[[caption-width-right:350:Yep, the song's now [[{{Earworm}} stuck in your head]]. You're welcome.]]

Officially, it's the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Diu2N8TGKA Infernal Galop]]" from Act II, Scene 2 of Music/JacquesOffenbach's 1858 operetta ''Orpheus in the Underworld.''

To the rest of the world, it's simply "the cancan song." And it's usually (although not always) a cue for high-kicking ChorusGirls to hit the stage. To that end, it's a quintessential part of the PublicDomainSoundtrack and StandardSnippet tropes.

(And if the song's already running through your head as you read this? Yeah, it's a major {{Earworm}} as well...)

Because of its high-energy, feel-good nature, its use as a trope falls under one of the following conditions:

* '''Type A:''' Accompanying a performance of the cancan dance itself.
* '''Type B:''' To underscore a comedic/slapstick action sequence.

Remember: not all performances of the cancan (dance) are set to the Cancan Song, and not all appearances of the song signal a performance of the dance.



* The Shop Rite supermarket chain's long-running annual (and more recently, ''semi-''annual) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLjtiDWHKuI Can Can sale of canned goods]]. Type A, but with custom lyrics ''("Now, Shop Rite does the cancan/Selling lots of brands of/Everything in/Cans cans!")''
* Also Type A: Scottish brewer Irn-Bru set a world record in 2009 by getting 10,000 people to kick up their heels as part of their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j67PLblVts "Can Clan" campaign]]. Real cancan dancers were recruited to help out.
* At one point K-Mart used a variant of the "Infernal Galop" to advertise its then-new(ish) Super Kmart hypercenters.

* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Type B. The song typically plays whenever there's a BarBrawl.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', this is one of the {{standard snippet}}s played by MusicalAssassin Nonon in her fight against Ryuko.
** It also plays in episode 16 while Senketsu narrates the world's shortest RecapEpisode [[https://youtu.be/_Om2EraGQwg in under a minute and a half]].
* ''[[Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters]]'' has a version sung by Tristan and Joey as their "Victory Dance".
--> "We just kicked a little can can, tell me who's the man, man!"
* ''[[Anime/PrettyCureAllStars Pretty Cure Dream Stars!]]'' plays an instrumental of this during the girls' fight against the giant dog.
* ''Anime/OsomatsuKun'': The 1988 series uses it in a Type B fashion accompanying chase sequences, most often involving the sextuplets and Iyami.

* ''Film/FrenchCancan'': Type A, and rightly so.
* Averted in both the 1952 and [[Film/MoulinRouge 2001]] ''Moulin Rouge'' films, although Music/FatboySlim's thumping version from the latter has become an alternate soundtrack for many dance troupes, and the pitch scene is performed to the same music.
* Also averted in the Music/FrankSinatra[=/=]Creator/ShirleyMacLaine film of Music/ColePorter's ''Can-Can.''
* ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' has a Type B usage of the song: the (literally) closeted Captain Shakespeare minces about in his wardrobe while a sword battle rages outside his cabin.
* ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'': Averted in the live-action saloon scenes, but played straight as a Type A when Elmer Fudd is chasing Bugs and Daffy through the Louvre and they wind up in one of Toulouse-Lautrec's paintings.
* ''Film/PetersFriends'' begins with six college friends performing the Can-Can based "The Underground Song" at a school function before graduation. At the end of the movie, [[{{Bookends}} they sing the song together at a reunion]], cementing their TrueCompanions status.
* ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'': Type B, when George beats some {{mooks}}.
* ''Film/MidnightInParis'': Type A, when Gil and Adriana watch a nightclub performance of the cancan.
* ''Film/EasyVirtue'' has Type A. Larita and Hilda perform a can-can routine for a local pageant. HilarityEnsues when Hilda mistakenly thinks she should be GoingCommando to perform the dance.
--> "Is it my imagination, or is your daughter dancing without her scanties?"

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Series/TheBennyHillShow had at least two Type A occurences -- but in these cases, they were "normal" women (e.g. policewomen, hospital nurses) inspired to kick it up when the song commenced. (Ironically, the one time the show included REAL cancan dancers, they performed to Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance.")
* A scene in ''Series/KamenRiderExAid[=:=] [[TheMovie True Ending]]'' has this playing when Poppy is getting in the way of Hiiro taking a picture of his [[LotusEaterMachine supposed]] daughter winning a footrace.

* Long-running English band Bad Manners feature a ska-flavored take on Music/TheCancanSong as a part of their set. That's the good news. The ''bad'' news is that their (male, bald) singer will often ''perform'' the cancan. In drag.
* KrautRock[=/=]SpaceRock band Music/{{Can}} snuck a version onto their eponymous 1979 album (as part of their "Ethnological Forgery" series). [[IncrediblyLamePun Doubles]] as a StealthPun on their name.
* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXcieUVLz-I chiptune version]] was built out of sounds and samples from VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 And it is ''hilarious.''
* Acapella group Straight No Chaser's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E-47VmFopE "Christmas Can-Can"]].
* Steampunk duo Frenchy and the Punk use it at the end of "Yes! I'm French". In concerts, Frenchy calls audience members to [[AudienceParticipationSong form a can-can line in front of the stage]].
* Shakespeare Aloud use the Infernal Galop to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhSI3xevPDI cram every single title of the Bard's works into just under a minute 'n' a half]].

[[folder: Theme Parks]]
* Any Wild West-themed park with saloon girls will likely fall into Type A territory.
* Averted at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks DisneyLand]]: their recent revival of the Golden Horseshoe Saloon show used Music/ColePorter's ''Can-Can'' song.
* The UsefulNotes/GreatDickensChristmasFair: Type A, to accompany performances by [[http://www.cancanbijou.com Le Cancan Bijou]].

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Too many occurences to mention. See the "Video Games" folder under PublicDomainSoundtrack.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': Type B (the scene where the Royal Chef is chasing Sebastian the Crab, and [[HilarityEnsues comic mayhem ensues]]).
* Both in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''. In an episode where Carl and Hoodsey enter Brandon's monkey into a pet talent show, Ginger arrives home to find the monkey wearing a skirt and dancing the can-can.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' song "Be Careful What You Eat" is sung by Yakko, Wakko, and Dot to the tune of this song about the ingredients in ice cream.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode "The Really Great Dictator" when Brain teaches Pinky about what it takes to be a good dictator he sings it to the tune of this song, when Pinky hears it he puts on a dress and does the cancan dance.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The number of amateur and professional dance troupes worldwide who perform the cancan to the Infernal Gallop is literally in the hundreds, if not thousands.