Music Mama: Dance, dance, dance music!

NOTE from the editors: Our Music Mama, Jackie, is having knee surgery today so we’re sending her our prayers and wishes for a smooth surgery and a quick recovery. Jackie, we hope you’re up and dancing again in no time!

By Jackie Helton, the Music Mama

You’ve got to admit… nothing lifts a mood like an awesome dance song. Whether you’re in the car or in the kitchen, the right song can really make you want to move. And since we’re getting close to the finals in Dancing with the Stars, we thought this would be a good time to publish a list of great dance songs, both old and new. And, of course, dancing does count as exercise, so shake your groove thang, mamas! Grab the kids and dance with them, too! If we missed your favorite dance song, click the word “comment” below and add it to our list!

You Should Be Dancin’, by The Bee Gees

Rhythm of the Night, by DeBargedancing-shoes.jpg

Let It Whip, by Dazz Band

In The Mood, by Glenn Miller

Dancing In The Moonlight, by King Harvest

Car Wash, by Rose Royce

Boogie Oogie Oogie, by A Taste Of Honey

Flashdance, by Irene Cara

Bye Bye Bye, by *NSYNC

Let’s Dance, by David Bowie

mirror-ball.jpgLeFreak, by Chic

Dancing With Myself, by Billy Idol

I Love The Nightlife, by Anita Ward

Last Dance, by Donna Summer

(I’ve Had)The Time of My Life, by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

Let The Music Play, by Shannon

Love Train, by The O’Jays

Disco Inferno, by The Tramps

dance-shoe.jpgCalifornia Gurls, by Katy Perry

Just Dance, by Lady Gaga and Colby O’Donis

Yeah!, by Usher

Dancing Queen, by ABBA

Land of 1000 Dances, by Wilson Pickett

Livin’ La Vida Loca, by Ricky Martin

Night Fever, by The Bee Gees

The Music Mama is back during the first week of each month with a new list of songs. To create this playlist on your iPod or MP3 player, just print the list and use it to download your favorites from an online music store like iTunes. Happy listening!