Your Mama Don't Dance

"Your Mama Don't Dance" is a hit 1972 song by the rock duo Loggins and Messina. Released on their self-titled album Loggins and Messina, it reached number four on the Billboard pop chart[1] and number 19 on the Billboard Easy Listening Chart[2] as a single in early 1973.

"Your Mama Don't Dance"
Single by Loggins and Messina
from the album Loggins and Messina
B-side"Golden Ribbons"
ReleasedNovember 1972
Format45-rpm record
Recorded1972 at
StudioColumbia Studios, Los Angeles
GenreRock and roll
Songwriter(s)Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina
Producer(s)Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina
Loggins and Messina singles chronology
"Peace of Mind"
"Your Mama Don't Dance"
"Thinking of You"


Jim Messina on the inspiration for
"Your Mama Don't Dance"
"My stepfather...from Arkansas...was not much of a mover or...groover. [But] my mom...loved music. She loved Elvis Presley & Ricky Nelson. She loved [R&B] music. My stepfather was more of an Ernest Tubbs, Hank Snow, Johnny Cash kind of guy. There was not a whole lot of connection or understanding with me wanting to do music, other than from my mom.

So...the line: 'Your mama don't dance & your daddy don't rock & roll',came from me thinking about how my mother wasn't really doing what she loves to do [because] my stepfather was not into rock & roll. He thought the Beatles were just...screaming, long-haired idiots...So I grew up having to put up with that [but] it was [just] a fun lyric [with no intended] social significance whatsoever other than my own experience of a kinda funky household."[3]

This song, whose refrain and first verse is done in a blues format, deals with the 1950s and 1960s lifestyle concerning the generation gap, where the parents oppose the Rock and Roll Revolution, of the younger generation, which includes the rebelliousness against the old society that monitors curfews on dating, as well as being arrested for making love with a girl in the back seat of a car, during a drive-in movie, which happens during the bridge section of the song.

When released as a single, it was the duo's biggest hit as well as their only Gold single.

"Your Mama Don't Dance" was covered in 1973 by Australian band the Bootleg Family Band. It made the top 5 in Australia. "Your Mama Don't Dance" was covered in 1985 by the rock band Y&T, in 1988 by the rock band Poison, and it was the fourth single from their second album Open Up and Say...Ahh!. The Poison version released as a single in 1989 on Capitol Records reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 39 on the Mainstream rock charts and has since gone Gold in the US.[4] The song also charted at number 21 on the Australian charts and number 13 on the UK Singles chart.[5] The single's B-side is "Tearin' Down the Walls".


"Your Mama Don't Dance" is on the following albums:

Kenny Loggins's 1993 Solo Album:

The Poison version is available on:

The Y&T version is available on:


Loggins & Messina version

Chart performance

Weekly singles charts

Poison version

"Your Mama Don't Dance"
Single by Poison
from the album Open Up and Say...Ahh!
B-side"Tearin' Down the Walls"
ReleasedFebruary 1, 1989
FormatCD single, 7-inch single
GenreGlam metal[12]
Songwriter(s)Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina
Producer(s)Tom Werman
Poison singles chronology
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
"Your Mama Don't Dance"
"Unskinny Bop"
Chart (1989–90) Peak
Australian ARIA Charts 21
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[13] 17
UK Singles Chart 13
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 39


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  13. RPM Top Singles - May 8, 1989 RPM Magazine
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