40 Tango Songs List for Specialty Dance at Weddings

The tango began in the 1880s along the border between Argentina and Uruguay. A faster-tempo tango is sometimes called the North American Tango.

The slower tempo is the Argentine Tango. However, there are many different styles of tango. We try and hit all styles with our list of tango songs.

The TV Show Dancing With The Stars has helped improve the popularity of the tango. However, if you want to have a specialty tango dance at your wedding, we highly recommend hiring a choreographer.

Dance studies exist across the United States including, Arthur Murray Dance Studios, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and local studios like A Perfect Wedding Dance to learn to dance the tango.

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Feel So Close – Calvin Harris

Released in 2018 on the album 18 Months
128 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

And there’s no stopping us right now
I feel so close to you right now

Havana – Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug

Released in 2018 on the album Camila
105 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

I knew it when I met him
I loved him when I left him

Whatever It Takes – Imagine Dragons

Released in 2017 on the album Evolve
135 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Yeah, take me to the top I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins

Tip

Next, read rumba wedding songs.

Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran

Released in 2017 on the album Divide
135 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill

There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back – Shawn Mendes

Released in 2016 on the album Illuminate
122 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

I love it when you go crazy
You take all my inhibitions
Baby, there’s nothing holdin’ me back

Jungle – X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons

Released in 2015 on the album VHS
78 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

When I heard the thunder, I could feel the rain
It’s the same to me, just a different name

Hold Back The River – James Bay

Released in 2015 on the album Chaos and the Calm
135 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and be by your side

Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

Released in 2015 on the album Beauty Behind the Madness
108 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

I can’t feel my face when I’m with you
But I love it, but I love it

Hands To Myself – Selena Gomez

Released in 2015 on the album Revival
111 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Can’t keep my hands to myself
Give me your all and nothing else

Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King

Released in 2015 on the album Love Stuff
140 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
‘Cause I’m the best baby that they never gotta keep

What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber

Released in 2015 on the album Purpose
125 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

First you wanna go to the left and you want to turn right
Wanna argue all day, making love all night

Don’t – Ed Sheeran

Released in 2014 on the album X
95 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Don’t fuck with my love
I told her she knows
Take aim and reload

Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon

Released in 2014 on the album Talking Is Hard
128 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Oh don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back
She said shut up and dance with me

Rather Be – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne

Released in 2014 on the album New Eyes
121 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Know with all of your heart, you can’t shame me
When I am with you, there’s no place I’d rather be

Tip

Keep dancing to songs to dance the foxtrot.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World – LORDE

Released in 2013 on the album The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack
111 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

So glad we’ve almost made it
So sad they had to fade it
Everybody wants to rule the world

Love Runs Out – OneRepublic

Released in 2013 on the album Native
120 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

I’ll be doin’ this, if you ever doubt,
‘Til the love runs out, ’til the love runs out

Addicted To You – Avicii

Released in 2013 on the album True
128 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Lost in your eyes, drowning in blue
Out of control, what can I do?
I’m addicted to you!

Too Close – Alex Clare

Released in 2011 on the album The Lateness of the Hour
126 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Got to be true to myself
And it feels like I am just too close to love you
So I’ll be on my way

Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra

Released in 2011 on the album Making Mirrors
129 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Yeah 3x – Chris Brown

Released in 2011 on the album F.A.M.E.
130 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Hold your glasses up, people everywhere
Now everybody put your hands in the air say
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Released in 2011 on the album Planet Pit
129 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Grab somebody sexy, tell ’em hey
Give me everything tonight

If I Had You – Adam Lambert

Released in 2009 on the album For Your Entertainment
131 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

If I had you, life would be a party, it’d be ecstasy
Yeah if I had you

Sweet Dreams – Beyoncé

Released in 2008 on the album I Am… Sasha Fierce
122 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

I mention you when I say my prayers
I wrap you around all of my thoughts
Boy, you’re my temporary high

Viva la Vida – Coldplay

Released in 2008 on the album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
138 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

Love Lockdown – Kanye West

Released in 2008 on the album 808s & Heartbreak
120 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

I got something to lose, so I gotta move
I can’t keep myself, and still keep you too

Poker Face – Lady Gaga

Released in 2008 on the album The Fame
119 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Russian roulette is not the same without a gun
And baby, when it’s love, if it’s not rough, it isn’t fun

Disturbia – Rihanna

Released in 2007 on the album Good Girl Gone Bad
125 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Your train of thought will be altered
So if you must falter be wise
Your mind is in Disturbia

