1 Song, 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“I'm a busker,” Toni Watson (aka Tones and I) tells Apple Music, and her music reflects the experience of someone who's spent a long time living in vans and hostels. “This has all happened to someone that is just busking on the street.” And by this, the Mornington Peninsula singer-songwriter means writing Australia's first homegrown chart-topper of 2019. “My manager warned me that ‘Dance Monkey’ wouldn’t be a big track like ‘Johnny Run Away’ [her debut single]. Then all of a sudden it became my biggest hit. I had people singing it back to me at Splendour in the Grass [festival] and it’s been on every single radio station in Australia.” The anthem is a first-hand tale of the expectations placed on performers with a catchy chorus lit up by Watson’s swaggering vocals. “I didn't write this track for radio. I wrote this song for the people at the Byron Bay hostel so we could all dance to it. People were trying to write songs to knock Lil Nas X off his perch; I didn't try to do that. I wrote this song before his song was even released. 'Dance Monkey’ showed me that I'm good enough. I have confidence in the songs that I've written and I'm not going to change anything.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

“I'm a busker,” Toni Watson (aka Tones and I) tells Apple Music, and her music reflects the experience of someone who's spent a long time living in vans and hostels. “This has all happened to someone that is just busking on the street.” And by this, the Mornington Peninsula singer-songwriter means writing Australia's first homegrown chart-topper of 2019. “My manager warned me that ‘Dance Monkey’ wouldn’t be a big track like ‘Johnny Run Away’ [her debut single]. Then all of a sudden it became my biggest hit. I had people singing it back to me at Splendour in the Grass [festival] and it’s been on every single radio station in Australia.” The anthem is a first-hand tale of the expectations placed on performers with a catchy chorus lit up by Watson’s swaggering vocals. “I didn't write this track for radio. I wrote this song for the people at the Byron Bay hostel so we could all dance to it. People were trying to write songs to knock Lil Nas X off his perch; I didn't try to do that. I wrote this song before his song was even released. 'Dance Monkey’ showed me that I'm good enough. I have confidence in the songs that I've written and I'm not going to change anything.”

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Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
327 Ratings

327 Ratings

Jasmine*7 ,

Meh

It’s ok. But her voice is a little annoying.
Not recommending. But some peeps may love it so go for it if you do. But not for me.

♥︎REBELICIOUS♥︎ ,

=ω=

The more you listen to it, the more you get into it- the first time I heard this I was like, ‘what the... this is just unique but in a weird way...’ now I just can’t stop listening to this hit song and I even made an animation about it~ 🐵🕺🏻

SolaDraco ,

Well then

How have the charts come to this ? Can these parents not let their kids buy these songs please. Leave it to the people who have matured and have actual taste in music. It’s catchy I’ll give it that but not in a good way.