Each year Spotify
does a number of fun playlists in support of Pride weekend. With this being the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots,
they pulled out all the stops.
there is a lot of overlap between these playlists and songs that are great for
partner dancing. And I’m not just
talking about disco
music. I’ve been listening to
several of these playlists including Pride
Classics and Disco
Fever. The surprise is that it
wasn’t until the end of Pride month that it occurred to me that it would be fun
and possibly useful to cross reference some of the Pride playlists with the
But better late than
here to see the full list. You can
get to the pride catalog anytime by going to the “Music” menu,
choosing the “Tags” option and then finding the “Pride”
button. Clicking on that will pop up a
menu that will let you list all the songs tagged as “Pride.” I’ve also added tags for the specific
playlists that Spotify built, so you can use the same method to get to the Disco
Classics or Fierce
Remember, there is a
lot of subjectivity to what someone finds to be a danceable song. So please sign in and express your opinion by
on that for your favorite songs and dances.
If you’re a premium
member you can see the full Spotify lists, even the ones that we didn’t
already have cross-referenced, by clicking the “Change Search” button
on the results and then choosing “Not categorized by dance” and then
“Search.” Then you could go
and add what you would dance to any of the songs that are uncategorized.
As always, I’d love to hear your feedback.
As of this writing
the publicly visible music4dance
catalog contains just over twenty seven thousand songs. But the underlying index contains well over
forty six thousand songs. So what’s the
deal with the missing twenty thousand songs?
These are song listings that I’ve pulled in one way or another but
aren’t complete in some way.
- All of the songs must have been matched to an entry in one of the publisher catalogs that we search.
- Each song must have been tagged with at least one dance style.
I believe that these
are perfectly reasonable constraints and help to reduce confusion for a novice
user. However, there is a whole lot of information indexed in our catalog that
people aren’t seeing and could be of some use.
One of the things that people often do on the site is to search for ideas for songs to dance to. They will search for an artist name or a fragment of the title of a song and see what comes up. This works great, but of course, the more songs that can be searched the more likely that you’ll get a useful idea. The songs that are in the bonus section have had less scrutiny, many of them probably have small typos or other inaccuracies in the title or artist that prevented them from being matched to a publisher’s catalog. Or they might be obscure songs that just aren’t as easily available on Spotify or Amazon. In either case, I think getting to these additional songs is useful to the expert user sleuthing for the interesting or obscure song to choreograph to or surprise their dancers with.
Another case is
where someone is looking for a song of a particular tempo but doesn’t
necessarily need it to be specifically for one of the dance styles that we
currently catalog. This might be because
they’re looking for something to dance to in a different style that might have
a specific tempo requirement but doesn’t
necessarily have some of the other requirements for partner dancing. One case that comes to mind is tap dance
music, but I’m sure there are others.
One could potentially use this for finding running or exercise music of
a specific tempo.
If you’re interested
in exploring this, here’s how:
As always, I’m interested in your feedback. Please let me know if this feature seems useful to you. Or even better, let me know how you use this feature so that I can add that to common use cases and blog about it in the future.