Music History

Traditional Tango Music

The music that is most frequently used for social tango today was recorded during the "Golden Age" of tango, approximately 1930-1950. It is a unique blend of classical instruments played with somewhat of a "street feel." The influences of tango music include percussive elements from African music, the traditions of Spanish guitar, Italian violin, classical piano, string bass, and a curious German instrument called the bandoneon. 

Here is a beautiful example of traditional tango music: Fumando Espero- Carlos di Sarli


Neotango Music


During the past twenty years of the "tango renaissance," musicians and dancers have been experimenting with the introduction of electronic sound and world music to the social tango environment.

Listen to an example of neo-tango music:Tango Santa Maria- Gotan Project

Where to begin?

A collection of music recommendations to help you find your way through the vast and rich world of tango music.

Tango Mercurio's Golden Age Tango Starter Kit

"Becoming familiar with the rhythms and cadences of authentic tango dance music is an important part of the learning process! This is a list of tango songs that you can get from iTunes, Amazon, or Rhapsody. What makes it so special? The list was created by tango DJs and instructors and has 24 songs that you will hear frequently in milongas and classrooms around the world. We believe this music will help you "absorb" tango and bring you closer to success and enjoyment on the dance floor."

All songs are also available via iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon. Download this pdf listing of the songs for ease of reference.