How to put songs together for a dance

Guide: How to Mix Your Own Songs From Beginner to Pro

Think back to the last time you attended a school dance. I’m willing to bet that the songs you remember dancing to most were a combination of two songs mixed together, or what folks in the business refer to as a mashup. 

If your friends were like mine, they threw their hands up in the air and raved about how cool it was to dance to an EDM song and an acoustic guitar song at the same time. If I’m touching on a nerve, it’s because mashups are really cool. And if you have even just a single musical bone in your body, you’ve probably thought about how to mix songs for a dance yourself. 

But if you’ve ever attempted to do it on your own, you’ve probably found that mixing two songs together is much harder than it seems. Have you given up hope of creating the next great mashup? Don’t quit just yet. In this guide, we’ll show you how to mix songs together and get everyone you know dancing.

Where to Start When Mixing Music

Let’s assume that you’re starting from scratch, except for maybe a laptop. Figuring out how to mix two songs together can be overwhelming, to say the least. Before we talk about how to mix music, let’s make a quick checklist to help you wrap your mind around the software and tools you need:

  • Audio files
  • BPM tool or software
  • Key matching software
  • Audio editing software

The good news is that we’re not dealing with a long list, but there are still a few things to think through in each item. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to create your first mashup.

What You Need to Mix Music

Many of the items on our list are software products. This is great news if you’re on a tight budget or don’t have a lot of extra space in your home. Unlike many other music guides we’ve written, there are only a few options to choose from in each of the following categories. That eliminates a decent amount of research, but it also means that the learning curve for some of the apps we’re about to explore might be steep. 

Of course, that doesn’t mean they’re impossible to learn. Let’s explore some (or in some cases, all) of your options.

Audio Files

You probably don’t need us to tell you that you need music to mix two songs together. But getting music can be a bit more complicated than just grabbing a few files from Apple Music or Spotify.

Let’s say that you want to mix the instrumental track from one song with the vocals of another. While you could go down the rabbit hole of extracting individual tracks from a fully mixed MP3, take it from personal experience: You’ll just want to throw your laptop out the window.

Instead, look for studio acapella tracks on sites like YouTube. Popular artists often release them for folks like you to play around with and remix; the most popular songs tend to be easier to find. Below you’ll find an example of an acapella vocal track from the popular David Guetta song “Titanium”

Source: Youtube
An example of an acapella vocal track on YouTube for artists to remix.

There are a couple of caveats to note as you learn how to mix songs for a dance. First, these are not royalty-free tracks. You’ll notice in the YouTube clip above that the person who uploaded the video states that the rights to the music are not his. Additionally, you’ll need to rip the audio from the YouTube video. Several options make it easy to grab audio from YouTube, but remember that your remix is ultimately not your intellectual property. 

If you’re looking for other solutions, consider sources such as Acapellas4u, from which you can purchase acapella tracks to remix.

BPM Tool

BPM is an acronym that stands for “beats per minute.” It’s also another way to describe the tempo of a given song. And when you’re learning how to mix two songs, it’s really important to use tracks that are the same tempo. 

In some (rare) cases, the songs you want to use have identical BPM numbers, which makes it insanely easy to start experimenting with a remix. But what happens if you want to learn how to mix two songs that don’t have the same BPM? There are a few tools to take a look at.

First, MixMeister is a piece of software that analyzes the BPM of songs that you’re considering for your mashup. It’s available for download at just $3.99. If you want to adjust the BPM of two songs, tools such as BPM Studio automatically match the BPM of the two songs you’re working with.  

Key Matching Tool

In addition to ensuring that your songs are in the same tempo, it’s important to adjust your music to be in the same key signature. Imagine trying to mix one song in the key of F# major with another that’s in the key of Eb major. It would…not be pretty.

One of the most popular software solutions on the market for anyone learning how to mix songs is called Mixed In Key. It offers a variety of tools, including a master tempo setting, a key analyzer to help you identify songs that are a tonal match, and even a powerful audio editor, which eliminates the need for a separate DAW. 

There are several paid tiers of Mixed in Key. However, if you’d like to explore other options, consider programs such as KeyFinder, TuneBat, and beaTunes.  

