There\u2019s something about a groovy dance song that's timeless. While a '70s love ballad may seem overly sentimental and sappy with time, or a late '60s psychedelic jam becoming too far out, but a tune that made you run to the dance floor, probably still will. I mean people will be groovin' to songs like \u201cNight Fever\u201d forever. https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vbNYV9WdX8SI Even put something as silly as \u201cThe Macarena\u201d on, and ya just feel the need to do the moves. Today we\u2019re looking at some of the best dance songs from the danciest decade of all, the 1960s! Now, come on, let\u2019s boogie.\u00a0 \u201cThe Twist\u201d - Chubby Checker Target From the moment Chubby Checker wails, \u201cCome on baby,\u201d the fight to stay still has already been lost. Your feet immediately begin tapping, your hips sway, off you go, ready to twist the night away. When Checker released his cover of \u201cThe Twist\u201d in 1960, few could have guessed that he\u2019d light a fire that fed the dominant dance craze of the decade, but boy did he. It\u2019s been described as alternately putting a cigarette out with each foot while at the same time drying your butt off with a towel, or, as Time once put it, \u201cthe arms thrust with the piston-like motions of baffled bird keepers fighting off a flock of attack blue jays.\u201d Sign me up! However you chose to dance along to Checker\u2019s hit, the single was certainly irresistible, even hitting number one two separate times, a feat that wouldn\u2019t be equaled on the Billboard charts for another 59 years! RELATED: Our Top Most Misunderstood Songs Ever \u201cDo You Love Me\u201d - The Contours Wikipedia A\u00a0 song that will never be forgotten, because I\u2019m pretty sure it\u2019s written into the constitution that it MUST be played at every wedding till the end of time. I\u2019m talking of course about The Contours 1962 raucous good time, \u201cDo You Love Me.\u201d Legendary Motown Records owner Berry Gordy actually wrote the song for The Temptations, but when he couldn\u2019t find the group in the studio he instead gave the song to The Contours, and the single quickly became the band\u2019s biggest ever hit. Telling the story of a young man hoping to win back his lover\u2019s heart because, you know, now he can dance, the song references all the biggest dance crazes of the day - the twist, the mashed potato, etc. The song also hit the charts in the late 80s after being included in the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, and from Baby and Johnny\u2026 to your Great Aunt Bertha, ya can\u2019t help but swing your arms at this one. \u201cThe Loco-Motion\u201d - Little Eva Amazon Generally, a dance craze exists first, then someone writes a song to capitalize on the fad\u2019s popularity - think \u201cThe Twist\u201d or \u201cThe Hustle.\u201d But with 1962\u2019s \u201cThe Loco-Motion,\u201d writers Gerry Goffin and Carole King put the horse before the cart, because no such dance as the locomotion existed before the song became a hit. Which makes the song\u2019s first line of, \u201ceverybody\u2019s doin\u2019 a brand new dance now,\u201d both a lie and boldly psychic. Originally written for Dee Dee Sharp, more on her in a moment, the song was eventually given to Goffin and King\u2019s nanny, Eva Boyd. When the song blew up and shot to number one, Boyd was forced to invent moves to perform while singing the single, and unlike other fad dances of the time, Boyd did a line dance to her hit song - a preview of the disco era coming in 15 years- soon people were locomoting all over the place! \u201cLet\u2019s Twist Again\u201d - Chubby Checker Wikipedia As a rule, sequels that are hastily written and released to pounce on the popularity of a hit movie or song are pretty terrible. The Star Wars Christmas Special comes to mind here. But Chubby Checker\u2019s 1961 single \u201cLet\u2019s Twist Again,\u201d see what they did there, somehow bucks that trend and is honestly pretty great. Normally a fad dance craze slowly fades away, and six months or a year later teens have moved on to the next big thing. But after \u201cThe Twist\u201d had become a national phenomenon in 1960, the dance didn\u2019t go anywhere, with numerous artists releasing their own take on the craze. Naturally, Checker\u2019s writers saw an opportunity, and \u201cLet\u2019s Twist Again,\u201d a nostalgic look at the summer before, was born. And the song, while not achieving the perfection of its older brother, was still a swinging good time almost impossible not to dance to. \u201cMashed Potato Time\u201d - Dee Dee Sharp Amazon Probably the second most famous dance move of the '60s after the twist, the mashed potato was invented by James Brown in 1959. But the best-known dance song featuring the dance was definitely Dee Dee Sharp\u2019s warm, buttery, fluffy 1962 hit \u201cIt's Mashed Potato Time.