"Slide to the right...slide to the left..." If you're anything like me, then the moment DJ Casper decides to switch directions on you during the Cha Cha Slide is the most exciting part of the song. Some people have been beat over the head relentlessly with the same line dances for decades. Some are classics, but for those that aren't, many find their way onto a couple's "Do Not Play" list. Here are 5 underrated line dance songs that serve as good substitutes for overplayed records:
1. Replace any country line dance (especially "Cotton Eyed Joe") with Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road" (1988).
There are many variations of this dance, for beginners all the way to experts. Steve Earle is an authentic American country singer, as opposed to Rednex, a Swedish group who produces Eurodance music. If "Cotton Eyed Joe" gets under your skin like Crazy Frog's "Axel F" or Eiffel 65's "Blue (Da Ba Dee)"... it's because they're not so different.
2. Don Omar's "Danza Kuduro" could be the modern "Macarena".
In a decade where Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" and J. Balvin's "Mi Gente" dominate the charts, anyone of any nationality can enjoy this Spanish language hit, accompanied by its own dance. Not since the Macarena has there been such a big Latin hit with a line dance (maybe Las Ketchup's "Asereje"... if you know that dance, you're probably one of only a few who do).
3. Quad City DJ's "C'mon N' Ride It" starts a train going just as fast as Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine's "Conga".
The people who brought you the theme song to "Space Jam" deserve a little more play at events. A simple train or a conga line requires very little dancing ability and a lot of peer pressure. Sure, you could argue just about song could be used to start one, but there's just something so persuasive about the "choo, choo!" that makes you want to grab onto the shoulders of whoever is in front of you and parade around the venue.
4. Big Mucci's "Biker Shuffle" is even funkier than the "Cupid Shuffle".
There's nothing better than a line dance song that has the instructions in the lyrics. Just like the Cupid Shuffle, the Biker Shuffle's chorus is the exact instructions for the dance. Coming out of Cleveland, Ohio and bestowed with the title of the "International King of Line-Dance Music", maybe we all need a little more Big Mucci in our life.
5. Finally... who let V.I.C.'s "Wobble" outshine J. Dash's "Wop"?
Objectively, if we're going to talk about less suggestive lyrics, the "Wop" is the way to go. Its family friendly and the beat is infectious - what more could you want? J. Dash of Jacksonville, Florida gave us this hit in 2012 and in the wedding DJ scene, it has plenty of mileage still on it before it tires out.
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