Time to Retire!
A List of Overused Songs… that Are Desperately Begging for a Reprieve
When opening your competition weekend program, you know there are a handful of songs that are listed over, and over, and over again. Consider hearing those same songs multiple weekends of the competitive season (and, for some of the songs, their popularity has lasted for multiple years). Yikes!
Granted, we have all used a song that we know is on the ‘overplayed’ list. Sometimes, we know that’s the price we pay for using a particular song. But, undoubtedly, finding a piece that is innovative, unique, and creative will make your piece stand out. When choosing a piece, consider what you/your dancer(s) offer the song, routine, and choreography? What will make it stand out in comparison to other pieces that have performed the same song?
We surveyed Dance Exec readers from around the country and compiled this list of songs that are ready for a rest:
Anything by Adele
Amazing Grace (LeAnn Rimes)
Americano (Lady Gaga)
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Burlesque (anything from the movie)
Chicago (anything from the musical)
Cotton Eyed Joe
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Din Daa Daa
Don’t Rain On My Parade
Feeling Good-Michael Buble
Hairspray (anything from the musical)
It’s All About Me
Let’s Get Loud
My Boyfriend’s Back
My New Philosophy
My Strongest Suit (from AIDA)
Pop, Drop, & Roll
Popular (from Wicked)
Send in the Clowns
Seven Nation Army
Sing, Sing, Sing
Some Like It Hot
Took the Night
Turn to Stone
Where Have All the Children Gone
Some other tidbits of advice from our readers include:
- Stay away from Top 40/songs that are heard on the radio.
- For Broadway songs, if a non-theatre oriented person recognizes the song, it is too popular to use on the competition circuit.
- Lay the ballads to rest for a bit. The past few years have brought an influx of Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston routines. These songs are great, but they are being overused. Let’s give them a reprieve and revisit in a few years.
Take these tips and suggestions and use them as you are planning your upcoming competitive season. Let’s commit to making this year’s competition season the freshest, most innovative, and most artistic to date!