Music Videos That Introduced the World to New Dance Moves

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Vote up the music videos that brought dance floors the world over the sickest moves.
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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  • 1
    35 VOTES
    Video: YouTube

    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! 
    35 votes
  • Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
    Video: YouTube

    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.

    37 votes
  • 3
    27 VOTES


    Video: YouTube

    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.
    27 votes
  • 4
    17 VOTES
    Bye Bye Bye
    Video: YouTube

    Artist: *NSYNC
    Dance Move: Awkward Triple Wave

    There was no cooler move to bust out in the club in 2000 than the weird triple wave popularized by the boy band *NSYNC for the "Bye Bye Bye" video. Let's leave it there. 
    17 votes
  • Let's Twist Again
    Video: YouTube

    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'. 
    24 votes
  • 6
    24 VOTES

    Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)

    Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)
    Video: YouTube

    Artist: Silento
    Dance Move(s): The Whip and the Nae Nae

    The lyrics to this song are pretty sparse — it's all about the dance. Learn how to join in the fun here
    24 votes