Songs Music Videos That Introduced the World to New Dance Moves  

Jessica DeFino
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Music video dance moves have dominated dance floors for years. Want to update your repertoire? Look no further than these iconic dance moves from music videos. Some dances are pretty new (you may not yet have mastered the "whip" or the "nae nae"), some are old classics (disco pointing never fails), and some deserve to be remembered but never recreated (any move popularized by *NSYNC). All are worth learning, though, because old moves always come back around eventually. From the twist to the twerk, these are the most iconic dance moves that debuted in music videos.
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Artist: Michael Jackson
Dance Move: Zombie Arms

Choreographed by Michael Peters, "Thriller" is chock-full of iconic dance moves, including everyone's favorite: zombie arms. The video for this song came out in 1983, and flash mobs still perform the dance in its entirety today! 
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Artist: Beyoncé
Dance Move: The Beyoncé Fosse

Beyoncé can do no wrong. Her video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" was an instant classic, and the dance moves (choreographed by Frank Gatson Jr. and JaQuel Knight) will likely live on forever. They actually have already stood the test of time: many of the iconic "Single Ladies" moves were based off of Bob Fosse's choreography from the seventies.

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Artist: Los Del Rio
Dance Move: The Macarena

The series of arm flips and hip shakes that make up the Macarena may have debuted in 1993, but the dance sequence is probably second nature for every Gen X-er and millennial nearly 25 years later.
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Let's Twist Again

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Artist: Chubby Checker
Dance Move: The Twist

When this ditty came out in 1961, it won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Song. It had staying power, apparently: 50 years later, we're still twistin'. 
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