I am doing a viennese waltz showdance at my studio. Does anyone have any good suggestions for modern, contemporary, or top 40 songs that can be used for a viennese waltz? Something more pop or rock? Thanks!
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In addition to those, here are some I've found:
iris - goo goo dolls
it is you I have loved - becky jane taylor (maybe a little slow...)
hear you hear me - jimmy eat world
show me the way - styx
time - chantal kreviazuk
breaking the girl - red hot chili peppers
Ice Cream - Sarah McLachlan
Kiss From a Rose - Seal
Breath (2 AM) - Anna Nalick
Try Not to Breath - R.E.M.
Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues
I'm With You - Avril Lavigne
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
I'll Be - Edwin McCain
Love Just Is - Hilary Duff
You and Me - Lifehouse
Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson
Smoke - Ben Folds Five
I'll Never Break Your Heart - Backstreet Boys
Crazy - Aerosmith
Only Hope - Mandy Moore
Runaway - The Corrs
Daughters - John Mayer
Little Suzie - Michael Jackson (as covered by Klaus Hallen)
No One - Aly and AJ
Homeless Heart - Amanda Stott
Seduces Me - Celine Dion
Selfless, Cold and Composed - Ben Folds Five
Witness - Sarah McLachlan
Down to Earth - Peter Gabriel
Between - Vienna Teng
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica (as covered by Bif Naked)
As with most pop songs, expect to play with the tempo.
It's not a Top40, more like afrobeat or fusion, but "Round the Way" by NOMO, on their Ghost Rock CD makes a great VW. It's at about the right tempo with a strong, whirling, Left-2-3, Right-2-3 rhythm. A nice change of pace from the usual VW tunes.
A nice list, would be interesting to see what could be played with off of those (Whispers especially) considering the flow of the songs.
Because I haven't seen it listed here, Try Not to Breathe - REM.
From 4:36 on in I Want You (She's So Heavy) - Beatles is a decent American speed, though it is 3 minutes of the same guitar riff going through cord progression.
And because I ended up listening to the Beatles, Happiness is a Warm Gun - Joe Anderson from the Across The Universe soundtrack has a vwaltz section... I really need to work out choreo for that song.