What is good tango music (and where can I get it)?

There is a tremendous variety in authentic Argentine tango music.

For some of the playlists that we use in tango class, you can go to Spotify and find ” Sabine Ibes ”  

See The Tango Store for a wide selection of CD’s.
Here are some ideas and the ones I like:

  • Francisco Canaro, Carlos Di Sarli, and Rodolfo Biagi are great for steady, traditional tangos of the 1930s and 40s.
  • For very Dynamic music: Osvaldo Pugliese (little bit more complex ,late 40s-early 50s).
  • Astor Piazzolla is also a well known and an incredible musician. For dancing it might be too complicated due to sudden changes of the mood in the music.
  • There are many orchestras; one of my favorites: Silencio, Orquesta de tango Uruguayo, Argentina (www.silenciotango.com)
  • Then there is contemporary tango music, the more well known ones being Narcotango, Gotan Project, Bajofondo Tango Club, Tanghetto. This is a fusion of electronic and tango music. (heavy on the electronic!)
  • Many people now also like to dance tango to Alternative tango music for example; the Eagles, playing Hotel California, or a soundtrack from the Movie Amelie, valse d’Amelie.

A one-page basic intro, with starter album recommendations, and a 60-CD must- have list for beginning DJs, by Tine Herreman is located at:

Guides to Tango Music for Social Dancing:

Building a tango library:

Loca-Juan Darienzo: