Top tunes for that are James Brown’s “Get Up (I feel like being a) sex machine” and Missy Elliott’s “Get UR Freak on”.
Scientists believe that they have identified just one of the components for an “optimum groove“.
Testing sparse drum sounds with varying degrees of syncopation with people aged 16 to 73 revealed that there was an optimum degree of complexity required by participants who like dancing.
The ideal dance beat is relatively predictable but complex enough to leave something to the imagination, for example leaving a gap that invites listeners to fill it with a foot tap or hip shake.
So listening to Sister Sledge will probably get you dancing whereas modern jazz is too complex.
At the other extreme nursery rhymes are too simple and there is nothing for the listener to add.
The research was carried out at Aarhus University in Denmark where the researchers said “we think it’s the balance between regularity and complexity. The tune and tempo and vocal delivery are also important”
Top tunes to dance to
- Get Lucky by Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
- Get up/sex machine by James Brown
- Don’t stop ’til you get enough by Michael Jackson
- Crazy in Love by Beyoncé ft Jay-Z
- We are family by Sister Sledge
- Get UR Freak on by Missy Elliott
- Toxic by Britney Spears
- I’ve got a woman by Ray Charles
- Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry