the video for "Dancing On The Ceiling," Lionel Richie is throwing one of the best house parties ofthe '80s. His place is packed. He's in the center of the dance floor pumping upthe partygoers. Then, he decides to take the celebration to the next level. Heliterally starts walking on the walls and ends up on the ceiling. For hissecond lap, the eager crowd takes his lead just like a conga line. The energyintensifies.

The rotating room technology used in the 1986 video wasgroundbreaking for the time. It was said to be the most expensive music videoto date, rumored to cost between $350 to $500 hundred thousand to make.

But it wasn't the first time a performer was filmed dancingon the ceiling. Fred Astaire did it in a memorable scene in the 1951 movie"Royal Wedding." "Royal Wedding" director Stanely Donen also helmed Lionel'screation for this hit that reached No. 2 on the pop charts.

 

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