Leave it to icon David Bowie to be able to keep a straight face when singing in a room full of goblin puppets as the goblin king Jareth in Jim Henson’s “Labyrinth”.
Though the movie takes place in a mythical realm, the legend’s undeniable cool factor made it hard for audiences to take their eyes off of him as he danced and sang around the castle like it was a stage. Who knew a mullet and ruffled blouse could look so strangely spellbinding!
Dinner Guests Impromptu Dance to “Day-O” in “Beetlejuice”
There are some scenes in movies that are so completely unexpected that they actually end up surprisingly becoming our favorite scenes. The campy horror film “Beetlejuice” has many memorable scenes and characters, but few can forget the dinner dance scene to the song “Day-O.”
In the scene, possessed dinner guests suddenly begin singing and dancing to the Jamaican song, “Day-O” with one guest even using an ice bucket as a drum. The whole scene where they dance around the table is both shocking and hilarious.
Backstreet Boys’ Surprise Appearance in “This Is the End”
From mastering their dance moves and songs, to choosing their favorite member of the boy band, there was no ‘90s group bigger than the Backstreet Boys. Who knew that decades later, we would see the pop group rocking out in a massive musical number at the end of the comedy-disaster film “This Is the End”?
In the scene, the Backstreet Boys show off their signature moves in heaven surrounded by a huge dancing crowd. The scene is everything we could want — ‘90s pop music, hilarious actors, and ridiculous costumes.
Anna and the King Performing “Shall We Dance?” in “The King and I”
From elaborately decorated sets to award-winning costume design, “The King and I” is often thought of as a work of art, and that’s not even mentioning the musical and dance numbers. In the film's most poignant scene, Deborah Kerr as Anna Leonowens teaches Yul Brynner’s character, King Mongkut of Siam, how to dance the polka.
Though the scene may seem tame compared to today’s standard, the King grabbing Anna’s waist to pull her in tight for dance was very scandalous for its time. Swoon!
Impromptu Performance of “You Don’t Own Me” in “First Wives Club”
Any film starring Hollywood’s funniest women, Bette Middler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton, is bound to be hilarious. Refusing to be defeated by the behavior of the men in their lives, the three women band together to support one another.
The characters' journey of empowerment is perfectly summed up in their rendition of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” which the ladies perform after an event. Watching that scene, it’s hard not to want to throw on a white suit and join the stars as they sing that powerful anthem!