Xmas songs?

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by danceislove, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. danceislove

    danceislove New Member

    Does anyone have suggestions for holiday/xmas themed danceable songs? I need a bunch of songs for a xmas party. Any help is mucho appreciated! :D
    So far I've got:
    "Baby its cold outside" - foxtrot
    "Rocking around the xmas tree" - ecs
  2. Lioness

    Lioness Well-Known Member

    Silver Bells and Silent Night both make a slow waltz
  3. danceislove

    danceislove New Member

    any specific artists?
  4. Lioness

    Lioness Well-Known Member

    Not that I know of, I'm just going through them in my head trying to dance to them.
  5. flashdance

    flashdance Active Member

    Jingle Bells
    Batman Smells
    Robin Laid an Egg
    The Batmobile Lost a Wheel
    And Joker got away

    Jingle Bells
    Batman Smells
    Robin Laid an Egg
    The Batmobile Lost a Wheel
    And Joker got away

    Jingle Bells
    Batman Smells
    Robin Laid an Egg
    The Batmobile Lost a Wheel
    And Jo-ker got away

    [instrumental cymbals, pounding & stuff]

    THE JOKER GOT AWAY!
    THE JOKER GOT AWAY!


    Erm, moving swiftly on... trying searching for 'My Gift to You' album from Alexander O'Neal ;)
  6. BM

    BM New Member

    "All I Want for Christmas Is You," Mariah Carey (jive)
  7. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    Jingle bell rock is a pretty good ECS, though I'm rather sick of it already (we're dancing to it this week, sick of hearing it. :) )
  8. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    Here are some from my collection.

    -IJ

    Artist - Title
    Album
    Genre
    Year
    Tempo

    Celine Dion - Feliz Navidad
    These Are Special Times
    Holiday Cha-Cha
    1998
    34 MPM

    Harry Connick, Jr. - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
    Harry for the Holidays
    Holiday Cha-Cha
    2003
    31 MPM

    Jacque Harenberg - Winter Wonderland
    Silent Night
    Holiday Cha-Cha
    2003
    31 MPM

    Lalo Davila & Orkesta Cubana - Feliz Navidad
    Feliz Navidad
    Holiday Cha-cha
    2006
    32 MPM

    Lalo Davila & Orkesta Cubana - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
    Feliz Navidad
    Holiday Cha-cha
    2006
    33 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Last Christmas
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Cha-Cha
    2007
    30 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Cha-Cha
    2007
    30 MPM

    Bing Crosby - White Christmas
    Holiday Foxtrot
    29 MPM

    Denver & The Mile High Orchestra - Let It Snow
    Timeless Christmas
    Holiday Foxtrot
    2004
    31 MPM

    Ella Fitzgerald - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
    Verve Presents: The Very Best Of Christmas Jazz
    Holiday Foxtrot
    1960
    30 MPM

    Joe Williams - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
    Verve Presents: The Very Best Of Christmas Jazz
    Holiday Foxtrot
    1990
    32 MPM

    Louis Armstrong - 'Zat You, Santa Claus?
    Verve Presents: The Very Best Of Christmas Jazz
    Holiday Foxtrot
    1953
    30 MPM

    Madonna - Santa Baby
    A Very Special Christmas
    Holiday Foxtrot
    1989

    Monday Off - (Everybody's Waiting For) The Man With The Bag
    Christmas Time Is Here
    Holiday Foxtrot

    The Manhattan Transfer - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/
    The Christmas Album
    Holiday Foxtrot
    1992
    32 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - I'll be Home For Christmas
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Foxtrot
    2007
    28 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Santa Baby
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Foxtrot
    2007
    28 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - White Christmas
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Foxtrot
    2007
    29 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Winter Wonderland
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Foxtrot
    2007
    28 MPM

    Denver & The Mile High Orchestra - Little Drummer Boy
    Timeless Christmas
    Holiday Hustle
    2004
    28 MPM

    Harry Connick, Jr. - Frosty The Snowman
    Harry For The Holidays
    Holiday Mambo
    2003
    48 MPM

    Lalo Davila & Orkesta Cubana - Here Comes Santa Claus
    Feliz Navidad
    Holiday Mambo
    2006
    47 MPM

    Lalo Davila & Orkesta Cubana - Jingle Bells
    Feliz Navidad
    Holiday Mambo
    2006
    48 MPM

    Lalo Davila & Orkesta Cubana - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
    Feliz Navidad
    Holiday Mambo
    2006
    43 MPM

    Lalo Davila & Orkesta Cubana - Little Drummer Boy
    Feliz Navidad
    Holiday Mambo
    2006
    50 MPM

    Lalo Davila & Orkesta Cubana - We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    Feliz Navidad
    Holiday Mambo
    2006
    44 MPM

    Lalo Davila & Orkesta Cubana - What Child Is This
    Feliz Navidad
    Holiday Mambo
    2006
    41 MPM

