Dance Through The Decades

Drew Hill June 16, 2022

We hosted an epic dance party that began with a 50’s style Sock-hop followed by a “Dance through the Decades.” Below are some helpful details, along with a MP3 of the music that you can download if you want to pull off a similar event. Could be a great way to kick off the new semester this coming fall.


  • Kids wore white t-shirts and jeans.
  • We provided hair gel for the guys.
  • My incredible mom cut out dozens of felt letters with stick on backs so each gal could have the first initial of her name to stick on her shirt.
  • We got dozens of Steak-N-Shake hats donated for anyone who wanted to wear them.
  • We also ordered these 50’s glasses on Amazon for about $1/pair, but they were a hit!
  • I borrowed a red striped vest from a friend in a barbershop quartet. 


To start off the event we dressed as Soda Jerks and served bottled-Cokes and ice cream sundaes as kids arrived. We got the bottle sodas from Costco and they required a bottle opener, so that meant the soda jerks were able to interact with each kid and open their drink. We got Coke, Sprite, Root Beer, Cream Soda, and Coke Life. We had lots of ice cream that we served and kids could put their own toppings on top. 



14 min – 50’s dance music as kids arrive

8 min – “sock hop” music

27 min – dance through the decades

7 min – exit music

Download the 56-min MP3 HERE!

  • The first 14 mins of music on the track are snippets of 50’s dance music to play as kids come in, get their cokes, ice cream and pics taken. 
  • At the 14 min mark, pause the music and get everyone together to do the hand jive, then Twist & Shout, etc…
  • At the 21 min mark, tell everyone, “I’m tired of these oldies, let’s dance through the decades!”
  • At the 47 min mark, wrap it up and there’s 7 more mins of “exit music” to play after the dance ends. You could use that music for a bathroom break before announcements, a couple content songs and a talk.

Here is a list of the songs clips in order:

  • Johnny B. Good
  • Ring of Fire
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • Great Balls of Fire
  • Hound Dog
  • Tutti Fruitti
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Shout (You Make Me Wanna)
  • Born to Hand Jive
  • The Twist
  • Rockin Robin
  • Twist and Shout
  • Let’s Get It Started
  • I Want You Back
  • YMCA
  • Stayin’ Alive
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  • Thriller
  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  • U Can’t Touch This
  • I Will Always Love You
  • Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song
  • Cha Cha Slide
  • Lip Gloss
  • Cupid Shuffle
  • Single Ladies
  • Party In The USA
  • Baby
  • All I Do Is Win
  • Best Song Ever
  • Do The John Wall
  • Boyfriend
  • Shut Up and Dance
  • Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)
  • 24K Magic
  • Juju on that Beat
  • Don’t Let Me Down
  • Hit The Quan
  • Can’t Stop The Feeling

Special thanks to Justin McWilliams for editing the playlist! The playlist was the single key to making it feel like such a fun party!

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