3. The Hitchhiker
In 1962, Marvin Gaye released a song called “Hitch Hike,” that he co-wrote with Clarence Paul and William “Mickey” Stevenson. The song would spark the Hitch Hike dance craze when Gaye performed it on American Bandstand and did the dance move on stage (the dance move, as you might remember, consisted of making the hitch hike gesture a few times). The crowd started dancing along, and soon the nation had its next dance craze! Gaye also performed the song on the T.A.M.I. Show, which helped fuel the fad.
The single was successful, landing Gaye his first top forty pop single when it reached number 30 on the charts. The song was also covered by The Sonics, The Rolling Stones, and Alice Cooper (believe it or not). See his performance of the song and dance below from the 1964 T.A.M.I. Show, and just try not to dance along!