Dance, Dance, Dance (song)

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"Dance, Dance, Dance"
Beach Boys - Dance, Dance, Dance.jpg
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album The Beach Boys Today!
B-side"The Warmth of the Sun"
ReleasedOctober 26, 1964
Format7" vinyl
RecordedOctober 9, 1964
Songwriter(s)Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love
Producer(s)Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)"
"Dance, Dance, Dance"
"The Man with All the Toys"
Audio sample
"Dance, Dance, Dance"

"Dance, Dance, Dance" is a song composed by Brian and Carl Wilson with lyrics by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the American rock band the Beach Boys.[1] It was first released as a single in 1964 backed with "The Warmth of the Sun" and was released the following year as the sixth track on the Beach Boys' eighth studio album, The Beach Boys Today! "Dance, Dance, Dance" marks Carl Wilson's first recognised writing contribution to a Beach Boys single, his contribution being the song's primary guitar riff and solo.

Commercial performance[edit]

The single peaked at number eight in the US and number 24 in the UK It was also number seven on Canada's national RPM chart, number six in Sweden, and in France was their fourth song to place on the Jukebox chart.

Across the States, the single tended to be held out of the top five of regional playlists by a log-jam of British Invasion acts, and burst through to number one only in Washington DC (WKMC), San Jose and Providence. It was number three in San Diego, and number four in San Francisco, Dallas, Hartford, the Albany Tri-Cities and Newark.

Release history[edit]

The song was originally released in mono, while a remixed stereo version was released on the compilation Hawthorne, CA. An early version of the song, with different lyrics and arrangement, appears as a bonus track on The Beach Boys Today!/Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) two-fer CD.


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Additional musicians


Chart (1964) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[2] 7
UK Singles Chart[3] 24
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 8

Live versions[edit]

The song has been played many times over the years, sometimes in a medley format with "Do You Wanna Dance?", another song from The Beach Boys Today! album. Despite being a live staple in Beach Boys setlists throughout the 2000s during the 50th Anniversary Tour the song was played only 11 times and in its original structure.[5]

Later versions[edit]


  1. ^ Craig Slowinski (2007). "The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys Today!" (PDF). Retrieved October 27, 2012.
  2. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  3. ^ "Beach Boys". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  4. ^ "The Beach Boys awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  5. ^ "The Beach Boys Tour Statistics: 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour". Retrieved 2016-09-27.

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