Playlist of the Week: Dancing Songs to Add to Your Music Therapy Repertoire


There are so many instances when songs related to dancing are brought forth in a music therapy session. Perhaps you are using the song to motivate movement towards physical goals and specific motor skills. Or perhaps, you are working with an older adult who used to go out dancing with their loved one every Saturday night! Whatever the clinical application, I hope you find these songs helpful to add to your repertoire!

1. Tennessee Waltz - Patsy Cline


Lyric: I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz Now I know just how much I have lost Yes, I lost my little darling the night they were playing The beautiful Tennessee Waltz

2. Footloose - Kenny Loggins


Lyric: Loose, footloose Kick off your Sunday shoes Please, Louise Pull me offa' my knees Jack, get back C'mon before we crack Lose your blues Everybody cut footloose

3. Sway - Dean Martin


Lyric: Like a flower bending in the breeze

Bend with me, sway with ease

When we dance you have a way with me

Stay with me, sway with me

4. Could I Have this Dance - Anne Murray


Lyric: Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?

Would you be my partner every night?

When we're together it feels so right

Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?

5. Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake


Lyric: I got that sunshine in my pocket

Got that good soul in my feet

I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops (ooh)

I can't take my eyes up off it, movin' so phenomenally