You know you’ve had an incredible pole dance when the song ends too soon. This happens frequently enough for me that sometimes I’ll include a current obsession in a playlist more than once.
An even more satisfying approach is to find a cover version of a favorite song that you like as much as the original. Choosing a creative cover song that feels different can double your pleasure by enabling you to play them back-to-back and experience something familiar plus something new.
Here are 14 of my favorite pairs of creative covers and the originals that inspired them for you to try in your next pole dance session.
My favorite rock song for pole dancing. Starts quiet and builds. It stokes a roaring fire from dying embers, reigniting passion and creativity.
Soft sweet piano ballad. Provides gentle encouragement and inspiration like a guardian angel is whispering in your ear. As Sweet’s voice soars let your body fly around the pole and let go of anything weighing you down.
Sade’s voice soothes and comforts. The classic r&b is meltingly sensual. It feels like silk caressing skin.
Darker, deeper male vocals with heavier instruments. Still smooth, more like plush velvet. While the original feels like floating on the surface of a cerulean lagoon, this plunges you to sapphire depths with a single ray of light for illumination.
Beth Gibson’s voice shimmers like a shooting star on the moonless night created by the heavy trip-hop beats. These beats impel you along the wall, across the floor, around the pole, up the pole, down. Repeat.
Feels like strolling through the sand on a balmy night. His layered boxbeating invites you to choose your own dance pace. His clear, kind vocals are a warm breeze.
Visionary. Hopeful. Secure belief in the power nonviolent resistance and the possibility of creating this visionary world. Dance to it as a prayer for world peace and equality.
Plodding. Like trekking up hill through mud. Then swimming through quicksand. Dance to it when you’re full of frustration and ready give up. Feel sorry for yourself. Cry. Get angry. Dig down deep to find the inner strength. Recommit. Go on.
(Technically a cover of Blue Moon by Connie Boswell)
Feels like prayer for love—not surprising since it was originally composed as Prayer by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers. The ‘ooos’ at the minute mark give me chills. The King. The Moon. What more could you want for pole dance? A longer version, perhaps? Wish granted below.
(Technically a cover and an original)
The beat is softer, yet it’s still great for strutting around in high heels. The song is two minutes longer with additional lyrics. Same yearning. Plus love. Plus loss. Plus hope. Heartbreakingly sensual prayer to the moon.
Sexy. Slinky. Falling in love against his will because he’s been hurt before. The romantic optimist in me believes the desire and love will win in the end. If not, it’s still better to have loved and lost than never loved at all.
Sounds like a completely different song because of her heavenly vocals. Like she’s lost the love of her life and he’s tempting her again. Or worse, he’s died and is haunting her dreams. Still possesses an unshakable belief in love.
Intoxicating fun fantasy. Secret agent woman. Purring vocals. Through the stratosphere violin strings. Grounding surf guitar.
Transformed into a slow burning torch song. Tinkling bells and a choir of angel sighs replace the violin. Resist temptation. Resist, resist… sigh…give in.
Sinister and stalking. Fantastic song for predator/prey role-play exercises. And experimenting with eye contact with fellow dancers, someone in a lap dance chair or your audience.
Transformed into a reflective ballad of wary longing. Is there a chance for reconciliation? Or is it time to let go and move on…
Drums and guitar provide motivation. Classic ultimatum song. Can be fun for playing with nemesis tricks. Or dancing with indecision.
Slower pace and sweet harmonies lighten it. Make it feel more like, “if you love something or someone set them free.” Empowering to dance to it as a message from yourself to take your own path no matter what others think.
Tenacious and playful in her vocal delivery, bouncy rhyming lyrics and that driving guitar. Inspires you to go after what you want until you get it. Don’t you dare let anything stop you! Fun for metaphorical (or literal) dance games like keep-away or a scavenger hunt for a meaningful trinket that’s hidden in the studio.
Still fun and playful. The first whispery vocals lighten it up. Moore’s sweet voice make it feel like a game of tickle or a staring contest. Her ‘nah nah’s’ and somewhat bratty tone for ‘slip of the lip’ and ‘trick ya’ grants permission to be messy or have a temper tantrum after a bad day. Leave it all on the dance floor.
Buoyant breakup song. Passionate and confusing. Sad, sometimes angry lyrics paired with a sunny, celebratory melody. Kinda like life.
Simmering piano ballad where the music matches the lyrics. The two perspectives that make the original an argument become one. Transforms it into a more traditional sad and angry break-up song that could make a top 10 list. http://entertainment.time.com/2010/08/25/top-10-angry-breakup-songs
Longing for love. Longing to grow up. First kiss. First boyfriend. First breakup. Coupled with the hope of romantic love because of an unshakable belief in love. (For me, this song is inextricably linked with my high school years.)
Lifetime love. All kinds of love from friendship to Divine love. Break open your heart to make room for limitless love, Sufi-prayer kind of love. Noun and verb—choose love over fear—kind of love.
Double-edged sword of fame. Seductive, naughty and fun for pole play time with a group of girlfriends. For some, a guilty pleasure; for others an empowering anthem.
Slowed so it almost feels screwed. Angsty, haunting and dramatic verses. Passionate, nearly orgasmic choruses. Already a sexy pole dance classic.
Lush, hazy music with drum crescendo payoff in last third. Torturously slow and deliberate vocals. Explicit lyrics of longing and lust.
Bonus: If you can’t get enough of The Weekend, you might enjoy For Lovers of The Weeknd from my archives which highlights a screwed version of House of Balloons downloadable here. If you’re a fan of slow motion movement you might swoon over the screwed version of Wicked Games.
Drizzled in champagne and glitter as finger snaps and pings keep the beat. And sensual, plush vocals several octaves higher envelop you. Savoring Sunday morning love making instead of late night/all night sex.
What is your favorite original + cover song for dancing back-to-back?
PS If you enjoyed this double your pleasure activity, you’ll also adore I ❤ SEXY.
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