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List of the Top 10 Best Cha-Cha Songs for Ballroom Dancing Beginners and Intermediate Dancers

Updated on April 20, 2016
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Anya Brodech is a professional Salsa, Latin, Swing and Ballroom dance teacher in Oakland CA. Visit her website, YouTube channel and Facebook

Get ready to dance some cha-cha-cha!
Get ready to dance some cha-cha-cha!

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 night clubs 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 versions such as "Sway" by the Pussycat Dolls.

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 nature.

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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!

Enjoy!

"Bendita Tu Luz" by Mana ft. Juan Luis Guerra

"Bendia Tu Luz" by Mana ft. Juan Luis Guerra

I love this song as a cha-cha because it's really romantic and has a nice peaceful melody to it, making it perfect for couple dancing. This is a great song to cool down to because it's a little bit slower and more mellow and is a nice way to end your dance practice or lesson. You can also double this song as a rumba because the beat works both ways.

"Chilly Cha Cha" by Jessica Jay

"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.

"Dimelo" by Marc Anthony (Spanish Version)

"Dimelo" by Marc Anthony

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!

"El Diablo Anda Suelto" by Rey Ruiz

"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!

"No Llores" by Gloria Estefan

"No Llores" by Gloria Estefan

This is a nice slow easy song for beginners that would be good for practice and dance lessons. If you are learning more intermediate/advanced moves, this would be a good song to use for practice as you work on learning and getting the hang of new movements/patterns.

"Oye Como Va" by Celia Cruz

"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.

"Que Lio" by Marc Anthony

"Que Lio" by Marc Anthony

This song is really slow so it's really good for beginners who are having a hard time and would like to dance to music without having to slow it down, making it good for practice and dance lessons. It's from the movie "El Cantante." You can use also use this song as a Rumba if you want.

"Rie y Llora" by Celia Cruz

"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.

"Sexbomb" by Tom Jones

"Sexbomb" by Tom Jones

This song is pretty popular at dance studios, especially for dancers who don't speak Spanish. It's a medium paced song that would be better for advanced beginners or intermediate dancers.

"Smooth" by Santana ft. Rob Thomas

"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.

"Sway" by Michael Buble

"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!

"Sway" by The Pussycat Dolls

Ending Notes

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

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