Dancing Machine

Dancing Machine
"Dancing Machine"
Single by The Jackson 5
from the album G.I.T.: Get It Together and Dancing Machine
Released February 3, 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded April - May 1973
Hitsville West, Los Angeles
Genre Funk, disco
Length 3:30 (album version)
2:43 (single version)
4:25 (alternate version)
Label Motown
M 1286
Writer(s) Hal Davis
Don Fletcher
Dean Parks
Producer Hal Davis
The Jackson 5 singles chronology
"Get It Together"
"Dancing Machine"
"Whatever You Got I Want"

"Dancing Machine" is a 1973 song recorded by The Jackson 5, released as a single in 1974. The group's first US Top Ten hit since 1971's "Sugar Daddy", "Dancing Machine" reached number two on the Billboard pop music charts in May 1974, and number one on the R&B charts.[1] It bought The Jackson 5 their second Grammy Award nomination in 1975 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, losing to Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good".



The song, which sold over three million copies,[2] popularized the physically complicated Robot dance technique, devised by Charles Washington in the late 1960s. Michael Jackson first performed the dance on television while singing "Dancing Machine" with the Jackson 5 on an episode of Soul Train.

"Dancing Machine", originally recorded for the group's 1973 album G.I.T.: Get It Together, was also the title track of their 1974 album Dancing Machine released in 1974 as a remix for a response to the success of the single.

Cover versions

The song was most notably sampled by MC Hammer on his 1990 album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em (for the song "Dancin' Machine"), again in 1990 by Vanilla Ice on the album To The Extreme, later on by Too $hort (featuring Bun B) on the song "Shout It Out", and more recently in 2008 by Q-tip on the album The Renaissance ("Move") and Yung Wun for his song "Tear It Up" on his album The Dirtiest Thirstiest (in which the sample was uncredited).

  • An alternate longer version (4:25) appears on the "Jackson 5 - I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters" released in 2009.



  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 287. 
  2. ^ Sales statistics for Jackson 5 singles. Retrieved March 17, 2008
Preceded by
"The Payback (Part 1)" by James Brown
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number one single
May 11, 1974
Succeeded by
"I'm in Love" by Aretha Franklin