General Dance Discussion > "Classic" "Must-have" Dance Music

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by Indiana_Jay, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    I attempted to search DF for what I'm about to ask and was unsuccessful. So, my apologies in advance if this is an old topic and/or if I've posted in the wrong forum.

    I assume that for each of the major smooth and rhythm ballroom dances, there are a number of "classic" tunes that are considered to be authentic-sounding "standards" for the dance and which almost any collector of dance music would want to have in his/her music library. But my lovely wife and I have not been dancing long enough to have developed this knowledge on our own. What I've learned so far is that, for example, "La Cumparsita" and "Por Una Cabeza" are probably among the top Tango standards, but beyond that, I don't know much.

    Hence, the question: For each of the dances below (and feel free to add any dances I haven't listed), what are the top five or so clasisc, standard, authentic-style tunes for the dance that I might want to collect for our music library? To clarify, I'm not at this time seeking "unconventional" music to which one could dance a particular dance, but the true "standards" for each dance (the ones of which you experienced dancers might even have tired). Your opinion on the matter is just fine. If you prefer to cite a reference, that's cool too. I appreciate your input!
    • Waltz
    • Tango
    • Foxtrot
    • Viennese Waltz
    • Cha-cha
    • Rumba
    • East Coast Swing
    • Merengue
    • Samba
    • Mambo
    • Bolero
    • West Coast Swing
    • Hustle
  2. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    another fine reason to go to the indiana challenge....good music vendors....ahem, sometimes if you exercise your flirting skills properly, you can get your studio to burn you a CD or two:rolleyes:
  3. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    One must first have flirting skills! But then, perhaps, if I plead, the master from the Chicago area would teach me.

    Our broadband internet service comes with access to Rhapsody (Real Networks' answer to iTunes) as part of the package, so once I know what the tunes are, they should be pretty easy to collect.

    BTW, we are, ATTM, planning to attend Indiana Challenge, to shop for shoes and cheer on Fascination. (So, friend, we're still waiting to hear from you about that one issue we discussed in PMs!).

  4. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    oh geez...I am a total space....I have a lesson at two and will ask....please be a pest and keep hounding me......
  5. musicchica86

    musicchica86 Active Member

    Well, I haven't been dancing all that long either, but I'll give you some input on stuff I've noticed.

    "Moon River"

    "River Danube"

    "Oye Como Va" in its various incarnations

    I don't know if it's a "standard," but one of my favorites is "Sweet Home Chicago"
    Since I'm from South Carolina, I also know how to shag (same steps as ECS, but much slower), so I like "Shagging On The Boulevard" by Alabama too, and of course "Sweet Carolina Girls" by James Taylor


    You should be pretty safe with most anything by Tito Puentes

    I think that's all I'm sure about re: standard songs. Hope I helped!
  6. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    Music Chica:

    I really appreciate your input (as will others, I'm sure). Thanks!

  7. Medira

    Medira New Member

    Hi Jay!

    Let's see if I can do this without booching the tags here... *crosses fingers*

    I'll get back to bolero when I get a chance, but I hope this is a good start. :)
  8. It's Wonderful

    It's Wonderful New Member

    Of course, the theme song of the swing era "Sing Sing Sing" is good for ECS or really fast lindy...
  9. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    Thanks for the extensive contribution, Medira, m'dear! And Wonderful, I should have thought of "Sing, Sing, Sing!" Boy, do I feel silly!
  10. Medira

    Medira New Member

    You're welcome. Glad I could help! :) It was hard narrowing most of them down to 5 or 6 though. :tongue: If you need others/more, let me know. I've got a ton of stuff at home to work from. Much more than I have here at work.
  11. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    I think what you've done, in combination with whatever others have and will contribute, will be more than adequate! I actually have a fair collection of jazz and swing recordings for foxtrot and ECS, but am less knowledgable about the truly authentic cha-cha, tango, samba and rumba music. And as you'll understand when you read about our dance weekend, I just need to put together a disk of a few in each category for when we return to a local social, where the DJ is happy to play dancer-contributed music.
  12. Rosa

    Rosa New Member

    I agree with your thanks for Medira's fantastic contribution here. I think she's said it all.

    Couldn't help smiling, though, at your pun on the good old British saying, "Have some Madeira, m'dear... " :D

    Rosa :)
  13. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    "Have some madeira, m'dear, I've got a small cask of it here
    And once it's been opened, you know it won't keep
    Do finish it up, it will help you to sleep
    Have some madeira, m'dear, it's really an excellent year
    Now if it were gin, you'd be wrong to say yes
    The evil gin does would be hard to assess
    Besides it's inclined to affect me prowess
    Have some madeira, m'dear"
  14. chachachacat

    chachachacat Well-Known Member

    These are a few of my favorite things...The Classics

    Case' Un Bolero - Marc Anthony
    Falling Into You - Celine Dion
    Beautiful Maria of my Soul - Mambo Kings

    Ability to Swing - Patty Austin
    Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
    Danny's All Star Joint - Rickie Lee Jones
    Chuck E.'s in Love - Rickie Lee Jones

    Mustang Sally - Commitments
    Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats

    Mambo #5 - Mambo All Stars
    I Like It Like That - Tito Nieves

    Bailamos - Enrique Inglesias
    Tic Tic Tac -
    Chiquitan -
    Quand Tu Chantes - Nana Mouskouri

    Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
    Walkin' My Baby Back Home - Nat King Cole
    Withcraft - Sinatra
    There Will Never Be Another You - Andy Williams
    Nightlights - Nat King Cole

    Fascination - Nat King Cole
    Crazy World - Henry Mancini
    Charade - Andy Williams

    Blue Tango
    Jalousie or Jealousy
    Adios Muchachos

    Japanese Cars
    I Wanna Be Like You - Lion King
    Puttin' On the Ritz

    Smooth - Santana
    Let's Get Loud - Jennifer Lopez
    Love Potion #9 - Hansel Martinez

    Fields of Gold - Sting
    Happy Ever After - Julia Fordham
  15. chachachacat

    chachachacat Well-Known Member

    Also recommended - collections.
    Let's Dance Swing
    Let's Dance Ballroom
    Mambo Kings Soundtrack
  16. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    btw...medira...excellent first choice there on the waltzes:cool:
  17. Medira

    Medira New Member

    Thanks darling! :) I thought you might appreciate it.

    Love it! Love it love it love it love it! that I'm at home...

    • Bolero
      • Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club
      • You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - Michael Buble (reclassified from Rumba because I thought it was faster than it is)
      • Fuiste Mia - Rey Ruiz
      • Ese - Jerry Rivera
      • Lady in Red - Chris de Burgh
      • Un Siglo Sin Ti - Chayanne
    • Quickstep
      • Pet Me Papa - Rosemary Clooney (Papa is sometimes spelled Poppa)
      • Jump, Jive and Wail - Brian Setzer Orchestra
      • Let's Face the Music and Dance - Nat King Cole
      • Slap that Bass - (I have the version from the Crazy for You Original Broadway Cast, which I really like, but there are tons of versions out there)
      • Ooh Papa Do
    • Rumba (since I messed up the one above)
      • Let's Stay Together - Al Green (I LOVE dancing to this, especially with one specific friend of mine...)
      • Yo Si Me Enamore - Huey Dunbar
  18. musicchica86

    musicchica86 Active Member

    A bit more extensive list, if you're interested...

    Sorry if there's repeats. I'm not 100% sure what people have mentioned and what they haven't.

    • "A Foggy Day (In London Town)" - Michael Buble
    • "Come Fly With Me" - so many covers I can't name them all
    • "Dancing Cheek To Cheek" - Frank Sinatra (a bit fast, but I like it)
    • "Mack The Knife" - no explanation necessary
    • "I've Got You Under My Skin" - Michael Buble
    • "Moondance" - personally, I like Michael Buble's version, has more pep to it
    • "Summer Winds" - again, the version I have is Michael Buble, but there may be more out there

    • "El Beso del Final" - Christina Aguilera, from the Dirty Dancing Havana Nights soundtrack
    • "Alejate" - Josh Groban
    • "Mi Morena" - Josh Groban

    • "Bailamos" - Enrique Iglesias
    • "Ain't It Funny" - Jennifer Lopez

    • "Corazon No Llores" - Marc Anthony
    • "De Nina A Mujer" - Julio Iglesias
    • "My Confession" - Josh Groban (not a "classic" but I love it and it's perfect for rumba)

    • "Gira Con Me Questa Notte" - Josh Groban
    • "Si Volvieras A Mi" - Josh Groban (has a VW beat, but is very Spanish in flavor, I love it)
    • "Un Amore Per Sempre" - Josh Groban

    • "He Tratado" - Victor Manuelle
    • "Valio La Pena" - Marc Anthony

    • "Smooth" - Santana
    • "Corazon Espinado" - Santana
    • "Maria" - Ricky Martin
    • "Sway" in its various covers
    • "Save The Last Dance For Me" - usually a rumba, but Michael Buble's version lends itself to cha-cha a bit more
    • "Waiting For Tonight" - Jennifer Lopez

    • "Come Away With Me" - Norah Jones
    • "What The World Needs Now Is Love" - several different covers

    • "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" - too many covers to mention
    • "Gettin' In The Mood" - cover by Brian Setzer Orchestra
    • "In The Mood" - original by Glenn Miller
  19. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Pick up any Secret Garden CD and you'll find at least 3 gorgeous waltzes.

    "Johnny's Mambo" from Dirty Dancing is also a good one to add for Mambo.

    And how can you leave any one of a couple of dozen Frank Sinatra songs off the Foxtrot list?
  20. Phil Owl

    Phil Owl Well-Known Member

    Owl Picks

    Seal - Kiss From A Rose

    Tony Bennett: Boulevard of Broken Dreams

    Frank Sinatra: Nice and Easy,
    Tony Bennett: The Best Is Yet to Come
    Ray Charles: Them That Got
    Andy Williams: Call Me Irresponsible

    Swing Out Sister: Twilight World
    Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - The Sinister Minister
    Pat Boone: Smoke On The Water (HILARIOUS!)
    Ray Charles: One Mint Julep

    East Coast Swing:
    Ray Charles: Smack Dab In The Middle

    Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass: Tangerine

    Lou Rawls: You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (works well as Hustle too)

    West Coast Swing:
    Stevie Ray Vaughan: Cold Shot

    Deniece Williams: I've Got The Next Dance
    Ananda Project: Big Boat
    Hipnotic: Naima
    Tangerine (cannot remember who did it though)

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