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"All She Wants to Do Is Dance"
Single by Don Henley
from the album Building the Perfect Beast
B-side "Building the Perfect Beast"
Released February 1985
Format 7", 12"
Genre Rock
Length 4:23
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Danny Kortchmar
Producer Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Greg Ladanyi
Don Henley singles chronology
"The Boys of Summer"
"All She Wants to Do Is Dance"
"Not Enough Love in the World"

"All She Wants to Do Is Dance" is a 1984 song recorded by Don Henley and became a Billboard Top 10 hit in March 1985, peaking at number 9, and also became his second song to top the Top Rock Tracks chart.[1] The song was originally released from Henley's Building the Perfect Beast album. Kool & the Gang performed a version for their 1989 album, Sweat. The lyrics are a personal commentary, critical of Americans for being more concerned with self-gratification and hedonistic behaviors, e.g., dancing, partying, being promiscuous etc., than with serious issues such as domestic and foreign policies of their government. It uses pre-revolution Cuba as a metaphor for this. Ironically, it became a popular dance song.

Pop culture occurrences

Chart performance

Chart (1985) Peak
RPM Top Singles 13
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 34


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 282.
Preceded by
"Radioactive" by The Firm
Billboard Top Rock Tracks number-one single
23 March 1985 - 6 April 1985
Succeeded by
"Forever Man" by Eric Clapton


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