Alternative Songs for the Electric Slide Line Dance

From the Author: I live in Southern California and have been country dancing for over 6 years. I have spent many nights out both line dancing and partner dancing and like to travel to find all the good places to dance. I still really enjoy dancing the Electric Slide! Author bio here. If you have any questions I respond quickly to comments!

As a country line dancer, I am very fond of the Electric Slide! This post is for fellow dancers also crazy about the Electric Slide! Besides your local saloon, it is enjoyed constantly at weddings and parties. Yay! More chances to do it! If you’re hiring a DJ, this post will equip you to mix things up and get away from just the expected songs.

There are hundreds of songs besides the original “Electric Boogie” that you can dance the Electric Slide to. This list is from an alphabetical post I found that you can see here. (Thank you Country DJ Staci!) I wanted to take it a little further and break this list down a bit. I’ve broken it down by years and added the song BPM (Beats Per Minute). But I’ve also broken out the good country dance songs.

The country songs are my favorites and I have danced the Electric Slide to most of those. Enjoy these two tabled lists, I hope they give you some options for your DJ, and read on for more Electric Slide fan “need-to-knows.” and videos. Or, if you just want to start learning it or download a step sheet click on this post: 20 Beginner Line Dances You Need to Know! (The Electric Slide is #3).

What other songs can you do the Electric Slide to?

Country songs first! Here’s a list of 31 common and not-so-common country songs that might get played when the Electric Slide is called out. Some of my favorites here are the two Dwight Yoakum songs: Fast as You, and Little Sister and also I Feel Lucky by Mary-Chapin Carpenter. Songs spanning 39 years!

It can be fun to try out songs on the two ends of the BPM numbers. Try playing Alan Jackson’s Don’t Rock the Jukebox. At 148 BPM it is a pretty fast Electric Slide to keep up with. And, the most common song here to get called will probably always be Achy Breaky Heart, which at 124 BPM is perfect.

Country Songs to do the Electric Slide to:

1974 Jolene Dolly Parton 111
1985 Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On Mel McDaniel 107
1987 Little Sister Dwight Yoakum (Elvis Presley) 139
1990 Put Some Drive in Your Country Travis Tritt 108
Two of a Kind Workin’ on a Full House Garth Brooks 126
1991 Don’t Rock the Jukebox Alan Jackson 148
1992 Cleopatra Queen of Denial Pam Tillis 123
I Feel Lucky Mary-Chapin Carpenter 120
1993 A Little Less Talk & A Lot More Action Toby Keith 125
Fast as You Dwight Yoakum 126
Rock My World Little Country Girl Brooks & Dunn 120
1994 Down on the Farm Tim McGraw 128
Indian Outlaw Tim McGraw 110
My Kind of Girl Collin Raye 116
1995 I Like It, I Love It Tim McGraw 124
Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under Shania Twain 132
1997 Man! I Feel Like a Woman Shania Twain 125
2001 Drinkin’ Bone Tracy Byrd 110
2001 Only in America Brooks & Dunn 138
2002 Beer for my Horses Toby Keith 119
I’m Gonna Getcha Good Shania Twain 124
2004 Here for the Party Gretchen Wilson 124
2005 Play Something Country Brooks & Dunn 115
2006 Ladies Love Country Boys Trace Adkins 116
2007 Hick Chicks Cowboy Troy
2008 One in Every Crowd Montgomery Gentry 111
2009 Sideways Dierks Bentley 108
2010 Why Wait Rascal Flatts 122
2011 Outta My Head Craig Campbell 107
2013 Aw Naw Chris Young country 110

Now here is a long list of 100+ non-country genre songs! These songs span 55 years and fall into nearly any genre of music you can think of. Many well-known & some rather obscure…

Additional Songs to do the Electric Slide to:

