I recently received an email alerting me to the fact that Stripped—featured in “12 Sexy Pole Dance Songs“ —was originally done by Depeche Mode.
I knew that, but the only Depeche Mode song I enjoy for pole dancing is Personal Jesus. And I really tried to like more. During my lovefest with Goldfrapp’s Supernature and Black Cherry albums I experimented with three different albums by Depeche Mode; they just don’t do it for me.
In fact, there are many covers of songs I prefer to originals for pole dance. Here are 12 of my favorites.
Tender strings follow a whispered exhale. The guitar intro builds for a full minute, then Buckley’s rich elastic voice melts in. My body sighs with relief and begins to sway and circle.
A few weeks ago I lucked into a warm-up dance to it when a classmate requested a “sad, dark song” from our teacher for her free dance.
For me, the sorrowful longing entwines with gratifying satisfaction eliciting relief and joy. It’s incredibly soulful and sensual.
In the Dutch music magazine OOR Buckley said: “Whoever listens carefully to ‘Hallelujah’ will discover that it is a song about sex, about love, about life on earth. The hallelujah is not a homage to a worshipped person, idol or god, but the hallelujah of the orgasm. It’s an ode to life and love.”
Original by Leonard Cohen, though only the first two verses are the same. Buckley covered the John Cale version. For the song’s fascinating 28 year journey see The Holy or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & The Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah by Alan Light
Sweet beginning. Like awakening to robins and sunrise light filtering through transparent white curtains. Connection to nature. When the big band joins in, it triggers a longing to fly around the pole. By the end, the sun is high in the sky with full and heart. Sunny sexy joy!
Feeling Good was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley and first performed in 1964 by Cy Grant in a show called The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd. In 1965 Gilbert Price sang it in the original cast recording. Soon after Nina Simone recorded her classic version. I enjoy dancing to that sultrier version too. Many ladies I know are partial to the version by Muse.
Love gone wrong. Good Letting go of someone or something dance. Heavy drums and gravel voice better match than the fun Softcell version of the 1980s. Original recording was by Gloria Jones (composed by Ed Cobb).
Another Marilyn Manson cover I like is Sweet Dreams. Speaking of Sweet Dreams…
Crawling pace and whispery vocals start it off. Gains volume, strength and depth as it builds and orchestra joins in propelling a dancer to the pole.
Original by the Eurythmics. This version is from the Sucker Punch soundtrack, which is full of good songs for pole dance.
I especially adore the Live from San Francisco version. Feel the fiery passion in her vocals. I’m partial to Etta singing Billy Holiday classics like Embraceable You, How Deep Is The Ocean, and The Very Thought Of You accompanied by saxophone.
But in this song, her power is spurred on and elevated by keyboards. Her final roar must’ve vibrated the house and threatened to blow the roof off the building. Uplifting and fiercely motivating. Even if you dance barefoot you’ll feeling like you’re strutting around the room in 10 inch stilettos.
Original by the Eagles.
The dirty, earthy guitar is instantly grounding. It pulls you to the floor for crawling or sliding around. Plant’s sad and soothing vocals slip around the crunch. Fiddle joins in. Sorrow and release. Comfort and hope. Earth and Fire.
Original written by Townes Van Zandt. The entire album, Raising Sand, is covers. Choose one and go play on the floor near your pole.
Sweet piano. Bittersweet, hopeful vocals.
I am ready.
I am ready.
I am ready
I am… fine
Nudge into action after yearnings.
Original by Counting Crowes is heavier and darker.
8. Pony – Far
The grindy guitar is fit for Goldilocks. Just right to get the pelvis groovin’. Any harsher, it would be screechy, like chalk on a blackboard. Then Matranga’s vocals glide in making it even better. Playful lust for fun pole time.
Original by Ginuwine.
Wistful piano with compassionate vocals. Dances to this song often move witnesses to tears. Soulful fiery tears. Exquisite.
Nothing like the original by David Guetta feat. Akon. Faith covered it on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, a fantastic resource for unique covers.
Swirls in like thick fog, tendrils of smoke from incense or along flowing skirt. Soaring vocals wrapped in ochestral strings mixed with soft tribal drumming.
Original by The Moody Blues.
Oozes sensuality. And desire. Confident and vulnerable, the ultimate definition of sexy and alluring.
Original by the Divinyls. P!nk covered it on her Funhouse tour. If you’ve never seen the performance, click on the link and enjoy. Even if you have seen it, savor it again and be inspired. So good.
Breezy and fun. Feels like taking a turn on a back yard swing set. Wishing for simpler times.
Popularized by Blondie, originally performed by The Nerves.
These are my 12 favorite covers for pole dance. Here’s a list for you to copy and save for later.
1. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
2. Feeling Good – Michael Bublé
3. Tainted Love – Marilyn Manson
4. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Emily Browning
5. Take It to the Limit (Live) – Etta James
6. Nothin’ – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
7. Colorblind – Natalie Walker
8. Pony – Far
9. Sexy Chick (Originally By David Guetta Feat. Akon) – Paloma Faith
10. Nights In White Satin – Tina Arena
11. I Touch Myself – P!nk
12. Hanging On the Telephone – Micadelia
What are your favorite cover songs for pole dancing?