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.
Another programmer and amateur ballroom dancer created a site called crowdnote.org that solves some of the same problems that I’ve attacked in the music4dance project. He has done an extremely good job of streamlining the process of browsing through music and finding songs to dance a particular style to. He has also done a great job of making the voting process very easy.
Check it out here: crowdnote.org.
We would both be very interested to hear your thoughts on what you like/dislike about each of the sites and we’re both open to suggestions for improvements. Feel provide feedback by commenting on this post or via the music4dance feedback form.
What better than a top 100 list to end the year? Since music4dance is about the intersection of music and dance, I’ve taken the Spotify top 100 songs of 2015 (for the USA) and cross referenced it with the music4dance catalog.
About of a third of the songs were already in the music4dance catalog and had been matched to dance styles. Most of the others were songs that I could imagine partner dancing to, although some were a stretch. I made a lot of use of the “Unconventional” tag to try to show that many of these songs don’t exhibit all of the traditional attributes of the music that these dances grew up with. But that’s part of the fun of this project, and dancing in general – testing the limits of how music and dance fit together.
And of course, not all music is particularly suited to dancing of any kind. So my version of Spotify’s top 100 list ended up being only 87 songs because those were the songs that I could match any kind of partner dance, even stretching the traditional definitions.
Here’s a link to that list. You can build this link yourself (and try some variations) by going to the Advanced Search Form, clicking on the brown pencil (other) tag button in the “include tags” row of the form. Then choose tags to include – in this case I chose “2015” and “Top 100“. Clicking the search button will show the first page of the top 100 (errrr 87) songs and what dances I and others have matched with those songs. Check out the documentation for more details.
One fun variation on this search is to add the tag DWTS (for Dancing With The Stars) to this search. You end up with 21 songs that were both used in the last couple of seasons of DWTS and are on the Spotify Top 100 list for 2015. Another fun thing to do is to add your favorite style of dance to the search, if I added West Coast Swing to the Top 100 list, I’d end up with these 25 songs. (at least today – if other’s vote up songs as West Coast Swing, that number may change),
Do you disagree with my choice of dances for any of these songs? I would love to see what you have to say. Please feel free to comment on this post, or sign up or sign in to start tagging and voting on songs yourself.
Next year I expect that we’ll have enough activity to generate a top 100 list directly from the songs that you’ve chosen.