Calling out around the world,

Are you ready for a brand new beat?

Summer’s here and the time is right

For dancing in the street.

They’re dancing in Chicago,

Down in New Orleans,

In New York City.

 

All we need is music, sweet music.

There’ll be music everywhere.

There’ll be swinging and swaying and records playing,

Dancing in the street.

Oh, it doesn’t matter what you wear,

Just as long as you are there.

So come on, every guy, grab a girl.

Everywhere around the world

They’ll be dancing.

They’re dancing in the street.

 

It’s an invitation across the nation,

A chance for folks to meet.

There’ll be laughing, singing, and music swinging,

Dancing in the street.

Philadelphia, P.A.

Baltimore and D.C. now.

Can’t forget the Motor City.

 

All we need is music, sweet music.

There’ll be music everywhere.

There’ll be swinging and swaying and records playing,

Dancing in the street.

Oh, it doesn’t matter what you wear,

Just as long as you are there.

So come on, every guy, grab a girl.

Everywhere around the world

They’re dancing.

They’re dancing in the street.

 

Way down in L.A. ev’ry day,

They’re dancing in the street.

(Dancing in the street.)

Let’s form a big, strong line, get in time,

We’re dancing in the street.

(Dancing in the street.)

Across the ocean blue, me and you,

We’re dancing in the street.

 

Songwriters: Marvin Gaye / William Stevenson / Ivy Hunter

Dancing in the Street lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Why this song?

Exuberance, community, irrepressibility, and the importance of music to bring us together and celebrate what we love about being human.

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