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Readers’ Poll: The Top 10 Dance Songs of All Time

Selections include hits by Madonna, Daft Punk, Michael Jackson and more

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Last week we asked our readers to vote for their favorite dance song of all time. Since you can dance to a lot of different music, we decided to keep things open-ended in terms of genre, which resulted in a fairly diverse set of songs that would nevertheless sound perfectly natural played back to back at a party. Click through to see your selections and watch videos for the winning songs.

By Matthew Perpetua

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7. Michael Jackson, ‘Thriller’

Michael Jackson is responsible for some of the biggest dance hits of all time, so his relatively low placement on this list can be attributed partly to vote-splitting. He's best known for doing the Moonwalk to "Billie Jean," but the highest number of votes went to "Thriller," maybe because its iconic video features such memorable group choreography.

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6. The Isley Brothers, ‘Shout’

The Isley Brothers' 1959 single "Shout" didn't leave much of an impact on the pop charts when it was originally released, but over time, it's become an inescapable part of pop culture thanks to its ubiquity in movies and at wedding receptions and sporting events. The song has been covered many times, but nothing matches the raw energy and elemental simplicity of the Isleys' original.

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5. Madonna, ‘Vogue’

As with Michael Jackson, Madonna has so many top-shelf dance hits that her placement on this list suffered somewhat from vote-splitting. ("Into the Groove" just narrowly missed the Top 10, FYI.) Still, if only one Madonna hit could make this list, "Vogue" was an excellent choice. On top of being one of her signature hits, its music video – as well as this live performance at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards – features some of her most iconic dance moves.

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4. Justice, ‘D.A.N.C.E.’

Justice's jubilant tribute to Michael Jackson is the most recent song on this list, but it already seems like an enduring classic. Still, it's somewhat surprising to see that the French duo actually outpaced the King of Pop himself in the polling.

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3. The Beatles, ‘Twist and Shout’

The Beatles ended up becoming such a hugely influential cultural force that it can be easy to forget they got their start in show business by playing raucous covers of R&B hits. "Twist and Shout," their rendition of a tune penned by Phil Medley and Bert Russell, was one of their earliest singles, and it remains a guaranteed floor-filler to this day.

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2. New Order, ‘Blue Monday’

New Order's 1983 hit "Blue Monday" is such a staple of British dance clubs that it has the distinction of being the top-selling 12-inch single in the history of the United Kingdom. The track has been remixed, covered and sampled many times over, but no version ever seems to top the original, which hits just the right balance of funk, angst and aloof sexiness.

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1. Daft Punk, ‘One More Time’

Daft Punk's 2000 hit "One More Time" won this poll in a landslide, which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has ever seen the French DJ duo in concert or has ever been to a club with the song blasting over the soundsystem. The track is basically a hyper-concentrated blast of euphoria set to a pounding house beat. People can't help but to totally lose it whenever it comes on.

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