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List of Songs for Dancing the Rumba

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Playlist of Rumba Music

Introduction to the Rumba and to Rumba Music

The rumba is a slow, sensuous, romantic dance with much flirtation. Many of the basic figures of the dance have a "tease and run" theme in which the lady first flirts with and then rejects her partner. The sexual overtures can be very aggressive. The Rumba spotlights the lady and in particular her rhythmic body action and sexuality. The slow Latin beat, the rhythmic body and hip action, and the steamy tease and run figures result in routines that can be very provacative. Unlike the Cha-Cha which effects a happy, carefree, party-time-like dance expression, the rumba effects a more serious and intense expression.

Rumba music is written in 4/4 time, with four beats to each measure. Two measures of music are required to complete one full basic step. In the music, the heavy (accented) beat is the one beat, the first beat of the measure. The standard music tempo for international style rumba is 25-27 bars or measures per minute, which equates to 100-108 beats per minute. The standard music tempo for American style rumba is 32-36 bars or measures per minute, which equates to 128-144 beats per minute. For ballroom dancing, good rumba music must have the correct tempo and the correct Latin clave rhythm pattern.  Rumba music suitable for ballroom dancing is rather hard to find from mainstream artists. However, hard to find does not mean impossible to find. Some great rumba songs do come from mainstream and pop artists and we list some examples below.

In the table below, the first thirty selections are fully approporiate for ballroom dancing. All of these have the character, rhythm pattern, and tempo to satisfy ballroom dancers. The first 23 selections come from producers that specialize in ballroom music. Note, however, that most of these are better suited for the international style of rumba.

As you go down the list further, the selections move more toward "pop rumba" music, and these selections begin to deviate from the strict requirements of ballroom music.

