iheartHazey's 90s EURODANCE PARTY: Wanna go for a rate? - THE END


And Boys as LAST place what a crime don't do this with my ddr childhood (and adulthood)!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Toy Box also deserves better but we all know Tarzan and Jane >>>>>> Best Friend (Russian Lullaby is my favorite song of them tho)
If you thought 'Best Friend' was love-it-or-hate-it...


#66. Rednex - Cotton Eye Joe - 6.228

After 5: #36
After 10: #38
After 15: #46
After 20: #70
After 25: #66
After 30: #56
Final: #66

(Seriously, you guys were ALL over the place on this one.)

Highest: 10 x 5 (@iheartpoptarts, @Daniel_O, @Eric, @Ray, @phily693)

Lowest: 0 x 5 (@CasuallyCrazed, @31entrance, @Empty Shoebox, @Untouchable Ace, @Conan)

Album: Sex & Violins (1995)

Best Charts: #1 (UK), #1 (Austria), #1 (Belgium), #1 (Denmark), #1 (Finland), #1 (Germany), #1 (Netherlands), #1 (New Zealand), #1 (Norway), #1 (Scotland), #1 (Sweden), #1 (Switzerland)

(Take that, haters!)

Producers: Mup a.k.a. Pat Reiniz (of Rednex)

The biggest hit we've eliminated to date, 'Cotton Eye Joe' was an old folk song turned dance bop, and did it ever pay off. And I didn't even bother writing the non-#1 chart positions down, so there's more where all that success came from.

(Take that, haters! Again.)

Rising to fame by portraying rednecks (obvs) in the most stereotypical sense of the word, the Rednex originally consisted of Mary Joe, Bobby Sue, Ken Tacky, Billy Ray, and Mup. Not their real names (obvs).

I say "originally" because they've had a ton of lineup changes over the years. I mean, honestly. I'll just leave this here, shall I?


In their heyday, the Rednex had it all, including music with Max Martin and Denniz PoP, as everyone amazing and Swedish should try for at least once in a career. Sadly, it turns out this is a ballad, so it's not as exciting as it sounds.

They even had their own computer game (included with their EP a la Toy-Box), a point-and-click adventure entitled Inbred with Rednex.

I didn't make this up. Y'all can check it out if you want. It looks not exactly terrible for 1995.

I used to know the steps to the 'Cotton Eye Joe' dance. I wish I could remember them these days. And yes, I do realize this is the kind of thing I could probably YouTube in two seconds.

As for my co-host, when @DJHazey was much younger, he was under the impression that 'Cotton Eye Joe' was a rap song. Apparently his brother didn't let him live that down for quite a while. I hope I'm allowed to tell that story.


@Hudweiser (9) - Twisted genius

@berserkboi (9.6) - Classic Red Neck bop (obvs)

@roborovsky (8) - I’d give Old Pop In An Oak the full 10/10.

Behold the sequel to 'Cotton Eye Joe', in which the guy barbecues his wife's pet skunk, so he goes to hide in a tree.

@Sprockrooster (8) - A problematic fave. Why something with those desastrous lyrics sounds so damn great. *Goes into hiding.

I'll go with you! And so will a lot of people.

@Ray (10) - I know this is objectively awful, but hearing the song made me replay the album AGAIN. Despite its…cover…art.


...Oh. Oh dear.

@phily693 (10) - I only very recently discovered what this song was about and now when I hear it I just have to let anyone around me know that pearl of wisdom because I don’t think it’s as obvious as one might think. It will always remind me of the dance machines at the arcades/amusements.

I could DDR to this!

@Cutlery (7.6) - This is bottom 10 fodder but I genuinely enjoyed how batshit it was. Country has never sounded this awkward and quirky

And indeed, some notable country-inspired pop came up...

@One Stop Candy Shop (8.5) - I wish Kylie had taken notes from this one. I probably would've liked Golden a lot more.

@ohnoitisnathan (8) - Enjoyable in a novelty kind of way. Whoever created Steps and decided to launch them with '5, 6, 7, 8' was obviously a fan of this song.

We've got good memories...

@sfmartin (9) - Infamous. I always thought the memories I had of this song were better than the actual song itself but its actually extremely well put together.

@Eric (10) - I love the blend of country and techno, and there's obviously the countless memories of do-si-doing with strangers at weddings and clubs - it's irresistible.


And bad memories...

@Empty Shoebox (0) - Kill it etc. I've never liked this song, and the number of bad experiences I had at parties in the '90s which I now relate to this song just makes it worse. Maybe I'm not from the right part of the world. Maybe you need to be from somewhere where people can recognise line dancing to appreciate the joke here. I can't say. I just know that whoever it is they were aiming for, it wasn't me.

...So the entirety of the UK didn't in fact learn line dancing thanks to '5,6,7,8' by Steps?

@OspreyQueen (1) - I’ll throw one point at it for spawning some pretty funny memes.

@Seventeen Days (1) - Heard this EVERYWHERE back in the day. Repetitive, irritating, and god that fucking name. Next.

@CasuallyCrazed (0) - Literally in the running for one of the worst songs of all time. Kill it with fire.

A 5?!?!?!?!:

@WowWowWowWow (5) - Thank goodness we only had the one Rednex song make an impact over here. I'm not sure I could have handled multiple singles. Also for this rate I discovered that Lady Rednex also competed in Melodifestivalen under her own name -

- or rather, I knew of this song, but I didn't know she was Lady Rednex. She was one spot away from making it to the final that year! (And then Rednex came back in 2006 which is better left undiscussed....) Anyway Cotton Eye Joe has just overstayed its welcome in my life over the past 20 years. I get it, I understand what they were trying to do, I am sure I have bopped along or done a poor imitation of a line dance to it, but if it were to play on shuffle nowadays, I would probably take a sledgehammer to my phone. And that album cover is 100% cringe.


Good riddance, burn it, etc. I didn't even bother listening to Cotton Eye Joe when it came up. Seeing its name was enough to induce the horrible memories of middle school dances. I only threw it a point because I didn't want to be TOTALLY heartless.

Plus, I was saving my zeros for the Taylor Swift rate dddddddd
How dubious was Technotronic's 'Greatest Hits', though? They only really had one semi-hit post the first album, not including 'Move This'.

'Move It To the Rhythm' was a bop, though (and #52 smash in Australia). I think it would have suited this rate much better than 'Move This':

Check that post-chorus at 1:33.

How have I never heard this before? It's amazing! This would definitely have fared a lot better in the rate than poor old Move This.

Also, good riddance to Cotton Eye Joe! Never liked that, it was just irritating. It was always good for a bar break and not much else.
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I don't know much about Rednex, but yes I grew up hearing this song everywhere. Here in Maine, it's country music all the time especially up where my family's summer camp is in Washington Country (an area close to being officially considered 'Frontier Territory' as far as sparse population) because that's all they listen to there. Somehow red necks everywhere became entranced by "Cotton Eye Joe" as country dance song and every festival, carnival, and parade had it blasting. And yes I did call it rap, I was like 10 years old cut me some slack! I still remember my brother laughing at me because he always considered himself the 'cool' brother growing up.

Next elimination coming soon before I go to a family & friends BBQ all day and @iheartpoptarts will be bringing you two more throughout the day.