A Definitive Ranking Of Old School Dances From The 80s And 90s

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31. The Milli Vanilli

A wack dance for wack people.

30. Raise the Roof

It was cool while it lasted, but then white folks ruined it.

29. The Snake

Definitely a mom dance.

28. The Typewriter

Iconic and fun to look at but pretty ridiculous when you think about it.

27. Da Dip

A dance that many not many people really knew how to do even though they did it in the video.

26. The Southside

One of the most important dances in history. The only reason it isn’t ranked higher is that it wasn’t as big outside of the south.

25. The Ed Lover Dance

Part dance, part clowning around. A perfect expression of excitement.

24. The Fila

A fancier variation of your common side-to-side, but kind of clunky and probably doesn’t look as good unless you have a crew.

23. The Cabbage Patch

Nothing says 90s like the Cabbage Patch. Why’d they call it that, anyway?

22. The K-Swiss

A solid dance that didn’t age too well. Looks best with a flat top and stonewashed jeans.

21. The Smurf

Super simple, but still super cool.

20. The “Jump On It” Dance

 

People still pull this out whenever “Apache” comes on.

19. The Electric Slide

Without it, there would be no Wobble. Good for birthdays, weddings, county fairs, church events, and funerals, the Electric Slide is a community unifier.

18. The Humpty Dance

Back when rappers used to dance. Fun and hype.

17. The Big Daddy Kane

One of the coolest dances around. Outkast knows.

16. The Robocop

A good, sturdy classic that can be done to any song.

15. The Tootsee Roll

An unquestioned classic. To the left! To the left! To the right! To the right!

14. The Biz Markie

Everybody looks cool doing the Biz.

13. The Percolator

It is always time for the percolator.

12. The Roger Rabbit

Easy enough for average dancers to do, versatile enough for pros to get fancy with.

11. The Running Man

Popularized by MC Hammer, this wildly adaptable dance was all the rage by in the day.

10. The Moonwalk/The Backslide

Self-explanatory.

9. The Butterfly

Definitely one of the sexiest dances of the 80s and 90s.

8. The Prep

Contained, yet turnt.

7. Voguing

Yaaaaaaaaaaaasss. Work, mother!

6. The Reebok

Simple yet effective.

5. The Bogle

When your groove needs just a little more flavor. Booyaka!

4. The Bankhead Bounce

An expression of joy and turntness from the Dirty South.

3. The Butt

Ranked so high because 26 years later, it still gets a party turnt. You can’t go wrong with go-go.

2. The Kid n’ Play

An iconic dance, perfect to do while at The Function with your bestie or as a celebration during your favorite sport.

1. The Wop

Classic. Timeless. Perfect.

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