Below is an essential list of modern square dance hoedowns and modern western style singing call recordings that are the most popular in today’s square dance music. The selections are currently called at local square dances and at festivals and even the National Square Dance Convention dances, and these are currently performed by callers worldwide. Some of these music selections have square dance choreography that were much more simpler during the earlier years of the modern square dance craze, and as years progressed, with the establishment of standardized lists and the formation of various national organizations created an equal environment nationally that set the bar for modern square dance.
With the creation of the Advanced and Challenge levels of dance, choreography became more involved and all callers added their personal choreography touches to many of the singing call breaks and this is one of the characteristics that differ from the the traditional style of square dance. The choreography that was written and performed by the square dance caller on the flip side set became married to that particular song.
Today, however, more calls are used by callers within the song and some may change the choreography throughout the entire piece. This is a departure from the early days of modern western square dance.
New releases will continue to add to the great essential list of most popular square dance music. What is listed here is a compilation of classic and highly accessible and usable music for a caller to reference as “great square dance music” and for performing in a square dance club setting.
One thing is for certain, over the years, square dancing has become more sophisticated and modern !
Essential Modern Western Hoedown Square Dance for Patter Calls:
|Excelerator Special||Chaparral 103|
|D. X. Land||High Hat 650|
|Alpine Hoedown||TNT 184|
|Jailhouse Jump||ESP 429|
|Hot ‘n Sassy||Rhythm 303|
|Take One||Chaparral 101|
|Rock Island Ride||Red Boot 233|
|Sugarfoot Rag||Grenn 12201|
|BLT Hoedown||ESP 428|
|Picker Patter||Ranch House 103|
|Golden Eagle Grand March||Chaparral 110|
|Boogie Hoedown||Royal 426|
|Stay A Little Longer||Kalox 1178|
|Cindy||Blue Star 2009|
Essential Modern Western Square Dance Singing Calls:
|Beautiful Noise||Cross Country 509|
|Small World (Grand Weave the World)||Wild West 42|
|Amarillo By Morning||Rhythm 147|
|Tulsa Time||Chaparral 305|
|Some Broken Hearts Never Mend||Rhythm 115|
|Square Dance Is On||Lou Mac 142|
|Gentle On My Mind||Wagon Wheel 113|
|Hello Mary Lou||Chaparral 3513|
|My Beautiful Day||Royal 246|
|Pink Cadillac||Red Boot 3017|
|Oh Lonesome Me||Rhythm 183|
|Sittin’ On Top Of The World||Chinook 72|
|Mack The Knife||Grenn 12135|
|It’s A Sin To Tell a Lie||Blue Star 1992|
|Summer Sounds||MacGregor 2051|
Mission Statement: The purpose of this post is to create a greater visibility of the square dance activity for future dance population growth on a national and local level. The information provided here serves as a source for square dance caller training, education, and perspectives on dance. Future articles will be developed to improve the programs of square dancing and how those learning to square dance call can help contribute to the preservation of both modern western square dancing and traditional square dancing and to aid in the growth of the square dance activity.