15 Top Hip Hop Dance Moves Of The Past Decade [VIDEOS]

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In the topsy turvy, funkdafied den of dancing, each of us can be placed into one of the following categories: loves to dance, hates to dance, only dances when drunk, and fist pumps. Two (possibly three) of those crews either have tried one of the many dance moves on this list or, at the very least, know about their existence. Why should you care so much about them? Studies show chicks love dancing and they love good dancers. Why? Apparently it’s good indicator of your abilities in bed. Now, get to steppin’.


“Toot It and Boot It”

Instead of having one-night stands every night, you can perform this STD free and somewhat seductive dance. Actually, it sounds like a description of a one-night stand.


“Teach Me How to Dougie”

Supposedly all the girls will be on you once you learn how to dougie, hence you should learn how to do it. The song is the lead single from Cali Swag District’s debut album, The Kickback, which will release on Tuesday, February 15. I’m pretty sure I saw Detroit Lions third string QB Drew Stanton pull this dance off after scoring a TD late in the season.


“Teach Me How To Jerk”

The dudes from Audio Push aka The Push aren’t talking about masturbation but a dance craze that involves a move called “the reject”. This seems to be a bit on the advanced level.


“Stanky Legg”

Probably the easiest of all the moves, “do da stanky legg” involves the movement of the dancer’s leg in a circular motion, then alternating to the opposite leg. It also involves the “Booty Dew” and the “Dougie”. In the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, USA forwards Jozy Altidore and Charlie Davies used this dance as their goal celebration.


“Crank Dat”

This is SouLja Boy’s lead single from his debut album souljaboytellem.com. It spent 7 weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2007. The track was also number 21 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Song. Every man needs to know how to “Superman dat ho”.

There’s also Crank Dat Batman, Crank Dat Aquaman, Crank Dat Spider-Man, and Crank Dat Spongebob among many, many others.


“Cupid Shuffle”

This song by Cupid from his 2007 studio album Time for a Change has drawn a lot of comparison to DJ Casper’s “Cha Cha Slide.” It peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

In Week 5 of the 2008 NFL season running back Ronnie Brown did the “Cupid Shuffle” dance after scoring a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers.


“Chicken Noodle Soup”

The dance features exaggerated shuffling, arm swinging, and a pantomime of the song’s lyrics and allegedly stems from other New York-based street dances like the popular “Toe Wop” and the “Harlem shake”.

Make it rain then clear it out. As a bonus you get a soda on the side.


“You’re a Jerk”

The dance associated with the New Boyz single is a simpler version of “jerkin'”.


“Pop, Lock, and Drop It”

This is the debut single from Huey’s debut album, “Notebook Paper”. It was released in September 2006 and debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 98 in early March 2007. The single peaked at number 6. Though many claim the song’s about the dance move, the phrase is sometimes used to describe the process of the firing. POP! POP! Oh, der go my knees!


“Lean Wit It Rock Wit It”

Atlanta’s own Dem Franchize Boyz released this track that peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Hot Rap Tracks. I always get a weird craving for snap peas after I hear this jam.


“Walk It Out”

Unk’s lead single off his debut album Beat’n Down Yo Block! peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. You might also remember a viral mash-up featuring the penguins from Happy Feet.


“2 Step”

Another Unk track? Yup. This is his second single from his debut album. It peaked at number 24 on Hot 100 and climbed to number 9 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, number 4 on Hot Rap Tracks, and number 2 on Hot Ringtones.


“Rock Yo Hips”

This was the first single off Crime Mob’s second studio album, Hated on Mostly. It peaked at #5 on Hot Rap Tracks. If a chick can do this, it’s a given she will rock your hips and vice versa. Get on that, son!


“Shoulder Lean”

Young Dro’s single reached #1 on Hot Rap Tracks and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop and was certified Double Platinum. Personally, I think this dude owes some royalties to Neo from The Matrix.


“It’s Goin’ Down”

Also part of the “snap genre”, this is the first single from Yung Joc’s debut album New Joc City. In the video, people are shown doing Yung Joc’s dance the “Joc-in” which is also called “The Motorcycle”. It peaked at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs and Hot Rap Tracks. It was also voted the #1 song of 2006 on MTV2’s Sucker Free Countdown and #1 on BET’s Top 100 Songs of 2006. At the 2007 Grammy awards, it received a nomination for Best Rap Song.

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