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"
(1984)
"All She Wants to Do Is Dance"
(1985)
"Not Enough Love in the World"
(1985)
Music sample

"All She Wants to Do Is Dance" is a song written by Danny Kortchmar and performed by Don Henley, co-lead vocalist and drummer for Eagles. It was released as the second single from Henley's second studio solo album, Building the Perfect Beast, being Henley's sixth single. It was one of Henley's most commercially successful singles.

Background[edit]

The single 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]

Meaning[edit]

The songs 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 very popular dance song, peaking at #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.

Composition[edit]

When Kortchmar was asked about the song he said "I had the groove and the music going. That record was made back when the technology had just started to really take over in music. I had one of the first Yamaha DX 7s, which was a keyboard that was used a ton in the '80s, but we ended up luckily getting one of the first ones in the United States. It's a synthesizer keyboard, and I used it to get that sound that you hear the record starting with."[2]

Release[edit]

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

Critical reception[edit]

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".[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles 13[4]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9[5]
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 10[6]
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1[7]
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 34[8]

Other versions[edit]

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

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