25 Hottest Dance Songs

25 Hottest Dance Songs
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 16, 2009

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Our Black Music Month celebration continues with the 25 Hottest Dance Songs.

When the pop diva flicked on those lights in the garage and went to work, we followed her lead by rocking a pair of black jeans, tying up our T-shirt, kicking a couple of chairs and using an aisle of cars as our Soul Train line.

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The minute that Japanese countdown began with “ish, ni, san, shi,” party lovers united in one robotic trance, happily succumbing to the hypnotic beats.

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This melodic tribute was a warning for the players to stop their cheating ways and get serious, because like the woman said, we’re tired of one-night affairs and actions speak louder than words.
Listen Now: Robin S. - Show Me Love

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What better way to kick off the weekend than with money in your pocket and a jumpin’ party. It all adds up to one helluva good time.

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Not only was this a party-starter, but aerobics instructors everywhere made sure we shed the pounds to this adrenalin-pumping tune.
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Anyone who’s ever found love knows that this heartfelt anthem was our musical waiting-to-exhale moment that inspired us to dance in the name of love.

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We could barely keep up, let alone touch the West Coast rapper who moved with the speed of a drill hammer in potato-sack pants, but we sure did try.

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The Weather Girl expresses the bittersweet parting of two lovers who have difficulty leaving as much as they do staying. It’s so sad and freeeeee.

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The bass dropped, an energy surged and our heart pulsated as we stampeded the dance floor. And just when things started “gettin,’ gettin,’ gettin’ kinda hectic,” we still partied the night away.

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Unrequited love can tear any heart asunder; but kicking the culprit for that broken heart for a new beau is the sweetest revenge.

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Freedom rings so beautifully on this house classic as this dynamic duo encourages us to stop fighting to achieve the peace. Right on; follow their lead!

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It’s always better to jam with a partner, but this club banger made it acceptable to get loose solo on the count of three.

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Talk about the art of seduction. Once in while there’s nothing wrong with a woman who knows her sexual desires and calls the shots in the bedroom.

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Paying homage to the ladies who were endowed with junk in their trunk became a worldwide phenomenon as we proudly shook our behinds all night long.
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Sometimes sexual innuendos can get the after-party started right with that special someone. And even if he isn’t anything to write home about, at least you can groove all night on the dance floor.
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Indeed our parents forewarned us about all the men who just want to “zoom, zoom, zoom,” but shaking our rumps was any respectful ladies guilty pleasure.

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We don’t know which sister got these brothers sprung, but they were on a mission to warn all men about the dangers of trusting a big butt and a smile—because, of course, beauty is deep within.

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This rock-infused classic was suggestive enough for us to play it without parental discretion while we pushed it, pushed it real good.

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There’s something about a bad boy’s confidence that exudes sexiness, and BB declared his freedom in the most provocative way amid these hot beats and lived his life exactly as he declared—doing what he wanted to do.

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When Young Joc had all of America cranking their wrists in a driver’s and moving their body back and forth, we knew it was going down for real.

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Radio jockey turned hype man knows how to pack a dance floor with a simple question like “What’s your zodiac sign?” or funny command: “If you got real hair put your hands up!”
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Even in this dreadful recession it’s still all about the Benjamins, baby! And not even those who dared to rumble with the Queen B could resist this head-banging production.

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What a silly question, Busta. Of course we really want to party with you. There were no second thoughts about waving our hands in the air like we just don’t care. This former Leader of the New School made sure we partied hard.
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Even the rhythmless could jam to this Bronx bomber’s anthem. The less movement, the better; just remember to lean back and rock away.

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The Queen of Hip-hop Soul had the right idea when she bust a move in her Michael Jackson “Off-the-Wall” inspired suit in a mirror, because life is just fine when you’re following your heart’s desire.
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