Audio Editing Software

Some of the previous apps that we’ve discussed in this guide have built-in audio editors. If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of adding your own effects, you might want to consider purchasing a separate digital audio workstation (DAW). 

If you can swing the cost, consider a high-end DAW such as Logic Pro or Ableton Live, which pack huge libraries of sound effects and features that will take your remixes to the next level. However, if you’re looking to get started on a limited budget, Mac users can get many of the same features in GarageBand, while Windows users can tinker with their remixes in applications such as Audacity, both of which are free.

Now that we’ve gotten the technical details of how to mix songs out of the way, let’s dive into our step-by-step guide and start creating your first mashup.

Step 1: Analyze the Songs You Want to Use

In an ideal world, the song structures of both tunes in your mashup would be identical. But the beauty of making music is that you can play around with things such as song structure—and in many cases, the two songs you want to mix won’t match up.

So before you start cutting sections out of your tracks and mixing them together, take some time to listen to each of the songs you want to combine. Try to answer the following questions while you analyze each song:

  • Would the vocal line of the first song’s chorus sound good over the instrumental of the second song?
  • Where might I add instrumental breaks or vocal-only sections?
  • Does each song maintain its feel even at slightly faster or slower tempos?

Above anything else, get creative! While you’ll have to learn how to cut sections of audio tracks out in an editor, don’t limit yourself to what you think will perform well at a dance club or on the radio. Tinker around with different songs, song elements, and different beats to create the mashup that you want. 

Step 2: Take Your Mashup to a Mixer

You’ve matched keys and time signatures. You’ve picked songs that you want to mix together. Now it’s time to add even more of your own flair to the mashup.

Here’s an example of how specific you can be when editing or restoring audio in Adobe Audition.

Export your mashup to your DAW of choice. In the example above, you’ll see how the audio engineer is editing a small region of the audio track. Take a listen to your mashup after you’ve imported it into the DAW and see where you might want to add effects such as reverb or delay. You can read more about our favorite DAWs here, but as you dive into editing your mashups, you might feel overwhelmed by all of the options at your fingertips. If that happens, remember to trust your own ears. Does the mashup sound good to you? If so, start sharing it!

Step 3: Share Your Mix

One of the most difficult things about creating art is sharing it with an audience. What if someone hates your work? What if you discover that the two songs you mixed together make for a horrible mashup? What if you made some horrible mistakes while editing it in your DAW? Those are really hard questions to discover the answer to—but they’ll also teach you some important lessons for future mixes.

Source: Soundcloud
Here’s the author’s actual SoundCloud account, which is full of old demo songs that he shared on the platform.

SoundCloud is one of the more popular platforms for aspiring mashup artists to share their work. We’ll be honest: It’s scary to share what you’ve done with such a huge audience. But as you’ve seen in the example above, even novices like me share tracks. Don’t be afraid to publish your work and comment on other tracks that you like. You’ll be surprised by how quickly your mixes will improve once you start interacting with like-minded artists on sites like SoundCloud. 

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How to choose music for a dance performance?

This article will discuss how to avoid mistakes in choosing music for your dance. How to take into account many nuances in order to make a dance performance as effective as possible and corresponding to the intended image.

Dancers can be different: children and adults, women and men, keep in mind that this or that music that you like as a choreographer may not be suitable for everyone. Why? Let's figure it out together!

1. Pay attention to the image!

It often happens that you see a video of a solo dance performance and everything in it seems to be good: a beautiful gentle diva, in an airy dress, charming views in the background and bam! - music that cuts the ear, where a male voice, pierced by the desert, sounds not of the first youth, and he sings not romantic lyrics, but something heartbreaking and that's all for the viewer. And the dance of the gentle fairy is no longer so pleasing to the eye, I want to turn off this vocal, which is clearly more suitable for a male solo or for a completely different costume, and a completely different dance image. And the point here is not that the song is bad, the vocalist does not sing well, or that you, as a listener, do not like the work of this musician, no! It's just music, as they often say in this case, from a completely different opera. And you, as a viewer, can clearly see it. Then the production, on which the choreographer spent a lot of effort, bought an expensive and beautiful costume, ordered a by no means cheap video operator - all this goes down the drain and only because the director did not get into the intended image with the music. What a pity...

