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Waltz Music Playlist

We sort music to create lists of songs for every need.  Here we have a list of waltz songs suitable for dancing the standard ballroom slow waltz (also known as the English waltz).

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Waltz Music Playlist, Waltz Song List

The three-quarter time signature of waltz has a distinctive 1-2-3; 1-2-3 feel and rhythm pattern. The music and the step timing may be counted 1,2,3; 1,2,3. The first beat of each measure is accented and this corresponds to the aggressive driving step that is taken on count one. Great waltz music can be found in most music genres, including rock, country, pop, and classical. The standard tempo for dancing the standard slow waltz (the English waltz) is 28-30 bars (measures) per minute. Since each bar (measure) has three beats of music, the standard tempo for dancing the waltz is 84-90 beats per minute. This required tempo range applies to both the American style ballroom waltz and the international style ballroom waltz. Note: the Viennese waltz requires a much faster music tempo.

It becomes very difficult to dance the standard waltz to music outside the tempo range of 80-96 beats per minute. Unfortunately most of the popular waltz music you might hear on the radio has a tempo outside the range required for dancing or it has a beat that is difficult to hear. So, most ballroom studios use special waltz music performed by ballroom orchestras. Such music has a "strict" tempo (28-30 bars/minute) and a pronounced easy-to-hear beat and rythm. Unfortunately such specialty music is usually not available from the popular music download sites. Instead, the producers typically release the music only on CD's to minimize piracy. The big vendors include casa-musica (http://www.casa-musica-shop.de/), danceshopper.com, ballroomdancers.com, thedancestoreonline.com, and dancevision.com.

Although much of the "strict tempo" waltz music comes from the specialty sources described above, a fair amount of very good waltz music is available from the popular music download stores. I have selected the best of the popular and downloadable music for the table below. So, this is list of popular and recognizable songs with a tempo and beat suitable for dancing the standard slow waltz (the English waltz). The list includes the title, artist, and tempo in beats per minute or measures (bars) per minute. Be careful when looking at lists of waltz music on other web sites that are created by non-dancers. There's a bunch of waltz music in the world, but only about 15% of the popular songs have the correct tempo and the distinct beat and rythm required for dancing the waltz.

Here is a playlist of contemporary waltz music suitable for dancing the ballroom waltz.

Title Artist Comments Amazon Player iTunes Link
Run For The Roses
Dan Fogelberg
Great tempo and beat, 88 Beats/min.
   
Take it to The Limit
Eagles
Great tempo and beat, 92 Beats/min.
   
I Wonder Why
Curtis Stigers
Great tempo and beat, 91 Beats/min.
   
Nocturne (from Secret Garden)
Ballroom Orchestra & Singers
Great piece of music, 29 MPM, 87 Beats/min.
   
Under The Bridges Of Paris
John Altman
From Shall We Dance Soundtrack, 92 BPM
   
Love In Slow Motion
Angela Bofill
89 Beats/min.
   
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Elvis Presley
A little slow, 78 Beats/min.
   
Melody Of Love
Frank Sinatra with Ray Anthony and His Orchestra
Great tempo and beat, 88 Beats/min.
   
Foolish
Johnny Mathis
91 Beats/Min.
   
Sunrise Sunset
Perry Como
A little fast, 94 Beats/min.
   
The Bells Of Angelus
Phil Coulter
90 Beats/min, 30 Bars/minute.
   
Fascination
Nat King Cole
A classic, 95 Beats/min.
   
The Last Waltz
Ballroom Dance Orchestra
A little fast, 99 BPM, Good for closing out the night.
   
If You Don't Know Me by Now
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
A Classic, 93 Beats/min.
   
Moon River
His Orchestra & Chorus, Henry Mancini
From Breakfast at Tiffany's, 92 BPM
   
The Old House
Phil Coulter
Good song, 88 BPM
   
The Green Fields Of France
Phil Coulter
Good song, 98 BPM
   
You Light Up My Life
Whitney Houston
92 Beats/min.
   
Glass Menagerie, Tom's Theme
Henry Mancini, William Kanengiser Piano
Good song, 88 BPM
   
Rainbow Connection
Jane Monheit
Good song, 88 BPM
   

 

Here is a playlist of instrumental waltz music suitable for dancing the ballroom waltz.

Title Artist Comments Amazon Player iTunes Link
If I Were A Painting
Ballroom Orchestra & Singers
87 BPM, 29 bars per min.
   
Tennessee Waltz
Columbia Ballroom Orchestra
90 BPM, 30 bars per min.
   
Moon River
Dancelife Studio Orchestra
87 BPM, 29 bars per min.
   
Cavatina (from "The Deerhunter")
Gold Star Ballroom Orchestra
88 BPM, 29 bars per min.
   
A Robin's Song (English Waltz)
Helmut Licht
88 BPM, 29 bars per min.
Slow English Waltz
Helmut Licht
80 Beats/min.
   
English Waltz Medley
Klaus Wunderlich
99 BPM, 33 bars per minute.
   
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Larry Dalton & His Orchestra
85 Beats/min.
   
Edelweiss
New 101 Strings Orchestra
94 Beats/min.
   
Vito's Waltz (The Godfather)
Tuxedo Junction Ballroom Band
99 BPM, 33 bars per minute.
   
         

Here is a playlist of country-western waltz music suitable for dancing the waltz.

Title Artist Comments Amazon Player iTunes Link
Dreaming My Dreams with You
Alison Krauss
90 BPM, 30 bars per min.
   
Could I Have This Dance
Anne Murray
Great song, perfect tempo, 86 BPM
Tennessee Waltz
Anne Murray
A classic waltz. Perfect tempo, 82 BPM
   
Somebody Else's Moon
Collin Raye
Great country waltz, 88 BPM
   
Sandy's Song
Dolly Parton
Easy to hear waltz beat. Perfect tempo, 90 BPM
Beautiful Day For Goodbye
George Strait
85 BPM, Easy to  hear beat.  Perfect tempo.
   
Good Time To Cry
Jennifer Nettles
90 BPM, 30 bars per min.
   
I Need A Heart To Come Home To
Shelby Lynne
Good beat and tempo, 85 BPM
 
Not Avail.
That's How You Know When Love's Right
Steve Wariner
Good beat and tempo, 85 BPM
   
The Tips Of My Fingers
Steve Wariner
Good beat and tempo, 84 BPM
   
         

 

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