"Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?" - Anne Murray

Music to dance by

Some of these are about dancing, others are just great to dance to. Many are waltzes because that's my favorite dance music. Others are long time favorites, or music I've used in my work. The best ones are about the dance of the heart and the soul.

They are listed by the title of the song and the recording artist. All can be found on iTunes. I wish I could provide direct links. I have not included some of the best music from the Putamayo Collection because they can't be found on iTunes.

Could I Have This Dance? - Anne Murray
To Dance - Pierce Pettis
Dancing - Grace Pettis
Dancin' and Dreamin' - Ken Overcast
I Just Want to Dance with You - George Strait
Life's a Dance - John Michael Montgomery
The Lover's Waltz - Molly Mason and Jay Ungar
Song of the Soul - Cris Williamson
Love Song to a Stranger - Joan Baez
Evergreen - Becky Tracy
Astrolicamus - Andrea Parodi
Bethana - Joshua Rifkin

High intensity dancing
Smooth - Santana
Terras de Canto - Lucilla Galeazi
Hoya Hoye - Bole 2 Harlem
Layla - Eric Clapton
On Broadway - George Benson
Brick House - The Commodores
Choo-Choo-Ch-Boogie - Clifton Chenier
Dancing in the Streets - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Harlem Shuffle - Rolling Stones
Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant
Mumbles - Oscar Peterson
Neutron Dance - The Pointer Sisters
Pick up the Pieces - Average White Band
Pomba - Cesaria Evora
Walk Like an Egyptian - The Bangles
You are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne
Zydeco Gris-gris - BeauSoleil
You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins
Whip It - Devo
Senegal Fast Food - Amadou and Mariam
The Reel - Secret Garden
Ole Cinco - Willie & Lobo
Macarena - Los Del Rio
Dance Into the Light - Phil Collins
Dance Hall Days - Wang Chung
Conga - Gloria Esteban

Light Dancing
Stump Jumper - Jeremiah McClane
Breezin' - George Benson
Celestial Soda Pop - Ray Lynch
Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson
I Shall Sing- Art Garfunkel
In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
Joy - George Winston
Laffety's - Wild Asparagus
Mandom, Mod Och Morska Man - Polaris Ensemble
Mapeking, Lark in the Morning - Wild Asparagus
Sounds of the Island - Luis E. Bakalov
The Tide is High - Blondie
Wari - Habib Koite & Bamada
Watermelon Man - Poncho Sanchez & Mongo Santamaria
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Knife Edge - Brooks Williams


  1. A music lover! I just drove from round trip Georgia to New York and listened to my iPod all the way. I used to love to dance, and I love music--couldn't live without it. Dancing music or otherwise. One of my favorite artists who left us too early is Eva Cassidy. What a voice.

    1. Isn't the iPod a wonderful addition to road trips? I have made playlists for many states or regions of the country so that when I listen to them they bring back memories of those places. There sure is a lot of good music in the world. Of course I also like to listen to local FM radio to get the scoop on what's going on in the towns we're in.


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