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What are the most popular songs to shag to?


Question: What are the most popular songs to shag to?
Answer: Two bands stand out when talking about shag: the Chairmen of the Board and the Tams. You may know the first band from their 1970 hit "Give Me Just A Little More Time" and the latter from their 1962 hit "What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am" (later covered by Bill Deal and the Rhondells in a more uptempo version that's also prized amongst the faithful). This kind of slow and sexy soul set the stage for the shag music genre, but other later (and earlier!) hits also qualify. Here are some of the bigger mainstays:

  • Billy Ward and the Dominos, "Sixty Minute Man"
  • The Platters, "With This Ring"
  • The O'Kaysions, "Girl Watcher"
  • Lil' Bob and the Lollipops, "I Got Loaded"
  • The Showman, "39-21-46"
  • Willie Tee, "Teasin' You"
  • Bruce Channel, "Hey! Baby"
  • The Foundations, "Build Me Up Buttercup"
  • J.J. Jackson, "But It's Alright"
  • Jackie Moore, "Sweet Charlie Babe"
  • The Swingin' Medallions, "Double Shot Of My Baby's Love"
  • Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, "Stay"
  • Brenton Wood, "Gimme Little Sign"
  • Fiestas, "So Fine"
  • Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, "Too Late To Turn Back Now"
  • Archie Bell and the Drells, "Tighten Up"
  • Ben E. King, "Stand By Me"
  • Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, "Work With Me Annie"
  • Freda Payne, "Band Of Gold"
  • The Temptations, "My Girl"
  • Jackie Wilson, "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"
  • Gene Chandler, "Duke of Earl"
  • Benny Spellmen, "Lipstick Traces"
  • The Globetrotters, "Rainy Day Bells"
  • The Clovers, "Nip Sip"
  • Amos Milburn, "Saturday Night Fish Fry"
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