500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Sly and the Family Stone, 'Dance to the Music'
Writer: Sylvester Stewart (Sly Stone)
Released: Jan. '68, Epic
15 weeks; No. 8
Saxman Jerry Martini claims Stone did this song just to satisfy CBS executives' desire for a hit. "He hated it," Martini said. "It was so unhip to us. The beats were glorified Motown beats." But "Dance" fit Stone's vision for the band: "I wanted everyone to get a chance to sweat."
Appears on: Dance to the Music (Sony)