Salsa First Dance Songs

. 2009-09-23
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Being Latin & Multicultural specialists and Puerto Rican by nationality I’ve seen many first dances that were done to different songs/dances. Particularly salsas. The most popular of these will always be 'I'll always love you' by Tito Nieves. Another popular song is Orchestra La Palabras’ salsa cover of Kenny Rodger’s 'Lady'. Recently I’ve seen an rise in the number of people using Marc Anthony’s 'Tu Amor Me Hace Bien. '

Then our Fania and faster salsa music lovers and clients, Alex & Michelle came in and wanted something faster. And the search was on. I had to find a salsa from the 70’s that had a nice love message. This era of salsa was a time when everyone talked about partying, infidelity and all sorts of other highly inappropriate topics for a first dance song. If lyrics were not important the decision would be much easier. But that wasn’t the case here.

80’s salsa has a lot of romantic songs. The problem here is that the songs are generally slower paced to suit the style that was most popular then. Looking online I found that there were a lot of inquiries about this topic but very little actual answers. Or answers that led to songs that, again, were lyrically not appropriate for a wedding. That being said, I figured it would be best to share the research I came up with. Not all of these songs are fast but they are all appropriate.

  • Me Tiene Loco - Puerto Rican Power
  • Amor Lunatico – Giro Lopez
  • Tu Yo - Tito Nieves
  • Si Superias - Pedro Conga
  • Me Muero Por Ella – El Gran Combo
  • Solo por amor - Willy Chirino
  • Tu me pertenece - Manny oquendo
  • Caballero Y Dama - Celia Cruz Y Willie Chirino
  • Una Noche de Amor – Willie Rosario
  • Hagamos lo que diga el Corazon – Grupo Niche
  • Desde Que Te Conoci - Ray Sepulveda>
  • Si Esa Mujer Me Dice Que Si - Frankie Ruiz
  • Thinking Of You - Lenny Kravitz (salsa versoin)
  • Solo Contigo - Victor Manuelle
  • Tu Amor Me Hace Bien - Marc Anthony
  • Bombon de Azucar - Charlie Cruz
  • Vivir lo nuestro - Marc Anthony y la India
  • Con Eso - El Gran Combo
  • Enamorado De Ti - Ismael Miranda
  • Sazon - Celia Cruz
  • Idilio - Willie Colon
  • Amor Perfecto - El gran combo
  • Por Primera Vez - Jimmy Sabater
  • Te voy a enamorar - La Nueva Explosión
  • Lo mejor de la vida - Las Estrellas de las Maquina
  • Cuando uno se enamora – Bobby Valentin
As for Alex & Michelle, after I made Michelle seriously take into account the dress she was wearing (even telling her to attempt dancing with it on before the day – without of course letting Alex see her) they opted for 'You’re My Everything' which was, ultimately, PERFECT. A snippet can be seen below.


James Martin said...


It is an interesting post.

Learning how to salsa dance can be very rewarding for you both mentally and physically building your confidence and fitness. Going to a salsa school in your local area or an area close by is the best option. Because you get to learn in a group environment with other people who are there for the same purpose of learning to salsa with an experienced instructor.

Nicole said...

Thanks for this list!

LaFlacaD said...

you're welcome

Anonymous said...

Hi, was looking at your recommendations for first dance songs. Any thoughts on one that starts slow and transitions into a salsa? Thanks!

Colorblind Productions said...

You might try someone to make you a mix. The slow transition songs exist but most are more cha cha then they are salsa.