Best New Songs

MaggieMoves

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Here's something I haven't seen here, and it fits to a variety of stuff.

Cha Cha (for me)

Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake (2016)

 
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Country kick lately, huh?
Country is big in the pop/contemporary charts these days, and except
for the twang of the singers (and sometimes choice of instuments), I can't
even tell what makes a song "country." It's nice to be able to hear the lyrics
sung, as "country" singers enounciate and use "common" language. Thank
heavens to the end of the angry, anti-social rap music era (now, if only the
WCS communities can figure that out). Ever notice how Christian radio is
now using happy pop to broaden its appeal and reach a bigger audience
(a little weird when the whole happy tune just keeps repeating "he is great...,"
etc.)?

I like my dance music simple (and mindlessless, in some sense), but
a lot of "country" music lyrics are pretty "clever" in their simplicity.
Of course, good tunes and good ballads enhance the listening experience.
Don't really care to have to decipher what the meaning of a song is,
especially when a lot of songs (of other genres) are probably written
while the lyricists were on (induced) mind-altered trips.

Hey, where do you get words like:

Forget about your friends, you know they’re gonna say
We’re bad for each other, but we ain’t good for anyone else

...

We don’t have to miss each other, come over
We don’t have to fix each other, come over
We don’t have to say forever, come over
You don’t have to stay forever, come over
 
Rumba

21 Summer - Brothers Osborne - 2016


Talking about clever, pick-up line, style of lyrics...

You're the only broken heart I ever had,
and love to have again.
 
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Bolero, Rumba, Rhythm NC2S, Country Cha Cha

It's Different for Girls - Dierks Bentley and Elle King - 2016


Rhythm NC2S, Bolero, Rumba

She's Got a Way with Words - Blake Shelton - 2016

 
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MaggieMoves

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How about these two songs? I know that California Dreamin' will be a rumba... if not slightly fast for it... but how about the first song?

Shaggy - That Love (2015) Quickstep

Sia - California Dreamin (2015), Rumba
 
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MaggieMoves

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Not a huge fan of country, but I like this song a lot.

Viennese Waltz

Keith Urban - Blue Ain't Your Color (2016)

 
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Not a huge fan of country, but I like this song a lot.
I come across quite a few people who dislike/hate country music/dancing, but it's
not clear to me if it's because they inherently don't like the music (which spans
many decades and differs widely) or don't care for the genre because they don't
know how to dance/move to it. Music and dancing are usually acquired tastes.

I'm curious how many dancers really don't like Country Two Step songs like this...

Swinging Door - Eden's Edge - 2011

as opposed to a lot of the older (hokey) stuff from decades ago. BTW,
many CW2S songs, such as above, work well/OK for QS also.

Although QS has been my favorite travelling social dance for a long time (because it
"forces" dancers to "use less effort" by maintaining momentum, but not revolve
continuously [and get dizzy and tired] as in VW), there just aren't many dancers
these days that can do/understand decent swinging body flight. CW2S offers
decent (vertical, non-swinging) body flight when some ballroom technique is
infused and dancers can get acclimated much faster because of the simpler
and physically-intuitive motion(s). It's the dance where one learns the need/power
of wind-up and to refine tuning for reducing over/under shoot.

Before I took up Ballroom, I had little interest in Sinatra. But as the dancing
improved, especially when the appreciation of easy swinging motion (which is
really not technically "swinging") and body flight kicked in, Sinatra and FT became
sweet as honey.

I suspect most Ballroom dancers would enjoy country given enough exposure,
especially since W, Cha, and ECS are already part of the deal.
 
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MaggieMoves

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Here's something Walking Dead fans may like

Maybe a quickstep?

Easy Street (feat. Jim Bianco & Petra Haden), 2016

 
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I come across quite a few people who dislike/hate country music/dancing, but it's
not clear to me if it's because they inherently don't like the music (which spans
many decades and differs widely) or don't care for the genre because they don't
know how to dance/move to it. Music and dancing are usually acquired tastes.

I'm curious how many dancers really don't like (CW2S) songs like this...

Swinging Door - Eden's Edge - 2011

as opposed to a lot of the older (hokey) stuff from decades ago. BTW,
many CW2S songs, such as above, work well/OK for QS also.

Although QS has been my favorite travelling social dance for a long time (because it
"forces" dancers to "use less effort" by maintaining momentum, but not revolve
continuously [and get dizzy and tired] as in VW), there just aren't many dancers
these days that can do/understand decent swinging body flight. CW2S offers
decent (vertical, non-swinging) body flight when some ballroom technique is
infused and dancers can get acclimated much faster because of the simpler
and physically-intuitive motion(s). It's the dance where one learns the need/power
of wind-up and to refine tuning for reducing over/under shoot.

Before I took up Ballroom, I had little interest in Sinatra. But as the dancing
improved, especially when the appreciation of easy swinging motion (which is
really not technically "swinging") and body flight kicked in, Sinatra and FT became
sweet as honey.

I suspect most Ballroom dancers would enjoy country given enough exposure,
especially since W, Cha, and ECS are already part of the deal.

I love country music and always wondered why others didn't like it. True, some of it is terrible, including those decades you mentioned, but most of it is so great, and really makes you want to dance. JMO
 

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