J. Stapley this morning asked the BCC bloggers for our Top 10 Stake Dance Songs. There was enough overlap in our responses that we figured it’d be worth making a playlist, so we can all be nostalgic together.
So here you go, a sweet musical journey to the cultural halls of yesteryear.
A few contextual caveats:
- The list is very early-to-mid 90s, which seems to align with the ages of most of the permas.
- The sands of time pour very slowly in our cultural halls, so you’ll see some 80s stuff here as well.
- For readers (and permas) who are younger or older or international, make your own playlist and share it in the comments.
- I’d especially love to hear what younger people were playing at their dances. My stake in Northern California was very conservative with our song selection (some of the songs on this list wouldn’t have passed our Stake Dance Committee Song Review. And yes, we had a Stake Dance Committee Song Review). I remember being shocked and tantalized by the rumor that Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” was played at one of the great and spacious regional dances in the Bay Area. This would’ve been 1995, and I assumed that the stake center had been desecrated, Kirtland-temple style.
- Yes, some of these are tough to dance to. But we didn’t know how to dance anyway.
- I said “hecka” a lot, a word which isn’t heard even once in any of these lyrics. I don’t know why I thought it was OK to say it.
- The playlist is collaborative, so if you’re a Spotify user, feel free to add your own songs. Or post them in the comments and I’ll add them.
While you’re at it, post all your best (or most awkward) stake dance memories.