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.

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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.

Song Title Dance Step Top 40
A String of Pearls Swing  
All Shook Up Swing  
All That Jazz Fox Trot  
Beautiful Day for Goodbye Waltz  
Bésame Mucho Rumba *
Blue Tango Tango  
Boy from New York City Swing  
Brown Eyed Girl Rumba *
Cerezo Rosa Mambo  
Cocktails for Two Cha Cha  
Could I Have This Dance? Waltz *
Elmer's Tune Fox Trot *
Fascination Waltz  
Fever Fox Trot  
Fly Me to the Moon Fox Trot *
Fool on the Hill Rumba  
The Girl from Ipanema Rumba *
Georgia On My Mind Fox Trot *
Heartache Tonight Swing  
Hernando's Hideaway Tango  
I Get a Kick Out of You Fox Trot  
I Just Want to Dance With You Rumba *
I've Got the World On a String Fox Trot *
I've Got You Under My Skin Fox Trot  
In the Midnight Hour Cha Cha *
In the Mood Swing *
It's Now or Never Cha Cha  
Jalousie Tango *
Jimmy Mack Swing  
Kansas City Swing *
Kokomo Rumba *
La Bamba Mambo  
La Cumparsita Tango *
Light My Fire Rumba  
Mack the Knife Fox Trot *
Mambo Italiano Mambo *
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...) Mambo *
Moon River Waltz *
Moondance Fox Trot *
Mustang Sally Swing *
Neon Moon Rumba *
Never On Sunday Cha Cha  
Oh, Pretty Woman Swing *
Old Time Rock and Roll Swing *
Oye Como Va Rumba/Cha Cha  
Pennsylvania 6-5000 Swing *
Play That Funky Music Cha Cha  
Route 66 Swing *
Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre) Tango  
Satin Doll Fox Trot  
Save the Last Dance for Me Cha Cha *
Smooth Rumba/Cha Cha *
Spanish Eyes Rumba  
Sway Cha Cha/Rumba *
Tea for Two Cha Cha  
Tenderly Waltz  
Tennessee Waltz Waltz *
The Best Is Yet to Come Fox Trot *
The Green Leaves of Summer Waltz  
The Last Waltz Waltz  
Theme from "The Godfather" Waltz  
Twist and Shout Cha Cha  
Unchained Melody Other  
Under the Boardwalk Swing *
Under the Bridges of Paris Waltz *
Waltz Across Texas Waltz *
Watermelon Man Cha Cha  
Wooly Bully Swing *
Wonderful Tonight Rumba  
You Are the Sunshine of My Life Rumba  
You Light Up My Life Waltz