The Charleston is a dance named for the harbor city of Charleston, South Carolina. It was danced first as a solo dance and then as a partner dance in the 1920's and was one of the roots of Lindy Hop and therefore Swing dances in general. Elements of the Charleston were also pulled into early Foxtrot dancing to create the Quickstep variation of the Foxtrot.

The Charleston beat is considered a clave rhythm and was popularized by the song called "The Charleston" from the Musical Runnin' Wild by composer James P. Johnson. Charleston is danced with an eight beat basic to 4/4 time at 200-300 beats per minute.

Tempo Information

The Charleston is generally danced to music in a 4/4 Meter between 50 and 75 measures per mintue (200.0 and 300.0 beats per minute) . Click here to see a list of Charleston songs between 200.0 and 300.0 beats per minute.

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music4dance's top 10 songs for dancing Charleston

Like/Play Title - Artist Tags
No Opinion Booty Swing (Original) - Parov Stelar Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion A Cool Cat in Town - Tape Five Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion Lone Digger - Caravan Palace Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion Gypsie Doodle - Analogik Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion Tiger Rag - Remastered - Django Reinhardt Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion Living In New York City - Robin Thicke Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion Don't Forget To Mess Around - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion Yes Sir, That's My Baby - The Hot Java Band Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion Singing In the Rain - The Pasadena Roof Orchestra Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion I Found A New Baby - McKinney's Cotton Pickers Beat Energy Mood

Charleston Spotify Playlist

Browse all 612 Charleston songs in the music4dance catalog.