Sly & the Family Stone

Dance To The Music

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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 Legacy 3:00
Ten Years Too Soon 1979 Epic 6:47
Anthology 1981 Epic 2:57
Rockin' Down the Block, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
Special Marker 3:00
Classic Rock: 1968 - The Beat Goes On 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:00
Rockin' 60's [Sony Special Products] 1989
Various Artists
Columbia 2:58
Frat Rock! 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:57
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Rhino
Toga Rock, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 2:57
Tribute to Black Entertainers 1993
Various Artists
Columbia 3:00
Midnight Soul [MCI] 1994
Various Artists
MCI 2:57
Jock Rock, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:55
Greatest Hits 1995 Epic 2:59
No Image 1996
Various Artists
SCREAM 2:58
Frat Rock! 3 Pac 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:57
Chicago Bulls Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Alphabet City 2:48
Green Bay Packers Greatest Hits 1992-1996 1998
Various Artists
Alphabet City 2:45
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
Legacy Rock Artifacts Series / Sony Music Distribution 2:56
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:00
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
Atlanta Hawks: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:53
Buffalo Bills: The Ultimate Tailgate CD 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:54
Chicago Cubs: Greatest Hits 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:43
Cleveland Browns: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:52
Dallas Mavericks: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:55
Golden State Warriors: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:53
Green Bay Packers: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:45
Minnesota Twins: Greatest Hits 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:50
Phoenix Suns: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:54
Toronto Raptors: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:51
The Essential Sly & the Family Stone [Epic/Legacy] 2002 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:00
The Rockin' 60's [Platinum Disc] 2002
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:01
Edits by Mr. K 2003 Strut 9:23
Kitsch Lounge Riot 2003
Various Artists
BMG UK & Ireland 2:49
On Your Radio [Box] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:58
Woodstock Generation [Sony Box] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia 2:57
Culture Club, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
541 0:59
Higher! [Hear Music] 2005 Hear Music 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
Peace And Love [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 3:01
Fresh/Dance to the Music 2010 Epic / Legacy 3:00
Lo Esencial de Jugo de Hits 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:02
70s U.S. Playlist
Various Artists
Crimson 3:00
On Your 60's Radio
Various Artists
Columbia 2:58
Party Rock: Dance To The Music
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:00