If the vocal track is the heart of a song, the rhythm track––the beat––is its body. It is the sonic element that taps into the most primal part of us and makes us want to move.

Four on The Floor breaks the beat down, and examines the endless experimentation that has taken place at its core, the very bedrock of all music. Charting the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beatbox and beyond––from Little Richard and James Brown to disco and EDM Please visti pbs.org for more information.

Featured Stories/Artists:

  • Producers The Dream and Tricky Stewart talk about writing and recordingBeyonce’s “Single Ladies”
  • The Disco Era : Chic, Donna Summer, and the Bee Gees
  • Post Disco: Blondie, Madonna and the sounds of the 80s
  • The rise of Electronic Dance Music

Song List

  • 1. Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk
  • 2. Soul Power – James Brown
  • 3. Shake Your Groove Thing – Peaches & Herb
  • 4. I Could Be The One – Avicii vs Nicky Romero
  • 5. Single Ladies – Beyoncé
  • 6. Sit Down Servant – The Staples Singers
  • 7. Rip It Up – Little Richard
  • 8. Keep a Knockin – Little Richard
  • 9. She Knows How to Rock – Little Richard
  • 10. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
  • 11. Dancing in the Streets – Martha & The Vandellas
  • 12. Tracks of My Tears – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  • 13. Shop Around – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  • 14. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops
  • 15. Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud – James Brown
  • 16. Night Train – James Brown
  • 17. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
  • 18. New Speedway Boogie – Grateful Dead
  • 19. Soul Sacrifice – Santana
  • 20. Fried Neck Bones And Some Home Fries – Santana
  • 21. Evil Ways – Willie Bobo
  • 22. Evil Ways – Santana
  • 23. Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
  • 24. Love to Love You Baby – Donna Summer
  • 25. Shake Your Groove Thing – Peaches & Herb
  • 26. Everybody Dance – Chic
  • 27. Don’t Leave Me This Way (Tom Moulton Mix 1976) – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
  • 28. Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees
  • 29. You Should Be Dancing – The Bee Gees
  • 30. How Deep Is Your Love? – The Bee Gees
  • 31. Everywhere (Jellybean Benitez remix) – Fleetwood Mac
  • 32. Burning Up – Madonna
  • 33. Physical Attraction – Madonna
  • 34. Holiday – Madonna
  • 35. The Glamorous Life – Sheila E
  • 36. Papua New Guinea – The Future Sound of London
  • 37. Go! – Moby
  • 38. Forever Today – Tiësto
  • 39. Maximal Crazy – Tiësto