"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" is a hit song by American dance group C+C Music Factory. It was released in late 1990 as the lead single from the album, Gonna Make You Sweat. The song charted internationally and achieved great success in U.S., Austria, Germany and Switzerland where it reached number one on the charts.
The official music video features Zelma Davis lip-synching to the actual Martha Wash vocal parts.
Wash, perturbed by the fact that her image had been labeled "unmarketable" due to her weight, successfully sued to receive proper credit (and royalties). Wash's courtroom efforts spurred legislation making vocal credits mandatory on CDs and music videos.
When it was first released, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" was met by widespread commercial recognition, initiating the house movement of the early '90s. Topping charts in several countries, the song dominated the airwaves while its accompanying music video received constant rotation on MTV. Music critics praised "Gonna Make You Sweat" for Freedom Williams' Ice-T-like rap delivery in conjunction with Martha Wash's powerful, exuberant, post-disco vocals and deemed the song as a bona fide classic. However, over the years, the song came to be used and/or referenced an innumerable amount of times by entertainment industry, to the point where it became something of a musical, pop culture cliché. By 2007, the song was criticized by Allmusic as "the lazy Hollywood 'go-to' song for supposed laugh-filled, irony-fueled dance numbers."
The song held the top spot in the Billboard Magazine list of popular dance club tunes for five weeks in December 1990, and topped Billboard Hot 100 Singles list for two weeks in 1991 (February 9 and February 16.) It reached #3 in the UK in January, a full month before its American pop success. It even found success in the urban contemporary music world as it crossed over to the R&B charts where it reached number-one for a week.
The song and video has been parodied in the 1994 hip-hop mockumentaryfilm and on its soundtrack album, Fear of a Black Hat as a solo single for rapper Ice Cold (Rusty Cundieff) as "Come and Pet the P.U.S.S.Y.", including his C+C Music Factory-like group formation as The Ice Plant and its controversy surrounding the lip-synched vocal credit regarding Martha Wash over band member Zelda Davis.
^Vladimir Bogdanov (2003). Backbeat Books, ed. All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-Hop. ISBN978-0879307592. "hip-house tunes like Technotronic's "Pump Up the Jam," Snapfs "The Power," C + C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," and AB Logic's "The Hitman" were finding their way to pop stations."