9 Songs That Created 9 ’90s Dance Crazes

Looking back on some sweet moves that you might want to consider busting out on the dance floor.

1. Wreckx-N-Effect “Rump Shaker”

Dance craze: “Rump Shaker”

Year released: 1992
Instructional lyrics: “Just shake ya rump”
Technical difficulty: Can you shake your bum? If yes, then great you just mastered this dance.

2. Digital Undergound “Humpty Dance”

Dance craze: “Humpty Dance”

Year released: 1990
Instructional lyrics: “Anyone can play this game. This is my dance, y’all…
No two people will do it the same. Ya got it down when ya appear to be in pain. Humpin’, funkin’, jumpin’, jig around, shakin’ ya rump.”
Technical difficulty: None, apparently just moving your body like you’re writhing in pain is the point.

3. Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy Breaky Heart”

Dance craze: line dancing

Year released: 1992
Instructional lyrics: None
Technical difficulty: As long as your not too drunk and are able to stand in a line, you should be fine.
Interesting fact: The song was a crossover hit and helped popularize country line dancing into the mainstream.

4. Freak Nasty “Da Dip”

Dance craze: “Da’ Dip”

Year released: 1996
Instructional lyrics: I put my hand upon your hip, when I dip you dip we dip. You put yours and I put mine and we can get down low, and roll it round.”
Technical difficulty: Very little, as long as you have the coordination abilities of being able to keep your hand on your partner as you dip.

5. Quad City DJ’s “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)”

Dance craze: “The Train”

Year released: 1996
Instructional lyrics: “Get on the train tracks, here we go, so get on the floor and put a hump in your back. Move your arm up and down and make that choo choo sound.”
Technical difficulty: Requires a bit of coordination, slightly squatting while in a conga line, moving your arm up and down, all while making a choo choo train sound.

6. 69 Boyz “Tootsee Roll”

Dance craze: “Tootsee Roll”

Year released: 1994
Instructional lyrics: “To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right
To the front, to the front, to the back, to the back. Now dip baby dip, come on dip baby dip, dip baby dip, just dip baby dip. Just dip, cotton candy free to go, let me see that tootsee roll.”
Technical difficulty: Slightly difficult, moving from side-to-side is the easy part, but in the final step of the dance you have to master the twerk.

7. Los del Rio “Macarena”

Dance craze: “The Macarena”

Year released: 1995
Instructional lyrics: None
Technical difficulty: It should be difficult, there are a total of 16 steps to this dance that you have to repeat over and over. But, the fact that in the late ’90s you were forced (or maybe you were the instigator) to do this dance at every wedding, Bar / Bat Mitzvah, quinceañera and school dance, you mastered it pretty quickly.

Also, just ignore the fact that you look like you are performing a mass North Korean style synchronized dance.

8. Madonna “Vogue”

Dance craze: “Vogueing”

Year released: 1990
Instructional lyrics: “Come on, Vogue. Let your body move to the music (move to the music). Hey, hey, hey. Come on, Vogue. Let your body go with the flow (go with the flow). You know you can do it.”
Technical difficulty: Figuring out what “Vogueing” is! Like seriously, what am I supposed to be doing with my hands?
Interesting fact: “Vogueing” had it’s start in the NYC gay club scene, the song and Madonna made the dance go mainstream.

9. MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This”

Dance craze: “The Hammer”

Year released: 1990
Instructional lyrics:None
Technical difficulty: A variation on the classic Running Man, so if you have that one down you’re halfway there. But, to master The Hammer you need add a slight squat and then shuffle from left to right (and repeat).

The difficult part will be doing this dance, while wearing Hammer pants.

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