This month of June is Black Music Month, which has celebrated the musical contributions of African Americans since 1979.
For those of us working on our summer figures, what about checking out the following artists who have made a strong impact on Black music and the culture, along with some of their most energetic songs that will motivate us to keep moving, whether it be music we listen to while taking our morning walk or the dance routines we make up for our Zumba workout.
The challenge with choosing a song by Queen Bey is deciding on which one, so why not select any of the ones where she keeps your feet moving?!
From “Crazy in Love” and “Freakum Dress” to “Diva” and “7/11”, the heart-hitting bass and beats will keep your head held up high as you move along to the beat.
There should not be a dance music list without the King of Pop on it, who most likely has been an influence for the majority of everyone on this list.
You can go back as far to his days as part of the Jackson 5 and The Jacksons, but some of his dance hits as a solo artist and phenomenon include “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”, which will inspire you to get your dancing shoes on.
You can’t leave baby sister off the list either…Janet (Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty!) has dominated the charts since the 80s with dance music, and the routines to match – haven’t we all have tried our hand at performing some of them in front of the television?
Some of her hits to jog to on the treadmill include “The Pleasure Principle”, “Miss You Much”, “If”, “Together Again”, “All for You”, “Feedback”, and “Dammn Baby” – songs dating back as early as 1986 up to as recent as 2015, proving to us that Ms. Jackson has successfully kept us moving for decades.