General Dance Discussion > Songs You Just HAVE to Dance To

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by Phil Owl, Mar 22, 2003.

  1. Phil Owl

    Phil Owl Well-Known Member

    What are your fave tunes for different dances that make you just want to hit the floor?
  2. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    A couple that come to mind:
    Salsa - Africando - "Ya Boy"
    Swing - Count Basie - "Splanky"
    Foxtrot - I'm not sure of the name, but lyrics have lady singing "I wanna love you...all night long"
    Tango - Hector Varela - "Lilian"
  3. Phil Owl

    Phil Owl Well-Known Member

    Some of mine:

    EC Swing:

    Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan or Ray Charles
    Theme from "M-Squad" (I have a thng for Crime Jazz)
    Muddy Water - Lou Rawls
    Smack Dab In The Middle - Ray Charles
    Organ Grinder Swing - Jimmy Smith
    Doin' It To Death - James Brown
    Salt Pork West Virginia - Louis Jordan
    None of Them Knew They Were Robots - Mr. Bungle (NOT for the faint of heart, it's kind of like Basie, The Stray Cats and King Crimson having a rumble :twisted: )
    Cheaper to Keep Her - Johnnie Taylor


    More More More - Kylie Minogue (NOT the same song that Andrea True did in the 70's BTW)
    I've Got The Next Dance - Deniece Williams
    You've Got The Power - War
    A Deeper Love - Aretha Franklin
    Twilight Zone - Manhattan Transfer


    Spill The Wine - WAR
    Twilight World - Swing Out Sister
    The Sinister Minister - Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
    anything by Tito Puente or Poncho Sanchez


    The Best Is Yet To Come - Tony Bennett
    Nice and Easy - Frank Sinatra

    and so much more-----------------------
  4. x_lea_x

    x_lea_x New Member

    Micheal Jackson just makes me wanna get up and dance! such gud beats to dance to! :roll: and he inspires me so much id lurve to dance like him! but i guess nobody cud ever be as gud as M.J?
  5. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    Welcome to the forums, x_lea_x!
    Nice pictures on your website!

    I can dance like Michael Jackson (just not as good)!
    When I was about 12 years, I was doing the Moonwalk and many other moves. That was right after the Thriller album came out. I remember back then my favorite songs were:
    Michael Jackson: Beat It, Thriller, Billie Jean
    Herbie Hancock: Rock It
    Prince: Little Red Corvette, 1999

    We used to lay large peices of card board in the parking lot and break dance every day after after school.

    That's my Michael Jackson story. :wink:
  6. x_lea_x

    x_lea_x New Member

    lol thas wkd... i can do most of his moves yeah and im on ma way to bein a wikkard break dancer :D theres just so many types of dancin i wanna do and am workin on at the its tiring me out tho... i overworked maself n made myself ill the other week :cry: but im all better now :) thgnx to ma mum... lol
  7. Anonymous

    Anonymous New Member

    salsa song selection for a solo

    How about Santana for some cha-cha?

    I am looking for an awesome attention grabbing song for an upcoming solo/showcase dance. My instructor is thinkiong I should do Mambo/Salsa. Any ideas? I've got Celia Cruz, Mark Anthony, & Jerry Rivera in mind. My instructor also thought of "Faith" by George Michael or "Get Busy" (Shake that Thing) by Sean Paul. Help!!!!!!!!
  8. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator


    Here's a couple of Salsa/Mambo I would recommend:
    "Ole" by Azucar Moreno
    "Cali Pachanguero" by Grupo Niche
    "Ya Boy" by Africando

    ...and Santana rocks! :eek:
  9. jdubbboy

    jdubbboy New Member


    Any songs in the r&b genre? Fast
  10. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    Cha Cha - "Cha Cha Latino" (don't know artist)
    Swing - any good blues
    Rumba - "Best" - Elton John
    Waltz - "House" - Elton John

  11. MissAlyssa

    MissAlyssa New Member

    you know what's fun to cha cha to? no doubt-hella good. I also like la cumparsita for tango :p
  12. chrisf

    chrisf New Member

    Re: salsa song selection for a solo

    try "Ella Fue (She Was the One)" by fania all stars for cha cha
    sonara carruseles - el pito for mambo, or
    grupo niche - una ventura or
    africando - "aicha" or "ntoman" which are very good
    also sonara carruseles - micaela
  13. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    Hi chrisf,

    I just wanted to say "hi" and welcome you to the forums!

    I love "una ventura". :D
    I not sure if I've heard "Ella Fue". I'm going to check that one out. Thanks. :D

    Oh, I don't think anyone has mentioned Guantanamera for Cha Cha by Celia Cruz.

    I also just spoke with Alex Aldape who runs a salsa school called Dance Connection in Chicago and he recommended Frankie Ruiz and Sonora Carruseles for Salsa.
  14. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    Mongo Santamaria's "Watermelon Man."

    Another great cha-cha tune. 8)
  15. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    Welcome to x-lea-x and chrisf . . .

    Last night, while practicing for an upcoming competition, we ran through our WCS for about two hours. The above question popped into my head from reading it a few days ago. So, I wanted to give my 2 cents . . .

    -Wiggle Out Of This - Curtis Salgado
    -1 + 1 + 1 is 3 - Prince
    -How Long Can A Fool Go Wrong - James Cotton (kinda fast, great breaks)
    -Don't Stop Movin' (to the funky funky beat) - ???

    These always make me get up and dance - no matter where I am at!
  16. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member


    I visited GB back in 1987.
  17. MissAlyssa

    MissAlyssa New Member

    Guantanameeeeeraaaaaa :p
  18. youngsta

    youngsta Active Member

    My 'can't sit down gotta find a partner' songs are:

    Joe Arroyo - 'Fuego En Mi Menti' (I swear this has to be the shortest salsa song I've ever come across)

    Tito Puente - 'Hong Kong Mambo'

    Sonora Carruseles - 'Micaela'

    Son Boricua - 'El Negro Bembon'

    Cha Cha Cha
    Eddie Palmieri - 'Aye Que Rico'

    Son Boricua - 'Salchida Con Huevos'

    Tito Puente - 'El Cayuco'

    Spanish Harlem Orchestra - 'Pa'Gozar'
  19. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the tips, youngsta. I'm gonna check these out the songs you suggested on my Tito Puente CD set. He was so great. I saw him in concert once. One of those cheap, open air, no seats kind of concerts. Got within about 15 feet of the stage. The man was phenomenal. and he seemed to have a great sense of humor, too.

    What a loss that he's gone, but his music -- that's another story. Definitely the dancing kind.
  20. youngsta

    youngsta Active Member

    Wow at least you got to see him while he was still here with us. I unfortunately didn't really get into Latin Jazz until he was already sick. :cry:

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