With the title track of his 1983 album, David Bowie invited the world to dance. Given the song's infectiousness, it would have been impossible not to.
36 years ago today (May 21), "Let's Dance" was the No. 1 song on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart. It was the song's fourth week in this position, where it would stay for another two. "Let's Dance" was also simultaneously No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed on top for nine weeks.
Laden with funk, brass and searing guitar, "Let's Dance" was an all-star effort co-written by Bowie and Chic's Nile Rodgers, a longtime expert in getting dancefloors moving. Lead guitar was handled by a then relatively unknown Texan named Stevie Ray Vaughan.