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Dancing In The Streets

Posted by shanoah on July 31, 2008

Kyrie was one of your favorite songs? Cool. The three songs I played last post were essentially my favorite songs from a Best of VH1 “Where Are You Now” cd I own.

And, yeah, Kyrie has always been a great one. Today I thought I’d go more Motown then Megadeth, though, with the classic song “Dancing in the street“.

It was written by William Stevenson and Marvin Gaye, and was first performed by Martha and the Vandellas:

Martha & The Vandellas

Big hair, and a good groove. While this was intended, well, for dancing, the song has been pretty popular with civil rights activists, too.

This song is one of 50 sound recordings preserved by the Library of Congress to the National Recording Registry.

And it was covered by everyone:

David Bowie & Mick Jagger

This rather unlikely version was done by Bowie and Mick Jagger in 1985, as part of a charity event. This was the other version that majorly hit the charts.

Theres some sort of a weird vibe going between them in the song, but then, it is Bowie. I have to consider this one of the silliest versions.

This isn’t the only unlikely cover:

Van Halen

Surprisingly, Van Halen covered this song as well. Seems like a bit of a harder rock version.

And then, of course, there’s what is probably my favorite cover of the song:

The Mama & The Papas

Any song covered by the Mamas and the Papas seems to get their own unique touch. And this version or the original are the ones I usually think of.

This is only really scratching the surface of the covers. I could have thrown in the Grateful Dead, the Carpenters, the Who, the Kinks, and Atomic Kitten, to name a few…


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