Swing Discussion Boards > Your Favorite Tunes for: WEST COAST SWING

Discussion in 'Swing Discussion Boards' started by Phil Owl, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. I-Man

    I-Man New Member

    My humble contributions to this thread:

    Love Sex Magic by Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake
    Right Round by Flo Rida
    Do Ya by Lionel Richie
    Tempted by Rockapella
    Feel It (In The Air Tonight) by Naturally 7
    Kiss by Chris Thomas King (or alternatively by Tom Jones)
    I'm Down by Kashif
    The Way by Karina Iglesias
    That's The Way Love Is by Kenny Lattimore
    Hot Stuff (Let's Dance) by Craig David
    Gangster of Love by Johnny "Guitar" Watson
    Sentimental by Gareth Gates
    4 Minutes by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake
    I'll Wait by Taylor Dayne
    Little Bit of Feel Good by Jamie Lidell
    Scratch My Back by Taj Mahal

    Yup. Me likes variety! :rolleyes:
  2. progdouble2stp

    progdouble2stp New Member

    "Mustang Sally" by The Commitments is my favorite WCS song. :D

    My 2 cents worth.

  3. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, bring out Mustang Sally any night!
    Welome to our world.
  4. I-Man

    I-Man New Member

    I do agree that Mustang Sally is an old stand by. It's got easy "breaks" in it so you can it them in your dancing, and you can't beat its sultry bluesy sound.

    But like so many "classic" songs that get associated with a certain type of dance (and who indeed, can argue that this song isn't associated with West Coast), it tends to get a bit overplayed at the dance haunts, causing many of the hardcore dancers to get irritated whenever it gets played.

    Tell me if this is what you get in your local dance scene, but in my local Swing scene, many of the dancers get easily bored if they keep hearing the same songs played over and over, even if it is a kickin' good song, or even if the song itself only got dropped within the last six months (in fact even MORE so if it is a recent radio hit which is perceived as "old").

    The local Westie crowd either favors the beats being played on the national circuit, or they favor the latest radio hits you can Swing to (even if the music is void of rolling triples, as is much of the latest top 40 hits).
  5. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    I'd say we get a mix of dancers at the CW place where I dance.

    To me a "Westie" is a real die hard and is likely to dance it to just about anything.
    Now, if they play what most of us partner dancers consider to be a "pop" song ("I Kissed a Girl" was the latest scurge), or some rock n roll standard for people who don't know how to do anything but shake their booties, people will eventually figure out something to do to it. And as we know WCS, is pretty versitile.

    I don't know if any of the - by popular opinion - "good" people compete, but I know some of them apparently accept money to teach (although I think they should give their students their money back) so I'm guessing we don't get any national sircuit tunes. They will play Mustang Sally and some other WCS "standards", though, that have been around for ages.
  6. Dancegal

    Dancegal Member

    A few (artist/song)

    Simply Red/Sunrise
    Ne-Yo / Because of You, Can We Chill, Closer, Sexy Love
    Brandy / Right Here (Departed)
    Gaelle / Give It Back
    Seal / Waiting For You
    Enrique Iglesias / Ring My Bells
    Michael Jackson / Whatever Happens
    Daryl Hall & John Oates / I'll Be Around
    Corinne Bailey Rae / Put Your Records On
    Justin Timberlake / LoveStoned-I Think She Knows, Rock Your Body
    Maroon Five / Makes Me Wonder, Secret, She Will Be Loved
  7. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    A random selection:

    Soul Kid #1, "More Bounce in California"
    Pat Travers Band, "Crash and Burn" (a little fast, but a good groove)
    Grand National, "Talk Amongst Yourselves" (from Sasha's Involver album)
    Hendrix, "Crosstown Traffic"
    Soundgarden, "Superunknown"
  8. I-Man

    I-Man New Member

    oh gosh, I just LUV Right Here (Departed). Love it love it love it. But I'll be dammed, whenever they play that song in my town, NOBODY likes getting up to dance for it! I'm like sitting there dumbfounded thinking, "how come nobody in this At's Rass of a town likes this song?" Sheesh! It's good to know I am not the only one who likes that song. I was beginning to think there was something wrong with me. LOL.

    Well, before anyone else says it, yes there still may be something wrong with me anyhow, but at least not when it comes to that song! lol

    At least people around here like "Ring My Bells", which is a relief! Totally love that song.
  9. Ithink

    Ithink Active Member

    Ring My Bells is awesome! Just so fun to dance to, so slinky and sexy...
  10. dashzed

    dashzed New Member

    How about all the new stuff from Kevin Rudolph, like "Let It Rock", "Welcome to the World", "Gimme A Sign", those are all super popular nowadays.

    Also some good new songs are "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga.

    One of my all-time favourites is "How to Save a Life" by The Fray, and also "Let's Get It Started" by the Black Eyed Peas.

    This forum is great, I found so many good songs here:D
  11. Dancegal

    Dancegal Member

    A new favorite (of many :) ) :

    Come On Get Higher - Matt Nathanson
  12. Artemia

    Artemia New Member

    West Coast Swing - Music?

    I'm taking a coaching lesson with Ron Christy in September, to have him choreograph a West Coast Swing (WCS) routine for myself and my instructor.

    However, I'm really getting bored of the five songs that our studio rotates through for WCS dancing. So, I appeal to you and the collective dancing knowledge of this forum!

    I am somewhat of an oddball and I love obscure music. I want to dance to something that no one's heard of, so there's some personality and "wow, that's a neat song.. ooh and a hawt routine!" reaction to my dance.

    But more than that, I just need suggestions! I don't listen to blues or pop, but I really want to fall in love with the song I dance to. Where do you guys go to find good WCS music? Help!

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions you provide!
  13. Artemia

    Artemia New Member

    As most of you are already aware, there's a nice long thread like four down from this one discussing good WCS music. We will pretend that I saw it from the beginning, and therefore my image remains intact. Yes.

    Going through it, I have to say these are my favorite songs:

    Giorgia - la la song

    Enrique Inglesias - Ring My Bells

    Michael Jackson - Whatever Happens

    Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On

    Come On Get Higher - Matt Nathanson (good song maybe not for a routine)

    I’m Outta Love - Anastacia (too fast? hustle song, more like)

    Norah Jones - Day is done (I like this one the best, this one wins!)

    I have noticed however that a lot of the songs suggested are very fast ... things I would cha cha to rather than WCS. Are there other styles of WCS out there other than the slow, blues-y one that I dance? I assume the answer is yes, but could someone enlighten me as to the differences, or are the steps the same, it's just danced at a hyped pace?
  14. GJB

    GJB Well-Known Member

    This list was posted on Facebook by Dave Moldover today:

    Rafael Saadiq - Let’s Take A Walk
    Jamie Foxx – I Don’t Need It
    Gareth Gates – Sentimental
    Matt Nathanson – Come On Get Higher
    Seal – I Can’t Stand The Rain
    Lady Gaga – Love Game
    Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good
    Melanie Fiona – Give It To Me Right
    Jazmine Sullivan – Bust You Windows
    Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
    Naturally 7 – Feel It
    Anastasia – Absolut8
  15. GJB

    GJB Well-Known Member

  16. GJB

    GJB Well-Known Member

    Here is a list taken from a thread on Strictly Westie. These were categorized as Pop.

