Tango 500

Tango 500 is a book about traditional tango dance music – that is, the music recorded by dance orchestras in Argentina between the late 1920s and late 1950s.

It’s mainly a resource for new, inexperienced or even reluctant tango DJs – people who are taking responsibility for providing the music for dance events. It suggests a ‘starter collection’ of five hundred songs, arranged into ready-made tandas, intended to present the best orchestras and singers, and with the content weighted according to the relative importance of the different orchestras and representing their best periods.

Even if you are not a tango DJ this approach (focused directly on tango music as it might be danced) will be interesting for anyone who wishes to know tango music better, or who is open to suggestions as to what is good for dancing (and listening).

Excellent introduction to tango music. This is a fabulous resource for argentine tango dancers and DJs. ***** (Amazon verified purchase)

You can read short extracts from the book here.

It is fascinating to read how a really good DJ approaches the task. This book is giving me background information on the orchestras and helping me to identify their sound and style.  ***** (Amazon verified purchase)


  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Language: English
  • Published: April 2018
  • ISBN-10: 1717227503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1717227508
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm (5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 in)
  • Available from Amazon (worldwide): $17.99, €14.99 & £13.99

A revised 1st edition (incorporating minor corrections) is now available. Tango 500 Errata (pdf).