There’s a great description of what to look for in a good Shag tune in this article. We’ve also given some classic Shag tune examples below, but there’s a huge back catalogue of swing from which to draw on. Any tune with solid pulse or bounce tends to be suitable; Rockabilly in particular lends itself well to Collegiate Shag and we’ve even danced to Ska music and T-Rex tunes. Purists would argue the point I’m sure, but Shag is a cool dance so why limit yourself to one style of music.
Members of our facebook group, Collegiate Shag UK, have compiled a list of their favourite Shag tunes on Spotify. You can hear them here.
Feel free to add a comment if you’ve got any favourite tunes and let us know what they are.
|When Buddha Smiles||Benny Goodman||Cool||180|
|At the Clambake Carnival||Cab Calloway||Cool||187|
|All The Cats Join In||Benny Goodman||Steamin’||200|
|Jump Session||Don Redman||Cookin’||224|
|Sugarfoot Stomp||Fletcher Henderson||Cookin’||235|
|Traffic Jam||Artie Shaw||On Fire||262|
|Hand Clappin’||Red Prysock||On fire||265|