Hey there, From The Top Family! Today we will be talking about one of our favorite subjects: music! Undeniably a dancer’s best friend, music is our number one companion that helps us do all that we do! Of course, with every year comes new chart topping hits to add to our music libraries for dance classes, intensives, competitions and recitals. 2020 has brought with it some really good bops, so today and throughout the rest of this year, we are going to be sharing a few of our favorite jams that we think are perfect for different dance genres! Today’s genre belongs to one of our personal favorites, JAZZ! So without further ado, grab your headphones and let’s get dancin’!
1. “Like I Do” by AWA
A newcomer and undeniable force on the music scene, AWA is up first on our list with her hit song “Like I Do”! This song is an anthem of self love and confidence, all laced over a funky beat and thumping bassline. This song is the perfect choice for classic jazz or a jazz funk number that can be equally technical as it is sassy! “Like I Do” is also the perfect class opener, making for a chill , yet lit, way to start any jazz stretch routine.
2. “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga ft. Ariana Grande
A declaration of appreciating life, even when things get tough, “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande has made its way onto our list of this year’s perfect jazz songs. I mean come on, can’t you just hear t he counts of across the floor kicks to this song? Upbeat and lively, this song is perfect for any jazz class and has the potential to produce some pretty bomb jazz performance numbers! Looking for something to choreograph that will leave a lasting impression next competition season? You’ve found right here with this killer track!
3. “Blinding Lights” by The Weekend
Did someone say 1980s? “Blinding Lights” by The Weekend is the perfect nod to the decade of leg warmers and synthesizers. When we hear this song, we can’t help but think of an awesome group competition jazz number, that is eccentric and charismatic! This song also makes for an awesome soundtrack to stretching and conditioning classes.
4. “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
Okay, we know that “Bad Guy” is technically a 2019 bop, but you can’t deny it’s staying power. One whole year later, and this song can still be found in jazz classes everywhere. And honestly, just think of the turn combos this song can accompany, both on stage and off!
5. “How You Like That” by Blackpink
A recent addition to the music charts, “How You Like That” by K-Pop supergroup BLACKPINK dropped in late June and boy, did it bring the thunder! This song comes in hot with it’s catchy melody and hard hitting beat that just oozes confidence. In short, this song KNOCKS and we can just perfectly imagine your next jazz class combo and/or group number to this track!
6. “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
Tik Tok-ers rejoice! “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa has been a major hit since topping the charts earlier this year. This song is another jazz class favorite and can be used from everything from across the floor combos to turn combos in center. With it’s classic old school-esque bassline and fun-to-sing lyrics, we don’t see this jam going away any time soon. And quite honestly, that’s just fine by us!
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We had such a great time sharing with you all our favorite jazz class songs of 2020!
In a hurry to add these jams to your playlist? No need, we’ve got you covered! You can find all of the songs mentioned in today’s blog post and more on our brand new “All That Jazz” Playlist on Spotify! Curated by dancers, for dancers, this playlist features 12 hits that are perfect for every jazz class and performance! Check it out via the link below!
“All That Jazz” Playlist – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1c4YLaYNqs0IYtg2ZBbNr1?si=HwrrCPV8SL2R0TRtLUL1dA
Thank you guys so much again for tuning in and we look forward to seeing you right here next week. Same time, same place!