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Foxtrot dance music ~ information and examples!

The foxtrot is typically danced to big band swing-style music written in 4/4 time. The music tempo is 120 to 136 beats per minute. Foxtrot music is often suitable for swing dancing as well as for foxtrot dancing.

Foxtrot Music Examples


Foxtrot Songs

This is a list of popular and recognizable songs that the Foxtrot can be danced to. Studying this list and hearing and thinking about each song should give you a good idea of the rhythmic feel of the Foxtrot. While we do not carry CD's containing these selections we do offer a great practice CD with music written especially for Foxtrot.

The foxtrot is typically danced to big band swing-style music written in 4/4 time (four beats to a measure).The stardard tempo for International Style Foxtrot is 112-120 beats/minute (28-30 bars or measures per minute).  The standard tempo for the American Style Foxtrot is 120-136 BPM or 30-34 bars/minute. Thus for a tempo of about 116-124 beats/minute, dancers of both styles of foxtrot should be satisfied. Please note that in ballroom dancing, having the correct music tempo is critically important. It becomes difficult to dance the foxtrot in correct form and character if the music has a tempo outside of the ranges listed. Foxtrot uses a combination of slow steps, which use two beats of music, and quick steps, which use one beat of music. In proper character and among advanced dancers, the dance exhibits long walking steps, is smooth and flowing, and has gentle rise and fall. In contrast, beginners tend to dance with short, tentative bouncy steps. The correct expressive character of foxtrot is as if taking a pleasant walk through the park. Whereas the expressive character of waltz is soft and romantic, the character of foxtrot is more playful.

No. Title Artist BPM Amaz Code iTunes Code
1 Any Old Time  Artie Shaw  113
2 I Cover The Waterfront  Artie Shaw  100
3 Out of Nowhere  Artie Shaw  119
4 Small Fry  Artie Shaw  113
5 What�s New  Artie Shaw  120
6 Dancing In The Dark  Barry Manilow  121
7 Miles Away  Basia 114
8 Moonglow  Benny Goodman Quartet  105
9 Leave A Tender Moment Alone  Billy Joel 110
10 Lonely Road  Bobby Darin  108
11 Moon Glow  Bolling/Grappelli  106
12 Penthouse Serenade  Claude Blouin  119
13 September In The Rain  Dinah Washington  109
14 Nights  Ed Bruce  111
15 A Fine Romance  Ella Fitzgerald  120
16 All of You  Ella Fitzgerald  119
17 All The Things You Are  Ella Fitzgerald  111
18 My Heart Belongs To Daddy  Ella Fitzgerald  108
19 Night and Day  Ella Fitzgerald  117
20 The Frim Fram Sauce  Ella Fitzgerald  104
21 They Can't Take That Away From Me  Ella Fitzgerald  100
22 Can't We Be Friends  Ella Fitzgerald /Louis Armstrong 112
23 Anything Goes  Frank Sinatra  120
24 Come Fly with Me  Frank Sinatra  135
25 Fly Me to the Moon  Frank Sinatra  119
26 I Love You  Frank Sinatra  123
27 I've Got the World on a String  Frank Sinatra  124
28 I've Got the World on a String  Frank Sinatra  122
29 I've Got the World on a String  Frank Sinatra  122
30 Love and Marriage  Frank Sinatra  111
31 The Best is Yet to Come  Frank Sinatra  109
32 The Way You Look Tonight  Frank Sinatra  133
33 Theme From "New York, New York"  Frank Sinatra  109
34 Under My Skin  Frank Sinatra  126
35 Why Should I Cry Over You?  Frank Sinatra  118
36 Witchcraft  Frank Sinatra  116
37 Witchcraft  Frank Sinatra  116
38 Beyond The Sea  George Benson 112
39 Kissing the Girls  Gunter Noris  119
40 Love Dreams  Gunter Noris  119
41 Love Under the Stars  Gunter Noris  112
42 That Old Feeling  Louis Armstrong  110
43 Let There Be love  Nat King Cole  119
44 Walkin� My Baby Back Home  Nat King Cole  112
45 An Occasional Man  Sarah Vaughan  121
46 I Got the World on a String  Sarah Vaughan  105
47 I Got Rhythm Gold Star Ballroom Orchestra 115
48 I'll Be Home for Christmas Gold Star Ballroom Orchestra 112
49 Night & Day Gold Star Ballroom Orchestra 115
50 Theme from The Pink Panther Gold Star Ballroom Orchestra 116
51 Unforgettable Gold Star Ballroom Orchestra 112
52 She Belongs to Me Harry Connick Jr. 103
53 Call Me Irresponsible Michael Buble 108
54 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (with Naturally 7) Michael Buble 115
55 I've Got the World on a String Michael Buble 105
56 Nice 'N Easy (Studio) Michael Buble 115
57 Summer Wind Michael Buble 127
58 You Make Me Feel So Young Michael Buble 130
59 You've Got A Friend In Me Michael Buble 112

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Foxtrot CD's

Due to the high number of danceable songs included on each, these CD's offer an exceptional value for those seeking Foxtrot music. While we do not carry these CD's we do offer a great practice CD with music written especially for Foxtrot.

Compact Jazz - Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
Contents: "A Foggy Day,” “Cheek to Cheek,” Can't We Be Friends,” and "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off.”

Music For Swinging Lovers - Frank Sinatra
13 great foxtrots with Nelson Riddle's orchestra and masterful arrangements. Includes: “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “It Happened In Monterrey,” You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me,” “Pennies From Heaven,” “Love Is Here To Stay,” “I've Got You Under My Skin,” “How About You.” Possibly the best collection of foxtrots available on one CD.

The Capitol Years - Frank Sinatra
A "boxed set" of 3 CDs issued in December, 1990, containing 75 musical selections from his Capitol recordings from 1953 to 1962. Enough foxtrots to last a lifetime.

Dione Warwick Sings Cole Porter
Contains seven foxtrots including “Night And Day,” “I Love Paris,” “I've Got You Under My Skin,” “It's All Right With Me,” and “All Of You.”

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