NEW: Videos of salsa variations (and additional music) can be found at: libraryofdance.org/dances/salsa
A collection of contemporary salsa music.
- “Los Campeones de la Salsa” (190 bpm) by Willy Chirino
- “Caridad” (200 bpm) by Gloria Estefan
- “Son Flamenco” (200 bpm) by Los Del Caney
- “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” (208 bpm) by Celia Cruz
To learn more about dancing salsa, see Dancing Moves – Salsa.
While I enjoy dancing salsa to the latin jazz above, I also enjoy dancing it to other kinds of music: latin pop, or really any fast QQS music. But whenever I play such music as “Salsa,” the salseros in the room are decidedly displeased.
It seems that while “Tea for Two” paved the way for cha-cha-cha-ing to popular music decades ago, there has yet to be a similar evolution in salsa dancing. While I want to see (and help) this evolution occur, for now, I will respect the preference of these salseros, and call my “pop salsa” something else: for lack of a better name, I’ll call it “Soda.” Below, I share some of my favorite songs for “Soda.”
- “Another Place to Fall” (184 bpm) by KT Tunstall
- “Beautiful Liar” (192 bpm) by Beyoncé & Shakira
- “Everywhere” (194 bpm) by Michelle Branch
- “You’re A God” (196 bpm) by Vertical Horizon
- “Hips Don’t Lie” (200 bpm) by Shakira & Wyclef Jean
- “Maria Maria” (200 bpm) by Santana and The Project G&B
Includes a song collected from the repertoire of Decadance.
Know another good salsa (or soda) song? Share it below!