Josh Turner – “Why Don’t We Just Dance”

Juli Thanki | August 24th, 2009

josh-turner-why-dont-we-just-danceJosh Turner is blessed with one of those rich voices that can sing just about anything and make it sound great (“Trailerhood” being the exception that proves the rule). In the past four years, he’s chalked up six consecutive top 20 singles, and his newest, from upcoming album Haywire (scheduled to drop in November), looks like it will continue his streak.

Remember Neal McCoy’s 1995 smash “They’re Playin’ Our Song?” “Why Don’t We Just Dance” is its more energetic cousin. Here, Turner is simultaneously playful and earnest in a manner that’s reminiscent of his cover of “One Woman Man” and his fastest rising single to date, “Firecracker,” as he asks his woman to turn off the television and start cutting a rug with him.

With a boisterous barroom piano and fiddle arrangement, “Why Don’t We Just Dance” is catchy enough to inspire a listener or two to boogie on down to the tune of Turner’s cajoling: “This little bitty living room ain’t gonna look like much/But when the lights go down and we move the couch it’s gonna be more than enough/For my two left feet and our two hearts beating/Nobody’s gonna see us go crazy/So, baby, why don’t we just dance.” It’s three minutes of escapist fun, and Turner’s charming performance on the track is further proof that he’s one of country music’s most talented young A-listers; this may not be the greatest vocal turn of his career but it’s still a pleasure to listen to.

Welcome back to country radio, Josh. You’ve been missed.

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  1. Leeann Ward
    August 24, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I like this song, but I think that Josh’s vocal is almost too serious on a song that warrants a looser rendering, since the lyrics are pretty light. I think that’s Josh’s problem much of the time with the exception of “Lorretta Lynn’s Lincoln” where he deliciously lets loose.

  2. jen
    August 24, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I have no idea how anyone could think Josh is too serious on this song. He is very playful and I absolutely love this song. I can’t wait to hear the whole album. Josh hasn’t disappointed me yet.

    I agree with the reviewer-THUMBS UP!!!!

  3. JUDY
    August 24, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Love this song and Josh sings it perfectly! Makes me want to get up and dance every time I hear it!
    I feel like it will be a big hit for Josh. Can’t wait to get the album on 11/10.

    Two thumbs up here!!

  4. Jan
    August 24, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I love this song. With Josh’s voice and the way he sings it, I expect a hit for Josh. I,for one, stop what I’m doing and “just dance” every time I hear it. We’ve waited a long time for a new single, but this song is worth the wait. I’m very eager to hear the rest of the new album. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

    Thumbs up for a great review!

  5. Drew
    August 24, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Sounds fun, but really not much to it. I’d give it a sideways thumb.

  6. Julie
    August 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    2 thumbs up for Josh Turner & Why Don’t We Just Dance. I sure missed Josh being played on the radio & I’m sure this song will be a big hit for him & that a new line dance will break out for this fun song!

  7. jamie
    August 24, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Love the new Josh Turner song. It was well worth the wait. Looking forward to the new album as well. Should be a great one!

  8. Nicolas
    August 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Great song, I luv Josh Turner! =D

  9. Mayor Jobob
    August 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I was hoping “Baby, I Go Crazy” would be released from his latest album. But alas….

  10. Baron Lane
    August 24, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Reminds me of the Dixie Chicks – Some Days You Gotta Dance. Good stuff.

  11. Evie
    August 24, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I think this song is great. It literally makes you want to get up and start dancing! Well done, Josh.

  12. Rick
    August 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I always get a kick out of the gushing from each artist’s personal flock of crazed fangurls/fanboyz that show up when their fave’s are mentioned here. Its just all so “ginchy”! (lol)

    Josh is like the Nashville country music equivalent of Diogenes. Rather than looking for one honest man Josh is always searching for a great country song, and both of them seem to have had about the same luck…

  13. James S.
    August 24, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    For me, this is a good example on how a song can be simple and fun while still being enjoyable. Another thumbs up here.

  14. Stormy
    August 24, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Evie: Don’t watch any form of advertising. Ever. Okay?

  15. waynoe
    August 24, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I’m just ecstatic that there is a positive review here for a change.

  16. Brady Vercher
    August 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Out of the last 10 single reviews, 7 have been positive. So I’m not sure what this “change” is that you speak of.

  17. Bonnie
    August 25, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Josh Turner’s new song is great! I just saw him perform it live and it was easy to see that it will be a hit for Josh. I’ve also seen one of the co-writers (Jonathan Singleton) perform and it was even better.

  18. SMB
    August 26, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Awesome awesome awesome song! Josh Turner is consistent and unique. I’m very happy this one was up on iTunes so quick!

  19. Tom
    August 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    this must be one of the greatest country songs ever recorded.

  20. Drew
    August 26, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Pray tell why Tom…

  21. Tom
    August 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    enough said, drew – enough said.

  22. TenPoundHammer
    August 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I’m reminded of “She Loves to Hear Me Rock” by Turner Nichols.

    There’s your daily obscure reference, courtesy of TenPoundHammer.

    August 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Don’t stop the Rockin! JOSH TURNER
    If your feet aren’t tappin and your hips aren’t a wigglin, then you suck!!!! This is a classic West Coast Swing, Get the HELL UP on the Dance Floor of your kitchen, garage, etc. and JUST DANCE with your better half.

    Cut A Rug!!!!! Folks Cut A Rug!!!!!


    This Song Simply lifts You up to the Dance Floor wherever You may be.

  24. susan
    September 10, 2009 at 8:48 pm


  25. shannon
    September 18, 2009 at 12:07 am

    i love josh and think that radio and country music as a whole ignores alot of his best stuff.

  26. Tom
    September 18, 2009 at 3:45 am

    songs about getting a couch-potato up and make her move around a little won’t change that significantly.

  27. shannon
    September 18, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Well he’s still one of the best concerts i’ve ever seen and when i saw him he was only opening for Carrie Underwood and she was nothing compared to him live. Thats why halfway through the third song we got up and left.

  28. tiffany
    September 18, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I just love this song. Everytime me and my boyfriend hear it we “just dance”! I just wish they’d actually play it on the darn radio more often. But anyways this is one FANTASTIC song!!

  29. Jay
    October 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    The Review is 100% Correct.
    Welcome back to Country Radio Josh!

  30. Nancy
    October 9, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I think that this fellow has it all!!!!! He has the voice and the looks and the pizzzaz!!! He is the next Elvis and Johnny Cash. GREAT JOB JOSH!!!!

  31. Brady Vercher
    October 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

    He’s pretty close to having it all, but I think he’s missing one thing: MUTTON CHOPS!!!

  32. Lucas
    October 9, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Josh Turner has more talent in his non-dominant-hand pinky than 90% of the artists on my radio combined.

  33. Jim Malec
    October 9, 2009 at 9:19 am

    @Lucas: Why do you still own a radio?

  34. Lucas
    October 9, 2009 at 9:52 am

    …I ask myself the same question.

  35. lauren
    February 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    you are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hot i love your song why don’t we gust dance i rocks i love that song.

  36. Chris N.
    February 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I’ve never understood the phenomenon of people apparently thinking every blog post about an artist was actually written by that artist, and that therefore the comments section functions as a direct line of communication to that artist.

  37. Ben Foster
    March 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    “Why Don’t We Just Dance” is one of the most genuinely country songs I’ve heard in quite some time, and I always love hearing songs about dancing. They make me want to do just that – DANCE! I’m not surprised that this song became Turner’s biggest hit to date.

  38. Rox
    May 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Great song & video. Anybody know who the lovely lady dancer is in it?

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