2. Text is everything!

It's good when you put dances on Russian songs and know exactly who is singing about what. But often choreographers are attracted to foreign music with lyrics in English, French, Arabic or other languages. In this case, without an accurate translation, do not even start learning the dance. No matter how beautiful the sound of the songs is, no matter how the music takes you to a distant dance distance, you should know an important thing - some songs have lyrics that are not quite simple and have a deep religious meaning. It is not recommended and even forbidden to set dances to such music, since this is by and large "haram", a sin from the point of view of Islam, because this music and texts were created specifically for listening only. Now there are a lot of online translators in the public domain on the Internet, where your ignorance of languages ​​turns into knowledge, and only by translating you will not miss the choice of song. But in addition to knowing the meaning of the lyrics, remember the age of your dancer, this is our next chapter.

3. Think about age!

It is not appropriate for a 5-7 year old girl to dance to a song about the deep mental suffering of an adult woman, about betrayals and betrayals in her life. How can a baby know about this? Do not anger the Lord with such a dance and do not make the audience laugh. After all, from the outside it will look not so much tragic as comical. The judges, who for the most part know the translation of many Arabic songs, will immediately lower the points for your student's performance under such a track below the plinth. And it won't be the little girl's fault. It wasn’t she who didn’t cope with the dance, but first of all your fault, as a teacher, who didn’t think about age gradation before putting her hand over this production. Interpreting the words from the Bible, which says that "to Caesar - Caesar's", I can say this: "to girls - girlish". To each age! It will also look awkward from the side of the dance of a mature lady, who pretends to be a young lady, dancing under, for example, the sweet-voiced Haifa Wehbe. After all, this singer has many songs dedicated specifically to children's topics. And about men - a separate conversation.

4. Male and female!

Personally, as a choreographer, I like to see dances with gender separation and stage them just like that. On a personal example, I will say that as a teacher teaching oriental dances to both men and women, I have always taken this factor into account. For example, this was my very first production that saw the light of day - the Harem dance. It was attended by four boys and three girls. The production was practically divided into parts, where the masculine was exactly masculine, and the feminine was feminine. The song of the musician Dr Alban “Habibi”, which he performed in a duet with the singer Melissa, helped us a lot with this. Agree that it's beautiful when male vocals focus on the performance of men, and female - more and more look at the girls. But this is still not a dance battle, and it is not entirely appropriate for one to stand idle while others are soloing. Dance, on the other hand, is a small version of life where no one stops while the other lives. Whether he dances or sings. Therefore, it is undeniable that for such joint productions songs are good, where both masculine and feminine sounds. And then the dance is like a joint interweaving of male and female destinies. But in the case of solo male or female performances or group dances, where only girls are most often involved, it makes sense to return to the topic of matching the image for any vocal. After all, a brutal man cannot dance to something light and fluttering, and vice versa, a tender girl will look flawed to a song about the fate of a rusting old man.

5. The main thing is to fall in love!

Considering all the above factors and recommendations when choosing a song for production, I can conclude that the last two points are not as critical as the first three. There are many performances in the world of dance when a girl famously dances to an absolutely masculine song and she does it so dashingly, cleaner than any other man. After all, she got into character! And vice versa, the pale young man skillfully transforms into an image in a dance to a song about women's suffering, and sometimes he succeeds in conveying the meaning of this tragedy no worse than women. Everything in this world is relative. Everything is very subjective and individual. You decide for yourself how you should choose the music for your new production. It happens that people grab music as soon as they hear it somewhere in passing: while shopping in a store, while driving in a traffic jam or in the kitchen, listening to the radio. And that's it! Love has come! And it would seem that there are no longer any barriers in order not to put your new dance on her. Then return to the beginning of our article, re-read all our advice again, so that later it would not be painfully bitter about wasted time, and if everything is fine, go for it! May the power of music and dance be with you!

