Your Mama Don't Dance

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"Your Mama Don't Dance"
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Single by Loggins and Messina
from the album Loggins and Messina
B-side "Golden Ribbons"
Released November 1972
Recorded 1972 at Columbia Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Rock
Length 2:48
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Kenny Loggins
Jim Messina
Producer(s) Kenny Loggins
Jim Messina
Certification Gold
Loggins and Messina singles chronology
"Nobody But You"
"Your Mama Don't Dance"
"Thinking of You"
"Your Mama Don't Dance"
Single by Poison
from the album Open Up and Say...Ahh!
B-side Tearin' Down the Walls
Released February 1, 1989
Format CD single, 7-inch vinyl
Recorded 1988
Genre Glam metal[1]
Length 2:59
Label Enigma/Capitol Records
Writer(s) Kenny Loggins
Jim Messina
Producer(s) Tom Werman
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Poison singles chronology
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
(October 12, 1988)
'Your Mama Don't Dance'
(February 1, 1989)
Unskinny Bop
(June 27, 1990)

"Your Mama Don't Dance" is a hit 1972 song by the rock duo Loggins and Messina. Released on their self-titled album Loggins and Messina, it reached #4 on the Billboard pop chart[2] and #19 on the Billboard Easy Listening Chart[3] as a single in early 1973.

This song, whose refrain and first verse is done in a blues format, deals with the 1950s and 1960s lifestyle concerning the generation gap, where the parents oppose the Rock and Roll Revolution, of the younger generation, which includes the rebelliousness against the old society that monitors curfews on dating, as well as being arrested for making love with a girl in the back seat of a car, during a drive-in movie, which happens during the bridge section of the song.

When released as a single, it was the duo's biggest hit as well as their only Gold single.

"Your Mama Don't Dance" was covered in 1973 by Australian band The Bootleg Family Band. It made the top 5 in Australia. "Your Mama Don't Dance" was covered in 1985 by the rock band Y&T, in 1988 by the rock band Poison, and it was the fourth single from their second album Open Up and Say...Ahh!. The Poison version released as a single in 1989 on Capitol Records reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #39 on the Mainstream rock charts and has since gone Gold in the US.[4] The song also charted at #21 on the Australian charts and #13 on the UK Singles chart.[5] The single's B-side is "Tearin' Down the Walls".

Elvis Presley covered it as a part of a medley on his 1974 live album Elvis: As Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis.

The song was used as the title to a dance/reality competition series of the same name on Lifetime television network in 2008.


"Your Mama Don't Dance" is on the following albums:

Kenny Loggins' 1993 Solo Album:

The Poison version is available on:

The Y&T version is available on:


Loggins & Messina version

  • Kenny Loggins - vocals, electric guitar (plus solo)
  • Jim Messina - vocals, electric guitar
  • Jon Clarke - baritone saxophone
  • Al Garth - alto saxophone
  • Larry Sims - bass, backing vocals
  • Merel Bregante - drums, backing vocals
  • Michael Omartian - piano
  • Milt Holland - congas, cowbells

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles charts[edit]

Poison version:

Chart (1989–90) Peak
Australian ARIA Charts 21
UK Singles Chart 13
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 39


  1. ^ Steve Huey. "Open Up and Say...Ahh! - Poison | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ "Allmusic (Poison charts and awards) Billboard singles". 
  5. ^ "Poison chart stats". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. 
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  7. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1973/Top 100 Songs of 1973". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 

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