I regularly troll YouTube looking for covers of pop music, however when you search “cover + song title”, you inevitably end up with 100 acoustic covers done by anyone with a piano, guitar and a voice. Generally nothing too exciting, usually a slower version of the pop song.
Side note – if you ARE looking for acoustic covers of pop songs done really well, check out Boyce Avenue, Madilyn Bailey, and Savannah Outen.
Anyway, when I stumbled onto Postmodern Jukebox, I knew I had struck gold. Pop songs with a vintage twist, they are such a unique cover band. Do you like Doo Wop? Ragtime? Swing? Ever wonder what pop songs would sound like if they were sung in speak-easies? Yeah, me neither, but now I can’t stop listening.
Here are my three favorites (although it was very difficult to choose – check out their album, aptly named “Twist Is The New Twerk” on iTunes for more!):
We Can’t Stop:
Their doo-wop cover of “Timber” is pretty amazing as well.
A little jazzy version of “Careless Whisper” with a little “Take 5” thrown in there for fun:
And this last one has to be my favorite, simply because it includes tap dancing (!!!):
Grab their album on iTunes and listen on repeat!
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I love starting class with cardio-inspired workouts to get the blood moving before we move into larger movements.
Here are some songs that my dancers love “working out” to! (links open in iTunes)
One in a Million – Down With Webster
The Spark (ft. Spree Wilson) – Afrojack – These first two songs are lesser known, which means they aren’t overplayed on the radio and the kids don’t know every word, but they still have a great beat.
Hey Brother – Avicii
Timber – Pitbull ft. Ke$ha – I have a killer tap stamina warm-up to this song for my advanced girls – I get requests for it every week… not sure if the kids like the tap exercise or just listening to the song. 🙂
Weekends!!! – Skrillex (feat. Sirah)
Changing Of The Seasons – Two Door Cinema Club
Luck – American Authors
Further On – Bronze Radio Return
Now I See – Tessa Rose Jackson – a little more laid-back – would be good for light warm-up or cool down
A Few Others
Danza Kuduro (feat. Lucenzo) – Don Omar (oldie but a goodie)
Devil With the Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly – Mitch Ryder
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Looking for some new songs to add to your Halloween playlist? Here are some suggestions to spice up your playlist.
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Superstition – Stevie Wonder – classic with a moderate tempo
Love Potion No. 9 – The Clovers
Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
Devil With the Blue Dress On – Mitch Ryder – keeps those toes a-tapping
Headless Horseman – Kay Starr – tells the story of the Headless Horseman in a cheery sort of way
Little Demon – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins– a fun 50’s rock-sounding tune
Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical
Howl – Florence + The Machine
I Put a Spell On You – From “Hocus Pocus” soundtrack, or Nina Simone, and the cover by She & Him is particularly haunting
Howlin’ for You – The Black Keys – we’ve been using this for across the floor combinations in my jazz classes this week – works good for turns and battements
Strange and Beautiful (I’ll Put a Spell on You) – Aqualung – a melancholy melody in 3/4 time
Other Fun Songs
Dinner With Drac, Pt 1 – John Zacherle
What’s A Girl To Do – Bat For Lashes – basically the plot to Twilight summed up in a song
Grim Grinning Ghosts Remix – (link opens to YouTube – couldn’t find a link) could maybe use this for hip hop?
And of course, you have to add The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) – Ylvis just for fun!
Looking for more ideas?
This song came on my iPod this morning on my drive to work and I couldn’t help tapping along to the steering wheel. I think I’ll be using this song to warm-up to in the fall…enjoy!
Open in iTunes: Feelin’ Good – With Love
By the way, her whole album With Love – Christina Grimmie is worth a listen.
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A look back at all of the songs I used for choreography this past year. This post is more or less for my own archival purposes, but maybe someone will find something new too!
My little “Nutcracker” dancers
Want more? Check out 2012 and 2011‘s lists.
MODERN / CONTEMPORARY / BALLET
Apparently this was the year of Regina Spektor and combining songs! Oh well, onto the next year 🙂
What was your favorite music you choreographed or danced to this year?
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We just finished up a week of Dance Camp and we had a blast! Our theme was “Out West” and we had a lot of fun coming up with different crafts to keep ourselves occupied.
I can’t wait to tell you all about it next week but in the meantime, I’ll share our playlist for the show:
Western / Hoe-Down Theme (ages 6-9)
Our tap songs:
Our jazz songs:
Have a great weekend!