The Mambo is a fusion of Swing and Cuban music developed from Danzon and was heavily influenced by the Jazz musicians of the 1930s. The competition dance was influenced by the Cuban music and style, but is formalized nearly beyond recognition. It is characterized by breaking on the 2 in 4/4 time and a compact basic movement.

The Mambo is generally danced as the fifth and final dance of American Rhythm five dance competitions.

Tempo Information

The Mambo is generally danced to music in a 4/4 Meter between 47 and 51 measures per mintue (188.0 and 204.0 beats per minute) . Click here to see a list of Mambo songs between 188.0 and 204.0 beats per minute.

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music4dance's top 10 songs for dancing Mambo

Like/Play Title - Artist Tags
No Opinion (I've Had) The Time Of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion Ran Kan Kan - Tito Puente Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion Mambo Nuevo - Latin Soul Orchestra & Francisco Rojos Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion Lloraras - Oscar D'León Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion De Todo un Poco - Michael Lloyd & Le Disc Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion El #100 - D' / Domingo Quiñones / Ismael Miranda / José ""El Canario"" Alberto / Millie P. / Santos Colon / Tito Nieves / Tito Puente / Tony Vega
No Opinion Everything I Can’t Have - Robin Thicke
No Opinion Micaela - Sonora Carruseles Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion Tumbao Caiman - Estrellas Caiman Beat Energy Mood
No Opinion Chiquicha' - Rulo Miami Sound Beat Energy Mood

Mambo Spotify Playlist

Browse all 637 Mambo songs in the music4dance catalog.

Competition Tempo information:
Name Meter MPM DanceSport NDCA Silver/Gold
NDCA Bronze
American Rhythm 4/4 47-51 47-51 47