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Uptown Funk You Up for the 50+ Set

3 entertaining videos show how the song inspires dance — and parody

By Jill Yanish

You can’t escape it. The song Uptown Funk is everywhere, and the catchy tune is inspiring all ages to hit the dance floor and bust a move.

Last week, Michelle Obama, 51, and Ellen DeGeneres, 57, used it in a good-natured dance-off on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, celebrating five years of the First Lady’s anti-childhood obesity initiative. The two fiftysomethings proved kids aren’t the only ones who can have a good time — and look great — getting their funk on.

Uptown Funk has also inspired parodies, including this one by singer Alex Boye and The Dancing Grannies. This “Oldtown” cover of the song shows that smooth and funky can pair up nicely together.


“Don’t believe me, just watch.”

And for Downton Abbey lovers, check out this quick mash-up of Uptown Funk and the hit PBS show. With the end of Season 5, many of you may be going through Downton withdrawal. This video will help fill the void with pointed humor aimed at the British aristocracy and coupled with some mean dance moves.

Jill Yanishwas formerly the associate editor for Next Avenue.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University and has written for various Twin Cities publications. Read More
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