Top 10 at 10: Biggest Dance Craze Songs

Aug 06, 2014

By Valerie Massie

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August 6th, 1960 – Chubby Checker demonstrates The Twist for the first time on “American Bandstand”, and kicks off a 2-year dance craze. Today, we look at the biggest dance craze songs in music history.  And don’t worry, this is a Macarena-free zone.

10. WALKING THE DOG – Rufus Thomas (#10, 1963)


9. WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE – Johnny Otis  (#9, 1958)


8. THE JERK – The Larks (#7, 1967)


7. THE STROLL – The Diamonds (#4, 1957)


6. THE WAH-WATUSI – The Orlons (#2, 2w, 1962)


5. MASHED POTATO TIME – Dee Dee Sharp (#2, 2w, 1962)


4. THE LOCO-MOTION – Little Eva  (#1, 1w, 1962)


3. THE HUSTLE – Van McCoy  (#1, 1w, 1975)


2. PONY TIME – Chubby Checker (#1, 3w, 1961)


1. THE TWIST – Chubby Checker (#1,3wks 1960)


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