Dancing Machine

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"Dancing Machine"
Single by the Jackson 5
from the album Get It Together and Dancing Machine
Released February 19, 1974[1]
Format 7" single
Recorded April - May 1973
Hitsville West, Los Angeles
Genre Funk
Length 3:30 (album version)
2:43 (single version)
4:25 (alternate version)
Label Motown
M 1286
Songwriter(s) Hal Davis
Don Fletcher
Dean Parks
Producer(s) Hal Davis
the Jackson 5 singles chronology
"Get It Together"
"Dancing Machine"
"Whatever You Got I Want"

"Dancing Machine" is a song recorded by American R&B outfit the Jackson 5, released as a single in 1974. The group's first US Top Ten hit since 1971's "Sugar Daddy", "Dancing Machine" hit #1 in Cash Box and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, it hit #1 on the R&B charts.[2] Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1974.[3] It brought the Jackson 5 their second Grammy Award nomination in 1975 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, losing to Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good".


The song, which reportedly sold over three million copies,[4] popularized the physically complicated Robot dance technique, devised by Charles Washington in the late 1960s. Michael Jackson first performed the dance on television while singing "Dancing Machine" with the Jackson 5 on an episode of Soul Train.

"Dancing Machine", originally recorded for the group's 1973 album G.I.T.: Get It Together, was also the title track of their 1974 album Dancing Machine released in 1974 as a remix for a response to the success of the single.

Cover versions[edit]



  1. ^ Hitsville USA, The Motown Singles Collection, Vol. 2: 1972-1992 (1993), liner notes
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 287. 
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1974
  4. ^ Sales statistics for Jackson 5 singles. Retrieved March 17, 2008