Coffee table?  We have no coffee table… it would take up too much of the dance floor.  In my house, the big front room has no TV, but just a big open floor in the middle with a wall of CDs & stereo on one wall, instruments and books all around the other edges.  This leaves a lot of room for creativity… and dancing !  Especially as we ring in and dance in the new year – 2014 !

This eclectic playlist features songs from the 1920s to… well, mostly current, each that makes my body move, and that I am happy and proud to share with my children at all ages.  There is more… maybe I’ll add to it later.  I’d love to see any additions you have.  In the case of dance music, more is better !    I can’t create links for all of these, and some are performed by multiple people, so have fun finding these tunes, watching some videos and making your own FAMILY DANCE Playlist.  They are not in any specific order.  If the album is listed, it is usually found in our CD player.

  1. Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes – Paul Simon       album: Negotiations & Love Songs
  2. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Andrew Sisters
  3. Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry
  4. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
  5. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
  6. I Heard it through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  7. Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  8. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
  9. Everybody Dance Now – CC Music Factory
  10. You Make My Dreams Come True –  Daryl Hall and John Oates
  11. R.O.C.K. in the USA – John Mellancamp   –  Rooty Toot Toot
  12. Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
  13. Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
  14. Dance, Dance, Dance – Steve Miller      Album:  Greatest Hits 1974-78
  15. Come Dancing – The Kinks
  16. Wipe Out – The Safaris               watch for scenes with kids dancing, & guy playing guitar holding young girl.
  17. Fun, Fun, Fun– The Beach Boys
  18. Dance, Dance, Dance – Zumba Fitness
  19. Walk Like and Egyptian – The Bangles
  20. We Got the Beat – The Go-Go’s
  21. Putting on the Ritz – Irving Berlin (1929)   performed famously by MANY people
  22. Safe and Sound – Capital Cities (2011)
  23. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5

As a Kindermusik teacher, I love to dance with children of all ages and to see them express themselves with their body.  Children need this kind of freedom of expression – and for that matter… so do parents.   Dancing together forms a fabulous bond.  No Kindermusik songs are listed here, I’ll get to that in another post.

Please share your favorites.