Unfortunately for the Bangles, one of their least favorite of their recordings is likely to be one of their most memorable. The ultra-catchy novelty of "Walk Like An Egyptian" landed at #1 on the pop singles chart for four weeks. It has just enough novelty and a call for physical involvement that it makes a great enduring party song.
Originally recorded as "Sexy B**ch," this song became an instant party classic. Toss together admiration of the female anatomy with a driving, club ready beat, and you have instant party fun. In one of the two versions the song went to #1 in at least 10 countries around the world.
The sound may be steeped in retro disco, but Rihanna created a stomping party jam with this hit. Vocal patterns lifted from Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" are swirled in to further heat up the mix. This instant classic is sure to generate a peak dance moment at any party.
In case you ever wondered about the source of that squeal that so effectively ups the intensity of "Jump Around," it is a saxophone sample from "Shoot Your Shot" by Jr. Walker and the All Stars. House Of Pain's hip hop classic is a favorite for generating energy and encouraging everyone to, well, "jump around."
The song may not be socially acceptable in some quarters due to its support of drinking one's troubles away, but it is very difficult to avoid singing along and having visions of joyful camaraderie. This was Garth Brooks' third #1 country hit and the first from his 17 times platinum album No Fences. It also went to the pop top 40 in the UK.
This bit of island style electro-pop inspired the popular "electric slide" line dance. You can still see it being enjoyed at wedding receptions everywhere. The dance isntructions themselves have been subject to copyright conflict, but that doesn't stop fans from enjoying the electric slide.