25 Years Later: “The Dance”

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A mere 25 years ago, “The Dance” appeared on the country charts and worked its way into the hearts and minds of millions of country music fans across the globe. Garth Brooks has long said “The Dance” was his favorite song, even telling Playboy, “I’ll go to my grave with ‘The Dance.’ It’ll probably always be my favorite song.”

“The Dance” is one of those songs that relates to everyone– it’s a song about mortality, love, memories and how those merge at the best and worst of times. Originally released on Brooks’ self-titled debut, it was the fourth single from the album and was awarded Song of the Year at the 1991 Academy of Country Music Awards.

What really drives home the story of “The Dance” is its groundbreaking (at the time) video, which uses real footage of John F. Kennedy, Lane Frost and Martin Luther King Jr. Each person portrayed in the video was chosen based on the fact they died much too young, while chasing their dreams– almost asking the question– would they have done it differently?

The video was awarded the CMA and ACM Video of the Year Award.

Over the years, singers from every genre of music have covered the song proving just how great it is, as it works in any genre. Most notably, Martina McBride, rock band 3 Doors Down and Scotty McCreery have covered the classic.

What a song.

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