Obey the DeeJay

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180px-safety_danceI hadn’t thought about it this way before, perhaps because I’m rarely in a dance club anymore, and when I was in them, I was generally too blitzed to pay that much attention to the orders I was receiving from the speakers, but it seems that as much as beats per minute and catchy bass hooks, the imperative tense in lyrics is part of what really gets us going on the dance floor.

So it’s with a bit of chagrin that I present The 10 Easiest Things Dance Songs Ask of You from the folks at Overthinking It. You won’t find any complex instructions here, no Time Warps or Boot Scoot Boogies. It’s more like you can dance if you want to. Or not. I’m a sucker for Men Without Hats.


Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →