General Dance Discussion > Your Favorite Tunes for: CHA-CHA?

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by Phil Owl, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. Phil Owl

    Phil Owl Well-Known Member

    There seems to have been some trouble with the My Music lists of late, so I thought I'd start a thread(s) to highlight yours and my favorite songs for specific dances, and I'll lead off the CHA-CHA section with:

    H-Gang: Donald Fagen

    Do It Again: Steely Dan

    Jump To It: Aretha Franklin

    One Mint Julep: Ray Charles

    Your turn--------------
     
  2. DennisBeach

    DennisBeach New Member

    Just about any version of sway. Dance with me, Sexbomb, I wanna, Smooth and Oye como vey are some of my favorites. ChaCha has a lot of music that I really like to dance to.
     
  3. waltzgirl

    waltzgirl Active Member

    For sort of novelty tunes, I like Della Reese's album Della Della Cha Cha Cha. It's got "standards" like "Tea for Two," "Whatever Lola Wants," "It's Nice to Have a Man Around the House" ochestrated for cha cha (it's from the 60s when cha cha was first becoming a popular social dance in the US).

    Another cute novelty song is "He Just Wants to Cha Cha," about a couple learning to dance. Very funny!
     
  4. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    "Whatever Lola Wants" as cha? Huh. Either we have radically different versions, or I've just never listened to mine and thought of anything other than tango or AT. Hmmm...morning project...
     
  5. waltzgirl

    waltzgirl Active Member

    It's a different version, re-orchestrated for cha cha. Some of the songs on that album are a hoot. "Tea for Two" as a cha cha?
     
  6. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    Ohhh...that makes more sense.
     
  7. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

     
  8. Ithink

    Ithink Active Member

    "Sex Bomb" by Tom Jones.
     
  9. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    Now , hows about some " authentic " guajira-( cha cha, latino style )

    Willie Rosario---- De Barrio Obrero A La Quince .
     
  10. Phil Owl

    Phil Owl Well-Known Member

    Willie Bobo: Fried Neckbones and Some Homefries

    Bela Fleck & The Flecktones: The Sinister Minister
     
  11. SnowDancer

    SnowDancer New Member

    "Suavecito" by Malo (1972) - I liked this song when I was a kid, and only realized last week that it was a cha-cha when it was played at a salsa club.
     
  12. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    I'll give another vote for sway, even though it's horribly overused at all the comps/for showcases,etc. Heard a version last night that I didn't like quite as much as others, but was still better than some chachas I've headr at comps.

    Sex Bomb is a great chacha, but i can't dance to it without laughing. Had an older (65+) gentleman at one of local studios do a showcase/exhibition number to this song with his pro and two others at some of our regional comps last june. To this day, i can't hear that song without thinking of this old man in an open chested latin shirt with a big gold medallion, and then I start laughing. Pro does same hting, i think she said he was parent of one of her students. And not that it was a bad number, it was a good number, they did it well, I still have to laugh though.
     
  13. MissBallroomBear

    MissBallroomBear Active Member

    My favourite Cha Cha is My Sharona (1979) by The Knack. It's not just my favourite Cha Cha, it's my favourite song!

    I know.. I'm 13 years old and I'm living in the 70's..
     
  14. Phil Owl

    Phil Owl Well-Known Member

    DANG!!! I haven't heard that song in a grizzly's age! :cool: Definitely makes a fun cha-cha!


    Another gem:

    Salsoul Orchestra: Nightcrawler, (slow sexy steamy cha-cha)
     
  15. Phil Owl

    Phil Owl Well-Known Member

    My Old School - Steely Dan

    Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
     
  16. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    Most any "on 2" song by:

    Joe Cuba, such as 'El Tramposo' and 'Tu Bombon'
    Tito Puente, like 'Oye Como Va' and 'Chanchullo'

    Maybe throw in some Eddie Palmieri with 'Cinturita' and 'Cuidate Compay'

    As a fellow musician, you may appreciate these . . . I've really been trying to learn Latin and Reggae on bass . . . these have helped!
     
  17. Mawmaw

    Mawmaw New Member

    Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper
    Smooth - Santana
    Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna
    Dance With Me - Michael Bolton
     
  18. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    trajedia by marc anthony, and ay mujer
     
  19. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Besame by Andres Ballinas (Ultimate Latin 3)
    Sex Bomb by Tom Jones with Mousse T (Ultimate Latin 5)
    Dance with Me by Debelah Morgan (Ultimate Latin 3)
    Corazon De Melao by Emmanuel (Brazil)
    Pata Pata by El General (Brazil)
    Smooth by Santana with Rob Thomas (Supernatural)
    Corazon Espinado by Santana (Supernatural)
    Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera, 'Lil Kim, Mya and Pink (Moulin Rouge soundtrack)
    Dimelo (I Need To Know) by Marc Anthony (Marc Anthony)
    100% Pure Love by Crystal Waters (The Best of Crystal Waters)
     
  20. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    A music critic I'm not, but here's a few more I like.

    No Puedo Olivdarte by unknown artist (Latin Music 8)
    Oye Como Va by Tito Puente, Jr. (Salsa Plus!)
    Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean (Greatest Hits)
    Ecoutez, Repetez by Touch & Go (I Find You Very Attractive)
    Let’s Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez (On the 6)
    My Maria by Brooks & Dunn (Greatest Hits)
    Represent, Cuba by Orishas featuring Heather Headley (Dirty Dancing Havana Nights Soundtrack)
     

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