Retro-Dance Music

Keldaris

Diabloii.Net Member
Retro-Dance Music

I am DJ-ing a community dance next week, unfortunately it's a RETRO dance. Now i have no problem being a DJ for more modern music (90's -now) but the previous three decades i'm not so great with, beings as i wasn't even born yet. I was hoping that you guys could help me out with some song suggestions. I need Danceable music from the 60's, 70's and 80's. Thanx in advance i really appreaciate it.
 

Sokar Rostau

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It really depends on what your definition of 'danceable' is. I can remember dancing to Guns n Roses, 'Time of my Life' and 'Hungry Eyes' (from Dirty Dancing), Nirvana, Ace of Bass and The Doors all on the same night. We always knew the club was about to close because they usually played 'Time of my Life' as the last song, regardless of the rest of the night's music.

Anyway you could try some of these:

Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Celebration - Kool and the Gang
Dancing in the Streets - Martha and the Vandellas
Fame - Irene Cara
Chain Reaction - Diana Ross
Love Shack - The B-52's
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Sing Hallelujah! - Dr Alban
December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) - The Four Seasons
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
I want to know What Love is - Foreigner
Sunshine of your Love - Cream
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynard
All Night Long - Rainbow
The Heat is on - Glenn Frey
(Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Call Me - Blondie
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
The Boys are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy
You Ain't Seen Nothin Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Africa - Toto
We Built this City - Starship
More than a Feeling - Boston
The Final Countdown - Europe
California Dreamin' - The Mamas and the Papas
Baby Love - Diana Ross & The Supremes
I Want to Take you Higher - Sly and the Family Stone
American Woman - Guess Who

I have been to lots of retro parties and they have all played these songs, and we all danced to them. Some are slow and some are fast but you certainly can dance to them all.

Other popular choices are many Bee Gees or ABBA songs.

There's a world of pre-1990 music to listen to, go out and enjoy.
 

Johnny6

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You'll get thrown out of the building if you don't groove some Earth Wind & Fire at some point. September, Boogie Wonderland, Shining Star, Sing A Song, Getaway, Fantasy, Serpentine Fire, Mighty Mighty, Turn On (The Beat Box)... can't miss stuff.

And everybody will recognize a Michael Jackson ditty. PYT, Workin' Day & Night, Off the Wall, Baby Be Mine, etc., etc. Again, can't miss stuff. He's only like one of the biggest stars ever, in the world, so it's a pretty safe play.

The Commodores? Fuggedaboutit. Machine Gun, Brick House, Too Hot Ta Trot, Bump...

People will even dance to the Beatles and Elvis, for some reason, probably because they know the songs. If you're lucky the party will be mostly white people, because they're easy to please.
 

Ev_

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*sorts iTunes by year*
This should get you started.

1989:
The Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
Motley Crue - Kick Start My Heart
The Cure - Pictures of You
Aerosmith - Going Down/Love In An Elevator

1988:
The Ramones - Blitzkreig Bop
Billy Idol - White Wedding

1987:
Guns N' Roses - Paradise City
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
Bad Company - Feel Like Makin' Love

1986:
The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian

1984:
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It

1983:
Quiet Riot - Cum on Feel the Noize
The Police - Every Breath You Take
Nena - 99 Luftballoons
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell

1982:
Modern English - I Melt With You
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen

1981:
The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Loverboy - Working For The Weekend
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n Roll
Soft Cell - Tainted Love

1980:
Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
The Blues Brothers - Jailhouse Rock
AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long
The Romantics - What I Like About You

1979:
The Knack - My Sharona
AC/DC - If You Want Blood (You've Got It)

1978:
The Cars - My Best Friend's Girl
Bob Seger - Old Time Rock and Roll
Blondie - One Way or Another

1976:
Boston - Peace of Mind
ZZ Top - Tush

1975:
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Led Zeppelin - Trampled Underfoot
Kiss - Rock And Roll All Nite
Fog Hat - Slow Ride
Aerosmith - Sweet Emotion
Aerosmith - Walk This Way

1974:
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Bachman Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

1973:
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man
Led Zeppelin - D'yer Mak'er
Dobie Gray - Drift Away

1972:
The Who - Let's See Action

1971:
The Who - Baba O'Riley

1970:
The Guess Who - American Woman
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain

1969:
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down On The Corner
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
The Beatles - It's All Too Much
The Beatles - Hey Bulldog

1968:
The Beatles - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
The Band - The Weight

1967:
The Monkees - I'm A Believer
The Contours - Do You Love Me
The Beatles - When I'm 64
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl

1965:
The Who - A Legal Matter
The Who - My Generation
The Rolling Stones - No Satisfaction

1964:
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night

1963:
The Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There
The Beach Boys - Surfin' USA

1959:
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
 

Riegn

Diabloii.Net Member
The Commodores, lots of old school funk dance music, I mean they got 28 albums to choose from, a few good tunes from em. Brick House; Three Times A Lady; Nightshift.

I really suggest Brick House if nothing else, its known by most and very dancable.
 

Newman

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It's probably not a very good dance song, but it's still a good song from the 90's, I'm not sure who sung it.. But it went like..

"I saw the sun (or sign) and it opened up my eyes.."

What song is that?
 

Isolde212

Banned
Newman said:
It's probably not a very good dance song, but it's still a good song from the 90's, I'm not sure who sung it.. But it went like..

"I saw the sun (or sign) and it opened up my eyes.."

What song is that?
Ace of Base (The Sign). Very 1993. BTW....QUIET RIOT RULEZ!!!!
 

Sokar Rostau

Diabloii.Net Member
Isolde212 said:
Ace of Base (The Sign). Very 1993. BTW....QUIET RIOT RULEZ!!!!
And that just happens to be the exact song I referred to in my post, just couldn't remember the name. Looking back it was kinda weird listening to Sweet Child o' Mine (another good one), The Sign and Time of My Life in the same nightclub on the same night but we were very drunk and didn't care.
 

Keldaris

Diabloii.Net Member
Wow thanks guys, espetially Ev for the year by year list(i've been told thay want the dance done by the decade,starting with the sixties and working up to2000) this is a great start. thank you all and if anyone else has anything more to Add plz do.
 

Newman

Diabloii.Net Member
Keldaris said:
Wow thanks guys, espetially Ev for the year by year list(i've been told thay want the dance done by the decade,starting with the sixties and working up to2000) this is a great start. thank you all and if anyone else has anything more to Add plz do.
Evan is like the music God of Dii.net. All hail Evan *begins to chant*.
 
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