Good Tap Songs for Solos, Competitions, or Fun in 2017

This playlist contains good tap dance songs that you may not have been lucky enough to stumble across. All of these tap songs are appropriate for students of all ages.

Tap songs on this playlist are:

“Galang(Trio Riot Version)” by Vijay Iyer Trio

“Segundo” by Pink Martini

“Celloopa” by The Piano Guys

“Stacy’s Mom” by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

“Tripped Out Slim” by Trombone Shorty

“All About That Bass” by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

“The Butterfly Song” by Pink Martini

“It Ain’t No Use” by Trombone Shorty

“Here Come The Girls” by Trombone Shorty

“Kaj Kolah Khan” by Pink Martini

“Laveau Dirge Finale” by Trombone Shorty

I hope these songs inspire your tap dance creativity!

Your friend in rhythm,

-Terrence Taps

Great Tap Dance Music


tap dance music

It can be difficult to find great tap dance music.

I have spent many hours listening to songs, hoping to find a groove that sparks my creativity. Also, tap dancers often have the opportunity to perform with live musicians but don’t know what tune to ask the band to play…

This list along with the new tap dance songs website has lots of musical gems for you to explore.

Several top tap dancers shared their favorite tap music!

Everything listed below is considered a “jazz standard” so most musicians will be familiar with them.

I have also included links to many of these artist’s websites!

Brenda Bufalino

“Bye Bye Blackbird” – John Coltrane/Miles Davis
“Lullaby of the Leaves” – Mary Lou Williams
‘Anthropology” – Charlie Parker

Sam Weber

“Waltz for Debby” – Bill Evans
“Oleo” – Sonny Rollins
“Secret Love” – Sammy Fain

Jason Samuels-Smith

“Shiny Stockings” – Count Basie
“Little Sunflower” – Freddie Hubbard
“A Train” – Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn

Chloe Arnold

“In a Sentimental Mood” – Duke Ellington/John Coltrane
“A Night In Tunisia” – Dizzy Gillespie
“Caravan” – Thelonious Monk

Josh Hilberman

“Now’s the Time” – Charlie Parker
“A Night In Tunisia” – Dizzy Gillespie
“Up Jumped Spring” – Freddie Hubbard

Jimmy Tate

“Billie’s Bounce” – Charlie Parker
“Take 5” – Dave Brubeck

Jeremy K

“On Green Dolphin Street” – John Coltrane/Miles Davis
“Cute” – Count Basie

Andrew Nemr

“A Train” – Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn
“Satin Doll” – Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn
“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” – Duke Ellington

Other Articles Featuring Brenda Bufalino, Chloe Arnold, Sam Weber, & Jason Samuels-Smith.

Tap Steps, Music, Floors, & More


IF you’re looking for new songs for tap dancing, I recently shared a new recommendation via the link.

IF you’re looking for new tap combinations to practice, I just posted one for you at this link.

IF you need a tap dance floor for practice, follow this link to see (& hear) the new “Portable Tap Floor 2.0”.

IF NOT, thank you for stopping by. 🙂

Terrence “Taps”