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!

Count: 123 123
Tempo:  30-32 mpm

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

Beginner Friendly
“Take It To The Limit” by The Eagles
“If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Simply Red
“I Wonder Why” by Curtis Stigers

Revolution Favorites
“Dreams Are More Precious” by Enya
“Sandy’s Song” by Dolly Parton & Gregg Perry
“As My Heart Desires” by John Adorney

Count: SSQQS
Tempo:  30-32 mpm

“Amargura” by Stanley Black
“Por Una Cabeza” by Carlos Gardel
“Tango de Roxanne” by “Casa Musica”

 Beginner Friendly
“Tango” by Cirque Du Soliel
“Dance With Me” by Debelah Morgan
“Dark Eyes” by Stanley Black

Revolution Favorites
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Tanghetto
“Deja Me En Paz” by Dance Mania
“E.T.” by Katy Perry

Count: SSQQ
Tempo:  32-34 mpm

“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Frank Sinatra
“Mack the Knife” by Michael Buble
“Fever” by Peggy Lee

 Beginner Friendly
“You Make Me Feel So Young” by Frank Sinatra
“Orange Colored Sky” by Natalie Cole
“Have You Met Miss Jones?” by Robbie Williams

Revolution Favorites
“Hit Me With a Hot Note” by Tami Tappan Damiano
“Beyond The Sea” by Bobby Caldwell
“You’re The Boss” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Count: 123 123
Tempo:  53-54 mpm

“Caribbean Blue” by Enya
“Mr Bojangles” by Jim Croce
“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
“One And Only” by Adele
“Nara  (Theme to  Cold Case)“ by E.S. Posthumus
“Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls

Count: SQQ SQQ
Tempo:  30-32 mpm

“Besame Mucho” by Tuxedo Junction Ballroom Band
“Hungry Eyes Dirty Dancing” by Eric Carmen
“Quando, Quando, Quando” by Michael Buble & Nelly Furtado

Beginner Friendly
“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
“Asi” by  Gizzelle D’Cole
“Cupid” by Sam Cooke

Revolution Favorites
“Fields Of Gold” by Sting
“Sway” by Pussycat Dolls
“Brilliant Disguise” by Bruce Springsteen

Count: 1 23 4&1 23 4&1
Tempo:  30 mpm

“Guantan Amera” by Celia Cruz
“Oye Como Va” by Santana
“Pata Pata” by Thalía

Beginner Friendly
“Smooth Operator” by Sade
“Evil Ways” by Santana
“Buttons” by The Pussycat Dolls

Revolution Favorites
“Short Skirt-Long Jacket” by Cake
“Hooked On A Feeling” by REO Speedwagon
“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga

Count: 12 3&4 5&6
Tempo:  34-36 mpm

“Dancing In the Moonlight ” by King Harvest
“Believe In Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful
“Old Time Rock And Roll” by Bob Seger

Beginner Friendly
“My Girl” by The Temptations
“Happy To Be Stuck With You” by Huey Lewis And The News
“Stray Cat Strut” by Stray Cats

Revolution Favorites
“You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates
“Hunk Of Burning Love” by Elvis Presley
“Rhythm Of Love” by Plain White T’s

Argentine Tango

“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
Rodolfo Biagi

Osvaldo Pugliese

Alfredo De Angelis
Osvaldo Fresedo

Hector Varela

Want an easy way to find great music for ballroom dancing?  Check out Ballroom Beats, a subscription streaming site for ballroom dancers by ballroom dancers.  They’ve done all the work for you; simply select your favorite songs from a list of great songs all at the correct tempo, edited to 3 minutes, and classified by type of dance.  Monthly plans start at $9/month.

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