“Mr Worldwide” himself, Pitbull features on most high-energy, up-tempo Zumba workout playlists. Contrary to his name, he’s a nightclub favourite with Latino heritage and wild music videos. It’s very easy to see why he remains on a Zumba playlist. If you really want to break out in a sweat, then Daddy Yankee’s best track, “Gasolina” is bound to get you moving in quick fashion, as will his latest collaboration with Luis Fonsi, “Despacito”. Be careful, this track will get stuck in your head!
This sort of workout music is very niche and expertly thought out. Think Shakira at the World Cup, with her “Wakka Wakka” moves that motivated many footballers around the world. It might not be the sort of music you’d put on at home, but in the heat of the dance class, it’s just the thing to get you moving!
Even Beyoncé and Rihanna feature heavily on Zumba music lists around the globe, thanks to their ability in dancing, singing and entertaining simultaneously. They make it look so effortless, they’re a Zumba instructor’s dream!
Fear not though, whatever your level of fitness, there are slower and easier Zumba tracks that will allow you to flow in time to the rhythm, like carnival God, Manu Chao or Buena Vista Social Club. It’s pure bliss listening and swaying to their tracks.
Zumba playlists often include music from other cultures, like Far Eastern beats and fusion music. Take Indian inspired Zumba music, especially tracks from Slumdog Millionaire, like “Jai Ho” which is an excellent track at keeping your upper-body moving, throughout the song, especially The Pussycat Dolls’ version. The classic “Walk like an Egyptian” by The Bangles is not only a good cool down track but also a brilliant dance move as well, and almost anything from the Black Eyed Peas is always a winner as this band employ so many voices, production and elements to their songs. We believe, the more exotic the song, the better the moves!