Continuing the discussion of how “people will dance to songs they can sing along to,” the song “Shut Up and Dance” by the group Walk The Moon is a perfect example. Even if you’re hearing the song for the first time, there is an instant sense of familiarity because the opening guitar riff is so reminiscent of U2’s classic “Where The Streets Have No Name.” Then, when the vocal starts, they start right on the chorus in which the actual lyrics of the title appear twice.
In the 3:26 minutes of this song the chorus is repeated five times, with the title of the song repeated twice within each chorus. Then just for good measure, it’s repeated two more times at the very end. By my count, the words “shut up and dance with me” is repeated 14 times in less than 3 & 1/2 minutes.
I’m sure the band didn’t do this amount of math when they were writing this song. But even if they did…it works. Just watch the audience. The cameras automatically go into the crowd to show smiling, dancing faces singing the words “shut up and dance with me.” The list of songs in which the title is repeated more than this is actually an extraordinary collection. Respect, Satisfaction, Twist & Shout, Mustang Sally, She Loves You……. All songs instantly recognizable, danceable and sing-alongable. I truly doubt that “sing-along-able” is actually a word, but you get the idea.
Oh don’t you dare look back Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back, she said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said ooh hoo, shut up and dance with me.