Top 10 Group Dances of All Time

You know and love group participation dances. Who could resist? Here’s our list of the top 10 group dances of all time.

The Bunny Hop rose in popularity in the 1950s with a few simple taps and jumps. Did you know it inspired other dance trends around the world? The Letkajenkka from Finland and

 Raqsat al-batriq from Saudi Arabia are both based on the Bunny Hop.

The YMCA may have the fewest actual moves required to participate, but there’s no denying that this 1970s hit gets everyone on the dance floor. It makes the list for its simple ability to get the party started!

Macarena madness erupted in the mid-90s and had everyone out on the dance floor mumbling Spanish words they couldn’t understand and having a blast. Hint: the song is actually about a two-timing girl cheating on her boyfriend with his friends. Heeey Macarena, ayyyy!

Electric slide-ing didn’t catch on when first introduced in 1976, but by the late 80s it wasn’t a party until this line dance was done at least once. We love it for its easy-to-learn moves and timeless appeal.

The Cha Cha Slide, a newer slide with a few more moves than its 1980s predecessor, requires some skills – knowing left from right, for starters, is critical. Most good listeners can nail this one on the first try.


The Conga has been providing wedding-goers everywhere an opportunity to grab someone’s hips (regardless of whether you know them) since the 1930s. Of course, Gloria Estefan gave us the perfect song to march along to in 1992.

Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) seemed to be the only song anyone danced to in 2015. With four popular moves to choose from – the whip, naenae, soulja boy moves, and the stanky leg – dancing to Watch Me was mastered by kidsseniors, and everyone in between!

Wobble, baby! This catchy tune rose to popularity in the late 2000s. Although V.I.C. hasn’t had any other notable hits, he got millions of people dancing to his hit that made it to the top 100 Billboard chart.

Cotton Eyed Joe was a remix that made it to dance floors all over the world in 2002. A liitle bit country, a little bit rock’n’roll, this song appealed to everyone.

The Hokey Pokey, or as it’s known around the world, the Hokey Cokey (UK), Hokey Tokey (New Zealand), or Boogie Boogie (Philippines), makes the list as one of the oldest known choreographed dances. The song dates back in Europe to the 1800s!

Bonus! Five honorable mentions that almost made the list: The Hustle, Cupid Shuffle, Jump on It, Time Warp, and Achy Breaky Heart.

Jennifer Lauren

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at



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