My only goal at any party is to get the dance floor packed, and keep it packed for as long as possible.
Rule No. 1 People dance to songs to which they can sing along to, or are at least familiar with. Although we haven’t played this song in at least a dozen years, it’s fun to consider it here on a Throwback Thursday.
Rule No. 2 People are much more likely to start dancing to songs whose instrumental introductions are immediately familiar.
Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” became the classic example of just such a recognizable introduction in this scene that made an overnight star of a young Tom Cruise from the movie “Risky Business.”
Other examples would be the guitar intro to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” or The Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up” (or any of a dozen other Stones tunes.) Usher’s 4-note synthesizer intro to “Yeah” is a more contemporary example of song introductions that get people running to the dance floor. Don’t forget about oldies “Shout,” and “Twist ‘n Shout.” I think you get the idea!
Let me know what you think.