BBC Radio 2 shortlists the 20 greatest dance records

Is Billie Jean the song most likely to get you moonwalking onto the dancefloor?
Is Billie Jean the song most likely to get you moonwalking onto the dancefloor?

It might not be the go-to station for most dance music aficionados, but this isn't stopping BBC Radio 2 from celebrating the genre with a special season of programmes. To launch this, it's asking you to vote for the greatest dance music record of all time.

You can choose from a shortlist of 20 records, and it's a controversial one to say the least. Eschewing many contemporary contenders, it covers funk (James Brown's Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine), disco (Donna Summer's I Feel Love), pop (Billie Jean by Michael Jackson) house (MARRS, Pump Up The Volume) and several other genres.

The full list is as follows:

1. The Charades - Key To My Happiness
2. James Brown - Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine
3. The Detroit Spinners - I'll Be Around
4. Cymande - Bra
5. Maceo and The Macks - Cross The Tracks
6. Donna Summer - I Feel Love
7. Loleatta Holloway - Runaway
8. Gloria Gaynor - This Love Affair
9. Gwen McRae - All This Love That I'm Giving
10. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
11. Marshall Jefferson - Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)
12. MARRS - Pump Up the Volume
13. Steve 'Silk' Hurley - Jack Your Body
14. Rhythim is Rhythim - Strings of Life
15. S-Express -Theme from S-Express
16. Inner City - Big Fun
17. Fingers Inc. - Can You Feel It
18. Soul II Soul - Keep On Movin'
19. Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives
20. Jakatta - American Dream (Joey Negro Mix)

Voting is taking place on the Radio 2 website (where you can also listen to all the shortlisted records) and closes at 23:59 (BST) on Saturday June 14. No word yet on when the winner will be announced, but we can tell you that the Dance Season kicks off on June 21 at 7pm.

By Ben Rogerson

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.