The Beach Boys

Dance, Dance, Dance

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A virtual three p.m. call to arms, the opening line of "Dance, Dance, Dance" says it all: "After six hours of school I've had enough for the day/I hit the radio dial and turn in up all the way!/I Love to dance." If the Beach Boys were about to expound on more cerebral motifs after this song, they sure went out in style. One of the great songs of the discotheque era (until "Gimmie Some Lovin'" came along to supersede it), "Dance, Dance, Dance" is built upon a stupendous bass and 12-string guitar riff that is positively infectious. The lyric embodies the simple exuberance of what rock & roll is all about. It effortlessly went to the Top Ten in late 1964 for the Beach Boys.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Surfin' U.S.A. 1963 K-Tel 2:05
Today! 1965 Capitol
No Image 1968 Capitol
No Image 1971 Capitol 2:02
No Image 1973 Axis/Capitol
Spirit of America 1975 Capitol 2:03
No Image 1978
No Image 1983 EMI Music Distribution
No Image 1985 Pioneer
Made in U.S.A. 1986 Capitol 2:05
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: The Beach Boys - 1962-1967 1988 2:00
Today!/Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) 1990 Sea of Tunes 2:00
Happy Birthday Baby 1990
Various Artists
Peter Pan (ISP) 1:56
No Image 1991 Capitol
No Image 1993 Pair
Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys 1993 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:12
Summer Dreams! [1993] 1993 Capitol
Only Dance: 1960-1964 1997
Various Artists
JCD 1:56
Originals 1998 EMI-Capitol Entertainment Prop. / Capitol 1:56
Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 7 (1964): The Alternate "Beach Boys Today" Album, Vol. 1 1998 Sea of Tunes 2:19
Capitol Years 1999 EMI Music Distribution 2:01
Original Gold [2 CD Set] 1999 Original Gold (Netherlands) 2:00
No Image 1999 Disky 2:00
Greatest Hits 1961-1965, Vol. 1 2000 Capitol/EMI Records
Good Vibrations [Sugo] 2000 Sugo
Inside the Music: Surf's Up 2001
Various Artists
Silverline Records
California Dreamin' 2001 Disky 2:00
Goodbye Surfing, Hello God! 2001 VigoTone 2:06
Hawthorne, CA 2001 Capitol 2:05
The Very Best of the Beach Boys 2001 Capitol 2:00
Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys 2003 Capitol / EMI 2:03
Platinum Collection: Sounds of Summer Edition 2005 Mixed Repertoire 2:02
Songs from Here & Back 2006 Hallmark Recordings
Hits of the Beach Boys 2007 EMI 2:01
Forever Beach Boys 2007 Madacy 2:02
U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962-1965 2008 Capitol 2:02
Forever 2008 Edge / Immortal
Holidays & Hits 2009 Capitol 2:03
Greatest Hits [Capitol] 2012 Capitol
Icon 2013 Capitol 2:03
Made in California 2013 Capitol 2:03
No Image Capitol 1:59
Greatest Hits: The Danish Collection Capitol
No Image Spectrum Music
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