"Dancing Barefoot"
Single by Patti Smith Group
from the album Wave
B-side"5-4-3-2-1" (Live)
ReleasedMay 1979 (1979-05)
RecordedBearsville Studios
Songwriter(s)Patti Smith, Ivan Král
Producer(s)Todd Rundgren
Patti Smith singles chronology
"Dancing Barefoot"
"So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star"
Audio sample

"Dancing Barefoot" is a rock song written by Patti Smith and Ivan Král, and released as a second single from the Patti Smith Group's 1979 album Wave.[1] According to the album sleeve, the song was dedicated to women such as Amedeo Modigliani's mistress Jeanne Hébuterne.

In 1998, the song featured on the soundtrack of Whatever, a coming of age film starring Liza Weil.[2]

In 2000, a live version was released on the benefit album Broadcasts Vol. 8 from KGSR in Austin, Texas.[3]

In 2010, the song ranked number 331 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[4]

Cover versions


  1. ^ "Dancing Barefoot". Archived from the original on 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  2. ^ "Whatever (1998) soundtrack". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-06-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  5. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (18.2 '95 – 25.2 '95)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 18 February 1995. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  6. ^ Chamber – Solitude at Discogs (list of releases)
  7. ^ "Dancing Barefoot - First Aid Kit (Patti Smith cover)". YouTube. 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  8. ^ ""Big Music (Deluxe Edition)" von Simple Minds auf Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com.