Dancing In The Street chords



You can learn how to play Dancing In The Street by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas!

Not just Martha and the Vandellas signature song but also Motown’s, Dancing In The Street will always be connected with Berry Gordy’s creation.

Perhaps only songs like You Can’t Hurry Love, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, and I Heard It Through The Grapevine can be compared with the impact Motown’s songs have had on popular culture.

There’s a long list of artists that have covered it, including Mick Jagger and David Bowie, the Grateful Dead, The Kinks, Mamas and Papas, and even Van Halen. Not to mention every Soul and Motown band that go to work every Saturday!

Let’s take a look at Dancing In The Street’s chords and lyrics as this is one of those must-learn songs.


Dancing In The Street chords and lyrics


||: E7 | E7 (D/E) :||

||: E7 | E7 (D/E) :||
Callin’ 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 (dancing in the street).
Down in New Orleans (dancing in the street).
In New York City (dancing in the street). All we need is, 
| A | A | A | A |
music, sweet music, there’ll be music everywhere.
| E7 | E7 (D/E) | E7 | E7 (D/E) |
There’ll be swingin’ and swayin’ and records playing, dancing in the street.
| G#7 | G#7 | C#m | C#m7 |
Oh, it doesn’t matter what you wear, just as long as you are there.
| F#7 | F#7 | B | B7 |
Come on, every guy grab a girl, everywhere around the world. There’ll be dancing 

||: E7 | E7 (D/E) :||
(Dancing in the street). They’re dancing in the street. Dancing in the street.
It’s just an invitation across the nation, a chance for folks to meet.
There’ll be laughing, singing and music swinging, dancing in the street.
Philadelphia, PA (dancing in the street).
Baltimore and D.C. now (dancing in the street).
Can’t forget the Motor City (dancing in the street). All we need is, 
| A | A | A | A |
music, sweet music, there’ll be music everywhere.
| E7 | E7 (D/E) | E7 | E7 (D/E) |
There’ll be swingin’, swayin’, and records playing and dancing in the street.
| G#7 | G#7 | C#m | C#m7 |
Oh, it doesn’t matter what you wear, just as long as you are there.
| F#7 | F#7 | B | B7 |
So come on, every guy grab a girl, everywhere around the world.

||: E7 | E7 (D/E) :||
They’re dancing. They’re dancing in the street (dancing in the street).
Way down in L.A., every day, they’re dancing in the street.
Let’s form a big strong line, get on time (they’re dancing in the street).
Across the ocean blue, me and you (we’re dancing in the street).


Dancing in the street chord progression

The verse of Dancing In The Street almost qualifies for my #6 spot in the top #10 chord progressions, the static I.

Although, it’s more of an E – D/E situation. Not as obvious as Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough, but this is the same kind of idea.

To understand how chord progressions work, you must compare songs like this.

What I love about this chord progression is how it stays for so long, then goes to chord IV, back to I, and then chord IIIx, it’s so clever!

From this IIIx we go round the cycle of 4th, G#7C#mF#7B7E.

And that’s genuinely all there is to Dancing In The Street’s chords, genius in its simplicity!


Martha and the Vandellas

Martha met her Vandellas as she was a secretary at Motown’s hit factory where her soon-to-be backing singers sang for Marvin Gaye.

Together they had seven years of hits including Jimmy Mack, Nowhere To Run, and perhaps Motown’s biggest hit of them all in Dancing In The Street.

Go to Martha and the Vandellas – Biography.


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Learn these songs and you can progress from being a bedroom player to working with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

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