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5 fun facts about the “Chicken Dance”

No wedding reception is complete without a mediocre poultry dish, booze, and the “Chicken Dance” song. While often placed firmly on the “do not play” list along with “YMCA” and the “Macarena,” the song about flapping your wings like a deranged bird still sneaks onto the set list of countless wedding DJs. Instead of rolling your eyes when the catchy tune starts blasting at your next wedding shindig, brush up on your trivia about the song and impress fellow guests. Think of it as the perfect icebreaker for any trivia-loving lady or feller.

Without further ado, check out five fun facts about the “Chicken Dance” song:

  1. Swiss accordian player Werner Thomas created the song and corresponding dance in the 1950s.
  2. More than 140 versions of the song have been recorded, selling a whopping 40 million copies worldwide.
  3. The name of the original Swiss song was “Der Ententanz,” or “The Duck Dance.”
  4. The dance first came to the United States in 1981 during Oktoberfest celebrations in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A German band wanted to demonstrate the dance in costume for a local TV station, but a duck costume could not be located, so a chicken costume was used. Hence, chicken dance instead of duck dance.
  5. In 2004, Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil served as Grand Marshall of the World’s Largest Chicken Dance in Cinncinati. VH1 called the appearance “the single least metal moment in history.”

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