27 Min Released Jul 12, 2018

Summer is for Dancing in the Streets

Our Switched on Summer Throwback Series continues with "Dancing in the Street," the 1964 Motown hit by Martha and the Vandellas that was co-written by none other than Marvin Gaye.

Over 50 years and countless covers later, we explore how this song still manages to get people off their feet and onto the streets—not just to dance, but also to raise their voices in joy, catharsis, and protest.

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  • Martha and the Vandellas - Dancing in the Street
  • Marvin Gaye - Stubborn Kind of Fellow
  • The Mamas and the Papas - Dancing in the Street
  • The Grateful Dead - Dancing in the Street
  • Van Halen - Dancing in the Street
  • Mick Jagger and David Bowie - Dancing in the Street
  • Kendrick Lamar - Alright
  • Pharrell Williams - Happy

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