    Lalo Davila & Orkesta Cubana - What Child Is This (edited)
    Feliz Navidad
    Holiday Mambo
    2006
    41 MPM

    Ramsey Lewis Trio - Here Comes Santa Claus
    Verve Presents: The Very Best Of Christmas Jazz
    Holiday Mambo
    1961
    40 MPM

    Vince Vance & The Valiants - All I Want for Christmas Is You
    All I Want for Christmas Is You
    Holiday Nightclub Two-Step
    1993
    18 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Driving Home For Christmas
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Quickstep
    2007
    48 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Santa Claus is Coming to Town
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Quickstep
    2007

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Sleigh Ride
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Quickstep
    2007
    48 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Rumba
    2007
    26 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Merry Christmas Darling
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Rumba
    2007
    26 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - The Christmas Song
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Rumba
    2007
    26 MPM

    Vanessa Williams - Baby, It's Cold Outside
    Star Bright
    Holiday Rumba
    1996
    27 MPM

    Lalo Davila & Orkesta Cubana - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    Feliz Navidad
    Holiday Samba
    2006
    66 MPM

    Lalo Davila & Orkesta Cubana - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
    Feliz Navidad
    Holiday Samba
    2006
    53 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - This Christmas
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Samba
    2007
    50 MPM

    Denver & The Mile High Orchestra - Jingle Bells
    Timeless Christmas
    Holiday Single Swing
    2004
    50 MPM

    Mariah Carey - All I want for Christmas is You (edited)
    Merry Christmas
    Holiday Single Swing
    1994
    38 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - All I Want For Christmas is You
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Single Swing
    2007
    40 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Merry Christmas Everybody
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Single Swing
    2007
    40 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Single Swing
    2007
    41 MPM

    Bob Curtis Trio +2 - Christmas Tango
    Christmas Straight Up
    Holiday Tango
    1997
    30 MPM

    Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock
    Holiday Triple Swing
    30 MPM

    Brenda Lee - Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
    Holiday Triple Swing

    Burl Ives - A Holly Jolly Christmas
    Season's Greetings-Disc 1-20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection
    Holiday Triple Swing
    2001
    35 MPM

    Celine Dion - Christmas Eve
    These Are Special Times
    Holiday Triple Swing
    1998
    32 MPM

    The Platters - Blue Christmas
    Season's Greetings-Disc 2-20th
    Holiday Triple Swing
    35 MPM

    Harry Connick, Jr. - The Christmas Waltz
    Harry For The Holidays
    Holiday Waltz
    2003
    39 MPM

    Jacqui Naylor - Celebrate Early And Often
    Smashed For The Holidays
    Holiday Waltz
    2007
    31 MPM

    Kenny Loggins - Celebrate Me Home
    Holiday Waltz
    2004
    33-35 MPM

    Rick Springfield - Christmas With You
    Christmas With You
    Holiday Waltz
    2007
    36 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Mistletoe and Wine
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Waltz
    2007
    31 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Pretty Paper
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Waltz
    2007
    29 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - Silent Night
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Waltz
    2007
    29 MPM

    Tony Evans & His Orchestra - When a Child is Born
    I Love Christmas
    Holiday Waltz
    2007
    29 MPM

    Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmastime Is Here
    A Charlie Brown Christmas (Rem
    Holiday Waltz
    2006
    29 MPM

    Denver & The Mile High Orchestra - Frosty The Blues Man
    Timeless Christmas
    Holiday West Coast Swing
    2004
    23 MPM
  9. old dog

    old dog Member

    A Coventry Carol -- Waltz
    It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas -- FT
    Santa Claus Is Back In Town -- (Elvis) -- WCS
    Dancing With Santa -- R&R, EC(Single)
    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus -- (Orig Jimmy Boyd version) FT
  10. tardyhoofer

    tardyhoofer New Member

    Let It Snow - Jessica Simpson - Jive
  11. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    Hey, IJ, it looks like you're keeping your collection well-organized. Any tips? :)
  12. hustleNflow

    hustleNflow New Member

    All I Want For Christmas is You - Leanne Rimes (and no, this is not the same song Mariah Carey did...TOTALLY different!)
    *works as a REALLY slow foxtrot (maybe :?), a bolero, or a nightclub two-step

    Holiday Celebrate - Toni Braxton
    *works as an int'l rumba (or a slow American rumba), bolero, or nightclub two-step

    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - John Mellencamp (fellow Hoosier! :cool:)
    *a fun jive
  13. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    Well, I'm not exactly sure what kind of information you're looking for.

    I think just about any of the popular computer media players (Windows Media Player, iTunes, Winamp, etc.) will allow you to organize your music as I do (in fact, I've used all three over the past couple of years).

    The trick is using the media software to edit the ID3 tag of each MP3 file. Field use is pretty self explanatory (e.g. the Album name goes in the Album Name field). I do a couple of things, however the deviate slightly from what might be typical.

