The Best Belly Dance Music Albums: My Recommendations

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The Best Belly Dance Music Albums: My Recommendations

Last Updated February 2016. Where can I find the best belly dance music? It’s perhaps the most common question I get from both students and blog-readers alike. Fortunately, it’s now easier than ever to get the best albums. In fact, many of them are available for instant download through sites like Amazon.

With so many choices it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why I’ve put together a list of recommendations to get you started. Please note, this is by no means an exhaustive list. In fact, it’s more of a summary of what I’m listening to right now, rather than every album I’ve ever loved. I keep this list updated constantly, so be sure to check back in for new suggestions.

DISCLOSURE: For your convenience, I’ve included links to where these albums may be purchased. Some of these links are *affiliate links. If you use one of my affiliate links to make a purchase, I receive a small (read: pennies on the dollar) percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. It’s one way I help pay for this site, since I do not use those annoying ads you find on many sites. Please read my Advertisement Policy for more details on how I use affiliate links on my site.

Classical Middle Eastern Music

We love classical music for its cinematic, full orchestral sound. Shifting melodies, rhythms, tempos, and moods make this music both a challenge and a joy to dance. View these albums on Amazon by clicking the images below (affiliate links):

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Also check out: 10 Songs Every Bellydancer Should Know* | Layali el Hob

Folkloric and Vintage Oriental Music

Who can resist these classic vintage melodies? It’s so on-trend these days! View these albums on Amazon by clicking the images below (affiliate links):

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Arabic Pop and Electronica / Egyptian Sha’abi Music

For something upbeat you can help but dance to, check out these selections. Pop music is a good choice for beginners because it tends to have more predictable rhythms and repeating melodies. View these albums on Amazon by clicking the images below (affiliate links):
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Also check out: Yalla Dance* | Bellydance Superstars* | Desert Roses*

Western Fusion and Alternative Music

These albums take their cue from Middle Eastern, North African, Eastern European, and Mediterranean music, however they’re fused with Western music traditions. The result is almost always something unique and transcending. While not always appropriate for authentic Arabic performances, these are still great to listen to. View these albums on Amazon by clicking the images below (affiliate links):

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Tabla and Drum Solo Music

These tabla-centered albums are great for drum solos and drills, as well as learning your Arabic rhythms. View these albums on Amazon by clicking the images below (affiliate links):

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Originally published December 2011 | Updated February 2016

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  • Making a list like this for students with easily-purchased albums is a great idea 🙂

    For classic bellydance music, my own ‘essential’ choice would be Jalilah’s ‘Raks Sharki’ series, especially volume 4 (one of my favourite dance CDs ever), or maybe her ‘stage cuts’ album.
    For vintage albums, my favourites at the moment are ‘Princess of Cairo’ featuring Nagwa Fouad, and ‘Bil Afrah’ by the Rahbani brothers. Both are super fun to dance to, and are some of my favourites to just put on and noodle around to when I’m feeling a bit uninspired and need cheering up 🙂