Dirty Dancing (song)
|Single by New Kids on the Block|
|from the album The Block|
|Released||December 19, 2008 (Germany)|
|Format||CD single, digital download, airplay|
|Genre||Pop, urban pop, rocksteady|
|Writer(s)||Donnie Wahlberg, RedOne, Joaquin Bynum|
|New Kids on the Block singles chronology|
"Dirty Dancing" was only released in Germany on December 19, 2008, as the second single from the album in that market. However, the song has charted in Canada, Austria and on the European Hot 100. It became The Block's most successful single in Europe.
British tabloid The News Letter described the song as "more sophisticated than the blaring, synth-heavy pop of their classic years". In its review of The Block, Sputnik Music said: "to the wafer-thin sexual metaphors of ‘Dirty Dancing’". Slant Magazine said: "they show their age by pretending it's still 1987 on "Dirty Dancing" ("Ooh, it's so crazy/She's like Baby/I'm like Swayze")". In its review of The Block, The A.V. Club stated that "in songs like "Dirty Dancing" they… well, they merely sound like a boy band, and pay for the simple incongruity of it all"  Now Magazine comments on the song: "Throwback references date their fan base, though, with songs like Dirty Dancing (“She’s like Baby, I’m like Swayze”)". British newspaper Lisburn Today described it as "sexy". In its review of The Block, Billboard declared: "They also turn an homage to "Dirty Dancing" into a bump and grind that is far, far from the innocence of the Patrick Swayze original, or the New Kids music, for that matter".
Shot in the middle ages background, the video shows a capture of the band performing the song with mostly all-female audience. The music video is intercut with scenes from the German film "The 1½ Knights - In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde" (German title: "1½ Ritter - Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde"). The music video is directed by Til Schweiger, who is part of the film.
- Dirty Dancing [RedOne mix]
- Dirty Dancing [Video]
- Dirty Dancing [RedOne mix]
- Looking Like Danger
- Dirty Dancing [Music video]
The song debuted at #92 on the German Singles Chart and peaked at #23. On the Canadian Hot 100 it also debuted at #92 and is now at #31 and on the Hot Canadian Digital Singles Chart debuted at #72 and then rose to #59. It debuted at #100 on the Canadian Airplay Chart and it peaked at #72. The single debuted at #82 on the European Hot 100. In its second week, it rose to #76. The song remained on chart for four weeks. In Austria, the song debuted at #65 and after having fallen a week later, rose to #71 in its third week on the chart.
|Austrian Singles Chart||65|
|Canadian Hot 100||31|
|European Hot 100||76|
|German Singles Chart||23|
- News Letter
- Sputnik Music
- Slant Magazine
- A.V. Club
- Now Magazine
- Lisburn Today
- Shouted FM
- German Singles Chart
- CANOE -- JAM Archived March 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- Chum Chart