Music Videos That Introduced the World to New Dance Moves
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.
- 136 VOTES
Artist: Michael JacksonChoreographed 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!
Dance Move: Zombie Arms
- 238 VOTES
Artist: BeyoncéBeyoncé 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.
Dance Move: The Beyoncé Fosse
- 328 VOTES
Artist: Los Del RioThe 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.
Dance Move: The Macarena
- 425 VOTES
Artist: Chubby CheckerWhen 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'.
Dance Move: The Twist
- 524 VOTES
Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)
Artist: SilentoThe lyrics to this song are pretty sparse — it's all about the dance. Learn how to join in the fun here.
Dance Move(s): The Whip and the Nae Nae
- 619 VOTES
Artist: *NSYNCThere 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.
Dance Move: Awkward Triple Wave