Old School R&B West Coast Swing Songs

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I was recently taking a walk down memory lane on YouTube and before I knew it I was reliving the great R&B and Soul music that dominated the radio and the dance floor in the late 80′s and early 90′s.

What I didn’t realize for a moment is how much of this genre is West Coast Swing dance music and how badly I’d love to dance to it. Some of them are classic WCS music and others are songs I’d never had a chance to dance to before…

As such, I thought I’d share a few of the songs I found in this short list of some of the best West Coast Swing dance music from decades ago (just in time for valentine’s day):

West Coast Swing R&B Playlist:
New Edition If It Isn’t Love
TLC Baby, Baby, Baby
Montell Jordan This Is How We Do It
Shai If I Ever Fall in Love
Maxwell Sumthin’ Sumthin’
Maxwell Get To Know Ya
Joe If I Was Your Man
Keith Sweat Twisted
112 Cupid
112 Peaches ‘n’ Cream
Baby Bash feat. Frankie J Suga Suga
Usher U Remind Me
R Kelly Step In the Name of Love
R Kelly Your Body’s Calling
Candyman Knockin’ Boots
Lighter Shade of Brown Homies

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West Coast Swing Music for Winter 2014

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With the holidays over and West Coast Swing competition season about to kick into gear starting with one of my favorite events on the circuit, America’s Classic in Houston, TX – it’s time for a new playlist to begin 2014!

Today’s WCS songs are all over the board including a throwback song, a country song, some classic blues jams, and (of course) the latest, modern West Coast Swing music to get you back into the groove for the new year.

As always: listen, share, download, and enjoy!

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Current West Coast Swing Songs for Winter 2014:
John Mayer   Who You Love
John Mayer   Call Me the Breeze
Mackleore & Ryan Lewis   White Walls
Passenger   Let Her Go
Aloe Blacc   The Man
OneRepublic   Counting Stars
Lorde   Team
Katy Perry   Roar
American Author   Best Day of My Life
Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown   Show Me
Lady Gaga feat. R. Kelly   Do What U Want
Capital Cities   Safe and Sound
Give It 2 U   Robin Thicke
Whatever She’s Got   David Nail (Country West Coast Swing)

Throwback WCS song of this issue:
John Waite   Missing You

Blues Songs for West Coast Swing:
Bobby Blue Bland   I Woke Up Screaming
Pee Wee Crayton   Blues at Daybreak
W.C. Clark   I’m Gonna Disappear

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Good Music to Learn West Coast Swing

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My girlfriend, JesAnn Nail, and I had a chance to teach some West Coast Swing workshops in Spain over the Summer and we had a blast. However, because WCS is so new in Spain it’s taking a lot of work to get the dance going and make it accessible for more people.

As a result, a friend from Valencia / Madrid asked me for good music to learn West Coast Swing so that he could use it to teach some beginners. So I’ve put together a WCS playlist that has a bunch of slower songs. (Most under 100 BPM)

I’ve purposely included blues, contemporary, acoustic, and other popular styles of West Coast Swing music to give a variety of songs and grooves for leaning the dance. (Many of them are not from 2013)

Feel free to comment or add to this list…

Slower West Coast Swing Dance Songs:

Sade By Your Side
India Arie Back to the Middle
Jordan Sparks No Air
John Mayer Fool to Love You
James Morrison Man in the Mirror (Acoustic)
Mario Vazquez Gallery
Mario Let Me Love You
Rihanna & Drake What’s My Name?
Solomon Burke Got to Get You Off My Mind
Ray LaMontagne Three More Days
John Mayer Slow Dancing In A Burning Room (very slow)
John Mayer Something Like Olivia
Ernie Halter Cyclone
Powerful Stuff Sean Hayes
One Republic Good Life
Ne-Yo Sexy Love
Maroon 5 Sunday Morning
Lorde Royals
Eve 6 Here’s To The Night
Drake Hold On, We’re Going Home

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West Coast Swing Music – Fall 2013

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Summer is fading and the Fall of 2013 is approaching quickly. Fortunately, the West Coast Swing music hasn’t cooled down at all and this early season’s short playlist proves it.

I’ve been out of the country for the past few months, so I haven’t had a chance to dig in on much Soul, R&B or Blues West Coast Swing music, but I’ll be sure to make it up to you soon.

Enjoy!

Prince Breakfast Can Wait
Drake (feat. Majid Jordan) Hold On We’re Going Home
Royals Lorde
Luke Bryan That’s My Kind of Night (This one is a Country West Coast Swing)
Capital Cities Safe and Sound
Sara Bareilles Brave
John Legend All of Me
Justin Timberlake Mirrors
Train (feat. Ashley Monroe) Bruises

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West Coast Swing Music for Summer 2013

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Admittedly, I haven’t been posting lately (due to a lot of travel in Europe) and less West Coast Swing Dancing than I usually do during the Summer months, but here are a few hot little ditty’s to keep your ear drums happy and add to your playlist.

Also, it’s only July, so I’m sure the season will give us some more great stuff before Fall shows up, so stay tuned!

Some are old, some are new, some songs are rare and others get played at WCS events all of the time. But any way you slice it, there are some of the best dance songs in a while, so listen, download, share, and enjoy!

Justin Timberlake Take Back the Night
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Get Lucky
Mike Posner The Way It Used to Be
Voice Girl Firework
Jack Johnson I Got You
C2C feat. Derek Martin Happy
Dave Matthews Mercy
Bruno Mars Treasure
Goo Goo Dolls Slow it Down
Bonnie Raitt Million Miles
Clarence Carter Slip Away
Miguel Adorn*
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell Blurred Lines
Allen Stone Celebrate Tonight
Michael Kiwanuka Rest
Olly Murs Trouble Maker
Matt Nathanson Faster*
Matt Nathanson feat. Sugarland Run

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City of Angels 2013 – West Coast Swing Dance Music

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Spring is here and 2013 is turning out to be a great year for West Coast Swing Music! I’ve been putting together some good playlists, but here are some of the latest songs via Liza May’s blog updates. (By the way, if you haven’t read her blog it’s great and you should subscribe!)

This is the competition song list for City of Angels Swing 2013:

Novice Strictly Prelims
1. Feeling Single R Kelly
2. Baby What You Want Me To Do Etta James
3. Love You Like A Love Song Selena Gomez

Novice Strictly Finals
1. Black Coffee and Cigarettes Mighty Mo Rodgers
2. Show Me Usher

Novice JJ Prelims
1. My Baby Kaci Brown
2. Boom Sh-Boom Martin Sexton
3. Take It Off Ke$ha

Novice JJ Finals
1. Black Coffee and Cigarettes Mighty Mo Rodgers
2. Freak-A-Leak Petery Pablo
3. Do It Cause I Said So Ne-Yo

Intermediate JJ Prelims (Ruby)
(heat 1)
1. Crossroad John Mayer
2. Redbone Girl Eric Benet
3.“Helluva Night Madcon
(heat 2)
1. Come When I Call John Mayer
2. Mad Anthony Hamilton
3. Tonight Is The Night Outtasight

Intermediate JJ Finals (Victor)
1. All Around The World Lou Rawls
2. No Diggity Blackstreet
3. Turn Around Flo Rida

Masters Strictly Prelims
1. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg The Temptations
2. Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay Sara Bareilles
3. Me U And The Music Lemar

Masters Strictly Finals
1. Wild Turkey 101 Proof Kenny Blues Boss Wayne
2. Let’s Stay Together Ledisi
3. Do It Cause I Said So NeYo

Masters JJ Prelims (Ruby)
(heat 1)
1. Why I Drink So Much Mike Goudreau
2. Butterfly Lokz
3. Please Don’t Go Mike Posner
(heat 2)
1. Flaming Mamie Koko Taylor
2. Disease? (Not sure)
3. Show Me Usher

Masters JJ Finals (Victor)
1. I Ain’t Jammin I’m Jivin by Leon Huff
2. Come Together by Michael Jackson
3. More by Usher

Advanced JJ Prelims (Victor)
(heat 1)
1. Spankin Leroy Lucky Peterson
2. Things Are Changin’ Gary Clark Jr.
3. Turn Around Conor Maynard
(heat 2)
1. Spankin Leroy Lucky Peterson
2. Reign Bad News Brown
3. I Can Only Imagine David Guetta

Champions JJ Prelims (Louis)
(heat 1)
1. Shake Your Groove Thing Peaches and Herb
2. Diamonds Adorn Travis Garland
3. Get Down Get Funky Teddy Pendergrass
(heat 2)
1. Baby Work Out George Benson
2. Valerie cool acoustic cover guy
3. All Night Nelue

I also have some new West Coast Swing dance music favorites that aren’t really on anyone’s radar and I’ll be posting them soon so stay tuned!

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West Coast Swing Dance Music for Winter 2012

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It’s been a few months since I posted any new West Coast Swing dance music, but the wait is over! My girlfriend and I have been to several great WCS events in the past few months including: Dallas Dance, Halloween SwingThing, and Swingin’ New England – so I’ve got some great stuff to share with you!

I’ve decided to divide up these songs so you can add them to your WCS playlists according to genre including the categories of Pop, R&B, Jazz, Blues, and Other types of swing music… Enjoy!

R&B West Coast Swing Music:
Frank Ocean Novacane*
El DeBarge & Faith Evans Lay With You
Raheem DeVaughn I Don’t Care
Ledisi Stay Together (feat. Jaheim)

Pop West Coast Swing Songs:
Sara Bareilles Uncharted
Moby Run On
James Blunt I’ll Be Your Man
Kelly Clarkson Run On
Pet Show Boys West End Girls (An “old” Pop Song)
R.I.O. Summer Jam (Extended Mix)
Justin Bieber All Around the World (feat. Ludacris)
David Guetta & Sia Titanium
MacKenzie Bourg Call Me Maybe*
Psy Gangnam Style
Christina Aguilera Your Body

West Coast Swing Blues Songs:
Son Seals Sadie
Janey Street He Just Does
Jim Byrnes Next Time You See Me
Rick Vito My Baby’s Hot
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Let Me In
Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne Wild Turkey 101 Proof
Gary Clark Jr. Things Are Changin’ (Live)

Jazzy West Coast Swing Songs:
Charlie Hunter Quartet Day is Done
John Scofield & John Mayer I Don’t Need No Doctor
Stanton Moore Poison Pushy

Other Styles (including Funk, Soul, Remakes, etc.):
Teddy Pendergrass Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose
Aretha Franklin Swanee
KC & the Sunshine Band Boogie Shoes
White Nights Oh Land
Cunnie Williams With or Without You*
Lonnie Gordon Badmood

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* Indicates some of my West Coast Swing favorites from this list.

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West Coast Swing Dance Music for August 2012

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Summer is starting to wind down, but some of the West Coast Swing songs coming out lately haven’t cooled off at all!

John Mayer released an live set of some of the songs from Born & Raised including one of my favorites, Something Like Olivia. It’s only available on iTunes, so if you haven’t checked it out, I’d highly suggest it.

Also, this month gives us the usual pop songs, but also some interesting WCS music by Mat Kearney and Imagine Dragons that will help spice up your regular play list with some unique dance music.

Lastly, if you’ve been craving some good blues tunes to groove to, check out the section a little further down to see a small compilation of some good WCS for your set list!

Enjoy and let me know if you have any favorites (old or new) that I haven’t listed on the site…

West Coast Swing Dance Songs for Early August 2012:

P!ink Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen Good Time

Mohombi In Your Head

Cher Lloyd Want U Back

Mat Kearney Learning to Love Again*

Imagine Dragons It’s Time

Yin Yang Twins Fist Pump, Jump Jump

Eric Hutchinson Best Days

Lee Brice Hard to Love (This is a country song, but sounds like a contemporary swing)

As a bonus, here are some good blues West Coast Swing songs to check out. Some are newer and others are classics:

Lou Rawls Natural Man*

Barbara Healy So Wonderful*

Roosevelt Dean & the Spellbinders Don’t Tell Me What I Need

Robert Peckman Put It In the Pocket

Mojo Blues Band Since You’re Gone

Mojo Blues Band I Ain’t Got It No More

Memo Gonzalez & the Bluescasters Dynamite

Jump City Band The Big Question

Dr. Joel Rodinow Walk On, Baby

Billy T Band Don’t Do It

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* Indicates some of my West Coast Swing favorites from this list.

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New West Coast Swing Music for July 2012

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As Summer hits mid stride, so does the West Coast Swing world (including the first ever Sin City Swing event in Las Vegas). This time of year often brings the release of some of the best West Coast Swing dance music in of the year and 2012 is not exception…

This list has the usual popular music suspects, but also has some unique stuff like the Pontoon by Little Big Town and the release of Ed Sheeran’s new album to help round it out…

Pick your favorite WCS songs, download, share, and enjoy!

Little Big Town Pontoon

Ellie Goulding Lights

Eric Church Springsteen (Country Song)

Ed Sheeran The A Team

Ed Sheeran Lego House

Boomkat Stomp

Maroon 5 Love Somebody

Mat Kearney Count On Me

Calvin Harris (feat. Ne-Yo) Let’s Go (This one is fast)

Marques Houston That Girl

Ben L’Oncle Soul 7 Nation Army

Katy Perry Wide Awake

Wynter Gordon No Hush

Matt Nathanson Modern Love

Buddy Guy (feat. Tracy Chapman) Ain’t No Sunshine (Cool version of a WCS classic)

 

BONUS: This is one of my all time favorite Blues West Coast Swing songs for dancing:

Keb’ Mo’ I’m On Your Side

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More West Coast Swing Blues Songs

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Anyone who knows me also knows that I absolutely LOVE dancing to those great West Coast Swing Blues songs that can’t help but make you get up off your backside… no matter how late it is!

Because of that I’ve been digging through and rediscovering some of my favorite blues jams and thought I’d share a playlist for those of you who love to do WCS to the Blues as much as I do. Most of these are more upbeat, but there are a few slow ones that definitely groove.

If you have a favorite West Coast Swing Blues song and it’s not on our list yet, but sure and let me know via email or by leaving a comment. Also, if you want to be sure to get future updates, be sure to subscribe to our blog and never miss a new post!

Enjoy!

King Floyd Groove Me

Jonny Lang Lie to Me

BB King & Eric Clapton The Thrill is Gone

Etta James I Just Wanna Make Love to You

Lynwood Slim & The Igor Prado Band Is It True

Magic Slim & The Teardrops Further On Up the Road

Buddy Guy (feat. Tracy Chapman) Ain’t No Sunshine

Kevin Mark Pretty Little Thing

David Egan You’re Lyin Again

Jimmy Witherspoon When the Lights Go Out

Vann The Blonde Next Door

W.C. Clark Soul Kind of Loving

Billy Dunn Bluesway Come Here Baby

Johnny Nicholas Livin’ with the Blues

We’re always looking for the best West Coast Swing Blues music, so please share your favorites below!

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