best limbo songs

What Are The Top Limbo Songs?

 

 

The limbo is such a fun dance to add to your wedding reception. We know you’d like to have a resource of the best songs, so we created the list right here. What are songs you should play for the limbo? See our list of limbo songs below.

What is the Limbo?

The Limbo started on the island of Trinidad in the 1950s as a form of folk dance. The limbo dance starts with one person on each end of a pole holding the pole horizontally. Then, a single line forms behind the pole.

As tradition goes, then and now, limbo dancers pass under the horizontal pole backward at the waist without touching the pole or the ground. Hence, we get the word limbo to mean ‘limber’.

If the dancer touches the pole or the ground, the dancer is to no longer participate in the dance. Then, as the line of limbo dancers completes the original height, about shoulder high, the pole is lowered about 6 inches. The pole is lowered with each line’s successful passing until a winner has been declared. It’s a little bit like musical chairs in this regard.

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The type of music played during the limbo dance usually has a Caribbean flavor. The music has a great groove to it and makes people want to see how low they can go.

Top 5 Limbo Songs for Weddings

  1. Limbo Rock – Chubby Checker
  2. Stir It Up – Bob Marley
  3. Low Rider – War
  4. Iko Iko – Belle Stars
  5. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

List of the Best Limbo Songs

Limbo song list curated by Matthew Campbell

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Con Calma – Daddy Yankee feat. Snow
2019, Con Calma

Despacito (Remix) – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
2019, VIDA

MIA – Bad Bunny feat. Drake
2018, MIA

Mi Gente – J. Balvin & Willy William
2017, Mi Gente

Bailando (English Version) – Enrique Iglesias feat. Sean Paul & Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona
2014, SEX AND LOVE

 

Timber – Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
2013, Global Warming: Meltdown

Limbo – Daddy Yankee
2012, Prestige

Danza Kuduro – Don Omar feat. Lucenzo
2010, Meet The Orphans

Soca Boys – Follow The Leader
2010, Soca

Flo Rida – Low
2007, Hip Hop

 

Daria – Do The Limbo
2007, New Age

Mr Carter – Limbo
2006, World

Lil Jon & Eastside Boyz – Get Low
2003, Crunk

Frankie Anderson – The Limbo Song
2001, New Age

Jim Carrey – Cuban Pete from “The Mask”
1994, Calypso

 

Inner Circle – Bad Boys
1993, Reggae

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
1990, World

B-52’s – Love Shack
1989, Pop Rock

Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry, Be Happy
1988, Reggae

Fat Boys – Wipeout
1987, Hip Hop

 

Buster Poindexter – Hot Hot Hot
1987, Soca

Miami Sound Machine – Conga
1985, Dance Pop

Belle Stars – Iko Iko
1982, Pop

The B-52’s – Rock Lobster
1978, New Wave

Barry Manilow – Copacabana
1978, Disco

 

Jimmy Buffett – Margaritaville
1977, Country Rock

War – Low Rider
1975, Funk

Bob Marley – Stir It Up
1972, Reggae

Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
1968, R&B

Booker T & The MG’s – Soul Limbo
1968, R&B

 

The Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA
1966, Rock

The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
1966, Pop

The Surfaris – Wipe Out
1963, Rock

Jan & Dean – Surf City
1963, Pop Rock

Chubby Checker – Limbo Rock
1962, Rock

 

Chubby Checker – Mary Ann Limbo
1962, Rock

The Champs – Limbo Rock
1961, Rock

The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
1961, Doo-Wop

Harry Belafonte – Jump In The Line (Shake Senora)
1961, Calypso

Chubby Checker – Let’s Limbo Some More
1961, Rock

 

Champs – Tequila
1958, Instrumental

Harry Belafonte – Banana Boat Song
1956, Mento

The Andrews Sisters – Hula-Ba-Luau
1941, Boogie-Woogie

 

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Should I Dance the Limbo at my Wedding?

Do you like the Limbo? Then do it! There’s no reason why you can’t have the Limbo at your wedding reception. (You can also have a conga line and the electric slide, too!) Everyone loves to do it and it’s great for photographs. (You may want to take an Advil that night if you’re not used to it.)

The limbo is a great audience participation dance at beach, island, and casual wedding receptions. Of course, it’s their party so let the wedding couple be the first to go through the limbo line!

The limbo is fun for all ages! Both little kids and the older folks will be lining up for sure. And you know that Great Aunt Gertrude will want to show off since she’s been doing it on all of her cruises.

What Music Should I Play During the Limbo?

The type of music played during the limbo dance usually has a Caribbean flavor. Reggae could work along with Cumbia. It doesn’t strictly have to be island-style, though Chris Montez’s “Let’s Do The Limbo” is a little more surf rock like “Limbo Rock” by Chubby Checker. If you’re looking for a song in Spanish for limbo, check out Daddy Yankee’s version.

The groove and vibe of Caribbean music have a whimsical feel that encourages people to dance. “How low can you go?” brings out their competitiveness. It’s a bit of fun for sure!


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