15 Songs with Signature Dance Moves (& How To Do Them)

Photo: Larry Busacca/ Getty Images.
Confession: When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was copy dance routines from music videos. I'm not talking about "Lean Back" swaying, I'm talking about Janet Jackson "Miss You Much"-level, kick ball changes. And that's because dance routines in music videos are pretty incredible to watch. But they're even more exhilarating to perform.
Let's admit it. We all want to be that person at the party who knows every move to "Juju on That Beat" without being told. We all want to know how to do the moonwalk and show it off on the dance floor. But how?
Instructional videos, of course! Isn't that the way we learn makeup hacks and hair-styling tricks? Well, they're also your ticket to learning how to perform some of the best dance moves and routines and looking like a pro on the dance floor.
Ahead, we've rounded up 15 songs with popular dance moves. Plus, 15 instructional videos to help break down the moves. Prepare to be the life of the party!
1 of 33
Rocky Horror Picture Show
"The Time Warp"

In the cult classic oddball music Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Time Warp dance induces time travel. Now that's some useful choreography.
2 of 33
Here's how to do the "The Time Warp"

Here are the step-by-step moves for the time-traveling song. You'll be doing the time warp again and again.
3 of 33
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall
"Juju On That Beat"
So everyone knows how to Juju on that beat...except for you, right? We got you.
4 of 33
Here's How To Juju On That Beat
These teens break down the entire song for you, step by step. They're also adorable.
5 of 33
Britney Spears
"(You Drive Me) Crazy"
Maybe you're a major Britney fan, and you've been waiting all your life to complete one of her dance routines at a party. But it's just so hard to learn from the video — especially with all the cuts to Adrian Grenier!
6 of 33
Here's How To Do The Dance To "Crazy"
Yes, we just broke out some old-school Darrin's dance moves. Why? Because it works! Seriously, grab a green crop top and try it.
7 of 33
"Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
This one quickly entered the ranks of iconic music video routines. But do you know how to do it? Really?
8 of 33
Here's How To Do The "Single Ladies" Dance
This is a multi-part series to show you the basic breakdown of the dance routine. Pro: It goes so slowly that it's easy to see every single step. Con: The instructor is facing you, which can make it a little confusing.
9 of 33
"Bye Bye Bye"
This is a pretty basic dance routine, but any time you can mimic a boy band during its heyday, you feel pretty great.
10 of 33
Here's How To Do The "Bye Bye Bye" Routine
Guys, Darrin can teach you anything! Just believe.
11 of 33
Long before Madonna became a pop star, she was a professional dancer. So naturally, her moves are impressive. Voguing existed long before Madonna popularized it, but that doesn't mean the video's dance routine isn't dope.
12 of 33
Here's How You Do Madonna's "Vogue" Routine
This is the first video in a two-part series. This guy is going to break it down so slowly that even people who can't do a box step will get it.
13 of 33
Michael Jackson
"Billie Jean"
When you hear "Billie Jean," you probably think of the moonwalk. Which is funny, considering he doesn't do the dance at any point during the video. He did it for the first time while performing at Motown's 25th anniversary celebration — for just a few seconds. But it blew everyone's minds and is known as his signature dance move.
14 of 33
Here's How To Do The Moonwalk
We're going to be honest here: You still might not be able to do the actual move after this video. Because some moves require more than just steps — they require (un)natural skill. Sorry.
15 of 33
"Gangnam Style"
There are few songs as fun as "Gangnam Style." With that said, the dance may be even more fun than the song.
16 of 33
Here's How To Dance "Gangnam Style"
Hip jerking? Check. Galloping? Check. Looks like you're doing the dance routine to "Gangnam Style" like a pro. Or at least we're pretending that you are. Good for you either way!
17 of 33
"Cupid Shuffle"
Remember when everyone was doing this back in 2007? But you had no idea what to do when he said, "To the right, to the right, to the right, to the right." Well, now you know.
18 of 33
Here's How To Do The "Cupid Shuffle"
See, it's actually kind of easy to do! You're a "Cupid Shuffle" superstar!
19 of 33
Lady Gaga
"Bad Romance"
Remember when "Bad Romance" first came out, and everyone was trying to do the dance routine because it looked so cool? Well, now you can break it out at throwback parties.
20 of 33
Here's How To Do The "Bad Romance" Dance
Okay, the little girls in this tutorial are adorable. But they also have these moves down! Now, if they can learn it, you know you can too.
21 of 33
Gloria Estefan
You know you want to dance when this song comes on. After all, it's the rhythm of the islands — and that sugar cane so sweet. See what I did there?
22 of 33
Here's How To Join A Conga Line
If you were worried about looking like a fool, just trust Gloria Estefan, okay? If she can make Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa look fun while doing this, then you'll probably look pretty cool too. (Hopefully.)
23 of 33
Marcia Griffiiths
"Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide)"
Do you feel like a fool at every family function because everyone gets up to dance the electric slide, and you have no idea how to groove with them? Well, that ends now.
24 of 33
Here's How To Do The Electric Slide
This tutorial doesn't just show the basics. It also shows you how to add a little flavor to your current (and possibly stale) rendition of this line dance.
25 of 33
Janet Jackson
"Rhythm Nation"
Look, nobody gets down like Janet Jackson in a music video. She will hype you up with her dance moves. Sadly, they're hard to learn just from watching the video alone.
26 of 33
How To Do The "Rhythm Nation" Dance Routine
Look, this isn't going to be easy. This one takes several videos (in fact, it's four parts) because it's so damn hard to do. But in the end, you will know the entirety of the "Rhythm Nation" routine! Break that shit out everywhere you go for as long as you live, okay?
27 of 33
Michael Jackson
Yes, Halloween just passed. But don't you wanna be ready for next year?
28 of 33
Here's How To Dance To "Thriller"
If Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner can do this dance, then you know you can do it too. Plus, this instructor is amazing!
29 of 33
You know you want to move when she starts singing, "My daddy Alabama, momma Louisiana."
30 of 33
Here's How To Get In Formation
This instructor doesn't speak English, but he does know how to slay. And that's the most important skill for any member of the Beyhive. He will break it all the way down. And then you can get in formation together.
31 of 33
Los Del Rio
So pretty much everyone around the world can do the macarena. Even Hillary Clinton can do the freaking macarena. With that said, if you were born after the great macarena wave of 1996, you might need a quick lesson.
32 of 33
Here's How To Do The Macarena
She couldn't used the song "Macarena" because of copyrights or whatever. But you really don't need it. It's that easy.
33 of 33
Like this post? There's more. Get tons of celebrity news, fun takes on pop culture, and trending stories on the Refinery29 Entertainment Facebook page. Like us on Facebook — we'll see you there!

More from Music


R29 Original Series