“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 chartand number 19 on the Billboard Easy Listening Chart as a single in early 1973.
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 rockcharts and has since gone Gold in the US. The song also charted at number 21 on the Australian charts and number 13 on the UK Singles chart. The single’s B-side is “Tearin’ Down the Walls”.