Here we’ve listed a selection of the best tango music by the most popular artists from the early days of tango up to the present-day. This list is by no means exhaustive but it will give you a good idea of the variety of music available to help you start building your own library of tango music.
We had the pleasure of being introduced to these young musicians Agustín Luna and Luciano Tobaldi in Tarbes, France during the Tango Festival.
The Tango Project was formed in 1981 by Michael Sahl and William Schimmel as a recording project, with violinist Mary Rowell joining later. This group’s version of “Por Una Cabeza” from their first album was made famous in the film Scent … Continue reading →
Hugo Diaz (1927 – 1977), one of the best harmonic players in the world, played tango, folk, classical and jazz music and performed with a number of artists including Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson. We recommend his album simply titled … Continue reading →
Gotan Project, a group based in Paris, play what is sometimes described as Electro Tango – fusing electronic elements into traditional tango. Their music has featured in a number of films, TV shows and commercials. The song “Santa Maria (del … Continue reading →
Orquesta Color Tango, formed and directed by bandoneon Roberto Alvarez (main bandoneon player in the orchestra of the late Osvaldo Pugliese) follows a traditional style and is considered one of the world’s best tango orchestras of today. “Tango for me … Continue reading →
Tanghetto, a group from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is one of the first and remains one of the most significant exponents of what is referred to as “electrotango”; a blend of tango and electronic music. The following video gives an insight … Continue reading →
Carlos Di Sarli (1903-1960) was an Argentine tango musician, orchestra leader and composer. A talented pianist, he was nicknamed “El Señor Del Tango” due to his reputation for playing elegant music and the recordings by his orchestra are still among … Continue reading →
Juan d’Arienzo (Buenos Aires 1900-1976) was an Argentine violinist, composer and extremely influential tango orchestra leader. Nicknamed “El Rey del Compás” (King of the Beat) his orchestra made over 1,000 recordings with many of his big hits being recorded several … Continue reading →
Osvaldo Pugliese (1905 –1995) from Buenos Aires was a pianist, composer and tango orchestra leader. His famous work La Yumba remains the signature tune for his orchestra. This tune along some of his other dance classics are on the Ausencia album – … Continue reading →
Aníbal Troilo (1914-1975) was a bandoneon player, composer, arranger and bandleader in Argentina. Some of the recordings by his orquesta típica are among the most popular with dancers. His most notable compositions include: (Click cover to sample music) – Toda … Continue reading →
The internationally successful group Otros Aires was founded in 2003 in Barcelona by Argentine musician Miguel Di Genova. Their music blends early tango music by artists such as Gardel, Razzano & D’Arienzo with electronic beats and contemporary lyrics. “Sin Rumbo”, … Continue reading →
The legendary guitarist, Aníbal Arias (Argentina) (1922-2010), was educated in classical music, but chose to specialise in tango music. In addition to his soloist performances he has accompanied a number of prominent singers such as Héctor Mauré and performed with … Continue reading →
El Arranque was founded by double bassist Ignacio Varchausky and bandoneonist Camilo Ferrero and is generally considered to be one of the most important young tango orchestras in the world today. Their albums cover a range of music from the … Continue reading →