Characterized by its fluid grace and measured steps, rumba is a classic Afro-Cuban dance that’s sure to make an impression during your wedding reception. You don’t have to stick with traditional rumba music, however. Any of these rumba wedding songs will do!
Rumba Wedding Songs
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Đang xem: Best rumba songs to dance to
Adele – Lovesong2011, 21
Whenever I’m alone with youYou make me feel like I am home again
Adele‘s version of Love Song is a sexy, sinuous take on the 1989 classic by The Cure. With thrumming guitar chords and a mellow beat that never gets too fast, it’s the perfect rumba song for both beginner and intermediate dancers. Dance to this tune with no fear of losing your rhythm.
Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed2010, Lights
Next thing we’re touchingYou look at me, it’s like you hit me with lightning
Though it may seem a bit too fast-paced for a rumba, Starry Eyed actually registers at 128 BPM making it perfect for all of your twists, steps, and dips. The boppy techno effects make it seem quicker than it is. However, the song will provide you with a steady beat throughout the song.
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are2010, Doo-Wops & Hooligans
And when you smileThe whole world stops and stares for a while‘Cause girl, you’re amazingJust the way you are
The king of sweet, positive love songs, Bruno Mars outdoes himself with Just The Way You Are. Between its upbeat lyrics and happy, mid-range piano, there’s a reason why it’s one of the most popular picks for modern weddings! As a bonus, it will also serve as a nice foundation for your rumba dancing.
Ne-Yo – Never Knew I Needed2009, The Princess and the Frog Soundtrack
I must admit you were not a part of my bookBut now if you open it up and take a lookYou’re the beginning and the end of every chapter
At 142 BPM, this is a relatively fast-paced rumba song. Never Knew I Needed is perfect for contemporary dancers who want to inject some spontaneity and fun into your wedding reception. If you’re tired of taking it slow, use Never Knew I Needed to cut a rug and have a great time.
Taylor Swift – Love Story2008, Fearless
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princessIt’s a love story, baby, just say “yes”
Taylor Swift might not be the first artist to come to mind when you think of rumba songs. Although, Love Story is both sweet and steady. It will serve you well as a romantic dance number. The beat won’t let you down. As a bonus, if you and your spouse have been together for a while, T-Swift’s dreamy nostalgia will take you right back to young love and simpler times.
Michelle Williams – Let’s Stay Together2005, GAP – Favorite Songs
You make me feel so brand newI wanna spend my life with only you
You might remember Michelle Williams as one of the founding members of Destiny’s Child, but she also had a solo career that included a cover of Al Green‘s 1972 classic Let’s Stay Together. Sweet, sultry, and with a modern hip-hop edge, this song is perfect to open a wedding.
Howie Day – Collide2004, Stop All the World Now
Out of the doubt that fills your mindYou finally findYou and I collide
With chords that melt like butter and lyrics that go straight to the heart, Collide will be a great opener for your wedding reception. You and your partner can share a slow, tender dance with a song that makes it easy to stay in time.
Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved2004, Songs About Jane
Tap on my window, knock on my doorI want to make you feel beautiful
You may recognize this song as one of the biggest hits on the radio during Maroon 5‘s heyday. Unless you’ve been in a ballroom recently, you might not have known that it’s also a popular rumba song. Its steady beat will be like clockwork for all of your steps. Its passion will make you smile as you dance in the arms of your lover.
Enrique Iglesias – Hero2001, Escape
Would you dance if I asked you to dance?Would you run and never look back?
Get back to the true origins of rumba with this soulful melody from sexy Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias. You’ll have no problem putting together a rumba arrangement for this song. Your family will be duly impressed by your rhythm.
Celine Dion – Falling Into You1996, Falling into You
I’m falling into youThis dream could come trueAnd it feels so good falling into you
Originally written by Argentine singer Marie-Claire D’Ubaldo, Falling Into You retains its exotic roots with a melody straight off the dusty streets of South America. It’s perfect for rumba, and its romantic chorus is well-suited for your wedding day.
Chris Isaak – Wicked Game1990, Heart Shaped World
What a wicked game you play to make me feel this wayWhat a wicked thing to do, to let me dream of you
Wicked Game is a favorite of rumba dancers everywhere because of its slow, sizzling lyrics and twangy “playing the guitar in the living room” charm. If you’re looking to show off your moves during your wedding reception, it doesn’t get much better than a classic dance and a memorable song.
Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time1984, She’s So Unusual
If you’re lost you can look and you will find meTime after time
According to the National Dance Council of America, the best range for rumba songs is between 128 – 144 beats per minute (BPM). This song fits nicely in the middle with 130 BPM. So not only will it bring a little ’80s splash to your wedding, but it will also be perfect for your rumba moves.
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Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – Lucky
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Other Memorable Rumba Wedding Songs
James Arthur – Naked2017, Naked
I’m not going to try ’til you decideYou’re ready to swallow all your prideI’m standing here naked
Ed Sheeran – Thinking out Loud2014, X
Lee Brice – I Don’t Dance2014, I Don’t Dance
Love’s never come my way,I’ve never been this far‘Cause you took these two left feetAnd waltzed away with my heart
Tim Stark – Romantic Rumba2011, Ballroom Expressions
Enrique Iglesias – Wish I Was Your Lover2007, Insomniac
Oh I need is a miracleOh baby all I need is youAll I need is a love you giveOh baby all I need is you
Alicia Keys – No One2007, As I Am
You and me togetherThrough the days and nightsI don’t worry ’causeEverything’s gonna be alright
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars2006, Eyes Open
If I lay hereIf I just lay hereWould you lie with me and just forget the world?
Brad Paisley – She’s Everything2005, Time Well Wasted
She’s the answer to my prayerAnd she’s the song that I’m playingAnd she’s everything I ever wantedAnd everything I need
Paul Brandt – I Do1996, Calm Before the Storm
I know the time will disappearBut this love we’re building on will always be hereNo way that this is sinking sandOn this solid rock we’ll stand forever
The Eagles – Love Will Keep Us Alive1994, Hell Freezes Over
I would die for youClimb the highest mountainBaby, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do
Sting – Fields of Gold1993, Ten Summoner’s Tales
I never made promises lightly and there have been some that I’ve brokenBut I swear in the days still left we’ll walk in fields of gold
Lionel Richie – My Destiny1992, Back to Front
From the first time that I saw youI know it was foreverThis mighty love between usWill keep us together
Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are1977, The Stranger
I said I love you and that’s foreverAnd this I promise from the heartI could not love you any betterI love you just the way you are
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely1976, Songs in the Key of Life
Isn’t she pretty?Truly the angel’s bestBoy, I’m so happyWe have been Heaven blessed