Arts & Entertainment

February 5, 2012

Top 25 Dance/Twerk Songs of All Time

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Written by: The Maroon Tiger

Anyone remember the first real party they ever went to? Remember the feeling you felt when you got a chance to dance with your crush or boo? It’s one of those times you will never forget. Dancing songs have been such an intricate part of our adolescent years, making a top 25 list had to be done.

Panel : Kelly Plummer ’12 (SC), Amber Hicks ’12 (SC), Shalonda Peters ’12 (CAU), Lance Dixon ’12, Jazmyne Owens ’12 (SC), Spencer Greene ’12, Charlie Williams IV ’12, Taara Avery ’12 (SC), Robert Lavergne ’11, Taylor Williams ‘12

1. Juvenile – Back That Thang Up (1999)

This song single-handedly made Cash Money records a household name and is still one of their biggest hits to date. Almost 13 years old and it is still faithfully played at parties today; this song is guaranteed to get the party jumpin’.

2. Soulja Boy – Donk (2008)

Soulja Boy may not be the best lyricist, but making dancing songs is something he does exceptionally well.

3. Lil’ Wil – Bust It Wide Open (2008)

Instructions are always good. Thank you, Lil’ Wil.

4. Travis Porter – Make It Rain (2010)

Tailored for the gentlemen’s clubs, but when played at a party; things can start to look pretty similar.

5. Uncle Luke – I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown) (1992)

Without the contributions of Uncle Luke and the 2 Live Crew, this list would not even be possible.

6. Travis Porter – Bring It Back (2011)

Riding off the success of “Make It Rain,” the Atlanta rap trio followed up with this song which encouraged all the ladies to simply bring it back.

7. Too $hort ft Lil’ Jon and the Eastside Boyz – Shake That Monkey (2003)

With the help of Lil’ Jon, Too $hort made it possible for ladies to shake said monkey.

8. Ying Yang Twins –Salt Shaker (2003)

Also with the help of Lil’ Jon, the Ying Yang Twins encouraged ladies to shake it like a salt shaker.

9. Lil’ Jon and the Eastside Boyz – Get Low (2003)

Judging by the previous two songs 2003 was a good year for Lil’ Jon, anything he touched became an instant hit, and this song was no different.  The Ying Yang Twins were featured on this song.

10. Three Six Mafia – Slob On My (1999)

Juicy J delivered a classic verse on this song, one of the many hits by Three Six Mafia.

11.Lil’ Ru – Nasty Song (2009)

The South Carolina native made a splash in 2009 with this song. Not much has been released by Lil Ru since then but we always have him to thank for this song.

12. Trina – Look Back At Me (2008)

Since 1999, Trina has been saying things on songs that most female artists are scared to say, this song being no different.

13. Choppa – Choppa Style (2002)

With a New Orleans bounce music feel, Choppa took the sound and made it his own with this one.

14. Gucci Mane – Go Head (2005)

Also known as “Shawty Got an A** on Her,” this song is one of Gucci Mane’s first hits.

15. Ying Yang Twins – Say I Yi Yi (2002)

Between the years of 2002 -2005, the Ying Yang Twins could not lose.

16. Trillville ft. Cutty – Some Cut (2004)

When you hear those infamous bed squeaks which the beginning of this song is ladled with, you know what time it is.

17. Gucci Mane – Freaky Gurl (2007)

Featuring Ludacris on the remix, this song launched Gucci Mane’s career to the next level and took whatever party it was played at to the next level also.

18. Mike Jones ft Hurricane Chris – Drop and Give me 50 (2007)

Not much to say about this except to drop and give (insert person here) 50.

19. Tony Matterhorn – Dutty Wine (2006)

The dutty wine is a popular dance in Jamaica which involves a lot of head movement, hips swinging, and you-know-what shaking.

20. Waka Flocka Flame ft. Wale and Roscoe Dash – No Hands (2010)

Featuring Wale and Roscoe Dash, this is Waka Flocka Flame’s biggest hit to date. “Look ma, no hands!”

21. Ginuwine – So Anxious (1999)

Usually played when parties are winding down, this song slows it down but usually has guys anxiously searching for a nice young lady to dance with.

22. Ying Yang Twins – Whistle While You Twerk (2000)

This is the fourth time the Ying Yang twins have appeared on this list, which shows how much they mean to sub-genre of hip-hop. These guys need to make a comeback.

23. Pretty Willie – Lay Your Body Down (2000s?)

Not much is known about Pretty Willie, but this song is clutch in a party or another setting.

24. Nas and the Bravehearts – Oochie Wally (2000)

It is rare that a northern artist makes a twerk song, but with the help of the Bravehearts, Nas did it and did it well.

25. M.E. – Dance Like a Stripper (2011)

This song encouraged ladies to work on their “stripper leg kicks” and other moves which any guy can appreciate.

Honorable Mentions

David Banner- Play

David Banner ft. Lil’ Flip- Like a Pimp

T.I. ft. Nelly- Get Loose

Splack Pack- Scrub ‘Da Ground

RDX- Bend Over

Juvenile ft. Soulja Slim- Slow Motion


Taylor Williams

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  • Rihana

    Twerrrrrkkkk Summnnn !

  • Clark Kent

    I concur #1 was no doubt

  • alexandriaa


    • Rice Evan Barber III

      feel free to send me a better list to my email. Thanks

  • greatness

    This is a very good list. Though some song positions can be disputed (with the exception of #1) every song on the list deserves to be in here. Great list!!