THIS IS NOT SALSA

Posted by Richard on 31st December 2014

Let me start this post by saying that this is NOT salsa. Not even remotely – and we know it. I’ve already gone over that. But the point is that these are some songs, which despite not being salsa, get our guests and members off their arses and on the dance floor. They aren’t the kind of thing you’d hear at Smokestack where we really embrace the purer salsa music, but they do go down a treat regularly at our other events.

I know this is a sin, and I will burn in salsa hell for all eternity, but I feel like this is important. One of the things that makes us different at StreetSalsa is that we don’t always bombard you with Salsa music. And although I’m a huge fan of salsa music, with plenty of tracks in my own collection, I’m also a fan of… music. And so are a lot of our members. For some people hearing a song you know can be like a safety blanket when you’re entering a foreign world. Everyone is different – some love the thrill of going out, trying something new and hearing a load of tunes they’ve never heard before from a different culture. Some don’t. Those people need a little encouragement, and sometimes that encouragement comes in the form of a great song you know, but can actually dance to.

Then, of course, there are those who just don’t like salsa music. Except those people don’t really exist do they? They just haven’t found the particular subgenre of salsa music that they like. So if you’re one of those people, head over to my top 40 salsa songs, and see if I can make a salsa-addict out of you yet. And if I can’t? Well, dance your heart out to these with our blessing…

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Track

Artist

1

Let the Groove Get In

Justin Timberlake

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2

Come On To Me (feat. Sean Paul)

Major Lazer

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3

Suit & Tie (feat. JAY Z)

Justin Timberlake

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4

She's On Fire

Bo Saris

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5

Sugarfoot

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

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6

LSF

Mark Ronson Ft. Kasabian

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7

Ray Charles

Chiddy Bang

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8

Happy (from "Despicable Me 2")

Pharrell Williams

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9

Don't

Ed Sheeran

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10

1960 What (Gerardo Frisina Cuban Soul Mix) [Radio Edit]

Gregory Porter

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11

Do It

Tuxedo

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12

Señorita

Justin Timberlake

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13

Watch Out For This (Bumaye) [feat. Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green]

Major Lazer

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14

Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)

Mark Ronson

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15

Bueno Funk

Peter White

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16

Nina

Ed Sheeran

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17

Oh My God

Mark Ronson Ft. Lily Allen

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18

Satellite (From "Havana Nights")

Santana featuring Jorge Moreno

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19

Get Lucky

Daft Punk

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20

19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)

Gorillaz

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21

Do Your Thing

Basement Jaxx

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22

End of Time

Beyoncé

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23

Deeper Underground

Jamiroquai

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24

Canto De Ossanha

Jurassic 5

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25

Ain't Got No - I Got No Life (Remix) [Radio Edit]

Nina Simone vs. Groovefinder

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26

Everything I Can't Have

Robin Thicke

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27

You Rock My World

Michael Jackson

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28

Maria Maria (feat. The Product G&B) [Radio Mix]

Santana

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29

Get Busy

Sean Paul

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30

Signs feat. Charlie Wilson & J

Snoop Dogg

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31

Riptide

Vance Joy

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32

Flower of Life

The Florals

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33

Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

James Brown

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34

It's Dancing Time

 Mr. Scruff & Quantic

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35

Seven Nation Army

Ben l'Oncle Soul

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36

Rock Your Body

Justified

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37

Hips Don't Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean)

Shakira

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38

Jump In the Line

Harry Belafonte

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39

She Wants to Move

 N.E.R.D

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40

Sinnerman

Nina Simone

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By Richard

I started Salsa in early 2012 shortly after moving to Leeds from Brighton. I started learning at a small class in Huddersfield before joining in the fun at StreetSalsa a few months later.

I'm something of an old timer now, and you can find me doing pretty much any job that needs doing every Monday at Smokestack. I'm also part of the team at Leeds University Union's Salsa Society.

By Janette on 3rd January 2015 at 19:29

Great list Richard, good to mix it up a little once in a while! :D (also do love to salsa to some non salsa tracks as well)

By Dan on 4th January 2015 at 22:38

Thought these would be of interest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuIWzWOAhf0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JycWjqcelg0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBOpMxSkGI4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl5pX5MZPHQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRp7LRw2_Bw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69fPof-ZTnU&list=RD69fPof-ZTnU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyANFcnrM8I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ4px9Ri0Y0

By James on 26th January 2015 at 14:48

By Jake on 26th January 2015 at 15:23

Fast but I reckon that could work!