Attention, all dancers. Today’s Destination Jam playlist is dedicated to you with some of the very best dance tracks as we celebrate 2020’s National Dance Day. It’s time to fill up your weekend with five of the most beloved songs, specially crafted for the dance floor, as we share a throwback to some classics from a variety of styles.
Daft Punk – ‘Lose Yourself to Dance’ featuring Pharrell Williams
You may be raring to go, but before we share rest of the dance numbers on our list, we thought we’d slide in this buttery-smooth number. Daft Punk are masters of funky sounds in their own right and ‘Lose Yourself to Dance’ is like the perfectly thump to your chest with thick basslines, ’80s-slick guitar riffs and Pharrell Williams understanding the need to leave your busy lives behind with lyrics like, “I know you don’t get chance to take a break this often. I know your life is speeding and it isn’t stopping. You take my shirt and just go ahead and wipe up all the. Sweat, sweat, sweat.” There is something intoxicatingly freeing about this song and fits well into the spirit of unifying on the dance floor. Check out the official music video below.
Michael Jackson – ‘Blood On The Dance Floor’
For all you Michael Jackson lovers out there, we couldn’t help but include a song by the man who inspired a multitude of new dance moves and styles around the globe. With a steady beat and increasingly dramatic swell of the instruments, ‘Blood On The Dance Floor’ also captures the sense of losing yourself to dance. Although the song received some negative reviews by critics, it has also been viewed as one of MJ’s most underrated tracks, going under the radar for many US fans. The feeling of escapism it ushers can certainly be felt if one truly listens to it.
Avicii – ‘Levels’
If you have ever felt like going crazy and bursting out in dance against a mundane lifestyle, Avicii’s ‘Levels may just be what you need. Petro Papahadjopoulos, who directed the music video for ‘Levels’, created a concept based on the 1999 black comedy film ‘Office Space’, which he explained is “about a man who wakes up to realize he is living in hell. Everyone around him just thinks he’s crazy. But his craziness is infectious.” There is a certain feel-good, forget-about-your-troubles vibe to this song and the bizarre elements in the music video add a touch of humor that is equally satisfying.
Darude – ‘Sandstorm’
The transition between the sounds of ’90s dance music to the new era of EDM in the years that followed was especially memorable and at the turn of the millennium, Darude’s ‘Sandstorm’ did indeed take the world by storm when it released in 2000. A gold-certified track by the RIAA, ‘Sandstorm’ has also gained recognition and popularity for its usage in sports and in internet meme culture.
Once you remove the sand from your eyes caused by the racy, uptempo trance beat and electrically-charged Roland JP-8080 synth, you will see that Darude’s famous track shouldn’t gather dust any time soon.
Flo Rida ‘Low’ featuring T-Pain
There is no better way to explain getting low on the dance floor than with this classic Flo Rida song. This hot track was Flo Rida’s debut single which released in 2007 and featured T-Pain. The song was a massive success worldwide and was the longest-running number-one single of 2008 in the U.S., when it spent ten consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Additionally, if it wasn’t enough that ‘Low’ also featured on the soundtrack to a popular film all about dancing, ‘Step Up 2: The Streets’, then just listen to the song below and you may have to fight the urge to pull out your best moves on the dance floor.
Destination Jam is a daily list of songs that will keep you entertained and grooving up top in lieu of feeling drained and losing the plot. Look out for a fresh selection of great tunes from MEAWW to refresh your mood every day!