I don't know about you, but I'm not the greatest dancer in the world. In fact, I'd go as far as to call myself garbage. BUT, just because I lack motor skills does not mean I lack a drive for dancing.
In this decade, we've seen EDM take over as the dominant force in dance music (and also in popular music in general.) Now, I like EDM as much as the next guy – it's easy listening and it's excellent hype music – but it seems to favor people who have a knack for dance.
Most of the time, EDM songs are fast-paced and its beats are complex and multi-layered; as someone whose favorite dance move is to shimmy side to side to the beat, it's hard to follow most EDM. Think of it like this: when the beat drops in a Tiesto or a Steve Aoki song, and I'm just standing there shimmying side to side... I look like an idiot.
That's why, in my very biased opinion, I believe that dance music peaked with disco.
Well, it peaked with disco and pretty much stayed constant throughout the '80s up until techno and boy bands started to overcomplicate dancing.
Here's the thing with disco and '80s pop: it's so easy to dance to. You can feel the rhythm instantly and the lyrics are usually so ridiculous that you feel encouraged to shake it out and get silly. There isn't a beat drop and there aren't multiple layers of rapidly pulsating electronic sounds to necessitate something more than just a side to side shimmy and some head rocking to follow the rhythm.
Why has dance music gotten so complicated nowadays? Maybe we should go back to a simpler time and bring back disco. Disco is great. If they played disco at parties nowadays, I might actually go to them. Also bring back Motown and Funk too while you're at it, thanks.