Top 100 Contemporary Dance Songs That'll Make You Shake a Leg

Contemporary dance songs
Contemporary dance is quickly picking up pace and is currently one of the most popular style of dance. It is an extremely nebulous form of dance and is strongly associated with dance philosophy. Of course for contemporary dance you need a song to set the mood. Buzzle compiles a list of 100 contemporary dance songs that will help to set the mood of the whole dance.
Pioneers Of Contemporary Dance!
Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, and Jose Limon.
Introduced in the 20th century, it is a style of dance that is an outgrowth of modern dance plus some other 20th century dance techniques. Unlike other dance forms such as ballet, contemporary dance has no rigid dance steps. Contemporary dancers try to explore the natural energy and feelings of their body in this dance style. Though it is a fluid form of dancing, dancers from any background like classical, ballet, breakdancing can learn this style.

They incorporate bodywork techniques such as Pilates, yoga into their dance. Contemporary dance emphasizes on mind-body connection, trainers motivate their dancers to feel the emotions of the song through this dance form. Unlike any other dance form, it requires mastering the art of balance, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. Contemporary dance performance often exhibits personal narrative, commentary on society, or an integration of various cultures.

Since contemporary dance style depends a lot on the type of song, given below is a 'contemporary dance songs' list that encompasses various moods of a human being like emotional, sad, creepy and dark. Many of the songs mentioned are taken from movies and some are based on friendships, love, death, while some are upbeat tracks.
Best Contemporary Dance Songs
You've Got A Friend
Carole King
Almost Lover
A Fine Frenzy
Don't Get Lost in the Crowd
Ashley Ballard
Always Midnight
Pat Monahan
Show me Your Fire Truck
Backdraft
She's like the Wind
Patrick Swayze
It's my Turn To Fly
The Urge
More Than a Kiss
Tommy Conwell
Tonight is What it Means to be Young
Fire Inc
Cause I'm a Blonde
Julie Brown
For Crying Out Loud
Meatloaf
I am
Christina Aguilera
Glory and Gore
Lorde
A Million Miles Away
Rihanna
Silhouettes
Of Monsters and Men
Stand By Me
Ben E. King
Fantasy
MS MR
The Special Two
Missy Higgins
The Best Day of My Life
American Authors
Taking Chances
Celine Dion
My Love
Sia
Heart Wants What It Wants
Selena Gomez
I'm Yours
Jason Mraz
I Will Return
Skylar Grey
Stop & Stare
OneRepublic
Belief
Gavin Degraw
Werewolf
Cocorosie
Jupiter
Sleeping at Last
14 Days
Arkitekt
Candlelight
Imogen Heap
Let it Be (Ft Veela)
Blackmill
The Dance
Charlotte Martin
Better Days
The Goo Goo Dolls
Young Volcanoes
Tiffany Alvord
For Today
Jessica Lea Mayfield
World I Used To Know
Ryan Star
White Blank Page
Mumford & Sons
All Of Me
John Legend
Fly Away
Corrinne May
Fortune
William Fitzsimmons
I'm Every Woman
Whitney Houston
Seven Devils
Florence and the Machine
Wings
Birdy
Night Bus
Lucy Rose
At Last
Etta James
Bed of Roses
Bon Jovi
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo
Cindrella
When I See an Elephant Fly
Dumbo
In the Air Tonight
Phil Collins
Sail
Awolnation
Windblown
Brendan James
Without You
AJ Rafael
Impossible
Shontelle
Love Is a Song
Bambi
To Build a Home
The Cinematic Orchestra
What Sound
Lamb
Dictionary
The Go Find
Worn Me Down
Rachael Yamagata
Are We the Waiting
Green Day
Love Eternal
Dracula
Just The Way You Are
Bruno Mars
Mad World
Gary Jules
What I Wouldn't Do
Serena Ryder
The Time of My Life
David Cook
Bloom
The Paper Kites
Fly
Sarah Brightman
Jar of Hearts
Christina Perri
Going Under (acoustic)
Evanescense
Weight
Sarah Slean
Latch (Acoustic)
Sam Smith
Boston
Augustana
Perfect
Alanis Morissette
Volcano
Damien Rice
Flying High
Jem
Satellite Heart
Anya Marina
From Where I am
Enya
In the Air Tonight
Phil Collins
Say
John Mayer
Dancing
Elisa
Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down
Alicia Keys
Tore my Heart
Oona
Pocketful of Poetry
Mindy Gledhill
Beyond Words
10th Avenue North
Blue Eyes
Cary Brothers
Ordinary Day
Vanessa Carlton
Half of My Heart
John Mayer ft. Taylor Swift
Eyes on Fire
Blue Foundation
Catch Me
Demi Lovato
Magic
Colbie Caillat
Dream
Priscilla Ahn
Everywhere I Go
Lissie
Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
Savannah Outen
Beautiful
India Arie
XO
Beyoncé
Sober
Kelly Clarkson
True Affection
The Blow
Your Ex-Lover is Dead
Stars
Merry Happy
Kate Nash
Fix you
Coldplay
Look Like A Bird
Amanda Shires
There are ample number of emotional, instrumental songs in the list. Hope this list is helpful in selecting that perfect song for your performance. If you feel this list is missing out on some song, feel free to comment in the section below.
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