    98 - Because Of You
    98 - Come And Get It
    Abs - Miss Perfect
    Akon - Bananza (Bellydancer)
    Allure - Enjoy Yourself
    Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
    Anastacia - Love Is Alive
    Anastacia - Made For Lovin' You
    Anastacia - Paid My Dues
    Anastacia - Why Did You Lie To Me
    Anastacia - Yo Trippin
    Angela Via - Picture Perfect
    Atomic Kitten - Whole Again
    Backstreet Boys - Everybody
    Backstreet Boys - It's Got To Be You
    Backstreet Boys - The Call
    Backstreet Boys - We've Got It Going On
    Beenie Man ft. Janet Jackson - Feel It, Boy
    Better Than Ezra - Juicy
    Beverly Knight - Same As I Ever Was
    Britney Spears - Anticipating
    Britney Spears - Boys
    Britney Spears - Brave New Girl
    Britney Spears - I'm A Slave 4 U
    Britney Spears - Overprotected
    Britney Spears - Satisfaction
    Britney Spears - Stronger
    Britney Spears - Toxic
    Cassie - About Time
    Cassie - Long Way
    Cassie - Me and U
    Celine Dion - I'm Alive (practice hustle)
    Chante' Moore - Straight Up
    Cher - Believe
    Cher - One By One
    Cherish - That Boi
    Chris Anderson - Last Night
    Christina Aguilera - Can't Hold Us Down
    Christina Aguilera - Come On Over
    Christina Aguilera - Dirrty
    Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle
    Christina Aguilera - Infatuation
    Christina Aguilera - Love Will Find A Way
    Christina Aguilera - Without you
    Christina Milian - Am To Pm
    Christina Milian - Whatever U Want
    Christina Milian F. Young Jeezy - Say I
    Color Me Badd - All 4 Love
    Corinne Bailey Rae - Put your Records on
    Daft Punk - One More Time
    Daft Punk - Technologic
    Dana Glover - Testimony
    Daniel Bedingfield - James Dean
    Danni Minogue - Push
    Danni Minogue - Put The Needle On It
    Darren Hayes - Creepin' Up On You
    Debelah Morgan - Fall in Love Again
    Debelah Morgan - I Remember
    Debelah Morgan - Stay
    Debelah Morgan - Think Of You
    Dee Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
    Destiny's Child - Say my Name
    Devin - Whatever Turns You On
    Eminem - Without Me
    Enrique + Whitney - Kiss Forever
    Enrique Iglesias - Hero (English)
    Everett Bradley - Cool Cool Thang
    Fergie - Velvet
    Fierce - Sweet Love 2k
    Five - When The Lights Go Out
    Fun Factory - I Wanna Be With U
    Gap Band - You Dropped A Bomb On Me
    George Clinton - Atomic Dog
    George Michael - Amazing
    Gina G - Fresh
    Gina G - Ooh Aah Just A Little Bit
    Goldfrapp - Crystalline Green
    Goldfrapp - Ride a White Horse
    Gwen Stefani - Harajuku Girls
    Gwen Stefani - Wind it Up
    Gwen Stefani - Yummy
    Herbie Hancock - Stitched Up ed
    Herbie Hancock feat. John Mayer - Stitched Up
    Jade Anderson - Sugarhigh
    Janet Jackson - All For You
    Janet Jackson - All Nite (Don't Stop)
    Janet Jackson - Come On Get Up
    Janet Jackson - Doesn't Really Matter
    Janet Jackson - Everywhere I Go
    Janet Jackson - Free Xone
    Janet Jackson - R+B Junkie
    Janet Jackson - Runaway
    Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes
    Janet Jackson - Together Again
    Janet Jackson - Tonight's The Night
    Janet Jackson - Velvet Rope
    Janet Jackson - When We Oooo
    JC Chasez - One Night Stand
    Jennifer Lopez - If You Had My Love
    Jennifer Lopez - I'm Glad
    Jennifer Lopez - I'm Real
    Jennifer Lopez - Jenny From The Block
    Jennifer Lopez - Play
    Jennifer Paige - Crush
    Jessica Simpson - A Little Bit
    Jessica Simpson - With You
    Jewel - Intuition
    Johnny Mathis - Unbreak my Heart
    Joss Stone - Fell In Love With A Boy
    Joss Stone - Some Kind Of Wonderful
    Justin Timberlake - Damn Girl
    Justin Timberlake - FutureSex
    Justin Timberlake - Like I Love You
    Justin Timberlake - Lovestoned (I think that she knows) 320
    Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
    Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body (Oakenfold Remix)
    Justin Timberlake - Senorita
    Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back (main version)
    K. T. Tunstall - Black Horse and Cherry Tree
    Katharine Mcphee - Do What you Do X
    Katharine Mcphee - Each Other
    Katharine Mcphee - Everywhere I Go
    Katharine Mcphee - Not Ur Girl
    Kelly Clarkson - Miss Independent
    Kelly Clarkson - Walk Away
    Kelly Clarkson - What's Up Lonely
    Kylie Minogue - (Get Up) Boy
    Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
    Kylie Minogue - Chocolate
    Kylie Minogue - Cruise Control
    Kylie Minogue - Love At First Sight
    Kylie Minogue - Slow
    Kylie Minogue - Sweet Music
    Lara Fabian - Love Again
    Liberty X - Jumpin
    Liberty X - Just A Little
    Lisa Marie Presley - Dirty Laundry
    Lisa Stansfield Ft R Kelly - Make It Right (Groove Remix)
