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VH1: 100 Greatest Dance Songs

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VH1's "The Greatest" series has created a substantial number of lists that are sometimes more fun for the controversy they create than the music they highlight.

The cable music channel has produced everything from the greatest 100 women in rock & roll to the top awesomely bad dirty songs. Any playlist of this kind is bound to have omissions and additions that upset large numbers of fans and yet we still can't help being attracted to them.

This playlist includes songs selected by VH1 as the "Greatest Dance Songs" in the history of recorded music.

Hosted by Paula Abdul, this episode sought to pick the top songs most likely to get you onto the dance floor. Even if you disagree with some of the picks in the list, it does offer over 7 hours of highly danceable music that can please the majority of guests at your next wedding reception, Bar Mitzvah or birthday party. It spans over 50 years of recorded music history and includes infectious grooves from many genres including disco, pop, funk, R&B, rock and hip-hop.

If you're planning the music for an event where dancing will be part of the festivities, this list may be an excellent place to start.

 

The Playlist:

1. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

2. Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston

3. We Are Family - Sister Sledge

4. Vogue - Madonna

5. The Hustle (Original Mix) - Van McCoy

6. Last Dance - Donna Summer

7. Y.M.C.A. (Single Version) - Village People

8. The Twist - Chubby Checker

9. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C+C Music Factory

10. Respect - Aretha Franklin

11. Get Down Tonight - KC & The Sunshine Band

12. Love's Theme - Barry White

13. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester

14. It Takes Two - Rob Base

15. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson

16. Disco Inferno - The Trammps

17. Dancing In The Streets - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

18. Shame - Evelyn "Champagne" King

19. That's The Way (I Like It) - KC & The Sunshine Band

20. Love Hangover - Diana Ross

21. Lady Maralade - Patti LaBelle

22. Let The Music Play - Shannon

23. Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp

24. Le Freak - Chic

25. Louie Louie - The Kingsmen

26. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

27. Finally - CeCe Peniston

28. Turn The Beat Around - Vicki Sue Robinson

29. Best Of My Love - The Emotions

30. Upside Down - Diana Ross

31. Forget Me Nots - Patrice Rushen

32. It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls

33. Rhythm Is A Dancer - Snap!

34. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead

35. Love Train - The O'Jays

36. Into The Groove - Madonna

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