The Best Music From Strictly Come Dancing

Music enriches our lives and lets us experience moments of happiness, and can bring us to tears. But music is something which can be just as impactful through TV shows and films too. There the link can be subtle, like The Fray’s ‘How to Save a Life’ playing in the background of a scene featuring an operation in Grey’s Anatomy to Nina Simone’s track, ‘Sinnerman’ perfectly accompanying Moriarty’s trial entry seen in the drama, Sherlock.

These are just two examples of shows where the music has enhanced the pictures on screen; music isn’t the main feature but these great songs are a perfect fit to complement what’s onscreen. The impact of music in TV is further highlighted by the streaming service Spotify who have recently listed their most played TV soundtracks of all time. Topping the list is soundtrack to the Netflix show, Stranger Things that has been played over 5 billion times.

Strictly Come Dancing is a show that gets a little closer to the music. It sees a host of celebrities pair with professional dancers to compete in ballroom dancing set to contemporary versions of classic hit tracks. A panel of judges scores the couples to determine the best dancers each week, focusing on their moves on the dancefloor. Since it started back in 2004, it’s become a staple in UK households; such is the popularity of the show it’s spawned spin-off shows and the show has taken to the stage too, with venues selling out across the country.

The imagery from Strictly Come Dancing is instantly recognisable, which has led to it being widely used in digital media. It has featured in its own app, Strictly Come Dancing: The Official Game, which is available on iOS and Android. Whilst it might not lend itself to mobile games, the imagery is still used across different games; there is an online slot on Cheeky Bingo called Strictly Come Spinning, which trades on the name and branding but twists it slightly to their own genre. The songs from the show are also available to buy and download, proving its popularity beyond that of just a relatively simple dance contest themed TV show.

There can be some fantastic sounds on the show, which have brought some memorable moments making the combinations of the music and the dancing performance iconic. Let’s take a look at some of them below.

Danger Zone

This classic track by Kenny Loggins is well recognised as one of the hit tracks from the 1980’s Tom Cruise movie Top Gun. It’s remained a popular song ever since and will be re-recorded for the soundtrack to the yet to be released sequel Top Gun: Maverick. The dance was performed by TV journalist Charlotte Hawkins and professional dancer Brendan Cole in week 3 of series 15. The New Zealand dancer was the first professional to win on ‘Strictly’, ironically with another newscaster, Natasha Kaplinsky in series 1.

Johnny B. Goode

Chuck Berry’s hit song from the 1950s is a firm favourite on the show; it’s been a song that has been danced to three times in the past, and it’s instantly recognisable. Listed 7th on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest songs, it is a real toe-tapper and a perfect fit for Strictly. In the video above, British Paralympic sprinter Johnny Peacock took to the floor with now two-time winner Oti Mabusi in week 2 of series 15.

Enter Sandman

The track by Metallica is arguably the most unusual heard on the show, but it’s a fantastic addition. The track from 1991 which has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, isn’t generally linked to dances like the tango, which was seen in series 18, week 8. Enter Sandman was chosen song for semi-finalists, comedian Bill Bailey and his dance partner Oti Mabusi. It was a song that Bailey said he wanted to bring to the show once he was selected to feature because it’s ‘rhythmic, powerful and full of atmosphere’.

While music is there to enhance the TV show, these songs can stand separate from the show they accompany. Good songs have the ability to do that. So no matter if it’s someone like Karda Estra or Metallica, they all have their own place in the hearts of people who just appreciate good music.

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