First Hit #1: August 25, 1962
If you have ever been to a wedding, you’re familiar with this song. The go-to track for getting grandma on the dance floor, it’s sometimes quite difficult to get past the cheesy context in which most people know it. It isn’t particularly lyrically complex – it’s just your standard dance track, describing a great dance and why it’s so awesome and you should do it for some reason. But, it’s catchy, and it does exactly what it sets out to do. Little Eva – the nanny of songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King – has an infectious innocence about her that makes the song a bit more fun and endearing, and the song itself just demands a good time.
Of course, it’s been covered several times, but honestly the original is best, and it is a wedding staple for good reason. It does what it says on the box, it gives you a dance and you can enjoy yourself when it comes on, your family is half drunk and everyone wants grandma on the dance floor. Hey, seems like a good song to me.