Throughout history, there have been countless dance crazes that have captured the interest of rhythm lovers. While many of them have lasted just a short while, others have gone on to become enduring and iconic. From the tango to the hand jive, here is a look at some of the world’s most popular dances.
The 1920s saw the birth of jazz dancing. It was led by the big bands of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, and it incorporated the Lindy Hop and other popular swing dances to create something new. It became a defining style that has helped shape the modern music industry.
In the 1980s, hip hop and street dance styles became a cultural phenomenon. The breaking, popping and locking moves that are associated with this style were influenced by African American, Latin American and Asian cultures. It is a high energy style that is performed alone or with a partner.
With the rise of social media, new dance fads are becoming more and more prevalent. South Korean producer PSY made a huge splash in 2012 with his hit song Gangnam Style. The goofy and fun hopping dance has gone on to be a worldwide sensation and has been adopted by countless people who want to show off their unique style.
From country line dancing sensations to the one-hit wonder Macarena, there have been countless dance fads over the years. In 2022, TikTok dancer Charli D’Amelio sparked another with her popular video of the Woah move that she created to reflect the sound themes in the Los Del Rio song of the same name.