It’s My Life – No Doubt

Released in 2003 on the album The Singles 1992–2003
126 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

It’s my life
Don’t you forget
It’s my life
It never ends

Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

Released in 2003 on the album Elephant
124 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Right before the Lord
All the words are gonna bleed from me
And I will sing no more

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Released in 2002 on the album Come Away with Me
80 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you

Fallin’ – Alicia Keys

Released in 2001 on the album Songs in A Minor
96 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

I keep on fallin’
In and out of love with you
I never loved someone
The way that I love you

Dance with Me – Debelah Morgan

Released in 2000 on the album Dance with Me
115 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

I know just what to do
Each step we do is refine
One dance and you’ll be mine

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

Released in 1988 on the album Sunshine On Leith
132 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

When I come home (when I come home) well I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who comes back home to you

Word Up! – Cameo

Released in 1986 on the album Word Up!
116 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Word up everybody say
When you hear the call you’ve got to get it underway
Dial L for love

Smooth Operator – Sade

Released in 1984 on the album Diamond Life
119 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

His eyes are like angels but his heart is cold
No need to ask
He’s a smooth operator

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics

Released in 1983 on the album Sweet Dreams
125 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

I traveled the world
And the seven seas
Everybody’s looking for something

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Released in 1968 on the album I Heard It Through the Grapevine
118 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Don’t you know that I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine

When I’m Sixty-Four – The Beatles

Released in 1967 on the album Yellow Submarine
140 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

You’ll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you

Reach Out I’ll Be There – The Four Tops

Released in 1966 on the album Reach Out
120 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

I’ll be there, to love and comfort you,
And I’ll be there, to cherish and care for you

Oh, Pretty Woman — Roy Orbison

Released in 1965 on the album Orbisongs
127 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

Pretty woman say you’ll stay with me
‘Cause I need you, I’ll treat you right

Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets) – Sarah Vaughan

Released in 1955 as a single
122 BPM

Lyrics to Dance:

You’re no exception to the rule
I’m irresistible you fool
Give in (give in you’ll never win)

Tip

If you like our list of tango songs, be sure to check out our list of tracks with dance moves.

Reader Suggested Tango Songs

  • La Cumparsita – Julio Iglesias (1996)
  • The Weddingbell Tango – Alfred Hause Orchestra (1993)
  • El Chocolo – Tita Merello (1979)
  • El Torero “el Toreador” – Raphael (1967)
  • Hernando’s Hideaway – Ella Fitzgerald (1963)
  • Blue Tango – Leroy Anderson (1952)
  • Kiss Of Fire – Georgia Gibbs (1952)

And there you have it. A list of our favorite tango songs to incorporate into your wedding. The tango doesn’t have to be for your first dance. It can be conducted after the garter is captured from the bride’s leg. Whenever you want to have the spotlight on you.

Have a tango song that should be on our list? Be sure to comment on it below. We read and respond to all comments.

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Ralph Norton
Ralph Norton
1 year ago

Well, I have several favorites. “Hernando’s Hideaway,” “Blue Tango,” “La cumprasita,” “El Toreador,” and other standards. But for a wedding? The most obvious choice would be “The Weddingbell Tango,” done by various artists — though the one I have is by the Alfred Hause Orchestra. Not exactly a “pop tune,” though. A pop song that is unquestionablely a tango, and *might* be suitable for a wedding goes way back to Georgia Gibbs’ #1 “Kiss of Fire,” but you’d have to look at the lyrics – I can’t recall them, and don’t know your audience. A digital version came out in 1996, IIRC. The tune is the same as “El chocolo,” another standard. There are other pop songs that are tangos, but they are relatively rare–especially those appropriate for a wedding. Your listed “Dance with Me” by Debelah Morgan is a reworking of Hernando’s Hideaway. You might wish to talk to a local ballroom dance studio about which songs would qualify as tangos — several other of your choices here struck me as questionable, and others I’m unfamiliar with. Good luck!

Ralph Norton
Ralph Norton
1 year ago

Um, No. No, no, no. Nora Jones’ “Come Away With Me” is absolutely NOT a tango. Tango is done to 4/4 timing. “Come Away With Me” is in 3/4 time, and is a WALTZ.

My Wedding Songs
My Wedding Songs
1 year ago
Reply to  Ralph Norton

Thank you Ralph for the feedback and the incorrect song on the list. I will make the update. Do you have a favorite tango song?