Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Top 5: Sneaker Songs To Step To

Just a few days ago, I was listening to Matt and Kim’s new album, Grand. The Brooklyn duo’s tunes have the ability to make you feel like you’ve ingested too much fun dip and it’s inevitable that you will tap your feet in time to the music. As soon as “Daylight,” began to play, I turned to Allie and said, “This song really makes me wanna dance… but with sneakers on." Allie promptly agreed with me on this notion. Certain bands just call for a dance party in sneakers. And don’t try to wear some other kind of footwear because it simply won’t do.

Matt and Kim, Daylight mp3

Another song that this applies to is MGMT’s “Kids”. Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden formed the band previously known as The Management while they were both students at Wesleyan in a somewhat accidental manner. What started out as a joke soon became success. “Kids (Afterschool Dance Megamix)” climbed the charts at a rapid rate and music lovers everywhere grabbed their sneakers and danced to its synthy beat.

MGMT, Kids mp3

The Ting Tings are responsible for the next electro-pop goodie, “That’s Not My Name”. It doesn’t seem possible to listen to this song without moving although I’d triple dog dare you to try. Jules De Martino and Katie White of Manchester make up the group and topped the UK charts with this delightful song. You may keep the same dance moves, but in this case, substitute the word “trainers” for “sneakers”.

The Ting Tings, That's Not My Name mp3

Black Kids first single, “I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You” is another song that practically begs for sneakers. Perhaps it’s the count off (One! Two! Three! Four!), or the amusing lyrics (He's got two left feet and he bites my moves) that calls to our youth and makes it so appealing. Or maybe it’s just a catchy song…

Black Kids I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You mp3

Lastly, almost all Electronica music beckons for you to grab your sneakers and dance. Metallic Chuck Taylors are your best bet, but any color or brand will do. If you need a starting point, kick it off with some Daft Punk. Just thinking about Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter in their robot suits should be enough to get you going. Dance off!

Daft Punk, Harder, Better, Faster Stronger (in light of the Grammys) mp3

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