Tag Archives: Dance Songs

4 {Clean} Valentine’s Day Dance Songs

2 Feb

Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be all about mushy gushy love—it’s also a great excuse for a dance party. I like using these songs for anything from instrument play to lyric analysis, and find they’re great for facilitating conversation about friendship, love and what it means to share a relationship with another person. You’ll also look extra cool for using songs heard on the radio right now. Now, go spread some love (and your best dance moves)!

  1. Love is the Answer (Aloe Blacc)

2. Electric Love (Borns)

3. One Call Away (Charlie Puth)

4. Lay It All On Me (Rudimental ft. Ed Sheeran)

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Welcome Back: 5 Songs for the 1st Week of School

17 Aug

Songs for Success is baaaaack! After taking the summer off from blogging (and completing the #Musictherapyblogger challenge from Serenade Designs), I’m excited to get back into the swing of posting regularly and sharing activity ideas galore. Be sure to also check out my Instagram, where I’ll be posting pictures of my favorite back-to-school activities and visuals.

To get your school spirit flowing, check out 5 songs I’ll be jamming to with my students to celebrate the start of a new year.

  1. Welcome Back (John Sebastian)
  1. School Days (Chuck Berry)
  1. ABC (Jackson 5)
  1. Be True to Your School (Beach Boys)
  1. We’re All in This Together (High School Musical)

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#MusicTherapyBlogger Challenge: 10 {Clean} Summer Dance Songs

3 Jun

This post is part of a 5 week #MusicTherapyBlogger challenge. Learn more and join the movement by visiting Serenade Designs!

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 9.44.46 AM‘Tis the season for end-of-the-year parties, and no party is complete without a great playlist! Below you’ll find a list of current dance tunes straight off the radio–but the best part? They’re all totally cleanYup, you heard me! No bad words or questionable topics, so these songs are ready to go for use in music therapy sessions, school parties or even with young kiddos. If you’re looking for even more dance party jams, don’t miss my other favorite playlists: 1, 2, 3.

1. Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars) Bonus: more ideas from Toneworks MT.

2. Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon)

3. I Really Like You (Carly Rae Jepson)

4. I Need Your Love (Shaggy feat. Mohombi, Faydee & Costi)

5. I Want You to Know (Zedd feat. Selena Gomez)

6. Don’t Look Down (Martin Garrix feat. Usher)

7. Cheerleader (Omi)

8. Fire N Gold (Bea Miller)

9. Feel the Light (Jennifer Lopez)

10. Where Are U Now? (Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber)

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10 Clean Dance Songs: For Back to School Fun!

18 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 2.50.36 PMAs I gear up to see my public school kiddos next week and all my teacher friends prepare to have their classrooms full again, I thought it might be time for another list of TOTALLY CLEAN but also {totally hip} dance songs for use in school settings and beyond. For some street cred and mad cool points, play one of these babies in your classroom or music therapy sessions–but don’t blame me if it turns into a full-fledged dance party. You’ve been warned!

For more ideas, don’t miss my original dance song playlists, found here and here.

1. I Will Never Let You Down (Rita Ora)

 

2. Believer (American Authors) **Bonus points: Use for lyric analysis.**

 

3. Ten Feet Tall (Afrojack)

 

4. Rather Be (Clean Bandit)

 

5. Hideaway (Kiesza)

 

6. Shower (Becky G)

 

7. Am I Wrong (Nico & Vinz)

 

8. A Sky Full of Stars (Coldplay)

 

9. We Are Done (The Madden Brothers)

 

10.  I Want You Back (Jackson 5) .Okay, fine. This isn’t a new song. But I’m obsessed with the Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack…can you blame me? Plus, this video confirms that I need giant fringe scarves for my shirt sleeves.

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10 {More} Clean Dance Songs!

27 May

Check out my current dance playlist, which is full of pop songs with CLEAN LYRICS that will get the party started no matter where you are. You can never go wrong with some free dancing, plus you’ll get bonus points for knowing some pretty cool songs.

If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss my previous post with 10 Feel Good Dance Songs for even more song suggestions.

1. Summer (Calvin Harris)

2. All Night (Icona Pop)

3. Classic (MKTO)

4. Problem (Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea)

5. Hey Brother (Avicii)

6. What Is Love (Rio 2 Soundtrack)

7. Everything Is Awesome (The Lego Movie Soundtrack)

8. Red Lights (Tiesto)

9. Neon Lights (Demi Lovato)

10. Loud (R5)

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10 Feel Good Dance Songs (with CLEAN LYRICS!)

24 Feb

photoThis week, I’m beginning the process of termination with my wonderful students at my internship site—how bittersweet! As a goodbye gift and way to start processing feelings about me leaving, I’m making each class a CD containing some of our greatest dance hits from the past six months. It’s not always easy to find pop songs that are both cool and appropriate for a school setting, so I wanted to share my current playlist for all your dance party needs. I couldn’t resist throwing in some oldies…like my favorite birthday song (love me some Beatles!) and some Earth, Wind and Fire. Let’s groove, ya’ll!

Don’t miss my newest playlist post: 10 {MORE} Clean Dance Songs! for some more fantastic dance song ideas!

1. Happy (Pharrell)

2. Let’s Go (Neyo)

3. The Man (Aloe Blacc)

4. Safe and Sound (Capital Cities)

5. Wake Me Up (Avicii)

6. Best Day Of My Life (American Authors)

7. Superstar (Lupe Fiasco)

8. What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction)

9. Let’s Groove (Earth, Wind and Fire)

10. Birthday (The Beatles)