Ballroom Dance Society – Dance Resources: Playlist
Ballroom dancers are sticklers for music that's appropriate for each different type of dance. The following table shows examples of songs and their associated ballroom steps. Note that the classifications shown are occasionally subjective; some songs lend themselves to more than one kind of step (for example, cha cha and triple swing).
Note to bands, orchestras, and DJs: Feel free to use the following list when assembling a playlist for our dances. We appreciate your efforts in providing us with a good variety of musical styles and tempos.
Click on each column heading to sort the table by that column. Click on the song title to listen to a clip via Apple's iTunes Preview website. If you have iTunes installed on your computer, clicking the "View in iTunes" link will allow you to hear a longer (1 1/2 minutes in most cases) sample. You can also open and sample the entire playlist via iTunes.
Songs marked with "*" are "BDS Top 40" tunes as voted on by the membership.