Music For Ballroom Dancing

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Great music makes all the difference whether you’re practicing at home or dancing the night away.  These are our go-to tunes for the most popular dances.  We’ve listed classics of the genre, beginner-friendly songs with a steady, easy-to-find beat, and our favorite finds that are fun and popular to dance to.  Happy dancing!

WALTZ
Count: 123 123
Tempo:  30-32 mpm

Classics
“Moon River” by Andy Williams
“Open Arms” by Journey
“Fascination” by Nat King Cole

Beginner Friendly
“Take It To The Limit” by The Eagles
“At This Moment” by Michael Buble
“Cara Mia” by Eric Tingstad

Revolution Favorites
“Dreams Are More Precious” by Enya
“Sandy’s Song” by Dolly Parton & Gregg Perry
“Between Two Love” by Kim Yoon

TANGO
Count: SSQQS
Tempo:  30-32 mpm

 Classics
“Amargura” by Stanley Black
“Blue Tango” by Leroy Anderson
“Tango de Roxanne” by “Casa Musica”

 Beginner Friendly
“Tango” by Cirque Du Soliel
“Dance With Me” by Debelah Morgan
“The Other Tango” by Brent Thomas Mills

Revolution Favorites
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Tanghetto
“Tangwerk” by Otros Aires
“Enjoy The Silence” by Tanghetto

FOXTROT
Count: SSQQ
Tempo:  32-34 mpm

Classics
“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
“Mack the Knife” by Michael Buble
“Fever” by Peggy Lee

 Beginner Friendly
“You Make Me Feel So Young” by Frank Sinatra
“Beyond The Sea” by Bobby Caldwell
“Have You Met Miss Jones?” by Robbie Williams

Revolution Favorites
“Stand By Me” by Joseph Leo Bwarie
“Wade In The Water” by Eva Cassidy
“You’re The Boss” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

VIENNESE WALZ
Count: 123 123
Tempo:  53-54 mpm

Classics
“Caribbean Blue” by Enya
“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
“Si Volvieras A Mi” by Josh Groban

Beginner Friendly
“Time In A Bottle” by Jim Croce
“Annie’s Song” by John Denver
“Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson

Revolution Favorites
“If You Love Her” by Forest Blank, Meghan Trainor
“Nara  (Theme to  Cold Case)“ by E.S. Posthumus
“Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls

RUMBA
Count: SQQ SQQ
Tempo:  30-32 mpm

Classics
“Besame Mucho – Inspirando en ‘Coco’” by Jorge Blanco
“Hungry Eyes Dirty Dancing” by Eric Carmen
“Libre” by DJ Estefan

Beginner Friendly
“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
“Bella Luna” by  Jason Miraz
“Senorita” by Shawn Mendez, Camila Cabello

Revolution Favorites
“Summertime Sadness – Bossa Version” by Veer Glider
“She’s on Fire” by Matt White
“No Woman No Cry” by Urban Love, Astrud C, moana

CHA CHA
Count: 1 23 4&1 23 4&1
Tempo:  30 mpm

Classics
“Cuban Pete” by Tito Puente & His Orchestra
“Oye Como Va” by Santana
“I Like It Like That” by CFD, Ross Mitchell

Beginner Friendly
“Havana (feat. Young Thug)” by Camila Cabella, Young Thug
“Smooth Operator” by Sade
“Evil Ways” by Santana

Revolution Favorites
“Short Skirt-Long Jacket” by Cake
“He Wants To Cha Cha (She Just Wants To Twist)” by Michael Andrew & Swingerhead
“New Fav Thing” by Danger Twins

EAST COAST SWING
Count: 12 3&4 5&6
Tempo:  34-36 mpm

Classics
“That’ll Be The Day” by Buddy Holly, The Crickets
“Dancing In the Moonlight ” by King Harvest
“Stray Cat Strut” by Stray Cats

Beginner Friendly
“My Girl” by The Temptations
“Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes” by Michael Buble
“Movin’ and Groovin’” by Sam Cooke

Revolution Favorites
“Stutter” Maroon 5
“You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates
“Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News

Argentine Tango

Classics
“Come Il Faut” by Carlos DiSarli
“Mi Buenos Aires Querido” by Carlos Gardel
“Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)” by Gotan Project

Beginner Friendly
“El Choclo” by Orchestra Ensemble / Lalo Schifrin
“Don Juan (2nd Version)” by Carlos DiSarli
“Recuerdo” by Osvaldo Pugliese & E. Moreno

Revolution Favorites
“Grand Guignol” by Bajofondo
“Los Vino” by Otros Aires
“Nothing Else Matters” by Apocalyptica

More Argentine Tango Music
Carlos Di Sarli

Francisco Canaro

Juan D’Arienzo

Miguel Calo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-
_jWg6L2bAk&list=PLscc9GzL1POST1x9SpA6FsCi4jpGPFnhR&index=2
Rodolfo Biagi

Osvaldo Pugliese

Alfredo De Angelis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=K8fD5pFioXM&index=1&list=PLNBStxu25fyPHbRQHwtKFvDwXdzTOXvkT
D’Agostino
https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=MXdS3uag_7U&index=1&list=PLNBStxu25fyPmVgTy3uGZwHAfq-PTOmPq
Osvaldo Fresedo

Hector Varela

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http://ballroombeats.com

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