YEAR Song Artist Genre BPM
1960 Breaking Up is Hard to Do Neil Sedaka Pop 117
1965 California Dreamin’ Mamas & the Papas Sunshine Pop/Folk rock 112
1966 Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett Classic Soul 110
Summer in the City Lovin’ Spoonful Folk-Rock 110
1967 Bernadette The Four Tops Soul, Pop 111
1968 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Beatles Rock, Folk, Pop 113
Think Aretha Franklin Classic Soul 110
1969 Down on the Corner Credence Clearwater Revival Rock 108
Na Na Hey Hey–Kiss Him Goodbye Paul Leka Rock, Pop 117
1970 Get Up James Brown R&B/Soul 118
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Your’s Stevie Wonder Classic Soul 109
1974 Lady Marmalade Patty Labelle Soul/Disco 117
1975 December 1963 (Oh What a Night) The Four Seasons Pop 104
Get Down Tonight KC & the Sunshine Band Dance/Electronic 113
That’s the Way I Like It KC & the Sunshine Band Dance/Electronic 109
Walk This Way Aerosmith Hark Rock, Funk Rock 109
1976 Life in the Fast Lane The Eagles Classic Rock 110
Play that Funky Music White Cherry Funk Rock 109
Shake Your Booty KC & the Sunshine Band Disco 112
1977 Brick House The Commodores R&B, Soul 108
Feels Like the First Time Foreigner Rock, Hard rock 108
Heart of Glass Blondie Alternative/Indie 114
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor Pop 117
1978 A Night to Remember Shalamar Funk, R&B/Soul 109
Do Ya Think I’m Sexy Rod Stewart Disco 112
Got to Be Real Cheryl Lynn Disco 115
Old Time Rock & Roll Bob Segar Rock, Blues 120
Renegade Styxx Classic Rock 106
1979 And the Beat Goes On The Whispers Post-Disco 115
Ladies Night Kool & the Gang R&B/Soul 112
1980 Another One Bites the Dust Queen Funk rock, Classic rock 110
Enjoy the Silence Depeche Mode Dance/Electronic 113
Hungry Heart Bruce Springsteen Heartland Rock 110
Upside Down Diana Ross Disco 108
1981 Get Down on It Kool & the Gang R&B/Soul 111
1982 Atomic Dog George Clinton R&B/Soul 108
Billie Jean Michael Jackson Pop 117
Come On Eileen Dexy’s Midnight Runners Pop 107
Forget Me Nots Patrice Rushen Funk 115
I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow Dance/Electronic 110
1983 All Night Long Lionel Ritchie Pop 109
Break My Stride Matthew Wilder Electropop 110
Cruel Summer Bananarama Pop 108
Legs ZZ Top Blues Rock, Synth-Pop 125
Sharp-Dressed Man ZZ Top Classic Rock 125
1984 All She Wants to Do Is Dance Don Henley Adult contemporary 115
Caribbean Queen Billy Ocean Pop 114
Obsession Animotion Pop 115
Somebody’s Watching Me Rockwell Pop 124
1985 Addicted to Love Robert Palmer R&B/Soul 112
Anything, Anything Dramarama Rock 122
1986 Keep Your Hands to Yourself Georgia Satellites Rock 115
Kiss Prince R&B/Soul 111
Tuff Enuff The Fabulous Thunderbirds Electric Blues 116
1987 Bad Michael Jackson R&B, Dance-Pop 114
Looking for a New Love Jody Watley Pop, Freestyle 109
My Eyes Don’t Cry Stevie Wonder R&B/Soul 115
1988 It Takes Two Rob Base Hip-Hop/Rap 112
My Prerogative Bobby Brown Contemporary R&B 110
She Drives Me Crazy Fine Young Cannibals Pop Rock 109
The Wanderer Dion Easy Listening 116
1989 Bust a Move Young MC Hip-Hop/Rap 117
Funky Cold Medina Tone Loc Funk 117
Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice Hip-Hop/Rap 116
Like a Prayer Madonna Pop Rock 111
Rhythm Nation Janet Jackson Pop 109
1990 A Mover La Colita Sonora Dinamita 110
Feels Good Tony Toni Tone Contemporary R&B 117
Poison Bel Biv Devoe Contemporary R&B, Hip-Hop/Rap 112
The Power Snap! Eurodance, Hip House 109
1991 Emotions Mariah Carey Contemporary R&B 115
Even Flow Pearl Jam Grunge, Rock 105
1992 Humpin’ Around Bobby Brown R&B/Soul 110
1995 Just a Girl No Doubt Alternative/Indie, Pop 108
1996 Disco Inferno Bee Gees Disco/Funk 130
Escandalo Sonora Dinamita Latin American 103
Shake a Pudding Dub Narcotic Sound System Dub
Wannabe Spice Girls Dance-Pop 110
1997 Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) Backstreet Boys Pop 108
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It Will Smith Hip-Hop/Rap 108
Miami Will Smith Hip-Hop/Rap 108
1999 Larger Than Life Backstreet Boys Rock 108
2001 Island in the Sun Weezer Alternative/Indie 105
She Hates Me Puddle of Mud Hard Rock, Rock 110
2002 Arrepegaito Raza Obrera 109
Hot in Herre Nelly Dirty Rap/R&B 107
Turn Me On Kevin Lyttle Reggae, R&B/Soul 106
Without Me Eminem Hip-Hop/Rap 112
2004 Fuego Kumbia Kings Cumbia 114
Hollaback Girl Gwen Stefani Pop 110
Milkshake Kelis R&B/Soul 113
Sabes a Chocolate Kumbia Kings Cubia, Latin Pop, Hip-Hop 110
2006 Crazy Gnarles Barkley R&B/Soul, Pop 115
Dime Quien Es Los Rieleros del Norte Regional Mexican 107
2007 Lean Like a Cholo Down AKA Kilo Hip-Hop/Rap 120
Midnight Pitbull Hip-Hop/Rap 99
2010 Everyday People Sly & the Family Stone Funk 115
Rollin’ in the Deep Adele Pop 106
2013 Get Lucky Daft Punk Dance/Electronic 116
Habits (Stay High) Tove Lo Alternative/Inde, Pop 110
2015 Can’t Feel my Face The Weeknd Pop/Disco-funk 108

Electric Slide Original Song – The Electric Boogie

I’ve never actually danced the Electric Slide to the original song “The Electric Boogie.” But, originally this is where it all started! Created originally in 1976 by the choreographer, pianist, and Broadway performer Richard L. “Ric” Silver to the song by Marcia Griffiths & Bunny Wailer. See a popular YouTube video below with Marcia Griffiths singing…
Marcia Griffiths ‎– Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide).
A Great Demo & Teach video for the Electric Slide.

One great thing about the Electric Slide is that it is a line dance that gives you the opportunity to add some of your own stylings. The above Tutorial shows some variations that you can add to it. The most common is to make your grapevines, rolling grapevines. I’ve even seen people facing the wrong way, but still keeping time and stepping in line.

Have fun with this list of Electric Slide song options and… Slide on!

Brian Sheridan

I'm the owner of CDT. I live in Fullerton, California, and enjoy country dancing with my friends at least once a week.

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