    ID3 tags have a tempo field that's labeled BPM (beats per minute). Tempi for ballroom dances, however, are usually expressed in measures per minute (MPM). Rather than put an MPM value in the BPM field, I use the Comment field to store the MPM value, followed by the letters "MPM."

    Also, most MP3 software provides a drop-down list for the Genre field. With the exception of some choices like tango and swing, most dance styles don't appear in this drop-down list. Most software, however, will allow you to type in a value that's not in the drop-down and that's how I store the dance style that goes with that song.

    So, for example, the Genre field in the ID3 tags of my cha-cha songs reads, "cha-cha," even though that's not an "offical" genre from the drop-down list. And since I don't want to play Feliz Navidad for a cha-cha outside of the holiday season, I set put the word "holiday" in front of "cha-cha" in the genre field for such songs. This allows me to easiliy create a playlist that includes either non-holiday or holiday cha-chas, etc.

    List output can be a little tricky. Standard implementations of Winamp and Windows Media Player don't output text information to my satisfaction (although plug-ins might be available that would meet our needs -- I have not explored that possiblity). iTunes, however, will export to a tab-delimited text file every field in every ID3 tag of every song in a playlist. I can then open that file with a spreadsheet program (e.g. Excel) sort and modify it to my heart's content, and then share the results (as I have in this thread).

    If there's anything else you'd like to know, just ask!

    Note to moderators: As this post if pretty far off-topic, feel free to move it to another thread as might be appropriate.

    -IJ
  14. GJB

    GJB Well-Known Member

    Run Run Rudolf - Jive/Swing - Chuck Berry and many others have covered it
    Santa Claus is Back in Town - WCS - Dwight Yoakam
  15. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    That's cool, so that list was from the text output? I am trying to come up with a way to keep track of my music collection, since I have a lot of non-danceable music, too. I'm thinking about buying a portable hard drive for it, it's beginning to take up too much space.
  16. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    Indirectly, yes -- after some massaging in Excel and Word.
    An external hard drive should work just as well with your media player software as does your internal hard drive. For now, all of my music is on my internal hard drive.
  17. Tenehill

    Tenehill New Member

    tanya:

    If you have a large collection, and technical expertise, then the best way to keep the music trackable, surprisingly, is not to organize it at all, but leave the task to a database management system.

    You have to fill the song information database first. It will take 3-20 minutes to collect and fill in the information for one song or musical piece.

    After that, you can ask the database management system, for example, to pull up all songs that have MPM between 31 and 32, are foxtrots, are orchestra-only, are composed by composers whose names end with "stein", have TR 3 or better (TR = Tanya's Rating), and have appeared between 1920 and 1989. You will get a list of files, a list of CDs with track numbers, or perhaps other sources as you have entered them into the database. There are free database management systems available.

    But this miracle requires lots of work. You can perhaps go along with Excel spreadsheet, or simply by keeping files in specific folders.


    About an additional hard drive.

    If you use mostly a laptop, then you need two hard drives. A small one (they call it 2.5"), without power supply unit, that you will connect to the laptop and use. And a small or large (3.5") one, only to keep a backup copy, which will be rarely connected. Both hard drives could be 250-500 GB large. Keeping your collection on the laptop itself only is risky.

    If you use mostly a desktop, then you need two hard drives. One, with capacity 500 GB or more, in most cases can be installed within the desktop PC. The other one shall be an external hard drive for backup ony. The external hard drive can be either 2.5" or 3.5". The 3.5" ones are several times larger that 2.5" ones, but they are cheaper, more reliable and about twice quicker.

    If you use both laptop and desktop, then you need two hard drives: an internal hard drive inside the desktop, and an 2.5" external hard drive for use with laptop. The internal one will also serve as the backup hard drive. A third hard drive, dedicated for backup only, is optional.

    Don't use CDs, memory sticks, internet backup services for backup. If you can, keep the backup hard drive separate from computers, so that the thief cannot find it easily and it cannot be damaged by the same disaster that will destroy the computer. Update (synchronize) the backup hard drive no more than once or twice a year.
  18. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    I agree completely and have made a conscious decision not to do this, even though I have the skills and software (recent copy of MS Access) required. While using the ID3 tags to hold the data on my collection is far less powerful, it does what I need and is less work than setting up a DBMS.
  19. QPO

    QPO New Member

    Thanks for some good suggestions :) I will look them up
  20. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Away in a Manger is a waltz, obviously speed varies with the version you use. Brian Setzer also does Baby It's Cold Outside and Winter Wonderland (foxtrots), as I'm sure may other artists do. Also, The Tractors do a Christmas version of Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train (jive). The Carol of the Bells (Bohemian Bell Carol?) is a nice Viennese Waltz. The Wiggles do A Christmas Polka. Jim Reeves does The Merry Christmas Polka. You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch makes a nice slow foxtrot. :) I have an Enya version of Silent Night in Gaelic that is a nice waltz.

    Not Christmas, but Glenn Miller did a nice foxtrotty Auld Lang Syne.

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