    Lutricia McNeal - Plano TX USA
    M People - Precious Pearl
    Madonna - Music
    Mandy Moore - Crush
    Mandy Moore - In My Pocket
    Mandy Moore - You Remind Me
    Marc Anthony - I've Got You
    Mariah Carey - Fantasy
    Mariah Carey - It's Like That
    Mariah Carey - Say Somethin'
    Mario Vasquez - Gallery
    Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
    Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning
    Maroon 5 - This Love
    Marrs - Pump Up The Volume
    Maxi Priest + Shaggy - That Girl
    Melissa Lefton - My Hit Song
    Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
    Michael Jackson - Black + White
    Michael Jackson - Blood On The Dance Floor
    Michael Jackson - Butterflies
    Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Till U Get Enough
    Michael Jackson - Ghosts
    Michael Jackson - Jam
    Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
    Michael Jackson - Pretty Young Thing
    Michael Jackson - Remember The Time
    Michael Jackson - Rock With You
    Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal
    Michael Jackson - Streetwalker
    Michael Jackson - Superfly
    Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel
    Michael Jackson - Whatever Happens
    Michael Jackson - You Rock My World
    Mis Teeq - Scandalous
    MisTeeq - One Night Stand
    Morcheeba - Love Sweet Love
    Mya - Free
    Mya - Free Fallin'
    Mya - My Love Is Like...Wo
    Nelly Furtado - I'm Like a Bird
    Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous (Ft. Timbaland)
    Nelly Furtado - Say It Right
    No Doubt - Hella Good
    Nsync - Digital Get Down
    Nsync - Dirty Pop
    Nsync - Gone
    Nsync - Just Got Paid
    O'town - Liquid Dreams
    O'town - We Fit Together (I wanna go all night)
    Pink - Get The Party Started
    Pink - Missundaztood
    Pink - Respect
    Pink + Redman - Get The Party Started
    Play - Hot 21st
    Prince - About That Walk
    Prince - Black Sweat
    Prince - Cream
    Prince - Erotic City
    Prince - Kiss
    Prince - Lolita
    Prince - Musicology
    Prince - The Greatest Romance Ever Told
    *****cat Dolls - Beep
    *****cat Dolls - Buttons
    *****cat Dolls feat. Snoop Dogg - Buttons
    Rhianna - S.O.S.
    Robin Thicke - Cocaine
    Robin Thicke Lost Without You
    Robyn - Do You Know What It Takes (Always Be Around)
    S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin'
    S.O.A.P. - Ladidi Ladida
    Samantha Mumba - Baby, Come Over
    Sarah Connor - Bounce
    Sarah Whatmore - Automatic
    Shakira - Whenever Wherever
    Simply Red - Sunrise
    Sophie B. Hawkins - Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
    Soul Kid #1 - More Bounce (In California)
    Stacie Orrico - (There's Gotta Be) More To Life
    Stacie Orrico - Stuck
    Stereo Mcs - Get Connected
    Teddy Riley - Gotta Hit That (Ft Styles P)
    The Cheetah Girls - Cinderella
    The *****cat Dolls - Wait a Minute (Ft Timbaland)
    Tina Arena - Soul Mate
    TLC - Waterfalls
    Toni Braxton - Spanish Guitar
    Trick Daddy - In da Wind
    Trick Daddy ft. Ludacris + Ceelo - Sugar (Gimmie Some)
    True Vibe - Jump, Jump, Jump
    Vanessa Amorosi - Absolutely Everybody
    Vanessa Hudgens - Come Back to Me (I)
    Vengaboys - Shalala Lala
    Vitamin C - Busted
    Vitamin C - Me, Myself, And I
    Vitamin C - Put A Smile On Your Face
    Willa Ford - I Wanna Be Bad
  17. GJB

    GJB Well-Known Member

    If you don't like anything above, you might want to post a question on Strictly Westie dot com a forum dedicated to WCS.
  18. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    gee, that GJB really comes thru... ;)
  19. Dancelf

    Dancelf Member

    More stuff that everybody has heard of : DJ Music Survey.

    My primary sources of interesting songs are (a) the playlist of KGSR here in Austin, (b) Pandora and (c) crossing over into Blues Dancing to see what those DJs are spinning.

    Another trick, when you hear something that you like, is to find alternative covers. Find a local band that you like? check out what they have recorded.

    Competitions songs do tend to run a bit quicker than social songs - it's easier to keep the energy up and the audience engaged.

    Here are some things in my Library that I think would be fun for Routines (sorted alphabetically by artist).

    Atlanta Rhythm Section - So Into You
    Captain and Tennillle - Shop Around
    Jeff Golub - Hello Betty
    Jill Johnson - Heartbreak Hotel
    Bloodsucker Blues - Jools Holland
    Marc Broussard - Home
    Trace Adkins - Baby I'm Home
    Wellesley Tupelos - Ain't Nothin' Wrong With That
  20. Artemia

    Artemia New Member

    Thanks for all the tips guys (and moving my post)... I will check them out!

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