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Back to the '80's: Top 10 Signature Dance Moves of the 80's

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Top 10 Signature Dance Moves of the 80's

First off, let me just say, I by no means am saying these are the best dance moves of the 80's. What this list is compiled of, is dance moves that are clearly identified with the person listed. It is their "signature" moves. Some are good and others are just down right laughable.

Now, with that said, let's travel back a bit to a time when dancing ability could make you or break you.

Honorable Mention
David Byrne
Convulsions/Arm Chop

David Byrne from The Talking Heads was about as strange as they came back in the 80's. However, he was never quite as strange as he was when doing the Convulsion Dance and the Same As It Ever Was Arm Chop. Well, at least that's what I call these crazy moves.

The Convulsions start at the beginning of this video and the Arm Chop begins around 3:57.

Molly Ringwald
The Molly Ringwald

This was the dance that almost all the girls used on the dance floors in the 80's. You will see Molly doing it at 1:17 and 1:36 of this video that somebody brilliantly put together on YouTube.

The Truffle Shuffle

I was never a big Goonies fan, but you cannot deny Chunk owning The Truffle Shuffle. I bet he got all the chicks with that dance.

Patrick Dempsey
The African Anteater Ritual

The set-up: Patrick Dempsey has to learn to dance in a hurry, so he gets up the morning of the dance to watch Bandstand and get some tips. What he doesn't know is he isn't watching Bandstand. After practicing what he sees on the tv, he walks out of the room and his little brother walks in while the dance is getting over on the tv. He stops to watch as a black man in full African garb steps in front of the camera. The little brother then says the classic line "Now that ain't Dick Clark." Ends up Dempsey, unknowingly, has just learned how to do the African Anteater Ritual on the African Cultural Hour.

Axl Rose
The Snake Dance

Don't know what else to call it except for the Axl Rose Snake Dance. And it is definitely unique to Axl. You'll find him doing it throughout the Sweet Child 'O Mine video above. Enjoy!

Milli Vanilli
Leg Swing

I don't really care if they sung this song or not, they danced their asses off. And besides it was still good music regardless. You'll see the signature move around 3:50.

Michael Jackson
Leg Kick

This guy starts the Leg Kick around :25 and stops around :31. He's about as good as I've seen do it besides Michael Jackson.

Ickey Woods
The Ickey Shuffle

I wish I could have found a better video to show you the Ickey Shuffle during Ickey Woods playing days. This is all I could find, but needless to say when you think of Ickey Woods the Ickey Shuffle immediately comes to mind.

Rick Astley
The Card Shuffle

A full 5 minutes of being Rick Rolled. How do you feel? This guy's dance move was so memorable, today's generation uses it as a practical joke.

Michael Jackson
Crotch Grab

What more can you say about Michael Jackson? Not much. He had a way of turning the strange into the next big thing.

Michael Jackson

Not only the greatest move of the 80's, but the greatest move of all time. It just seemed impossible that you were seeing what you were looking at.

Well I hope you enjoyed watching the bad as well as the good dance moves. Can you think of others that belong? Leave your opinions in the comments below.

I'll be typin' at ya later,
Bob the Blogger


Vincetastic said...

Hey Bob, this is an excellent top ten list, very creative, I love the 80s! Truffle shuffle is a good one, although not quite sure that it is officially a dance move. All the Michael Jackson picks are spot on and I thought that Ickey Shuffle was a solid pick. I would add the Kid and Play leg lock dance as well as the MC Hammer Dance. You can cross-post this to our site and link back to your site. We are trying to create a directory for top ten lists where people can find your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

Bob the Blogger said...

Vince, thanks for responding. Glad you liked the list. I would have loved to have put the Kid n Play Leg Lock dance on the list, but it just missed the 80's by a year, as did Hammer. They were both 1990. I also wanted to put Madonna's Vogue move on, but she also missed it by a year.

I'll have to check that site of yours out. Sounds like a fun site. Thanks again for commenting.

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