Dancing Machine

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"Dancing Machine"
Single by the Jackson 5
from the album Get It Together and Dancing Machine
B-side"It's Too Late to Change the Time"
ReleasedFebruary 19, 1974[1]
RecordedApril - May 1973
Hitsville West, Los Angeles
Length3:30 (album version)
2:43 (single version)
4:25 (alternate version)
M 1286
Producer(s)Hal Davis
The Jackson 5 singles chronology
"Get It Together"
"Dancing Machine"
"Whatever You Got I Want"

"Dancing Machine" is a song recorded by American R&B outfit the Jackson 5, and was the title track of their ninth studio album. The song was originally recorded for the group's 1973 album G.I.T.: Get It Together and was released as a remix for a response to the success of the single.


The song, which reportedly sold over three million copies,[3] popularized the physically complicated robot dance technique, devised by Charles Washington in the late 1960s. Michael Jackson first performed the dance on television while singing "Dancing Machine" with the Jackson 5 on an episode of Soul Train in October 1973. It was the group's first US top ten hit since 1971's "Sugar Daddy". "Dancing Machine" brought the Jackson 5 their second Grammy Award nomination in 1975 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, losing to Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good".



In Canada, "Dancing Machine" went to No. 2 on the RPM 100. In the United States, it hit No. 1 on Cash Box and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, behind "The Streak" by Ray Stevens.[5] In addition, it hit No. 1 on the R&B charts.[6] Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1974.[7]

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Hitsville USA, The Motown Singles Collection, Vol. 2: 1972-1992 (1993), liner notes
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/song/dancing-machine-mt0005559199
  3. ^ Sales statistics for Jackson 5 singles. Retrieved March 17, 2008
  4. ^ Lecocq, Richard; Allard, Francois (2018). Michael Jackson All The Songs. London: Cassell. ISBN 9781788400572.
  5. ^ "The Hot 100 Chart".
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 287.
  7. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1974
  8. ^ "RPM 100 May 25, 1974" (PDF). RPM. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  9. ^ "The Jacksons 5 Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  10. ^ "The Jackson 5 Chart History: Dance Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  11. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.