In the six months since it’s release, Korean pop star PSY’s “Gangnam Style” dance (featured in his song of the same name) has become an international sensation. Not only was it unquestionably the highlight of American Music Awards, but it’s also the most viewed video on YouTube and easily the most popular dance of the year. Only, this isn’t the first time a dance craze has swept the nation. If it was, what else would we be doing at Sweet 16′s?
While shouting “heyyyyyy, sexy lady” and pretending to ride an invisible donkey is all the rage right now, will this dance stand the test of time like the “YMCA?” And given the recent discovery of Psy’s anti-American lyrics from the early 00s, will Gangnam Style be forced to fade into the black hole of dance crazes like these old favorites did?:
“Macarena” by Los Del Rio is one of the most well known songs from the ’90s, and the dance that went along with it is easily one of the greatest there is. Unfortunately kids these days just don’t understand the magic of the Macarena, and it’s power faded with the ’90s. I vote we bring this one back!
“Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by Soulja Boy was released in 2007 and quickly became the favorite of “hip” high schoolers everywhere. I’m pretty impressed that Soulja Boy was smart enough to name his dance after himself. Even if people forget who he is completely, the dance might fare a bit better.
Cha Cha Slide
Once upon a time the “Cha Cha Slide” was the dance. Unfortunately for it’s creator, DJ Casper, that’s no longer the case. While the line “freeze! Everybody clap your hands” is a personal favorite, it appears as though middle schoolers are far more interested in learning to dance like Justin Bieber than being told what to do. Do I dare even mention it’s predecessor, the “Electric Slide?”
This dance makes me all kinds of uncomfortable. Or maybe it’s the name. Probably a little bit of both. Released in 2009 by GS Boyz (who?), the “Stanky Legg” involves a series of strange leg movements combined with “doing the booty-dew.” Not too sure what that means but since this dance disappeared it looks like I’ll never have to. Phew!
While the Cali Swag District song “Teach Me How To Dougie” isn’t played too much, the dance might actually have some serious staying power. At least to be done sporadically at sporting events.
The Harlem Shake
Anybody see a dance in this? Seriously, anyone? This one just looks like a well done seizure to me.
Chicken Noodle Soup
I never mastered the Chicken Noodle Soup dance, but that’s probably for the best.
Although the original version of “Cotton-Eyed Joe” was released in the 80s, it wasn’t until super classy 90s band Rednex released their dance version of the song that it became a worldwide phenomenon. The original line dance isn’t even featured in the music video, and neither is the intricate heel-toe version popular at Sweet 16′s. Here’s what I consider the most popular version of this mysterious dance:
Lest we forget…The Carlton
What do you think? Will PSY’s Gangnam Style dance go the way of the YMCA—busted out late nights at bat mitzvahs—or way of the Electric Slide…forgotten?