The song's definitive 80s feeling is reminiscent of U2 mixed with every other synth-laden, neon-wearing, jean-jacket-having song you can think of. However, it's catchy and the 80s are in style again (for some reason), so we'll all sing along.
Did you know?
This song is based on a true story! During a break from recording, the band went to a club where a girl grabbed lead singer Nicholas Petricca's arm and told him "Shut up and dance!"
“Shut Up and Dance” is the hit single from the band's third studio record, entitled Talking is Hard.
Bassist Kevin Ray is credited as the band's bassist, a vocalist, and "casual rainstick" player.
“Shut Up and Dance” hit an all time high on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with a position of 4.
In a scientific study of Billboard hits, "Shut Up and Dance" is stated to be so popular for two reasons: its simplicity and its repetition. "Shut Up and Dance" is repeated 12 times in the song!