\u201d Let\u2019s ignore for a moment that the song\u2019s arrangement was a not so subtle rip-off of The Ronettes \u201cPlease Mister Postman,\u201d because Sharp\u2019s single is simply the best song to \u201cmashed potato\u201d to. And how do you mashed potato you say? Well, by repeatedly swiveling your heels while on the balls of your feet, or basically the first steps of the 1920\u2019s Charleston. And seeing as how that was the best description ever, I now fully expect you to be able to mashed potato with me to Sharps irrepressible hit. \u201cTwist and Shout\u201d - The Beatles Wikipedia It seems unfair that the band wrote some of the decades best love songs, \u201cSomething,\u201d and psychedelic songs, \u201cLucy in the Sky With Diamonds,\u201d would also release one of the '60s best dance songs, but that\u2019s the world we live in and The Beatles are the greatest band of all time. When the fab four were recording their first full-length release Please Please Me in 1963 they decided to finish off the album with a cover of The Isley Brothers\u2019 1962 hit \u201cTwist and Shout.\u201d The band recorded the record in a marathon session over the course of a single day, and by the time they laid down \u201cTwist and Shout\u201d in the wee hours of the morning they were exhausted. And it shows, as John Lennon\u2019s shredded vocals on the single are that of a man putting everything he\u2019s got left into a screaming good time. And the frayed nature of the singing gave the single an organic, unproduced feel that\u2019s still awesome to shake your hips to today. \u201cDo the Funky Chicken\u201d - Rufus Thomas Amazon Definitely the most unique song on our list, Rufus Thomas\u2019 1969 hit \u201cDo the Funky Chicken\u201d was a tongue-in-cheek take on the dance fads of the day. Although the chicken as a dance had been around since the 1950s, no one took it to the most bizarre extremes that it could get to until Thomas sang his masterpiece. And if he\u2019s to be believed, the whole song and dance were ad-libbed live. Quoth Thomas: \u201cthe words just started to come. I don't know how, they just came out of the blue. I just separated it. 'You raise your left arm up, and your right arm, too.'\u201d And voila, the weirdest song and dance fad of the '60s. But Thomas was most certainly in on the joke, as he starts the record off with the mad sound of a cackling hen. And to his credit, he commits to the bit whole-heartedly and produces one of the most, um, idiosyncratic dance hits of the 60s. \u201cDancing in the Street\u201d - Martha and the Vandellas Wikipedia A song doesn\u2019t necessarily have to have a specific accompanying dance to be fantastic to shake your butt to. Case in point: Martha and the Vandellas swinging 1964 hit \u201cDancing in the Street.\u201d An exhortation to dance no matter where you are in the country, be it Chicago or New Orleans, the single certainly serves its purpose, because while you listen it\u2019s hard not to rush out into traffic and break it down. The song, originally written by Marvin Gaye, was also adopted as an anthem during the civil rights protests of the late '60s, with marchers quite literally dancing in the streets. Despite being covered by such varied artists as Van Halen and The Grateful Dead but the 1964 original belted out by Martha Reeves remains the best version to dance to today. And no one mention the 1985 cover by Mick Jagger and David Bowie and certainly don\u2019t look up that video after this. Wait, no \u201cShout\u201d you say? How could you leave out the best dance song of all time? Because unfortunately for this list, The Isley Brothers\u2019 hit was released in 1959. Dang, so close. Which did you used to dance to?\u00a0 What other songs should be on the list? I know there are others, I could add a few more by Martha and the Vandellas - remember "Heat Wave"? Get in the comments and let\u2019s grow this playlist.