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

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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.

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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”


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New Tap Dance Song at

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A new music recommendation was just posted to Make sure you head over there and have a listen. I’m trying to make this a weekly occurrence so if you have a song that you think other tap dancers would enjoy, including myself, feel free to post it to the comments here or send it to me via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Tap Dance Day 2011 Approaches and in Chicago…

First Ladies of Tap

I love hearing about tap artists & innovators getting the recognition they deserve for their dedication to tap dancing! On May 15th the Chicago Human Rhythm Project is using National Tap Dance Day 2011 as an opportunity to honor five women who have done just that.

Click the image above to find out about all five honorees. Two names I am especially thrilled to see are Dianne “Lady Di” Walker & Peggy Sutton!

“Lady Di” has been very, very kind to me and supportive of what I do online and off. Her stories are phenomenal and her knowledge of the dance, and it’s history are simply unbelievable. If you ever have the chance to take one of her classes, I strongly encourage you to jump at it.

On the other hand, I have never spoken with or met Peggy Sutton but I feel very connected to her anyway. My tap teacher, Sheila Artis, was a student of Tommy Sutton, Peggy Sutton’s Father. His life and legacy are inspiring to me and I hope this award will motivate more dancers to learn about who he was, and what he accomplished!

Congratulations to all of the honorees and an early “Happy Tap Dance Day” to all of you!

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