Three in five Americans are boosting their moods after so much time at home with indoor dance parties and karaoke sessions, according to a new poll.
The study of 2,000 Americans examined the important role music has played in light of current events, and found that 38% have thrown a dance party with friends via video chat.
When asked what songs respondents have put on their social-distancing dance playlist, current hits fared well, but were often mixed in with classics like “September” from Earth Wind and Fire and “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars.
And when asked to name the best dance songs of all time, Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” came out on top.
“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson and “Stayin’ Alive” from The Bee Gees also made it into the top three.
Four in five (79%) cited music as a way to help them stay connected with others while social distancing.
The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Ultimate Ears found that when it comes to their taste in music, many think of themselves as tastemakers.
Three in five Americans think “good taste” in music is a talent they’re born with. Music preferences can even have an impact on the dating game with two-thirds saying bad taste in music is a romantic buzzkill.
One in two have even been embarrassed by their own music taste. With some respondents even hiding their guilty pleasure preferences from a date: Three in ten confessed to lying to a partner about their love for a song or artist.
Half of the respondents like “everything” when it comes to music while 15% classify their tastes as “eclectic.”
Of those who create their own playlists, seven in ten have separate playlists for private listening versus parties, with 50% overall admitting they would feel embarrassed if a song from their personal collection found its way onto a party mix by mistake.
A third of respondents have had that exact cringe-worthy scenario happen to them. One hilariously recalled a time in which the “Batman” theme song, leftover from a child’s party, played during a get-together of adults.
Music definitely plays a vital role in the success of a party since four in five think it can “make or break” the event. Music came only second to drinks on a list of elements for a successful event, with food rounding out the top three.
78% of respondents said there are certain songs guaranteed to make people move and groove during a party—and here are their top 40 favorites:
- I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
- Bille Jean – Michael Jackson
- Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees
- Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
- Dancing Queen – ABBA
- Just Dance – Lady Gaga
- Hey Ya! – Outkast
- Get Lucky – Daft Punk
- Work – Rihanna ft. Drake
- Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
- Yeah! – Usher
- Crazy in Love – Beyonce
- I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
- SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
- One Dance – Drake
- Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
- Jump Around – House of Pain
- Everybody – Backstreet Boys
- Old Town Road – Lil Nas ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
- Wannabe – Spice Girls
- Sorry – Justin Bieber
- TiK ToK – Ke$ha
- Bad guy – Billie Eilish
- Twist & Shout – The Beatles
- Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
- Toxic – Britney Spears
- Get Busy – Sean Paul
- Pump up the Jam – Technotronic
- Thank you, next – Ariana Grande
- I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
- September – Earth, Wind, & Fire
- Senorita – Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello
- Footloose – Kenny Loggins
- Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
- I Love It – Icona Pop ft. Charlie XCX
- Dance Monkey – Tones and I
- Truth Hurts – Lizzo
- The Twist – Chubby Checker
- Vogue – Madonna
- Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa