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Ballroom Dance Music

A small selection of tunes/artists for some ballroom dances. If you have any favorites, let us know.

  • Bolero
    • Beautiful Maria of My Soul from the Mambo Kings soundtrack.
    • Besame Mucho by Linda Ronstadt
  • Cha Cha
    • El Coyuco and Oye Como Va. Lots of versions, but originally by Tito Puente.
    • I Need to Know, by Marc Anthony
    • Lots of Santana
    • I Like it Like That by Tito Nieves, depending on which version of the song.
  • Foxtrot
    • Just a Gigolo. I prefer the Louis Armstrong version
    • Do Right Lots of versions, including by Peggy Lee and, believe it or not, Sinead O'Connor
    • Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra
    • Nice and Easy Does it by Frank Sinatra
  • Merengue
    • Suavemente by Elvis Crespo. The whole CD is great.
    • Tres Deseos by Gloria Estefan.
  • Salsa
    • Best single source I've found is Salsa Fresca: Dance Hits of the '90's
    • Sonora Carruseles
    • Fruko y Sus Tesos
    • NG La Banda
    • Son by Four
    • Jimmy Bosch
  • Rumba
    • Wicked Game, by Chris Isaak
    • Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps), many versions
    • Sway by Dean Martin
  • Samba
    • The CD Samba Brasil
    • Magalenha and Black Machine from the Dance with Me soundtrack.
    • Maria by Ricky Martin
    • La Bomba by Ricky Martin
    • The Cup of Life (La Copa de La Vida) by Ricky Martin
    • Bailamos by Enrique Iglesias
    • Rythm Divine
    • by Enrique Iglesias
    • Hell by the Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • East Coast Swing
    • Brian Setzer Orchestra (fast)
    • Squirrel Nut Zippers
    • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
    • Cherry Poppin' Daddies
  • Tango
    • The Tango Project
  • Night Club Two Step
    • Lady In Red seems to be the archetypal choice
    • Just about any slow pop ballad
  • Waltz
    • Could I have this Dance by Ann Murray
    • Moon River by Andy Williams
    • Open Arms by Journey
  • Viennese Waltz
    • Any Strauss Waltz, e.g., Blue Danube
    • Kissed by a Rose by Seal