Author – Ekaterina Gavrilova

The photo shows the dancer Alla Kushnir

4 best ways to connect songs

There are different situations when you may need to glue songs together: for dubbing a video in TikTok, to put together a DJ set cut into fragments, just a DJ set for fun and creating your own remix. You can connect music on a computer or on a smartphone, and this is not as difficult as it seems. We carefully studied many desktop editors, mobile applications and online services with the function of combining audio tracks and selected the most convenient ones. In the article we talk briefly about each, and also give step-by-step instructions on how to glue music together and save the result in MP3 or other audio format.

How to merge songs in Movavi Video Editor

Have you downloaded your favorite DJ's mix, but it was cut into separate tracks? Or do you just want to merge several audio files so that you don't have to switch music, for example, when staging a play or dance? A great solution is Movavi's simple audio trimming and merging software. You can glue both ready-made melodies and recordings of your voice from a microphone.

To learn how to combine songs, two or more, into one, download Movavi Video Editor and follow our step by step guide!

Step 1.

Install Song Merge Application

Download Music Merge Software, launch the distribution and install Movavi Video Editor following the instructions. After installation, the program will start automatically.

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Step 2. Add Files and Merge Tracks

Click the Add Files button and select the audio files you want to merge. Your uploaded audio files will be automatically placed next to each other by Timeline on a separate audio track, indicated by a note icon. In fact, after adding the tracks will already be glued together. You will only need to change the order of playing fragments if necessary. To do this, simply drag the audio to the desired location on the Timeline . Step 3. Trim the audio if necessary0008 where you want to split the record and press the button Split . Delete an unnecessary segment: select it, then press the key Delete .

Step 4: Save the audio

Click the Save button, then click the Save as audio file tab. Specify the desired audio format (MP3, WAV, WMA, etc.) and save folder and press Start . After that, it will be exported to an audio file.

How to join music online

Online tools are a versatile option when you need to quickly join songs without wasting time downloading, installing, learning programs or mobile applications. A common drawback of such services is a smaller set of features compared to mobile and computer audio editors.


A simple service where you can combine two songs into one in a couple of clicks or glue an audio track from more fragments. Supports more than 300 formats, and the result is saved as MP3, M4A, WAV or FLAC supported by most players and portable players.

How to join music in 123apps

  1. Open the main page of the audio editor.
  2. Click Add Tracks or drag files to be glued into the editing area on the page.
  3. Adjust the timing of each track by dragging the edge of the track, or by adjusting the start and fade times at the bottom of the editor window.
  4. Click the curve icon on a track if you want to turn on the crossfade function - the sound flows smoothly between tracks without pauses.
  5. Select the save format in the lower right corner of the editor: MP3, M4A, WAV or FLAC.
  6. Press Connect to start audio mixing.
  7. Download the result to your computer or cloud storage using the link that will be displayed on the screen after the processing is completed.


  • Supports an unlimited number of tracks for connection
  • Choice of result saving format is available
  • You can download a mix directly into the Google Cloud Disc or Dropbox


  • No way to edit transitions
  • Slow processing
  • You can not configure the Acadio Academic quality. Ideal for simple cross-fade mixing of songs, for example, to build your superset of this summer's hits.

    How to join music in Clideo

    1. Open the Clideo website in any browser.
    2. Click Select files to download audio tracks to merge from the device, or the arrow on the same button to select files from your Google Drive and Dropbox cloud storage accounts or add songs via a direct link from the Internet.
    3. Drag and drop tracks to arrange their sound order in the finished mix.
    4. If necessary, turn on the smooth transition by checking the corresponding box on the right side of the editor window.
    5. At the bottom of the online editor window, select the format in which you will export the finished mix: 10+ options are available.
    6. Click on Export and wait for the process to complete to download the result to your computer or to the cloud.


    • Merges an unlimited number of songs
    • Supports smooth transition setting


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    • Lack of fine tuning and export quality control


    Service for gluing audio from a cut or connecting different songs into one set. Supports more than 10 source formats and exported merging result.

    How to merge music in MP3CutterPro

    1. Open the main page of the editor.
    2. Drag and drop files into the workspace or add files to process by pressing the green button Select file . You can also download songs via a direct link from the Internet, to do this, go to the URL tab.
    3. Select the result format at the bottom of the page.
    4. Activate Crossfade by checking the appropriate box (translated as "The cross disappears in the Russian version?").

