Creating “Dance” tracks

A customer contacted me and asked if the Johnny Cash song “Ring of fire” would be suitable to be made in to a “Dance” track? Sadly the answer was “no”.

Here’s why (plus a rough guide to the types of songs that will work as dance tracks and those that won’t)….

Most songs CAN be made in to great floor-thumping dance tracks, but many cannot.

This is because generally dance tracks need to be between 120 to 140 beats per minute tempo and need to be made up with a “4 in the bar” type of rhythm. So, any song which already has an original tempo of 120 to 140 beats per minute (and has a 4 in the bar rhythm) WILL work as a dance track.

Unfortunately a song like “Ring of fire” is a “2 in the bar” type tempo and shuffles along at around 178 beats per minute – which just isn’t suitable for fitting in to a dance track type of timing.

However, what many people don’t realise is that slow songs of only 60 – 70 beats per minute can actually work fine as dance tracks because their tempo can beĀ “doubled” to make them fit a dance beat (as long as they have 4 in the bar rhythm). Examples of this is our dance track versions of “If tomorrow never comes” and Titanics “My heart will go on”

As always, if in doubt about any song you would like us to create as a dance track, just ask!