Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 DANCE HITS
OF THE '50S AND '60S

  1. The Twist - Chubby Checker - 1960, 1962
  2. The Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page - 1951
  3. Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson - 1952
  4. Till I Waltz Again With You - Teresa Brewer - 1953
  5. Rock and Roll Waltz - Kay Starr - 1956
  6. Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee and the Starliters - 1962
  7. Save the Last Dance For Me - The Drifters - 1960
  8. Pony Time - Chubby Checker - 1961
  9. Tighten Up - Archie Bell and the Drells - 1968
  10. Monster Mash - Bobby (Boris) Pickett - 1962
  11. Limbo Rock - Chubby Checker - 1962
  12. The Loco-Motion - Little Eva - 1962
  13. Dance With Me Henry - Georgia Gibbs - 1955
  14. Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp - 1962
  15. Bristol Stomp - The Dovells - 1961
  16. Dancing in the Street - Martha and the Vandellas - 1964
  17. The Stroll - The Diamonds - 1958
  18. The Wah-Watusi - The Orlons - 1962
  19. Twist and Shout - The Beatles - 1964
  20. Papa Loves Mambo - Perry Como - 1954
  21. Do You Wanna Dance - Bobby Freeman - 1958
  22. Let the Little Girl Dance - Billy Bland - 1961
  23. You Can't Sit Down - The Dovells - 1963
  24. Slow Twistin' - Chubby Checker with Dee Dee Sharp - 1962
  25. Shotgun - Jr. Walker and the All Stars - 1965
  26. Let's Dance - Chris Montez - 1962
  27. Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker - 1961
  28. Rhumba Boogie - Hank Snow - 1951
  29. Keep On Dancing - The Gentrys - 1965
  30. Loop De Loop - Johnny Thunder - 1963
  31. Takes Two to Tango - Pearl Bailey - 1952
  32. Boogaloo Down Broadway - The Fantastic Johnny C - 1967
  33. Ride! - Dee Dee Sharp - 1962
  34. The Walk - Jimmy McCracklin - 1958
  35. Blame it on the Bossa Nova - Eydie Gorme - 1963
  36. Blue Tango - Hugo Winterhalter - 1952
  37. C'mon and Swim - Bobby Freeman - 1964
  38. Baby Workout - Jackie Wilson - 1963
  39. Cool Jerk - The Capitols - 1966
  40. Barefootin' - Robert Parker - 1966
  41. The Jerk - The Larks - 1964
  42. Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett - 1966
  43. Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz - 1968
  44. Dance to the Music - Sly and the Family Stone - 1968
  45. Willie and the Hand Jive - The Johnny Otis Show - 1958
  46. The Fly - Chubby Checker - 1961
  47. Dear Lady Twist - Gary (U.S.) Bonds - 1962
  48. Shake - Sam Cooke - 1965
  49. Tennessee Waltz - Les Paul and Mary Ford - 1951
  50. Twistin' the Night Away - Sam Cooke - 1962
  51. The Monkey Time - Major Lance - 1963
  52. Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown - 1954
  53. Mickey's Monkey - The Miracles - 1963
  54. Dance, Dance, Dance - The Beach Boys - 1964
  55. The Wallflower - Etta James - 1955
  56. Mambo Italiano - Rosemary Clooney - 1954
  57. I Can't Stop Dancing - Archie Bell and the Drells - 1968
  58. Twist, Twist Señora - Gary (U.S.) Bonds - 1962
  59. Get On Up - The Esquires - 1967
  60. They Were Doin' the Mambo - Vaughn Monroe - 1954
  61. (Dance With The) Guitar Man - Duane Eddy - 1962
  62. Pata Pata - Miriam Makeba - 1967
  63. The Duck - Jackie Lee - 1966
  64. Dance With Me - The Drifters - 1959
  65. Twist and Shout - The Isley Brothers - 1962
  66. Twine Time - Alvin Cash and the Crawlers - 1965
  67. The Cha-Cha-Cha - Bobby Rydell - 1962
  68. Do the Bird - Dee Dee Sharp - 1963
  69. The Hucklebuck - Chubby Checker - 1960
  70. Dance On Little Girl - Paul Anka - 1961
  71. I'll Never Dance Again - Bobby Rydell - 1962
  72. Dancin' Party - Chubby Checker - 1962
  73. Sway - Bobby Rydell - 1960
  74. The Twist - Hank Ballard and the Midnighters - 1960
  75. Do You Wanna Dance? - The Beach Boys - 1966
  76. Sway - Dean Martin - 1954
  77. The Wedding Samba - Edmundo Ros - 1950
  78. Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko Bop - Little Anthony and the
    Imperials
    - 1960
  79. Carioca - Les Paul - 1951
  80. Mambo Rock - Bill Haley and his Comets - 1955
  81. Foot Stomping - The Flares - 1961
  82. When You Dance - The Turbans - 1956
  83. Do the Freddie - Freddie and the Dreamers - 1965
  84. Crossfire! - The Orlons - 1963
  85. The Madison - Al Brown's Tunetoppers - 1960
  86. Let's Limbo Some More - Chubby Checker - 1963
  87. Let's Turkey Trot - Little Eva - 1963
  88. The Hoochi Coochi Coo - Hank Ballard and the
    Midnighters
    - 1961
  89. Hully Gully Baby - The Dovells - 1962
  90. Land of 1000 Dances - Cannibal and the Headhunters - 1965
  91. The Matador - Major Lance - 1964
  92. Rock-A-Hula Baby - Elvis Presley - 1961
  93. The Cinnamon Cinder - The Pastel Six - 1963
  94. Shake a Tail Feather - James and Bobby Purify - 1967
  95. The Last Waltz - Engelbert Humperdinck - 1967
  96. Do the Clam - Elvis Presley - 1965
  97. Everybody Likes to Cha Cha Cha - Sam Cooke - 1959
  98. The Watusi - The Vibrations - 1961
  99. The Push and Kick - Mark Valentino - 1962
  100. The Freeze - Tony and Joe - 1958

Songs about specific dances comprise the majority of this list; songs on the subject of dancing are also included. Rankings are based on the popularity of each song during the period of 1950 through 1969. The Twist is the most popular of all dances, with ten hits represented. The Waltz and the Mambo each have five, followed by the Tango with three.

Chubby Checker is the leading purveyor of dance with nine hits on the list. Dee Dee Sharp is next with four, followed by The Dovells and Sam Cooke with three apiece. Dance music hit its stride in the early 1960s; 1962, the year the Twist was at its peak, is tops by far with 20 hits on the list.





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