Eddy Grant - I Don't Wanna Dance

Eddy Grant – I Don’t Wanna Dance

“I Don’t Wanna Dance” is a song by Guyanese-British musician Eddy Grant. It was released in 1982 with Acapella version of the song on the B-side as the second single from his sixth studio album “Killer on the Rampage.” The song is one of Eddy Grant’s most well-known hits and is celebrated for its unique blend of reggae and pop influences.

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“I Don’t Wanna Dance” is characterized by its infectious reggae-influenced rhythm and Grant’s distinctive vocals. The song’s production captures the spirit of the Caribbean and is known for its catchy and danceable quality. The lyrics of the song convey the theme of a person’s reluctance to dance or engage in social activities due to personal reservations. The song’s narrator expresses a desire to be left alone and not to participate in dancing, but the catchy rhythm and music convey a contrasting message of fun and celebration.


“I Don’t Wanna Dance” was a commercial success, reaching high positions on music charts, including #1 on the UK Singles Chart, and in New Zealand. The song’s unique fusion of reggae and pop elements, combined with Grant’s charismatic performance, contributed to its popularity. It remains a classic in Eddy Grant’s discography and a notable song from the 1980s.

Eddy Grant – I Don’t Wanna Dance – Lyrics