10 Best Dance Albums
Get ready to groove with the 10 best dance albums. Dance music has seen renewed popularity thanks to many dance video games. Also called club music, dance music is usually very energized and just makes you want to move. Try not boogie too much as you read over these albums.
- "You Can Dance" by Madonna (1987) This was the first remix album released by Madonna, and it contains songs from her first three albums. When the album was released, the concept of remixing was very new. This was one of the first very popular remix dance albums. The album cover symbolized Madonna's continuous fascination with Latino culture. When it was released, critics called it an essential album to be played at parties. The music is still popular even today.
- "The Fame" by Lady Gaga (2008) Lady Gaga wrote songs for many established acts before releasing her first album. The theme of the dance album was how anyone could feel like a celebrity. The two singles released were: "Just Dance" and "Poker Face." Both songs were international hits.
- "Shut Up and Dance" by Paula Abdul (1990) This album of dance remixes was Abdul’s second studio album. It contained remixes of the six hit singles from her album, "Forever Your Girl," with one remixed and one medley track. The album was a huge success and peaked at #7 on the charts.
- "J to tha L-O! The Remixes" by Jennifer Lopez (2002) This was Lopez’s first dance remix album. It is one of the best-selling remix albums in the US, with over 156,000 copies sold during its opening week. The singles from the album were: "Aint’t It Funny," "I’m Gonna Be Alright" and "Alive."
- "Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix" by Michael Jackson (1997) The album is a remix of Jackson’s album, "HIStory," with five new songs added. The new songs touched on topics such as drug addiction, women and paranoia. The favorable reviews the album received compared Jackson’s style to Marilyn Manson and Trent Reznor.
- "Confessions On A Dance Floor" by Madonna (2005) This album was a complete departure from her previous 2003 release, "American Life." "Confessions On A Dance Floor" had influences from the 70s and 80s mixed with modern-day club music. The album is structured like a DJ’s nightly set with the songs starting out light-hearted and then progressing to darker songs.
- "Wild Dance" by Ruslana (2004) The album sold 700,000 plus copies in the Ukraine. Ruslana was the 2004 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2005, it was released in an English Christmas Edition. It included new bonus tracks.
- "Everytime We Touch" by Cascada (2006) Cascada is a Eurodance band consisting of DJ Manian (a German producer and DJ), Natalie Horler (a English-German singer) and Yanou (a German trance musician and producer). The album was recorded in three weeks.
- "Planet Pop" by ATC (2001) Many American clubs and DJ enjoy using dance music from German groups. ATC is a popular choice. The album only hit #56 on the charts but has a decent cult following still. The song "Around The World (La La La La La)" was one of the more popular tracks.
- "On Ice" by Bambee (1998) This album is carefree and fun. Bambee’s music is very easy to move to making it a dance favorite. The song "Bumble Bee" was featured in the video game, "Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMIX" and "Dance Dance Revolution 4thMIX."