All Time Great Dance Music Videos

July 15, 2019By

The dance music video has been with us now for some considerable time, and few popular music videos being released today do not have some form of choreographed dance routine as an integral part of the video. In fact, many of the world’s truly great stars today such as Beyoncé or HAIM are just as good at dancing as they are at singing. In a way they are all-round complete performers and have been influenced greatly by the classic dance videos of the past.

Janet Jackson – Pleasure Principle

Pleasure Principle was made in 1986 and it torpedoed Janet Jackson into a world superstar. Often overshadowed by her bigger brother, this video set out why Janet was a star in her own right.

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Michael Jackson – Thriller
Michael Jackson – Thriller

Possibly the greatest music video ever made, and has never really been eclipsed. This video was so much anticipated that is had a worldwide simultaneous release in every country that it was shown. Long lines of expectant fans queued up outside nightclubs, theaters and bars to be the first people to see Michael Jackson’s latest release. Never before or since has hysteria been so fierce about a dance music video. Even the great film director John Landis was recruited to produce this video with the narration by none other than Vincent Price. No expense was spared on this lavish spectacle with Jackson himself leading the choreography.

Paula Abdul – Straight Up

Paula Abdul – Straight Up
Paula Abdul – Straight Up

Paula Abdul seems to have lost her way somewhat as a pure music artist, she is now to be found more on TV as a judge and a presenter than making serious music. But this should not distract from her past, at one time she was a music diva that loved making dance music videos. The 1988 video of Straight Up is Abdul at her best, classic dance steps alongside a catchy beat. Paula Abdul can shake her tail just as well as anyone else out there, and her vocals are pretty damn fantastic as well. One of her most endearing traits is how Abdul portrays her sexuality effortlessly, not just in her costume but in her graceful, but alluring movements.

Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible

Who can possibly forget this video, its beauty and success was in its simplicity. And not strictly speaking a dance music video it would be remiss to ignore this 1998 classic. Palmer does nothing more than play his guitar and sing, with the occasional hip swing. It is what is happening behind that draws the viewer’s attention. The troop of female artists dressed in solemn black with no makeup apart from ruby red lips are striking. And it was this video that the female thrust and sway dance move was originally shown. This dance move has been copied a multitude of times, and can even be seen today on videos and in concerts around the globe. These dance videos formed the cornerstone of many videos to follow, they showed that dance videos could literally step out of the box of dance conformity and offer the music industry so much more.

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