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Just Dance is a rhythm game developed and published by Ubisoft for the Wii, and it is the first in the video game series of the same name. It was released on November 17, 2009 in North America, November 26, 2009 in Australia, and November 27, 2009 in Europe.

The title is derived from the 2008 Lady Gaga song of the same name. In Just Dance, players use only the standard Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus and attempt to mimic all the moves of the on-screen silhouette dancer. Players can earn points depending on what moves they perform and how well they perform them, and special Shake Moves in some songs earn the player bonus points if performed correctly.


The game has three gameplay modes: the normal mode, in which players pick any track and attempt to dance with the on-screen dancer; a "Last One Standing" mode, in which players are eliminated if they don't score enough points or make too many mistakes; and a "Strike a Pose" mode, in which players start and stop dancing as dictated by the on-screen dancer. There is also a "Practice" mode, in which players may dance to tracks without keeping score.

Track List

The game includes 33 music tracks, 32 of which are standard songs used in the main game and one of which is accessible from the Warm Up game mode on the main menu. All routines are Solo.

  • "*" - Indicates that the song is a cover version, not the original.
  • (WU) - Warm Up routine.
Song Artist Difficulty Effort Year Menu Square Shake Moves
Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper 1 2 1983
GirlsFun jd1 cover generic
Ring My Bell Anita Ward 2 1 1979
Ring jd1 cover generic
A Little Less Conversation Elvis Presley vs. JXL 2 2 2002 No
Cotton Eye Joe Rednex 1 3 1994
Cotton jd1 cover generic
Surfin’ Bird The Trashmen 1 3 1963
Surfinbird jd1 cover generic
Heart of Glass Blondie 2 1 1979 No
Womanizer* Britney Spears
(The Gym All-Stars)
2 1 2008
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Groove Is in the Heart Deee-Lite 3 2 1990
Tex1 256x256 3bdbf5da91fbac75 14
Jerk It Out Caesars 3 3 2003
Tex1 256x256 a21c40b2f160669d 14
I Like to Move It (Radio Mix) Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman 2 2 1993
MoveIt jd1 cover generic
Hot N Cold Katy Perry 1 3 2008
Tex1 256x256 0023e1cb6d65a81a 14
Mashed Potato Time Dee Dee Sharp 1 1 1962
Potato jd1 cover generic
Girls & Boys Blur 2 2 1994
GirlsBoys jd1 cover generic
Fame* Irene Cara
(In The Style Of Irene Cara)
1 3 1980
Tex1 256x256 bc51964fc6a219a3 14
Lump The Presidents of the United States of America 1 3 1995
Lump jd1 cover generic
Kids in America Kim Wilde 2 2 1981 No
Pump Up the Jam Technotronic 2 3 1989
PumpUpTheJam jd1 cover generic
I Get Around The Beach Boys 2 1 1966
GetAround jd1 cover generic
Le Freak Chic 2 1 1978
Freak jd1 cover generic
That’s the Way (I Like It) KC and the Sunshine Band 3 1 1975
Thatstheway jd1 cover generic
Louie Louie Iggy Pop 1 3 1993
Tex1 256x256 843fa6210e820a4b 14
Funplex (CSS Remix) The B-52's 2 2 2008
Funplex jd1 cover generic
Jin Go Lo Ba Fatboy Slim 3 2 2004
Tex1 256x256 47c6ad0fc6f2584c 14
Dare Gorillaz 2 1 2005
Dare jd1 cover generic
Bebe Divine Brown 2 1 2008
Bebe jd1 cover generic
Eye of the Tiger Survivor 1 3 1982 Yes
Can't Get You Out of My Head Kylie Minogue 2 1 2001
Cantgetyou jd1 cover generic
Acceptable in the 80s Calvin Harris 3 3 2007
Acceptable jd1 cover generic
Who Let the Dogs Out? Baha Men 3 2 2000
Tex1 256x256 e60833071b950e4a 14
Wannabe Spice Girls 1 2 1996
Wannabe jd1 cover generic
Step by Step  New Kids on the Block 2 2 1990
Stepbystep jd1 cover generic
U Can't Touch This MC Hammer 2 3 1990
UCantTouch jd1 cover generic
Warm Up (WU) Crispy Duck N/A N/A 2005[1] N/A No

Removed Songs

These songs were planned to be in the game, but were taken out for unknown reasons.

