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Let's Dance (Chris Montez song)

"Let's Dance" is a 1962 hit-single by Chris Montez, written and produced by Jim Lee.[1]

"Let's Dance"
Single by Chris Montez
B-side "You're the One"
Released 1962
Format 7"
Recorded 1962
Genre Rock and roll, Garage rock
Length 2:22
Label Monogram Records
Songwriter(s) Jim Lee
Producer(s) Jim Lee
Chris Montez singles chronology
"Let's Dance"
"Some Kinda Fun"
"Let's Dance"
"Some Kinda Fun"
Audio sample


Original versionEdit

The personnel on the original recording included Joel Hill on guitar, Ray Johnson on organ, Ray Pohlman on bass and Jesse Sailes on drums. When initially released, the song shot to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., and to No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

In 1972 the song was coupled as an "oldie" with the Shirelles "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and re-released in Europe. Based on radio play, the record company, London Records, quickly removed the Shirelles cut and replaced it with the original flip side "You're the One". Consequently, the recording reached the top five for a second time, in both Britain and Germany. It was also the title track of a 1972 album by Montez.


Chart (1962) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 4
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 15

Slade versionEdit

"Let's Dance"
UK cover of "Let's Dance".
Single by Slade
from the album Crackers – The Christmas Party Album
B-side "Standing on the Corner"
Released 15 November 1988[11]
Format 7" Single, CD Single
Recorded 1985
Genre Hard rock, pop rock
Length 2:40
Label Cheapskate
Songwriter(s) Jim Lee
Producer(s) Jim Lea
Slade singles chronology
"We Won't Give In"
"Let's Dance"
"Radio Wall of Sound"
"We Won't Give In"
"Let's Dance"
"Radio Wall of Sound"

"Let's Dance" was covered by British rock band Slade in 1985 for their studio/compilation album Crackers – The Christmas Party Album. The version was produced by bassist Jim Lea. In 1988, the band released their version as a single, dubbed the "1988 Remix". It failed to chart in the UK.


Having reverted back to their own independent label Cheapskate in 1987, Slade were largely inactive in 1988, having agreed to take an 18-month break.[12] However, in November 1988, the band decided to release their 1985 cover of "Let's Dance" as a single, but it failed to gain sufficient radio airplay and did not reach the charts. "Let's Dance" had been recorded for Crackers. In a 1989 interview with Guitarist, guitarist Dave Hill recalled: "We just did a rock version of it for a laugh, and thought we'd stick it out." Speaking of the band's decision to release it as a single, Holder said in a 1989 fan club interview: "We thought it was a good track. We decided that "Let's Dance" stood a good chance of getting some airplay so we decided to put the record out, but it wasn't the case. Only the commercial stations like Piccadilly and some of the others played it regularly, but without Radio One, you're sunk."[13]


"Let's Dance" was released on 7" vinyl and 3" CD by Cheapskate Records in the UK only.[14][15] The 7" vinyl included the B-side "Standing on the Corner", which was an album track taken from the band's 1974 album Slade in Flame. For the CD version, two extra tracks were added; "Far Far Away" and "How Does It Feel". Both were also taken from Slade in Flame.[16]

Critical receptionEdit

Upon release, the single was reviewed on the BBC Radio 1 programme Singled Out. Those who reviewed the single were producers Stock, Aitken, and Waterman. All three reminisced about the band with DJ Mike Read, stating what a great band they were. Mike Stock commented that Noddy Holder was the greatest pure rock 'n' roll singer since John Lennon.[17][18]


7" Single
  1. "Let's Dance (1988 Remix)" - 2:40
  2. "Standing on the Corner" - 4:54
CD Single
  1. "Let's Dance (1988 Remix)" - 2:40
  2. "Far Far Away" - 3:37
  3. "How Does It Feel" - 5:55
  4. "Standing on the Corner" - 4:54


Additional personnel
  • Chas Chandler - producer of "Standing on the Corner", "Far Far Away" and "How Does It Feel"

Other charting coversEdit

Swedish pop group Ola & the Janglers had a hit with "Let's Dance" in 1968, which reached #92 on the Billboard Hot 100.

British rock band Status Quo included "Let's Dance" in their 1990 medley "The Anniversary Waltz (Part One)", which was a hit throughout Europe and hit #2 on the UK Singles Chart.

Other notable coversEdit

Other artists who have covered the song include:

Pop cultureEdit

The original Chris Montez recording was featured in the 1978 comedy film, National Lampoon's Animal House starring John Belushi. In 2013, it was used as a jingle for a TV commercial for DSW Shoe Warehouse.


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  4. ^ " – Chris Montez – Let's Dance" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  5. ^ " – Chris Montez Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  6. ^ " – Chris Montez – Let's Dance" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  7. ^ " – Chris Montez – Let's Dance". VG-lista. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  8. ^ "Chris Montez: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "Chris Montez Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Chris Montez Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
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  12. ^ "Noddy Holder Interview - Sky By Day 1989". YouTube. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  13. ^ Ian Edmundson. "SLADE @". Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  14. ^ "ALL Discography @". Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  15. ^ "Slade - Let's Dance at Discogs". Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  16. ^ "Slade - Slade In Flame at Discogs". Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  17. ^ "1988 - Slade Fan Club". Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  18. ^ Slade International Fan Club newsletter October–November - December 1988
  19. ^ "Sylvie Vartan - M'Amuser / Tous Mes Copains (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2017-11-15. 

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