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Dancing on the Ceiling (Lionel Richie song)

"Dancing on the Ceiling"
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Dancing on the Ceiling
B-side Love Will Find a Way
Released June 19, 1986
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop rock, Adult contemporary, New Wave
Length 4:21
Label Motown
Writer(s) Lionel Richie, Carlos Rios, Michael Frenchik
Producer Lionel Richie, James Anthony Carmichael
Lionel Richie singles chronology

"Say You, Say Me"
"Dancing on the Ceiling"
"Love Will Conquer All"

"Dancing on the Ceiling" is a song written by Mike Frenchik, Lionel Richie and Carlos Rios and performed by Richie on his 1986 album of the same name.[1]

The song reached the top spot on the Norwegian charts.[2]


"This [sense of swagger] isn't entirely a good thing, since it means he indulges in silliness [...]" — Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic[1]

  • In the early 21st century, Blender Magazine published a list of the "50 worst songs of all time", with Dancing listed at #20.

Despite the negative critical reception, the song remains a regular addition to 80's music nights at clubs and bars.

Music video

The music video was directed by Stanley Donen who also co-produced it with Glenn Goodwin through Glenn Goodwin & Associates.[3] Michael Peters choreographed[4] and Daniel Pearl was the director of photography.[5] Shooting took place during three days at Laird Studios in Culver City and one day on location at the LeMondrian Hotel in West Hollywood.[3] The video reportedly cost somewhere between $350,000 and $500,000[4] (or around $400,000), making it the most expensive short form music video production at the time.[3]

In the video, which premiered on September 8, 1986,[6] Richie and friends attend a party and dance on the ceiling reminiscent of Fred Astaire's routine in Donen's 1951 film Royal Wedding.[3] Donen later said that Richie actually adapted easier and quicker to the rotating room used in the video than Astaire did while shooting Royal Wedding.[7] There is also a reference in the video to The Seven Year Itch when air blows a womans skirt over her head. At the end of the video Rodney Dangerfield and Cheech Marin make cameo appearances.[4]

In the fall of 1986 HBO aired a half-hour TV special, Lionel Richie: The Making of Dancing on the Ceiling, directed by Sandra Hay and Alan J. Kozlowski, which takes a look at behind the scenes of the music video shoot. This documentary was also released on VHS and later as a hidden extra on Richie's The Definitive Collection DVD.


"Dancing On The Ceiling" reached #7 on the UK Singles Chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, behind "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin and "Stuck With You" by Huey Lewis and the News.

Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
UK Singles Chart 7

External links

  • Watch official video on Youtube


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