      • An unlimited number of songs for gluing
      • many formats for import and export audio


      How to join songs on your phone

      Online services work on both computers and smartphones. But if it is possible to install a separate application for editing audio, it is better to do this - applications have more functions, settings, and opportunities. In addition, you can work in applications from anywhere, even from places where you cannot get high-speed Internet access via Wi-Fi or mobile data networks.

      MP3 Audio Merger and Joiner

      A free audio merging tool for Android smartphones and tablets. The application is not demanding on hardware, therefore it works even on old weak smartphones on OS version 4.4 or higher.

      How to merge songs into MP3 Audio Merger and Joiner

      1. Install the application on your smartphone or tablet.
      2. On the main screen of MP3 Audio Merger and Joiner, click the plus icon to add songs to merge.
      3. Click the green button Merge at the bottom of the window.
      4. Select the result format File type .
      5. Select the type of gluing Process type - mixing (mix) or sequential combination - join.
      6. Click Continue , set the save path and file name.
      7. Press Done .
      8. When the merging process is completed, the application will offer to listen to the result - Play , - or share it -

        How to merge songs into MP3 Cutter and Audio Merger

        1. Install the application on your device.
        2. Select Audio Merger from the main screen.
        3. Click on plus (+) to upload audio files to be combined into one.
        4. Press Merge to go to export settings.
        5. Set the export format and other options, then click Continue .
        6. Listen to the result - Play , - or share it - Share .


        • Allows you to not only glue, but also cut and convert files


        • No Russian language
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          A multifunctional video editor for iOS, which, among other things, has the ability to glue and mix music tracks in different formats. The program is professional and quite cumbersome, if you are looking for something simpler, then it will definitely not suit you.

          How to join songs in iMovie

          1. Launch the editor.
          2. Create a new project.
          3. Add audio tracks prepared for splicing to it.
          4. Set the export format.
          5. Click Done to start the merging process
          6. The merging result can be reproduced here or exported to another application.


          • All-in-one program, useful when you need to work not only with audio, but also with video


          • No Russian language
          • overloaded with the capabilities of the interface, if you need to simply glue several sound files

          Hokusai Audito


          Free application on the IPHONE and IPHONE IPADD DO formats. There is a built-in voice recorder for recording sounds over an imported track and then combining them.

          How to join songs in Hokusai Audio Editor

          1. Launch the installed Hokusai Audio Editor.
          2. Add audio tracks for stitching. by clicking the corresponding icon in the application.
          3. Edit the length of each track in the mix.
          4. Open the menu with a tap in the upper right corner and select any of the available types of transitions between tracks.
          5. Export the mix as MP3 or any other suitable format.


          • Customizable transitions between glued tracks
          • Support for a large number of formats for importing and exporting a file


          • To use all the features you need to buy a paid Pro version
          • No Russian interface language

          On Windows computers, you can merge several songs or any other audio files into one without installing additional utilities - via the command line. Setting transitions, trimming and other options on the command line are not available, but if you just need to assemble a disparate playlist into a long mix, then you should use the method.

          How to join songs in the Windows command line

          1. Open the command line - Start > Command Prompt .
          2. Enter the command to go to the folder containing all the files to be glued:
          3. cd [folder path], for example, cd \Video\MyPlaylist
          4. Enter the command: copy/b audio file1. mp3 + audio file2.mp3 audio file3.mp3, where file1.mp3, file2.mp3, file3.mp3 are the names of the files to merge.
          5. Press key Enter on the keyboard.

          The mix of audio files will be saved in the same folder as the original fragments to merge. The process takes literally a matter of seconds, even if there are a lot of files. The size of the resulting file depends on the size of the source files - the higher the quality of the audio recordings, the more space on the hard disk will be needed to save the finished long mix.

          The command line audio merging method has two significant advantages at once: it is fast and does not require additional software to be installed. There are also disadvantages: nothing can be configured, it will not be possible to combine songs in different formats. But if you need to compile a playlist, for example, an album of your favorite artist downloaded from the Internet, into one file, the command line will help you do it quickly and without unnecessary difficulties.

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