SYTYCD Season 9 Music and Initial Thoughts: Meet the Top 20!!!

Hello all! I am running a little late, so I might miss a song or two from the beginning of the episode. So I would really appreciate your help in finding the music from tonight’s So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Meet the Top 20 episode. As you know, we’ve been listing all of the SYTYCD music ever since SYTYCD season 2. We hope to do the same this season.

In the comments below please list any and all songs that you happen to pick up, and any songs that you’d like me to specifically find and within twenty-four hours from the show I’ll update this post with the songs that I was able to catch. Please attempt to be as specific as possible as to where the music came from during the episode so I would know not to look for it and move on to the next piece of music.

The more songs that you guys are able to find, the more time I will have in finding the songs that you are unable to find.

Thank you so much for your help!

UPDATE 1: All songs updated with initial thoughts.
UPDATE 2: Updated the Top 20 Dance Style Breakdown and Top 20 Show Trivia pages
UPDATE 3: Added Poll

– Marianya

Wow I love these Meet the Top 20 Dancers routines… I really wished this was brought in for the earlier seasons, but you know what better late than never. First off… here is a poll, choose all the dances that you enjoyed from tonight’s show!

Beyond the break is more information about the dances from today’s show.

Choreographer: Tyce Diorio
Dancers: Will Thomas, George Lawrence, Alexa Anderson, Amber Jackson
Music: Jessie J – We Found Love (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge)
Thoughts: Let me be honest, there have been so many contemporary dancers on this show in the past eight seasons that I can’t help but be a bit indifferent towards contemporary dancers over time, but dammit seeing this routine has made me cautiously optimistic that there is a lot of strong dancers out there yet to be found. Of the four dancers I think I am most excited by Will… since we haven’t heard or seen much if at all of him. I am worried that he is there as just elimination fodder, here’s hoping that he will be around for a few weeks because I do like him.

Choreographer: Jason Gilkison
Dancers: Nick Bloxsom-Carter, Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold
Music: Jennifer Lopez feat Pitbull – Dance Again Dance Again (feat. Pitbull) - Dance Again (feat. Pitbull) - Single
Thoughts: Nick was not even mentioned in any of the episodes up to this point and I really hope it isn’t because they are setting him up as elimination fodder, especially with Mary Murphy critiquing Nick in the opening live episode. I really like him in what little I saw him and for some reason he reminds me of Benji Schwimmer… here’s hoping that Nick will pull off an amazing first routine when they are split up into couples. As for Witney and Lindsay… I stick with my earlier impressions, I like Witney a lot but I am not as convinced with Lindsay. The routine itself was hot hot hot, a little bit of Argentine Tango, Jive, Samba, ChaCha… it really catered to the Latin side of the spectrum.

Choreographer: Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson
Dancers: Daniel Baker, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Eliana Girard
Music: Paul Mottram – Romantic Inclinations (song not available so here is the album Minimalism 2 from Paul Mottram for your enjoyment Minimalism 2 - Paul Mottram)
Steve Everitt – Like a Shot (song not available so here is an album that Steve Everitt contributed to: Eat Static – Back to Earth Back to Earth... - Eat Static)
Gabriel Shadid & Tobias Marberger – Fury Fury - Epic Action & Adventure Vol. 4 - ES011 (this song is found in the album Epic Action and Adventure Vol 4 Epic Action & Adventure Vol. 4 - ES011 - Epic Score)
Thoughts: I am SO SO SO glad that there are proper ballet dancers in this show. After seeing remnants of them in past seasons it’s about time the powers that be emphasized ballet as opposed to all the contemporary/lyrical dancers we see. I am sure Alex Wong is just bouncing with excitement at his friend making it to the Top 20. I really liked this routine, but then again I appreciate ballet more than most. 😉 I’ll admit that Eliana didn’t jump out at me like the two guys and I LOVED the guys, so I am really impressed that Eliana rose up to the ability of that of the guys this bodes well for her I think. As for the guys, what can I say? I love them and I really want to see them rise up to the bar set by… well… Alex Wong. 🙂

Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
Dancers: Tiffany Maher, Audrey Case, and supposed to be Janelle Issis
Music: Sail – Awolnation Sail - Megalithic Symphony
Thoughts: Janelle is ill??!?! Noo! I am so sad. In any case there is a distinct quality to Sonya’s work and a lot of her usual moves are there. But dammit, I really liked seeing Jazz piece, though it makes me wonder how it was suppose to work out with three dancers, especially with all the partnering going on between the two that were on stage. I have to rewatch this routine because initially I can’t really tell between the two jazz dancers on stage.

Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Dancers: Matthew Kazmierczak, Dareian Kujawa, Janaya French, Amelia Lowe
Music: Efterklang – Modern Drift Modern Drift - Magic Chairs (Bonus Track Version)
Thoughts: Ok, who the heck is Janaya? I don’t remember her at all. Something tells me that she might be just elimination fodder for the first couple weeks. Ok first thing’s first… I could not keep my eyes off of Amelia, I really love the quality she brings on stage, and I think she has grown quite a bit in being able to embody someone else’s choreography. The guys I really love to watch as well and honestly I love them both equally at this point… I hate to say it, if Janaya does not catch my attention during the couple dances she’s most likely going to go home.

Choreographer: Chris Scott
Dancers: Cole Horibe, Cyrus Spencer, Brandon Mitchell
Music: Nathan Lanier – Resolve (since there is no individual song link… here is the album link Resolve - Single - Nathan Lanier)
Thoughts: When I first read the spoilers, this was the routine that I was looking forward to the most. If Cole and Cyrus is able to keep up with the choreography in the upcoming weeks then I feel that the guys are going the outlast the girls this season. Oh. Em. Gee. I am IN LOVE with this routine, I mean I was just in awe of this routine… I don’t know what else to say. Well, wait, yes I do… where the hell did Brandon come from? From all of the dancers that we know so little about other than Nick in ballroom… I really really really want Brandon to stick around, but like some of the other dancers I am afraid that Brandon is being set up as elimination fodder.

Intro music: Afrojack – Can’t Stop Me Can't Stop Me (Club Mix) - Can't Stop Me - EP

Zumba routine music: Electro Merengue – Crazy Love

Choreographer: Travis Wall
Music: Sennen – Where the Light Gets In Where the Light Gets In - Where the Light Gets In
Thoughts: The stand outs for me in this routine were Alexa and Amelia… oddly enough. What Travis routine do I not like? Granted this is not one of his better ones, but still strong nonetheless.

Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
Music: Steed Lord – Precognition (Steed Lord Machine Mix) (I’ve included the original as well Precognition - Precognition - Single)
Thoughts: Ok I am LOVIN the guys this season. Standouts for me included Cole, Daniel, Nick, Chehon and Cyrus… the guys dancing not the clothes they were wearing. I really liked seeing that mano-a-mano partnering, but yeah… this is one dance I’m going to have to rewatch… several times over.

Choreographer: Mia Michaels
Music: Kaskade – Eyes (Coachella Live 2012 Version) (Since I am unable to find the exact mix here is the original: Eyes (feat. Mindy Gledhill) - Fire & Ice)
Thoughts: To echo the thoughts of the comment below: I’m so glad Mia is back. Amen to that.