Proof That "Dancing In The Street" Is The Greatest Music Video Ever Made

It doesn’t matter what you wear. Which explains a lot.

1. David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s 1985 cover of “Dancing in the Street” has the greatest video ever.

Other people will tell you it’s terrible. They’re wrong. Let me explain.

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2. The song and video were recorded quickly for Live Aid during a gap in Bowie and Jagger’s schedules.

This video is the only thing whiter than those Reeboks.

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3. There was zero budget for the shoot, so they filmed in abandoned buildings in London Docklands.

On an unrelated note, drug-use and silk shirts were rife in the mid-80s.

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4. Because if you are trying to start a dance revolution, what better place than an abandoned dockyard.

The world was ready for a brand new beat. That shirt, not so much.

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5. Bowie, not to be outdone by Jagger’s silk shirt/mullet combo, rocks up in a cheetah-print jumpsuit.

And it is glorious.

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6. This video has everything.

Sick stunts!

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7. Crane shots!

Pretty sure this is just someone walking down some stairs with a camera.

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8. Erotic undertones!

Intimate, but not as intimate as their rumoured love affair during the 70s.

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9. Dancing!

In the streets. Of the abandoned docks.

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10. Product placement!

Life is shit. Have a Coke.

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11. That’s not shade Mick is throwing. It’s love.


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12. This doorway scene is famous for being choreographed by absolutely no one.

You can’t make this shit up. You have to let it happen.

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13. At this point it sounds like Bowie forgets his line.

But not one cares because Bowie.

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14. Jagger gives a shout out to Detroit, home of Motown Records: “Don’t forget the Motor City!”

But we did forget. Shame on us.

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15. The song spent four weeks at the top of the UK charts in September and October 1985.

And nearly 30 years at the top of our hearts.

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16. Beatles reference!

Thus concludes the best doorway dance in music video history.

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17. Here is the exact moment that David Bowie invented dad dancing.


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18. If you look closely you’ll notice Mick Jagger’s waist actually tapers into infinity.

His pants are held up through sheer willpower.

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19. Freestyle street-dance battle!

Everything Step Up could have been, right here.

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20. White people!

The fancy lights in the background are just a line of nicked Ford Escorts.

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21. The end.

And that’s how we ended communism in Europe.

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22. Here is the whole video.

Go on, treat yourself.

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Or if you prefer it without the music.

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Dan Dalton is a staff writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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