The heart and soul of dancing comes from the music.  The thrill, fun and joy of Lindy Hop comes from the diverse music styles that you are able do Lindy Hop movements to, in my opinion!  Purists argue that executing Lindy Hop movements to music that is not from the swing era isn't Lindy Hop.  I've "Lindyed" to AC/DC's Back in Black, Tom Jones' Sexbomb and OutKast's The Way You Move, so to me it's not an argument worth having, afterall it's all about having a good time.

Whether it's dancing to heart-pumping songs like Benny Goodman's Sing, Sing, Sing and Louis Jordan's Beans and Cornbread or the gentle crooning in Ella Fitzgerald's Smooth Sailing to Bobby Darrin's Beyond The Sea, music tempos play a huge factor in enjoyment, too.  The more you dance, the more familiar you become with the subtle nuances of each song.  You develop your musicality and the ability to "play" with the melodies and instruments and do movements to enhance what you and your partner create.

I strongly recommend that new dancers "cut their teeth" to moderate tempos, for the first couple of months, as you need to have an good understanding of the concepts of Frame and Connection before tackling the faster and slower songs.

Here's a sampling of songs I enjoy.  The song in red have faster tempos, while those in blue are slower, some leaning towards bluesy tunes.  If you're interested in accquiring any of these songs, please consider using the iTunes link  next to the title. The songs, through Apple's iTunes Music Store, are only 99 cents and a purchase here earn me a modest commission.  When you click the link, iTunes (if installed) will (eventually/slowly) open and take you directly to the song, where you can hear a 30-second sample of the song..  If you don't have iTunes installed a window will open and take you to the FREE download of iTunes, and then you need to come back here and select your song.

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  • Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin Bobby Darin - The Legendary Bobby Darin - Beyond the Sea
  • When The Lights Go Out by Jimmy Witherspoon Jimmy Witherspoon - The Chess Box: Willie Dixon - When the Lights Go Out
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me by Nina Simone Nina Simone - The Definitive Collection: Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Easy Does It by Count Basie Count Basie - The Essential Count Basie, Vol. 2 - Easy Does It
  • They Can't Take That Away From Me by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Pure Ella - They Can't Take That Away from Me
  • Out South by The Duke Ellington Small Bands The Duke Ellington Small Bands - The Intimacy of the Blues - Out South
  • Regular Joe by Indigo Swing Indigo Swing - All Aboard! - Regular Joe
  • Good Queen Bess (Live) by Johnny Hodges Johnny Hodges - At Sportpalast, Berlin - Good Queen Bess
  • Every Day I Have The Blues by Joe Williams Joe Williams & Count Basie - Joe Williams: Every Day - The Best of the Verve Years - Every Day I Have the Blues
  • Shiny Stockings by Count Basie Count Basie - Verve Jazz Masters 2: Count Basie - Shiny Stockings
  • Smooth Sailing by Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald - Bluella: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Blues - Smooth Sailing
  • Four or Five Times by Joe Williams Joe Williams - For Dancers Only! - A Lindy Hop Compilation (Remastered) - Four or Five Times
  • Blues For Stephanie by George Gee George Gee Big Band - Swingin' Live - Blues for Stephanie
  • Corner Pocket (aka Until I Met You) by Duke Ellington Duke Ellington & Count Basie - Love Songs: Duke Ellington - Corner Pocket (A.K.A. Until I Met You)
  • Stompin' At The Savoy by Nina Simone Nina Simone - The Amazing Nina Simone - Stompin' At the Savoy
  • Moondance by Barbara Folden - Michael Raphael Barbara Folden - Michael Raphael - Sweet 'N' Jazzy - Moondance
  • 9:20 Special by Count Basie Count Basie - The Essential Count Basie, Vol. 3 - 9:20 Special
  • Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen by Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald: The Early Years, Pt. 1 (1935-1938) - Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
  • One Mint Julep by Count Basie Orch. Count Basie - This Time by Basie - One Mint Julep
  • Our Love Is Here To Stay by Blossom Dearie Blossom Dearie - Once upon a Summertime - Our Love Is Here to Stay
  • Ruby Mae by Indigo Swing Indigo Swing - Red Light! - Ruby Mae
  • Nobody But Me by Lou Rawls Lou Rawls - Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 5: Wild, Cool & Swingin' - Nobody But Me
  • For Dancers Only by Duke Ellington Duke Ellington - Recollections of the Big Band Era - For Dancers Only
  • Teardrops From My Eyes by Ruth Brown Ruth Brown - Have a Good Time - Teardrops from My Eyes
  • Frankie and Johnny by Sam Cooke Sam Cooke - Sam Cooke At the Copa - Frankie and Johnny
  • At Last! by Etta James Etta James - The Chess Box: Etta James - At Last
  • Sympathique by Caroline Moreau Caroline Moreau - Paris Is Burning - Sympathique
  • Lavender Coffin by Lionel Hampton Lionel Hampton - Jukebox Hits 1943-1950 - Lavender Coffin
  • 13 Step Boogie by Martin Sexton Martin Sexton - In the Journey - 13 Step Boogie
  • Hello Dolly by Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong - Hello Dolly - Hello Dolly
  • Mack the Knife by Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald - Mack the Knife - The Complete Ella in Berlin - Mack the Knife
  • I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water by Lou Rawls Lou Rawls - Stormy Monday - I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
  • Knock Me a Kiss by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Louis Jordan - The Best of Louis Jordan - Knock Me a Kiss
  • Today's the Day I'm Glad I'm Not Dead by Indigo Swing Indigo Swing - All Aboard! - Today's the Day I'm Glad I'm Not Dead
  • Splanky by Count Basie Count Basie Big Band - Montreux '77 - Splanky
  • A Natural Man by Lou Rawls Lou Rawls - Lou Rawls at the Century Plaza - A Natural Man
  • Shake, Rattle And Roll by Sam Cooke Sam Cooke - Night Beat - Shake, Rattle and Roll
  • Blue Skies by Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald - Pure Ella - Blue Skies
  • Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five - Swing That Music: Swingsation - Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
  • Beans and Cornbread by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five - Louis Jordan: Let the Good Times Roll - The Anthology 1938-1953 - Beans and Cornbread
  • Doop-Doo-De-Doop-A Doodlin' Song by Blossom Dearie Blossom Dearie - Once upon a Summertime - Doop-Doo-De-Doop (A Doodlin' Song)
  • Fever by Peggy Lee Peggy Lee - Miss Peggy Lee - Fever
  • Fire by Des'ree / Babyface Des'ree - Supernatural - Fire
  • Sexbomb by Tom Jones Tom Jones - Reloaded - Greatest Hits - Sexbomb (Peppermint Disco Mix)
  • G.I. Jive by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five - Louis Jordan: Let the Good Times Roll - The Anthology 1938-1953 - G.I. Jive
  • Wake Up Neesie by Kermit Ruffins Kermit Ruffins - Big Easy - Wake Up Neesie
  • A Smooth One by Junior Mance Junior Mance - Junior - A Smooth One
  • Duke's Place by Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald - Bluella: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Blues - Duke's Place
  • Exactly Like You by Carmen Mcrae Carmen McRae - Priceless Jazz Collection: Voices of the Century - Exactly Like You
  • Summertime by Chris Connor Chris Connor & Maynard Ferguson - Double Exposure - Summertime
  • Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough by Jimmy Witherspoon Jimmy Witherspoon - Jimmy Witherspoon With the Duke Robillard Band - Times Getting' Tougher Than Tough
  • Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home? by Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald - Something to Live For - Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?
  • Kansas City Riffs by Buster Smith Buster Smith - The Legendary Buster Smith - Kansas City Riffs
  • Rockhouse (Parts 1 And 2) by Ray Charles Ray Charles - What'd I Say - Rockhouse, Pts. 1 & 2
  • The Way You Move by Outkast OutKast & Sleepy Brown - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - The Way You Move
  • Lucas With The Lid Off by Lucas Lucas - Lucacentric - Lucas with the Lid Off
  • Green Onions by Booker T & the MGs Booker T. & The M.G.'s - Green Onions - Green Onions
  • Jacquet In The Box by Jonathan Stout & his Campus Five Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander - Crazy Rhythm - Jacquet In the Box
  • Dance With Me by Debelah Morgan Debelah Morgan - Dance With Me - Dance With Me
  • Is You Is or Is You Ain't (My Baby) by Louis Jordan Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five - Louis Jordan: Let the Good Times Roll - The Anthology 1938-1953 - Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
  • Moten Swing by Count Basie Count Basie - The Essential Count Basie, Vol. 3 - Moten Swing
  • Let's Call the Whole Thing Off by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald - Let's Do It - Best of the Verve Years - Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
  • Why Don't You Do Right by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Benny Goodman & His Orchestra; Vocal by Peggy Lee - Best of Big Bands: Benny Goodman - Why Don't You Do Right?
  • Cheek to Cheek by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Compact Jazz: Ella and Louis - Cheek to Cheek
  • Surrey With The Fringe On Top by Mary Stallings Mary Stallings - Manhattan Moods - Surrey with the Fringe on Top
  • Streamliner by Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra - Swing Masters: Calling All Jitterbugs - Streamliner
  • Blue Suit Boogie by Indigo Swing Indigo Swing - All Aboard! - Blue Suit Boogie
  • Money's Gettin' Cheaper by Jimmy Witherspoon Jimmy Witherspoon - Jimmy Witherspoon & Jay McShann - Money's Getting Cheaper
  • Choo Choo Ch'boogie by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five - Louis Jordan: #1's - Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
  • You Are My Sunshine by Gene Harris/Scott Hamilton Quintet The Gene Harris/Scott Hamilton Quintet - At Last - You Are My Sunshine
  • A Smooth One by Junior Mance Junior Mance - Junior - A Smooth One
  • Sugar In My Bowl by Nina Simone Nina Simone - Let It Be Me - Sugar in My Bowl
  • Can't Stop Thinking Bout You by Martin Sexton Martin Sexton - Black Sheep - Can't Stop Thinking 'Bout You
  • Summertime by Gene Harris Quartet The Gene Harris Quartet - It's the Real Soul (Live) - Summertime
  • Lonely Avenue by Ray Charles Ray Charles - The Best of Ray Charles - The Atlantic Years - Lonely Avenue
  • Peel Me A Grape by Diana Krall Diana Krall - Love Scenes - Peel Me a Grape
  • Just My Imagination by The Temptations The Temptations - My Girl: The Very Best of the Temptations - Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
  • Temptation by Diana Krall Diana Krall - The Girl in the Other Room - Temptation
  • Bits and Pieces by Clarence Gatemouth Brown Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Gate Swings - Bits and Pieces
  • Mary by Take 6 Take 6 - Take 6 - Mary
  • M!ssundaztood by Pink P!nk - M!ssundaztood - M!ssundaztood
  • Down By The River Side by the Benny Green Trio Benny Green Trio - Testifyin'! - Live At the Village Vanguard - Down By the Riverside
  • Groove Me by King Floyd  King Floyd - Choice Cuts - Groove Me