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The Most Danceable Pop Hits—According To Science

Now you can build your party playlists with science - thanks to a team of researchers from Columbia Business School and the French business school INSEAD, who recently waded through 60 years of Billboard data to find out exactly what makes a hit song.

With the help of the Spotify-owned software Echonest, the researchers developed an algorithm that would give them the definitive take on just how danceable a song is.

So, without further ado, here are the top 20 Most dancebale Billboard #1 hits since 1958:

Bottom 5

20. In Da Club - 50 Cent

19. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me - Billie Joel

18. Hypnotize - Notorious B.I.G.

17. Low - Flo Rida

16. Boogie Fever - Sylvers

You didn't need researchers to tell you that Fiddy's ode to club life would appear on a list of ultimate dance hits. Just try hitting up a club without hearing this.

50 Cent - In Da Club

The Mid-Section

15. Then Came You - Dionne Warwick

14. Fancy - Iggy Azalea

13. Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani

12. I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy & Faith Evans

11. Bad Girls - Donna Summer

With 'Bad Girls,' Donna Summers embraces all of those sweet disco vibes that defined the 70s and created an unmistakable hit for the dance floor.

Donna Summer - Bad Girls

The Big Players

10. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

9. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot

8. Can't Nobody Hold Me Down - Puff Daddy

7. Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.

6. Another One Bites The Dust - Queen

Puffy is the only artist to appear in this list twice. And the fact that 'Can't Nobody Hold Me Down' was the wildly successful rapper's debut single should cement his place in dance music royalty.

Puff Daddy feat. Mase - Can't Nobody Hold Me Down

The Upper Echelon

5. Pop Muzik - M

4. Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

3. Hot In Herre - Nelly

2. SexyBack - Justin Timberlake

1. Give It To Me - Timbaland

We just hope that when you're jamming out to 'Ice Ice Baby' you're not trying to replicate the moves from the video.

Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby

Honorable mentions

While the list showcases a pretty good cross-section of hits form the past 50 years, we can't help but notice there's no slow songs in the top 20. Did these researchers not go to a high school dance? They must've been too busy poring over petri dishes or they'd know that slow jams like this Aerosmith classic are school dance staples - for better and for worse.

Aerosmith - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing


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