Dancing allows an individual to express themselves with their body. Combine that with a competent singing voice, and you have an exciting entertainer — one who puts on a captivating live show and has some riveting music videos. Here’s my list of the best dancers in pop music (past and present), in no particular order:
The Purple one is not one for elaborate choreography, but he sure knows how to move. And he usually does it in high heel boots too.
Pop music’s queen didn’t get to where she is on her singing voice. She is a very athletic and limber dancer who puts on a high-energy live show.
Ever since she proclaimed her independence on “Control”, she has had a place in pop music history. Funky, fierce and in control, Janet is not one to mess with.
He started out in boy band NSync, and went on to be a superstar in his solo career. He has shown how great a dancer he is in his concerts tours and videos.
Sexy moves, along with suggestive lyrics, a hot body and catchy songs have all kept her career going strong. Definitely influenced by Madonna… she has learned well.
Mother monster has created some fantastic mini movies with her music videos. In concert, she put on a high-energy show (such that she injured herself this year, having to cancel the rest of the tour).
She started as a Laker Girl, and then did choreography for various film, TV and music videos projects. Not to mention her own chart topping singing career too.
He first opened for Janet Jackson as a teen, but has evolved into a one of the modern kings of R&B. He can have you banging in the club or wanting to make love.
Say what you will about him as a person, but there is no denying this guy can move and entertain the crowds.
Destiny’s Child proved she could sing. But in her solo career, she has really proved she can move. And start a music video craze on YouTube too.
She started as a Fly Girl on “In Living Color,” and is now the triple threat (actor, dancer, singer) plus much more.
One of the smoothest movers out there, he makes it all seem so easy.
And let us not forget those who have died, and are now in the Dance Hall of Fame:
All of the male dancers on here have been influenced by him. He basically set the gold standard for being an entertainer. And he always gave the audience his all.
Yes, he got easier to parody in his later years. But do yourself a favor and check out his old performances. Another influential entertainer.
So did I leave anyone out? Who do you think is the best dancer in pop music? I would love to hear from you.
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