Drop it all, whatever troubles you and weighs down your body, just let it go. Close your eyes and let yourself feel light and alive. It’s summer in the north, and winter’s coming south of the equator, but we can all come together and do a little dance.
Marvin Gaye, Mickey Stevenson, and Ivy Jo Hunter wrote it. It first found popularity in the U.S. with Martha and the Vandellas in nineteen sixty-four. David Bowie covered it with Mick Jaggar, Van Halen covered it with David Lee Roth singing the lead vocals, the Mamas and the Papas, and the Grateful Dead covered it, among others. Those are the ones that I remember. You probably know it from somebody else’s cover. If not, the words are easy and the beat is contagious. As they say, “Summer’s here, and the time is right, for dancing in the streets.”
Get up and sing and dance with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas with the first popular version of “Dancing in the Streets.”