Anya Brodech is a professional salsa, Latin, swing, and ballroom dance teacher in Oakland, CA.
What Dancing Cha-Cha Is Like
Dancing cha-cha is a fun and exciting experience. Cha-cha can be danced at any speed, and there are plenty of songs at different tempos depending on your mood and skill level. Many salsa nightclubs and ballroom dance studios will play cha-cha songs for social dancing, ranging from "classic" songs like "Oye Como Va" by Celia Cruz to more contemporary songs such as "Like a Bomb" by Filly Bee. This playlist is a mix of Spanish and English songs at different speeds that will make you wanna jump up and cha-cha!
If you're a beginner dancer, I recommend sticking to slower cha-cha songs while you get a hold of the footwork and patterns. If you're more advanced and have been dancing for a long time like me, you might find yourself getting bored with slow songs and will find yourself gravitating towards faster songs. Dancing socially, you'll encounter both slow and fast songs. I recommend playing with the music and really emphasizing the "cha-cha-cha" and using a lot of arm styling and sharp turns since cha-cha is characterized by its staccato footwork and flirty attitude.
About This List
This list of the top 10 best cha-cha songs is organized alphabetically by song name for your convenience. Some of the songs are fast, and others are slow. Cha-cha songs can be in English or Spanish, unlike other dance genres such as Salsa, Bachata, or Merengue that tend to be sung almost exclusively in Spanish.
I've tried to include both English and Spanish songs in this list, so this way, you get a good mix of box. I tried to provide you with a variety of songs so this way you get a good idea of the multitude of the different types of cha-cha songs that are available. Feel free to leave comments for any other songs that you think would make the cut and be good on this list!
Top 10 Cha-Cha Songs
- "Ay Morena" by Miami Latin
- "Chilly Cha Cha" by Jessica Jay
- "Dimelo" by Marc Anthony (Spanish Version)
- "El Diablo Anda Suelto" by Rey Ruiz
- "Like a Bomb" by Filly Bee (Cha-cha Version)
- "Oye Como Va" by Celia Cruz
- "Quiereme Na'Ma" by La 33
- "Rie y Llora" by Celia Cruz
- "Smooth" by Santana ft. Rob Thomas
- "Sway" by Michael Buble
1. "Ay Morena" by Miami Latin
I love this cha-cha song because it's really flirty and has a lot of ups and downs, which lets you really have fun with choreography if you're doing a routine to it. It's a got nice, strong, easy to follow beat. It's a little fast for beginners who are new to dancing cha-cha, but if you have some experience with cha-cha, I think you'll really like this song!
2. "Chilly Cha Cha" by Jessica Jay
I love this song because it's very playful and has a good beat, and the count is really clear so you don't ever have to worry about getting lost. It is a bit on the faster side, this is a good song to warm up to and get your heart rate up. When I used this song for my cha-cha routine I slowed it down a bit, even though I am an advanced dancer, because I was dong more complicated moves to it. But if you're just gonna stick to the basic stuff like chase turns, this would be okay for it. If you're a beginner, you can still dance to this song, just slow it down more until you reach a speed that you are comfortable with.
3. "Dimelo" by Marc Anthony (Spanish Version)
If you're a regular ballroom/latin dancer, you've probably heard this song a lot of times. Personally I prefer the Spanish version more than the English version. This song is all about drama and passion. It really cranks up my dancing whenever I'm on the dance floor and I'm all about hips and attitude and serious arm-styling! Watch out!
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4. "El Diablo Anda Suelto" by Rey Ruiz
I like this song because it has a lot of fun energy and a really clear strong beat. It's definitely faster, so it will get your heart rate up and is a good song for beginners to use to speed up their basics and transition to the intermediate level. I recommend this song more as a warm-up because it's pretty fast. If you are an intermediate dancer, you should find this song sufficiently challenging to keep up with and will find that it keeps you on your toes and pushes your ball and ball-flat foot work!
5. "Like a Bomb" by Filly Bee (Cha-cha Version)
"Like a Bomb" by Filly Bee is my favorite cha-cha song right now because it has a lot of great energy and the lyrics and rhythm give you a major confidence booster and make you want to work it and give off some serious attitude!
6. "Oye Como Va" by Celia Cruz
This is a cha-cha classic and if you haven't heard this song already dancing cha-cha, then I don't know where you've been going, but you should probably yell at someone for not playing this song, like seriously. It always gets everybody up and dancing and singing along and in a good mood. Even my brother who doesn't dance at all, loves this song! This song is good for beginners because it's nice and slow with a really clear beat.
7. "Quiereme Na'Ma" by La 33
I love this classic cha-cha song from the movie "El Cantante." It's got a nice beat that's easy to follow and not too fast. I regularly use this song for practice during dance lessons.
8. "Rie y Llora" by Celia Cruz
I love this song "Rie y Llora" by Celia Cruz because it's so much fun to dance to and has a lot of good energy. It's not super fast, but it's not slow either, I would classify it as a medium. The beat can be a little tricky at times, so I wouldn't recommend this for absolute beginners. This song is better for intermediate dancers or for beginners who have some practice/experience and have a good sense of rhythm.
9. "Smooth" by Santana ft. Rob Thomas
This cha-cha song is so sexy and is a nice medium-slow pace that makes it suitable for beginners. It's really good for dancers who have trouble getting in touch with their sexy side, for women, I tell them to pretend that this sexy guy is singing to them, and for men, I tell them to pretend that they're the sexy voiced singer.
10. "Sway" by Michael Buble
I'll be the first to admit that Michael Buble's songs (along with Frank Sinatra) are the most overplayed and overused songs at ballroom dance studios, performances, showcases and competitions across America. But I'll admit that these songs are addicting and have this engaging quality about them that makes you want to come back to them time and time again!
I hope that you enjoyed this list of cha-cha songs and the variety I provided. Cha-cha is a very creative dance and can be danced really fast or really slow, depending on your mood and the situation. Feel free to express yourself and have fun with arm styling and chase turns around the dance floor. Happy dancing!
© 2015 Anya Brodech
ALEXANDER on March 10, 2020:
More CHA CHA music. pls.
Malou Gatbunton on July 09, 2019:
Thanks Anna for these compilations of great cha cha music!
Anya Brodech (author) from 130 Linden St, Oakland, California, 94607 on June 01, 2019:
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!
Catrina Vloig on May 31, 2019:
this was very helpful i needed cha cha music to practice to!
Diether on May 22, 2018:
Can you please add save the last dance for me?