Countdown

Dance Party

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The Countdown Singers strike again! After releasing albums that found the mysterious clan covering everything from classic late-'70s disco tunes to the best of the best in contemporary country, they've returned with this: a collection of 2000's undeniably most popular dance tunes. Yes, it's true! But before blindly racing to your local store to grab one, if not two, or maybe even four copies (if it's not sold out, that is), it's best to know exactly what they consider to be the best dance tunes of 2000. On the one hand, you get dance-pop like Destiny's Child's "Independent Woman, Pt. 1," Madonna's "Music," and, thankfully, the sex god himself, Ricky Martin, and his sexiest I-am-every-frustrated-housewife's-fantasy anthem to date, "She Bangs" (and he's not talking about the hair drooping over your forehead). On the other hand, you get a handful of 2000's sweatiest club anthems: the girls-night-out call to arms "Don't Call Me Baby," the if-only-I-had-one-more-pill-inspiring "Sandstorm," and the down and dirty, that's-what-knees-were-made-for anthem of anthems (and Grammy-winning) "Who Let the Dogs Out." In sum, they're all here. Every single one of them. The year's biggest and best dance tunes from 2000, arguably one of the best years since 1978 for popular dance music. Some may bicker over exclusions, but that's fairly trivial since everything here is downright topnotch. Unfortunately, these aren't the original songs, but rather covers performed by the Countdown Singers, who admittedly have their critics and aren't always convincing whether you want to admit that or not.

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