All She Wants to Do Is Dance

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"All She Wants to Do Is Dance"
Single by Don Henley
from the album Building the Perfect Beast
B-side "Building the Perfect Beast"
Released February 1985
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1984
Genre Hard rock, pop rock, dance-rock
Length 4:23
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Danny Kortchmar
Producer(s) Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Greg Ladanyi
Don Henley singles chronology
"The Boys of Summer"
"All She Wants to Do Is Dance"
"Not Enough Love in the World"
Music sample

"All She Wants to Do Is Dance" is a 1984 song recorded by Don Henley and became a Billboard Top 10 hit in March 1985, peaking at number 9, and also became his second song to top the Top Rock Tracks chart.[1] The song was originally released from Henley's Building the Perfect Beast album.

The lyrics are a personal commentary, critical of then-modern American culture for being more concerned with self-gratification and hedonistic behaviors (e.g., dancing, partying, promiscuity, recreational drug use, etc.) than with serious issues such as domestic and foreign policies of their government.[citation needed] Ironically, it became a popular dance song, reaching #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.

The commercial U.S. 7" vinyl version has a slightly different intro than the LP version from Building The Perfect Beast.

John Leland from Spin magazine wrote about the 12-inch single version of the song saying "...this mother whomps from the git with punchy electronic drums and a mix that keeps one foot off the ground for a full seven-and-a-half minutes. Henley's post-hedonist vision of apocalypse is twisted".[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 13[citation needed]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9[citation needed]
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 10[citation needed]
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1[citation needed]
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 34[citation needed]

Other versions[edit]

The single All She Wanna Do is Dance by David Guetta and Niles Mason use samplings of this song.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 282.
  2. ^ John Leland (July 1985). Don Henley "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" (Geffen). Spin. p. 34. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 

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