When people want to have fun or let off steam, dancing is a great way to do it. From country line dances like Achy Breaky Heart to the new and improved Electric Slide, there are a lot of ways to get your groove on. But not all dances are created equal, and some are simply more popular than others.
For example, the ’70s saw an uptick in rock and roll music that spawned a number of different dance styles. One of the most popular was the hippie spin, which was a sort of vertigo-inducing tornado movement fueled by psychedelic drugs. And the ’80s brought on dance styles such as moshing in mosh pits and Jacking, which is a simple back-and-forth body movement that can be done to almost any song.
In the 1920s, swing dancing was all the rage thanks to bands such as Cab Calloway and Benny Goodman. And in the ’40s, America was struggling with The Great Depression and getting ready to be thrust into World War II. But that didn’t stop the jitterbug, the Lindy hop, and other couples dances that sprung up.
Of course, there are other styles that have been around for a long time as well. The YMCA has been a dance craze for years, and it’s easy to see why — you just spell out the letters of the song’s name with your arms. It’s also a familiar sight at weddings and school dances.