No. Song Title Artist BPM Comments Amazon Link iTunes Link
1 Belle Chitarra Andy Fortuna 104 Classic Ballroom, Instrumental
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2 Beautiful Maria Andy Fortuna 104 Classic Ballroom, Instrumental
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3 My All Andy Fortuna 104 Classic Ballroom, Instrumental
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4 Secundo Andy Fortuna 104 Classic Ballroom, Instrumental
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5 La Puerta Andy Fortuna 104 Ballroom, with Vocals
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6 La Puerta (Instrumental) Andy Fortuna 104 Classic Ballroom, Instrumental
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7 La Mentira Andy Fortuna 104 Ballroom, with Vocals
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8 Secundo Rumba Andy Fortuna 104 Classic Ballroom, Instrumental
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9 Straight to Number One Andy Fortuna 104 Ballroom, with Vocals
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10 Tempesto Silencioso Andy Fortuna 104 Classic Ballroom, Instrumental
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11 Blessed (Remake) Andy Fortuna 104 Classic Ballroom, Instrumental
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12 My Girl Ray Hamilton Orchestra 105 Strict Tempo for Ballroom
13 Mädchen Oh Mädchen Ray Hamilton Orchestra 105 Strict Tempo, Instrumental
14 I Just Called To Say I Love You Ray Hamilton Orchestra 112 Strict Tempo, Instrumental
15 My Girl Ray Hamilton Orchestra 106 Strict Tempo, Instrumental
16 White Christmas (Rumba) Ballroom Dance Orchestra, Marc Reift 108 Ballroom Christmas Rumba
17 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Tony Evans And His Orchestra 105 Ballroom, Instrumental
18 Falling Into You Gold Star Ballroom: Rumba 100 Classic Ballroom
19 Goldfinger (James Bond) Gold Star Ballroom: Rumba 104 Classic Ballroom
20 No Se Por Que Te Quiero Ballroom Orchestra & Singers 100 Classic Ballroom
21 Falling Into You Ballroom Orchestra & Singers 100 Classic Ballroom
22 Con Los Años Que Me Quedan Ballroom Orchestra & Singers 100 Classic Ballroom
23 Hey Ballroom Orchestra & Singers 104 Classic Ballroom
24 Traces (Of Love) Gloria Estefan 106 Classic Ballroom
25 I’m Not Giving You Up Gloria Estefan 100 Classic Ballroom
26 It's Too Late Gloria Estefan 100 Pop Rumba, Suitable for Ballroom
27 Mi Buen Amor Gloria Estefan 120 Pop Rumba, Fast
28 Cuando Me Enamoro (Quando M'Innamoro)  Andrea Bocelli 102 Classic Ballroom
29 Lemon Tree  Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 97 Classic Ballroom
30 Tangerine  Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 100 Classic Ballroom
31 Moscas en la Casa  Shakira 105 Classic Ballroom
32 Golden Eye   Tina Turner 102 Good Song
33 Oyeme   Monica Naranjo  93 Good Song, Slow
34 Dark Fire  Strunz & Farah 100 Classic Ballroom
35 Besame Mucho Trini Lopez 111 Classic Ballroom
36 Besame Mucho Andrea Bocelli 94 Classic Ballroom, Slow
37 Besame Mucho, Instrumental Latin Jazz Relaxing Music Quartet 115 Classic Ballroom
38 Perfidia [Instrumental Version] Latin Jazz Relaxing Music Quartet 115 Classic Ballroom
39 And I Love Her (Instrumental) Latin Jazz Relaxing Music Quartet 110 Classic Ballroom
40 I Just Called to Say I Love You Latin Jazz Relaxing Music Quartet 109 Classic Ballroom
41 Sabor a Mi  Luis Miguel 90 Classic Ballroom/Vocals
42 Historia De Un Amor Guadalupe Pineda 92 Classic Ballroom, Slow
43 Manana Si  Jose Jose 99 Classic w Vocal
44 Beautiful Maria Of My Soul Mambo All Stars 92 Classic Ballroom, Slow
45 Beautiful Maria Of My Soul The Fiesta Kings 98 Classic Ballroom
46 No Se Porque Te Quiero  Ana Belen & Antonio Banderas 100 Classic Ballroom
47 How Can You Love Me  El Debarge 100 Modern, Acceptable for  Ballroom
48 When I See You  El Debarge 109 Modern, Acceptable for  Ballroom
49 I Have Always Loved You Enrique Iglesias 112 Modern, Acceptable for  Ballroom
50 Una Notte a Napoli  Pink Martini 125 Classic Ballroom but Fast
51 Let's Never Stop Falling In Love  Pink Martini 126 Classic Ballroom but Fast
52 Una Notte A Napoli  Pink Martini 126 Classic Ballroom but Fast
53 Blue Light Yokohama  Pink Martini 108 Classic Ballroom
54 California Dreamin'  Queen Latifah 94 Good for Ballroom
55 Antologia  Shakira 99  Classic but Sad
56 Falling Into You  Celine Dion 97 Classic Ballroom
57 Unbreak My Heart Toni Braxton 110 Modern/Alternative
58 You Know I'm No Good  Amy Winehouse 103 Modern, Pop Rumba
59 Corazon  Arno Elias 93 Near Classic Ballroom
60 Out Of Time  Danny Wilde 92 Slow
61 I'm No Angel  Dido 99 Near Classic Ballroom
62 Un Altra Te  Eros Ramazzotti 88 Okay
63 Jesus to a Child  George Michael 87 Slow
64 Fly Love  Jamie Foxx 115 Fast, Almost Classic
65 Breaking Us In Two  Joe Jackson 109 Modern but Good
66 Cuando Pienso En Ti  Jose Feliciano 79 Classic but Slow
67 My Confession  Josh Groban 101 Modern Alternative
68 Mummer's Dance  Loreena McKennitt 120 New Age
69 The Man In The Mirror  Michael Jackson 100 Pop Alternative
70 Let's Stay Together  Michelle Williams 102 Pop Alternative
71 All Good Things (Come to an End)  Nelly Furtado 101 Pop Alternative
72 To Sir With Love LuLu 100 Pop Alternative
73 To Sir With Love Jody Babydol Gibson 109 Pop Alternative
74 Chains  Tina Arena 92 Modern/Alternative, Slow
75 Because You Loved Me Celine Dion 120 Pop Rumba, but Fast
76 Dance With My Father Celine Dion 82 Pop Rumba, but Slow
77 Blessed Elton John 102 Pop Rumba, Okay Tempo
78 Sacrifice Elton John 112 Pop Rumba, Okay Tempo
79 Fallen (LP Version) Lauren Wood 112 Pop Rumba, Okay Tempo
80 You Are Lionel Richie 113 Pop Rumba, Okay Tempo
81 My Baby You Marc Anthony 115 Pop Rumba Okay
82 She Will Be Loved Maroon 5 102 Pop Rumba, Okay Tempo
83 Quando, Quando, Quando (with Nelly Furtado) Michael Buble 117 Pop Rumba, but Fast
84 Somethin' Stupid Robbie Williams 107 Pop Rumba, Okay Tempo
85 Where is the Love Roberta Flack 116 Pop Rumba, but Fast
86 Flor D'Luna Santana 124 Pop Rumba, but Fast
87 Samba Pa Ti Santana 88 Bolero
88 Estoy Siempre Junto A Ti Tito Puente 94 Bolero, Instrumental
89 Come In Out Of The Rain Wendy Moten 115 Pop Rumba, but Fast
90 Threshold of Truth   Kephas 109 Alternative

 

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