“It’s electric!” As soon as you hear those two words, you know what to do. Hit the dance floor!
“Electric Boogie” was written and originally recorded in 1976 by reggae star Bunny Wailer, but that’s not who made it famous. When Jamaican-born singer Marcia Griffiths released the song in 1983, she could not have predicted that it would it would go on to become the official dance of every wedding and bar mitzvah for decades to come.
Surprisingly, Marcia Griffiths’ first recording did not get much attention in the U.S. According to Songfacts, it was only after a radio DJ in Washington, DC decided to give “Electric Boogie” a spin in the summer of 1989 that it took off. The remixed version on Griffiths’ album Carousel finally made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1990.
And the video is exactly what you’d expect it to be. Go on, get up and dance!