The Dance (song)
"The Dance" is a song written and composed by Tony Arata, and recorded by American country music singer Garth Brooks as the tenth and final track from his self-titled debut album, from which it was also released as the album's fourth and final single in April 1990. It is considered by many to be Brooks' signature song. In a 2015 interview with Patrick Kielty of BBC Radio 2, Brooks credits the back to back success of both "The Dance" and its follow up "Friends in Low Places" for his phenomenal success.
|Single by Garth Brooks|
|from the album Garth Brooks|
|B-side||"If Tomorrow Never Comes"|
|Released||April 30, 1990|
|Format||CD single, 7-inch 45 rpm single|
|Garth Brooks singles chronology|
At the opening of the music video, Brooks explains that the song is written with a double meaning - both as a love song about the end of a passionate relationship, and a story of someone dying because of something he believes in, after a moment of glory.
- Key: G Major
- Length - 3:42
The song's music video, directed by John Lloyd Miller, features an introduction by Brooks himself explaining the alternative meaning of the song.  The video shows several American icons and examples of people who died for a dream. These include archive footage of the following:
- Lane Frost - World Champion Bull rider, who was killed in 1989 by the bull he rode for a full eight seconds during a rodeo.
- Keith Whitley - Country singer who died in 1989 from alcohol poisoning. The Whitley scenes featured his then-wife Lorrie Morgan.
- Martin Luther King Jr. - Baptist minister who is best known for his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and was assassinated in 1968.
- The crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger, shortly before it disintegrated after its launch in 1986.
- John F. Kennedy - President of the United States who was assassinated in 1963.
- John Wayne - Film actor best known for his roles in Westerns.
It was awarded Video of the Year at the 1990 ACM Music Awards.
Release and receptionEdit
Released near the beginning of his career, "The Dance" was a hit single around the world, including the United States, Europe, and Ireland, charting inside the British pop top 40. In 1990, it was named both Song of the Year and Video of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. It was awarded the number 14 position in the CMT 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music broadcast in 2003 and also the number 5 position on the network's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Music Videos special in 2004.
In a 1994 Playboy interview, Brooks said, "unless I am totally surprised, The Dance will be the greatest success as a song we will ever do. I'll go to my grave with The Dance. It'll probably always be my favorite song."
In 2001, after the death of Dale Earnhardt, Brooks was invited to the NASCAR awards ceremony that was honoring Earnhardt to play the song as a tribute. The song has been used as several country stations' last song before changing formats. It was also the second song to be played on UK station Country 1035, the first being another Brooks number.
US 7-inch promotional single Capitol Nashville NR-44629, 1990
- "The Dance" - 3:37
- "The Dance"
US 7" Jukebox single Liberty S7-17441-A, 1990
- "The Dance" - 3:41
- "If Tomorrow Never Comes"
UK CD single
Capitol CDCLS-735, 1993
- "The Dance"
- "Friends in Low Places"
- "Victim of the Game"
- "Kickin' & Screamin'
- "The Dance"
- "Friends in Low Places"
- "The River" (Live acoustic version)
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||1|
|Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)||89|
|Irish Singles Chart||3|
|Scottish Singles Chart||31|
|UK Singles Chart||36|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||8|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||13|
Other cover versionsEdit
- Jazz musician Dave Koz recorded it for his 1999 album The Dance.
- Michael Ball recorded it for his 2000 album This Time It's Personal.
- In 2006, the song was recorded by Westlife and included on their album The Love Album. They performed it live in their 2006 concert tour Face to Face Tour and a duet in a television special with Irish singer Ronan Keating.
- Mindy McCready recorded it for her 2010 album I'm Still Here.
- Janelle Arthur during the twelfth season of American Idol
- Haystack used the melody for the song sail on on album crackavelli 2007
- In 2018, Filipino indie artist Jules Rancher released a cover of the song.
|Single by Rockell|
|from the album Instant Pleasure|
|Released||September 5, 2000|
|Format||CD, digital download|
|Rockell singles chronology|
"The Dance" is the fifth single in the overall discography of American freestyle recording artist Rockell, and a cover version of the chart single performed by Garth Brooks. (See above.) It is the first single she released from her second album, Instant Pleasure. There was no video made for this single.
US CD single
|1.||"The Dance" (The Hex/Dez Radio Mix)||4:09|
|2.||"The Dance" (The Hex/Dez Club Mix)||9:21|
|US Hot Dance Singles Sales||27|
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