Dance Monkey

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"Dance Monkey"
Dance Monkey by Tones and I.jpg
Single by Tones and I
from the EP The Kids Are Coming
Released10 May 2019 (2019-05-10)
Format
Length3:29
Label
Songwriter(s)Toni Watson
Producer(s)Konstantin Kersting
Tones and I singles chronology
"Johnny Run Away"
(2019)
"Dance Monkey"
(2019)
"Never Seen the Rain"
(2019)
Music video
"Dance Monkey" on YouTube

"Dance Monkey" is a song by Australian singer Tones and I, released on 10 May 2019 as the second single from Tones and I's debut EP The Kids Are Coming. The song was produced and mixed by Konstantin Kersting. Upon release, Tones and I said the song is about the expectations that are placed on musical performers.[1] It reached number one in Australia. Outside Australia, "Dance Monkey" has also topped the charts in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and peaked within the top ten in France, Iceland and Italy.

Upon reaching its tenth week at the top of the Australian Singles Chart, "Dance Monkey" broke the record for the most weeks at number one on the chart by an Australian act, previously held by Justice Crew's 2014 song "Que Sera".[2]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2019, the single was nominated for seven awards.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was produced by Visible Studios, directed by Liam Kelly and Nick Kozakis and released on 24 June 2019.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Al Newstead from ABC called the song "another powerhouse melody" adding it will "instantly lodge itself in your brain".[1]

Mike Kaplan, senior VP/Programming for Entercom Alternative WNYL New York City (the first station in the United States to play the song), notes "Sonically, it's catchy and extremely memorable," adding "Its international success certainly helped convince us to share it with our listeners."[5]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 15
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[12] 33
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[13] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[14] 1
Estonia (IFPI)[15] 1
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)[16] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 1
France (SNEP)[18] 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[19] 1
Greece (IFPI)[20] 6
Hungary (Single Top 40)[21] 1
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[22] 1
Iceland (Tonlist)[23] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[24] 1
Italy (FIMI)[25] 2
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard)[26] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[27] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[28] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[29] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[30] 1
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[31] 7
Portugal (AFP)[32] 24
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[33] 1
Singapore (RIAS)[34] 14
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[35] 15
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[36] 1
Slovenia (SloTop50)[37] 10
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[38] 19
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[39] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[40] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[41] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[42] 96
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[43] 23

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[44] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[45] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[46] Gold 20,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[47] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[48] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[49] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[50] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[51] Platinum 30,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[52] Platinum 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
Australia[54] 10 May 2019 Bad Batch

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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