Food for thought: there are many fun dance songs. But very few super-sad fun dance songs.
Think about out it. All your favorite dance songs are happily-themed or, at the least, not lyrically about some super-tragic, messed-up shiz.
Here are the three best dance songs that currently come to mind, and they’re all pretty happy:
- Madonna’s “Holiday” – This is a very happy tune.
- Gary US Bonds’ “Quarter to Three.” The best dance song ever, which, not coincidentally, is happy: about him dancing till 2:45 am!
- Fleetwood Mac’s “I Know I’m Not Wrong” – Lindsey’s being stubborn and mean, but it’s lyrically not super-depressing
Don’t get me wrong. There are some great dance songs with undercurrents of melancholy, like “You Can’t Hurry Love.” But no Grade-A, super-incredible dance song is as lyrically depressing as Gary Lewis’ “This Diamond Ring.”
The jam comes on, and you’re stoked, and you’re dancing like a fool, then you realize it’s about a cuckolded dude who’s straight-up giving away his wedding ring. Tragic.
The song came on this morning, on my iTunes, and in addition to that aforementioned thought, I also thought, “Hah, I bet the Wrecking Crew is playing on this. How could they not?”
And I looked it up and of course they were. The session drummer was Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye played bass and Leon Russell both played keyboards and assisted with production. The keyboards are especially amazing!
So, to summarize: go see the Wrecking Crew at the HML May 27th! Get your advance tickets here.
And second: can anyone name an incredible dance song that’s also lyrically soul-crushing?