"Shut Up and Dance" as written by Ryan Mcmahon, Eli Maiman, Sean Waugaman, Nicholas Petricca, Kevin Ray and Benjamin Berger....
Oh don't you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you're holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me

We were victims of the night
The chemical, physical, kryptonite
Helpless to the bass and the fading light
Oh we were bound to get together
Bound to get together

She took my arm
I don't know how it happened
We took the floor and she said

Oh don't you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you're holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me

A backless dress and some beat up sneaks
My discotheque Juliet teenage dream
I felt it in my chest as she looked at me
I knew we were bound to be together
Bound to be together

She took my arm
I don't know how it happened
We took the floor and she said

Oh don't you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you're holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me

Deep in her eyes
I think I see the future
I realize this is my last chance

She took my arm
I don't know how it happened
We took the floor and she said

Oh don't you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you're holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance

Oh don't you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you're holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me

Oh oh oh shut up dance with me
Oh oh oh shut up dance with me


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"Shut Up and Dance" as written by Kevin Ray Nicholas Petricca

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  • +9
    General CommentIn my perspective, I see a spontaneous girl and a shy guy... She takes him to lots of dances out of free will and she just pulls him into the music and the beat. Her free spirt is what the guy continuously falls in love with.
    LittleSongBird31on March 28, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI like this song way too much.

    So now let's ruin the message of it by overanalyzing it! :)


    Oh don't you dare look back
    Just keep your eyes on me.
    I said your holding back,
    She said shut up and dance with me!
    This woman is my destiny
    She said oh oh oh
    Shut up and dance with me


    Obviously the young man has a problem with overthinking things and regretting the past, and he encounters a girl without that particular problem (don't you dare look back, just keep your eyes on me...)


    We were victims of the night,
    The chemical, physical, kryptonite
    Helpless to the bass and the fading light
    Oh we were born to get together,
    Born to get together....

    A backless dress and some beat up sneaks,
    My disco tec Juliet teenage dream.
    I felt it in my chest as she looked at me.
    I knew we were born to be together,
    Born to be together...

    Deep in her eyes,
    I think I see the future.
    I realize this is my last chance.....


    Obviously it all feels predestined to him, and he goes on about THAT in his overwrought way. I kind of doubt she's thought about it that much.

    She took my arm,
    I don't know how it happened.
    We took the floor and she said

    Oh don't you dare look back
    Just keep your eyes on me.
    I said your holding back,
    She said shut up and dance with me!
    This woman is my destiny
    She said oh oh oh
    Shut up and dance with me


    So she's taken control of him and the situation. He wants to discuss the wonder of the whole thing, and she just wants to dance/enjoy the moment.

    Perhaps she knows this isn't a permanent thing? Or maybe it is, so she wants to enjoy it together, without going over the regrets of the past?
    42 stepson May 19, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song has been playing on the radio at work for a few wks now...it gets stuck in my head...and the first time i heard it, i got up and danced alone (it was late at night)

    i am an ASCA, and there was only one person that helped me forget about my pain. <3 i am truly grateful for God's plan for me!
    redeemedcysteron May 12, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow this is making the charts?? Nothing original going on here, but it definitely is going for the pop signature of trying to repeat certain lines enough times that it gets stuck into your head.

    Mission accomplishment by the look of their Youtube views and Billboard position!
    sokornyon May 19, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song could be taken far more then just a single night of dancing. I think it's very representative of a relationship, even just the beginning of it. He's shy and prone to worrying, and she's confident and always living in the moment. He could be stuck where he is, and she's dragging him helplessly forward in life, and he is loving every minute of it.

    They were meant to be together, and perhaps it started with a single dance, but it ended with the rest of their life.

    And it's cute and poppy, I like this song.
    umber16934on December 03, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a guy finding a girl who likes him and is confident in herself. He is expressing feelings of the time he was asked to dance.
    SecretiveAngelon March 12, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song seems to be about enjoying oneself and having a good time, not worrying about being too serious.
    Mellow_Harsheron May 14, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a shy and awkward guy falling for a girl who is a free spirit.
    musicaddicted9794on August 13, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is fun.

    Basically a girl ask a awkward guy to dance with her. The awkward guy enjoys being with her and thinks she is the gal. So, he tried flirting with her (act cool) and the girl just shut him up and keep dancing with him.

    Such a fun song. I wish more song like this is on the radio.
    2015071on September 28, 2016   Link

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