Sly & the Family Stone

Dance to the Music

Composed by Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart

Song Review by

Probably the first most listeners ever heard from Sly & the Family Stone was this spectacular late-1968 hit. Opening with a blistering, jazzy fanfare, the first unique touch was a wordless, a cappella (except for tambourine) passage that is indeed one of the greatest aural hooks of the day. Like Brian Wilson, Sly Stone had an incredible ability to draw listeners in with brief passages. The other sections of the song are hard-driving soul breakdowns, immaculately performed. Adding instruments and introducing the bandmembers recall classic soul revues. The lyrics are almost an order and call to arms to the now integrated rock and soul audience. All of this in three minutes. A "stone" classic.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Dance to the Music 1968 Epic/Legacy 2:57
No Image 1970
Original Soundtrack
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Ten Years Too Soon 1979 Epic 6:47
Anthology 1981 Epic / Legacy 2:59
Rockin' Down the Block, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
Special Marker 3:00
Rockin' 60's [Sony Special Products] 1989
Various Artists
Columbia 2:58
Toga Rock, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 2:57
No Image 1992
Tribute to Black Entertainers 1993
Various Artists
Columbia 3:00
Club Epic, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Epic / Sony Music Distribution 6:31
Midnight Soul [MCI] 1994
Various Artists
MCI 2:57
Jock Rock, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:55
Greatest Hits 1995 Audio Fidelity 3:00
Superfunk: The Funkiest Album in the World...Ever! 1995
Various Artists
Virgin
No Image 1996
Various Artists
SCREAM 2:58
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Virgin
Dance Party, Vols. 3-4 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 2:57
Frat Rock! 3 Pac 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:57
Green Bay Packers Greatest Hits 1992-1996 1998
Various Artists
Alphabet City 2:45
Non Stop Dance! 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Atlantic
Forever Soul, Vol. 4 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:59
Platinum R&B Party 2000
Various Artists
Sbme Special Mkts.
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:00
The Best of Sly & the Family Stone [Sony Mid-Price] 2000 Phantom Import Distribution / Epic 3:01
Greatest Hits/There's a Riot Goin' On/Fresh 2000 Sony Music Distribution 2:59
The Cleveland Connection 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City 2:52
Toronto Raptors: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:51
Disco Fever [Universal] 2001
Various Artists
MSI Music Distribution
The Essential Sly & the Family Stone [Epic/Legacy] 2002 Sony Music Distribution
R&B Soul Classics 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire 3:00
Songs to Make You Feel Good: 40 Uplifting Classics 2002
Various Artists
Avanti Records
The Rockin' 60's [Platinum Disc] 2002
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:01
Kitsch Lounge Riot 2003
Various Artists
BMG UK & Ireland 2:49
50 Greatest Floor Fillers 2003
Various Artists
Avanti Records
On Your Radio [Box] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:58
Woodstock Generation [Sony Box] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia 2:57
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Funk Soul Classics 2004
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 2:57
Best Sixties Summer Party...Ever! 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:53
Capital Gold Soul Classics 2004
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
Culture Club, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
541 0:59
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 2005
Various Artists
Um3 3:01
Higher! [Hear Music] 2005 Hear Music 3:00
No Image 2007 Sony Music Distribution
The Collection [Box Set] 2007 Legacy 3:00
Simply the Best of the 60s [2007] 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:01
Soul Patrol: Soul's Greatest Hits 2007
Various Artists
Hudson Street
This Is Funk 2007
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:01
100 Hits: Soul 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:00
Top of the Pops 1968 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:59
Semi-Pro 2008
Original Soundtrack
New Line Records 3:00
100 Anthems: Funky House 2008
Various Artists
100 Anthems / Apace 4:56
Peace And Love [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 3:01
60's Soul [Col] 2008
Various Artists
Camden / Col / Sony BMG 3:00
Legendary Disco 2008
Various Artists
Disky 2:59
The Woodstock Experience 2009
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 4:28
Original Hits: 60s Pop 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:01
Original Album Classics 2010 Epic / Legacy / Sony Legacy 3:00
The Best of Flower Power 2010
Various Artists
2:58
Pure... Soul 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:01
The Ultimate Collection: 60s - 100 Hits 2011
Various Artists
Ultimate / Ultimate Collection 3:01
Haynes Ultimate Guide to the 60s 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:00
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:00
Âge Tendre et Têtes de Bois, Vol. 2 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:58
Higher! 2013 Epic / Legacy 2:59
Top 40: '60s Pop 2014
Various Artists
Crimson
100 Hits: Disco Fever 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:59
Live at the Fillmore East: October 4th & 5th, 1968 2015 Legacy 5:30
'60s Summer Album 2016
Various Artists
Crimson
100 Hits: Party Anthems 2016
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Records / Edsel
100 Essential Tracks: Disco Hits
Various Artists
Sony Music
100 Hits: 60s [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
100 Hits: Soul [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
1968: A Time To Remember The Classic Years
Various Artists
Tabak 3:01
70s U.S. Playlist
Various Artists
Crimson
Dynamite! The Collection Camden / Sony Music
Music 68
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:00
No Image
Various Artists
Now!
On Your 60's Radio
Various Artists
Columbia 2:58
S.O.U.L. BMG / BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Semi-Pro: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Original Soundtrack
Watertower Music 3:01
No Image
Various Artists
Legacy
Ultimate... 60s
Various Artists
Legacy
No Image
Various Artists
Legacy
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:02
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:02
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