“Let’s Dance” is the title album track on David Bowie’s album Let’s Dance. It was also released as the first single from that album in 1983, and went on to become one of his biggest-selling tracks. The single was one of Bowie’s fastest selling to date, entering the UK singles chart at number five on its first week of release, staying at the top of the charts for three weeks. Soon afterwards, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100, Bowie’s only single to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic. It narrowly missed topping the Australian charts, peaking at number two.
The music video was made by David Mallet on location in Australia including a bar in Carinda in New South Wales, featured Bowie watching an Aboriginal couple’s struggles against metaphors of Western cultural imperialism impassively while playing with his band. Bowie described this video (and the video for his subsequent single, “China Girl”) as “very simple, very direct” statements against racism and oppression