Oldies Dancing With These Shag Music Hits

Enjoy Oldies Shag Hits

Are you ready to dance to the oldies? Shag music is perfect for people looking to enjoy classic music with a distinctive style of dance that seems to only make brief comebacks at weddings.

Also known as the Carolina Shag, it is thought to have come from North or South Carolina. It may have older roots, but there are still shag dance competitions. This dance is done with a partner to typical oldies beach music.

The dance is a six-count, eight-step pattern similar to swing. You may have seen it featured in the movie "Shag," which starred Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, and Annabeth Gish. It was also referenced in the single, "Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard," a 1997 song by Alabama. 

The Music Behind the Dance

Aside from the dancing, there are a variety of songs that are a part of this genre. The music became big back in the day, as shag dancing became commonplace. Two bands stand out when talking about shag music: the Chairmen of the Board and the Tams. You may know the first band from their 1970 hit "Give Me Just A Little More Time" and the latter from their 1962 hit "What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am" (it was later covered by Bill Deal and the Rhondells in a more uptempo version that's also prized amongst the faithful). 

Top Oldies Shag Songs

These shag songs set the stage for the shag music genre, but older as well as more recent hits also qualify.

Here are some of the bigger mainstays when it comes to traditional shag songs:

  • Billy Ward and the Dominos, "Sixty Minute Man"
  • The Platters, "With This Ring"
  • The O'Kaysions, "Girl Watcher"
  • Lil' Bob and the Lollipops, "I Got Loaded"
  • The Showman, "39-21-46"
  • Willie Tee, "Teasin' You"
  • Bruce Channel, "Hey! Baby"
  • The Foundations, "Build Me Up Buttercup"
  • J.J. Jackson, "But It's Alright"
  • Jackie Moore, "Sweet Charlie Babe"
  • The Swingin' Medallions, "Double Shot Of My Baby's Love"
  • Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, "Stay"
  • Brenton Wood, "Gimme Little Sign"
  • Fiestas, "So Fine"
  • Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, "Too Late To Turn Back Now"
  • Archie Bell and the Drells, "Tighten Up"
  • Ben E. King, "Stand By Me"
  • Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, "Work With Me Annie"
  • Freda Payne, "Band Of Gold"
  • The Temptations, "My Girl"
  • Jackie Wilson, "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"
  • Gene Chandler, "Duke of Earl"
  • Benny Spellman, "Lipstick Traces"
  • The Globetrotters, "Rainy Day Bells"
  • The Clovers, "Nip Sip"
  • Amos Milburn, "Saturday Night Fish Fry"

Want to make the most of listening to shag music? Play it from a record on a record player. There's something about hearing these songs on a record player--as they originally were played--that really takes you back in time.