  • (JD2) indicates that this song later appeared on Just Dance 2.
  • (JD3) indicates that this song later appeared on Just Dance 3.
Song Artist Difficulty Effort Year
Jungle Boogie (JD2) Kool And The Gang N/A N/A 1973
Land Of 1000 Dances (JD3) Wilson Pickett N/A N/A 1966
Shake Sam Cooke N/A N/A 1964
Soul Bossa Nova (JD2) Quincy Jones and His Orchestra N/A N/A 1962


ESRB Rating

Resources can be found here

Category: Esrb E10+ RatingsIcon

Platforms: Wii

Content descriptors: Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes

Rating Summary: This is a dancing simulation game in which players perform and learn dance steps by following the movements of on-screen avatars. The virtual dancers resemble silkscreen-negative silhouettes: they are stylized after the era of each song, and their outfits are not especially revealing. The dance moves, however, occasionally involve spanking, pelvic thrusting, hip shaking, and swaying hips. That accounts for the Mild Suggestive Themes descriptor. The game is rated E-10+ because it contains some songs with expletives (e.g., “a*s”) and suggestive or crude content (e.g., “You're a womanizer,” “She spent her twenties between the sheets,” and a “PMS” insult).

PEGI Rating

Resources can be found here

Category: PEGI3 Rating Symbol

Platforms: Wii



  • On Metacritic, Just Dance has the worst reception (49%) out of all the games in the franchise.
  • This is the first game in the series to have a November release. It has been followed by Just Dance 2020.
  • This is the first main installment to not have DLC; it is later followed by Just Dance 2016 (they are replaced by Just Dance Unlimited for eighth generation platforms).
  • Julia Spiesser and Jérémy Paquet are the only choreographers for the dancers, each choreographing the characters of their matching genders. Thus, this is the game in the main series with the least number of choreographers and performers (2 each).
  • Just Dance is the only game in the traditional series that was announced at Gamescom.
  • On the GameStop website in the North America, an alternate cover can be seen.[2]


  • This is the only main series Just Dance game which does not have:
    • Gold Moves
    • Songs that were released in the game’s release year
    • Scrolling lyrics - lyrics do not scroll line by line as they do from Just Dance 2 onwards, but rather simply display a line or two at a time after which both then immediately change to the next portion of lyrics. 
    • Songs in foreign languages
    • Differently-colored gloves on the coaches
    • Songs from the 2010 decade (since the game was released in 2009)
    • Stars
    • "PERFECT", "GOOD", and "YEAH'" moves
    • Duets
    • Songs with the title in the background
    • Alternate Routines
    • Songs that can be bought - games from Just Dance 2 to Just Dance 2015 have DLCs, while games from Just Dance 2016 onwards have Just Dance Unlimited (only for 8th-generation consoles)
    • Songs with censorship added by Ubisoft (Bebe has censorship but it was not added by Ubisoft)
  • This is the only game in the main series that does have:
    • A small arrow underneath the pictograms
    • "GREAT" feedback icons
    • A silhouette behind the coaches
    • A scoring system with scores over 15000
    • Dancers with only one color besides white (in this case, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Surfin' Bird, and Womanizer)
    • Percentage of certain ratings on the Score Recap screen (49% GREAT, for example)
      • A similar feature was introduced in the World Dance Floor for eighth generation consoles on Just Dance 2017 onwards; however, this gives the number of moves in a category (e.g. w OK, x GOOD, y PERFECT and YEAH).
    • Exclusively Solo routines
    • A visual "1, 2, 3, 4" count before the routine commences (Just Dance Kids also has this, but it is not in the main series).
      • However, several songs in Just Dance 2 have an audible "1, 2, 3, 4" countdown.
    • Shake Moves (in later games there are Gold Moves instead)
    • 2D pictograms (from Just Dance 2 onwards, they will be made in 3D)
      • Just Dance 2 pictograms, however, were initially designed to resemble those from the previous game.
  • None of the dancers in the trailer for the game made an appearance in the actual game, as they were only there for promotional reasons.
    • However, the routines they performed were used.
  • The German version has many incorrect spelling mistakes in lyrics and menus.
    • For example, it says "Gepielte Songs" instead of "Gespielte Songs" in the song-overview menu.
  • Scoring was a huge issue, as it was not at its full potential at the time. Hand movements often were read incorrectly and gave you a score of "X" or "OK". The scoring was fixed in its successor and other successive Just Dance games.
    • Because of this, the maximum score is still unknown today.
  • In the files, some pictures are upside-down.
  • All songs have remakes found in the Just Dance Now files except for Groove Is in the Heart.
  • This is the only game in the main series that is playable in both normal 4:3 and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratios. This is because this game is designed to be played in 4:3. Starting with Just Dance 2, the aspect ratio is forced 16:9.
  • In Just Dance 4 Mashups and Party Master Modes, every Just Dance routine has a Just Dance 3-styled extraction (excluding Wannabe), including routines that have not been in any other game.

Beta Elements

For a full list of Just Dance’s beta elements, see Just Dance (video game)/Beta Elements.


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