Music for Belly Dance – Galadriel’s Playlist & Reviews


Since I started belly dancing in 1990, my musical taste has evolved and matured as well as my dance.   This dance has definitely broadened my interests.  When I first started dancing, the ethnic music that surrounded the dance did not interest me much and was foreign and often squeaky to my ears.  I preferred, instead, to dance to what I knew best, which was my classic rock and roll.

This was before all the fusion that came to belly dance from tribal to hip hop to goth to dub step and more.  Performing to alternative music wasn’t as common or fashionable then as it is now.  I was unusual in that I came to this dance because of the dance itself and not the music at all.  I have heard many dancers say the music was a big part of their attraction to belly dance.

Once I became more comfortable with the dance and understood the rhythms enough to play the finger cymbals, I learned to appreciate the music.  I do realize that because this dance has ancient roots and culture that performers of belly dance need to be respectful of venues and cultural events that represent its middle eastern history.  They need to choose music and costuming is appropriate to their event.

Now, more than 25 years later, my library for dance music covers a wide genre of styles, from traditional ethnic to rock to trip hop to alternative fusion and beyond.  Music can be hard to classify when fusion styles cover more than one genre.

The list below is music I have either heard or used myself for belly dance whether in class or performance.  I will try to arrange the list first by genre from traditional/ethnic music to fusion and alternative.  As you will see, sometimes the styles can be hard to separate as when traditional meets electronica.

Starting with the music most popular for belly dance in the 90’s and up to current era.


New Age, Electronica & World Music

    • Loreena Mckennitt – Highly recommend her music!  I always tell my students to start with her music for their new dance collection.  It’s beautiful, fun to dance to and the family won’t mind this new ethnic music you’re bringing home next to that other weird stuff they’ve never heard before.

Tribal Fusion/Alternative

Classic & Modern Rock/Pop

My List of single tracks:



Music for yoga, warm ups, mood setting, just listening, because I like it, . . . .

  • Dead Can Dance
  •  VAS – In The Garden Of SoulsI use this album in class for our warm ups.  We do about 15-20 minutes of yoga-based stretches before dancing.
  • Steve Gordon – Drum Prayer Perfect for my morning class warm ups.
  • Skeleton Woman – Another one we loved for warm ups. It’s worth owning and the story behind it is cool too!
  • Trance Planet – There are several of these in a series, but I am only familiar with the one I have linked here.  I love most of it except for 2 tracks.  I would still recommend it.  I can’t speak for the others in the series, but it looks like they got good ratings too.


As you can see, this list covers a wide genre of musical styles and many are hard to classify.  Some cover more than one style and some I may have classified completely wrong in your opinion.  Let me know what you think.

Quite often it’s hard to find an album that is good solid, fun dancing music throughout.  There may only be 1, 2, or 3 tracks that you like and the rest may not be good at all.  In this new age of digital music, it’s much easier to pick and choose the songs you like before buying the album so you don’t have to buy a whole lot of music you don’t like.


Questions, comments, or feedback are greatly welcomed and appreciated!  I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by and Shimmy On!


2 thoughts on “Music for Belly Dance – Galadriel’s Playlist & Reviews

  1. Rebecca

    Hi Bdancer,
    I love reading your post, listening to the music and watching the video. I always like to watch belly dancing. I think of it as an excotic dance. The dancer has got to be pretty sexy to be able to dance like that and to fit into the outfit. Sometimes i watch some belly dancing in You Tube. Your playlist are great choices too. Thank you for sharing this unique talent with us.

    1. Galadriel

      I like to show that the dance can be done to all types of music.  Whatever your favorite music is, you can belly dance to it.

      It is an exotic dance and unfortunately, many people think that you have to be a certain body type or fitness level to do it.  It is also just a fantastic exercise for anybody to do.  Many people do it just for fun at home or with friends and never perform. 

      Thanks for commenting and I’m glad you enjoyed my playlist.

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