D.A.N.C.E.

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"D.A.N.C.E."
Justice - D.A.N.C.E. single cover.png
Single by Justice
from the album
B-side
  • "B.E.A.T." (7", 12")
  • Extended mix (12")
  • "Phantom" (12")
  • Remixes
Released April 23 2007
Format
Recorded 2005–06 in Paris, France
Genre
Length 4:02
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Gaspard Augé
  • Jessie Chaton[1]
  • Xavier de Rosnay
Producer(s) Justice
Justice singles chronology
"We Are Your Friends"
(2006)
"D.A.N.C.E."
(2007)
"DVNO"
(2007)

"We Are Your Friends"
(2006)
"D.A.N.C.E."
(2007)
"DVNO"
(2007)
Audio sample
Justice - "D.A.N.C.E."

"D.A.N.C.E."[note 1] is the second single by Justice and the first from their album . It includes an edit and extended versions of "D.A.N.C.E", a rougher mix in the style of their earlier releases, "B.E.A.T", and the track "Phantom" which was previously issued in limited quantities twice on 12" vinyl preceding the release of "D.A.N.C.E.".

The song was covered along with Junior Senior's "Move Your Feet" and The Brady Bunch's "It's a Sunshine Day" in the 2016 animated film Trolls.

Music and lyrics[edit]

According to the duo, they were huge Michael Jackson fans and therefore decided to dedicate this song to him. The song recites numerous Michael Jackson songs including "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)", "Black or White", "Workin' Day and Night" and "Whatever Happens" along with the Jackson 5 song "ABC" and Michael Jackson's album Music and Me. The intro of the song contains a sample of the outro of Britney Spears's "Me Against the Music". Vocals are provided by the London-based Foundation for Young Musicians choir.[2] Swizz Beatz sampled the song for "On to the Next One", from Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 album.

The radio tuning sound near the beginning of the song is from Simon Harris's album Fx & Scratches (Vol. 1). Justice also use a GarageBand sample, "Radio Tuning 01".

The song was #4 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "D.A.N.C.E." was shot by French directorial duo Jonas & François, with animation by French animator So Me. The video was nominated for the 2007 MTV Video Music Award "Video of the Year", while winning the award at the MTV Europe Music Awards. The music video is shot in the style of pop art. In the video, Augé and de Rosnay walk, and the images of their t-shirts constantly change and morph (cars, mouths, thunderbolts, lollipops, numbers, letters and the lyrics). It includes a reference to the song "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles when the word "Radio" was replaced with "Internet" in one part of the video.

Unofficial remixes[edit]

There was much hype prior to the single's release, and in the weeks leading up to its official release, many unofficial remixes of the song began to appear on the Internet. Canadian electronic duo MSTRKRFT released an official version (which was in the film Meet the Spartans), being the only group to receive instrumentals and vocals separately.[4] One remix was made by Washington, D.C. rapper Wale entitled "W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E."; the Chicago Reader picked it as a staff favourite from 2007 and called the remix "positively epic".[5] Wale and Ronson performed the song at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards,[6] and Wale later appeared on the cover of URB magazine with Justice.[7] The song was also covered by British musician Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and British band Trash Fashion. A remix with American rappers Mos Def and Spank Rock was recorded and put to download as "Promo Only". There was also a white-label remix that combined "D.A.N.C.E." with Jennifer Lopez's single "Do It Well" named "Do It W.E.L.L.". Logic sampled this song for his single, "The Spotlight". [8][self-published source]

Format and track listing[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007–08) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 3
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 20
France (SNEP)[12] 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 48
UK Dance (Official Chart Company) 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[15] 3

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The track listing and liner notes for the single lists the song as "D.A.N.C.E" with the last full stop omitted. However, the liner notes and track listing for the album, , lists the song as "D.A.N.C.E." with the last full stop added.

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