Whether you are a dance enthusiast, a DJ, instructor, or new to WCS and just looking for music to practice to, this is a great place to find current, appropriate music to dance to!

Even though West Coast Swing is the most versatile partner dance and can be danced to a huge range of music styles, some styles are more dance-able than others. Some speeds are better than others, and some tempos are more appropriate.

Here we will keep a current list of the most popular songs to dance to in each music style.  Please feel free to contribute your music suggestions for the list.

Here is a link to a DJ site which is regularly updated with National WCS DJs’ favourite music

Contemporary/Top 40

Counting StarsOne RepublicFast
One More NightMaroon 5Slow
TroublemakerOlly MursFast
Fast CarWyclef JeanMedium
Seven Nation ArmyBen l’OncleFast
Talk DirtyJason DeruloMedium
Crazy for YouHedleyFast
Don’tEd SheeranMedium
CricketsDrop City Yacht ClubMedium
Don’t WaitMapeiSlow
LatchSam SmithMedium
MapsMaroon 5Fast
Uptown FunkMark RonsonFast
TreasureBruno MarsMedium
TitaniumMadeline BaileyMedium
SingEd SheeranFast
Safe and SoundCapital CitiesFast

Old school classics

Tired of Being AloneAl GreenSlow
ThrillerMichael JacksonMedium
ThinkAretha FranklinMedium
SuperstitionStevie WonderSlow
Signed Sealed DeliveredStevie WonderMedium
Step in the Name of LoveR.KellySlow
SkillzAll 4 OneSlow
Joy & PainRobBase/DJ EZ RockFast
No DiggityBlackstreetSlow
Get Up Offa That ThingJames BrownMedium
Get Down On ItKoolSlow
Don’t Stop Till You Get EnoughMichael JacksonFast
Chain of FoolsJoe CockerMedium
Black VelvetAlannah MylesSlow
Black BettyTom JonesMedium
Billie JeanMichael JacksonMedium
Back to LifeSoul II SoulSlow
Aht Uh Mi HeadShuggie OtisSlow
Thuderstruck RemixAC/DCFast


If I Were A BoyBeyonce
FreefallinJohn Mayer
Back to the MiddleIndia Arie
Give Me One ReasonTracy Chapman
SecretMaroon 5
Son of A Preacher ManAretha Franklin
The Way You Make Me FeelAdam Rafferty
I’m The Only OneMelissa Etheridge
ChainsTina Arena
Five WomenPrince
TonightJohn Legend
ReignBad News Brown
Ode to Billie JoeBobby Gentry
Your Body is a WonderlandJohn Mayer
She Will Be LovedMaroon 5
MagicCold Play
Whatever HappensMichael Jackson


Wade in the WaterEva CassidyMedium
Try Matty’sAretha FranklinMedium
Signed Sealed DeliveredStevie WonderMedium
Cold ShotStevie Ray VaughanSlow
Soon As I Get PaidKeb’ MoMedium
Red HouseJimi HendrixSlow
LaylaEric ClaptonSlow
I’ll Take You ThereBeBe & CeCeWinansMedium
If You Want Me to StayEtta JamesMedium
How Long Can a Fool Go WrongJames CottonFast
Give Me One ReasonTracy ChapmanMedium
FeverElvis PresleyFast
Down in the ValleyOtis ReddingSlow
Come BackJosh RouseMedium
CocaineEric ClaptonMedium
Cleo’s MoodJunior WalkerMedium
Blue BopJohnny FerreiraSlow
BB King & T. ChapmanThe Thrill is GoneSlow
Alva’s Baby BluesRay SharpeMedium
Ain’t No SunshineD’AngeloSlow

Great songs that aren’t WCS

To DJ’s and those who are curious: You may notice that some of these songs are played at dances intended for West Coast Swing. This can be for one of 2 reasons: 1. To provide a “break” and offer a different dance as an opportunity to so a different dance. 2. To force dancers into frustration as they try to find a Swing beat where none exists.

All for OneBryan AdamsNightClub2
Ac-en-tu-ate the positiveAretha FranklinLindy Hop
BeautifulChristina AguileraNightClub2
Bie Mer Bist Du ShonSwing KidsLindy Hop
By your sideSadeNightClub2
Come What mayEwan MacgregorNightClub2
Crazy Little thing called LoveQueenLindy Hop
Dance with MeDebelah MorganCha Cha
Days go ByDirty VegasHustle
Don’t Know MuchAaron NevilleNightClub2
Flower that shattered the stoneSteve WarinerWaltz
HomeMicheal BubleNightClub2
If I were a painting-Kenny RogersWaltz
IncompleteBackstreet BoysNightClub2
InsatiableDarren HayesNightClub2
Shout and Feel itSwing KidsBalboa
Sing, Sing, SingSwing KidsLindy Hop
SmoothSantanaCha Cha
Open ArmsMariah CareyWaltz
Voice withinChristina AguileraNightClub2