Prance Trance Restitution

Turns out playing Dance Dance Revolution for 90 minutes a day for nine days straight when you’re 39 is a good way to lose weight and just absolutely ruin your knees.

It’s been awhile since I’ve played a purposeful amount of DDR. After my last vacation, the tremendous amount of eating and drinking that took place forced my hand (or rather my feet) to get back into it, and I’ve gone further off the deep end than possibly ever before. Though I don’t tend to get into the more intense steps (my general level cap is 7, which might be 10 to 14 now, since apparently the scales were extended some years ago long after I stopped playing console versions), though I prefer 5s and 6s, since they’re still a reasonable amount of movement and you feel kinda like you’re actually dancing to either the lyrics or the beat, but without being so intense that every single blip, noise, and syllable needs to be its own 1/64th beat step.

Of course, I’m not really playing DDR proper. While I’m glad to see Konami is still producing new versions from time to time, I’m too much of a curmudgeon for most of the new music. I mean, look how they massacred my boy. (For some context, this is the original, and seems to widely be considered far superior.) Once PCs became powerful enough to deal with running it, Stepmania became the client of choice. While Project Outfox appears to be the functional successor, it seems to hate my cruddy soft USB pads (that are holding up unusually well) so I’m still comfortably using Stepmania 5. The real beauty of Stepmania is being able to create a whole new simfile (a file containing the step order and timing for a stage) from scratch, or to tweak/fix other files where something wasn’t set quite right. This has let me put some unexpected tracks in the list to entice my kids to give it a go, the oldest of whom only just last week finally passed his first song on Beginner.

The real trouble with gathering the exact tracks you want is, when there’s a version of something floating around the terrifying aether of the Internet, it might be A) not very well constructed or B) haphazardly chopped down to half-duration because of the old quarter-munching philosophy of making short tracks so players get through them faster. Personally if it’s a song I like I’d much rather the whole track be there, so for some songs you’ve got to take the steps already produced and figure out where to move them around and/or copy them to make the whole track work once you’ve replaced the media files. Another fun bit is needing to download a gigabyte or more to get a song pack that might only have a single song you’re looking for. This is less of an issue with modern bandwidth, but still feels a bit silly. Sometimes this is nice, however, as frequently this results in some additional inclusions for songs I wouldn’t have looked for otherwise. Indeed, the list below has quite a few tracks I probably wouldn’t bother with if I were just wanting something to listen to, but if the steps feel good for the beat then in the list it goes.

It’s also worth mentioning that most of the search engines for simfiles are sort of terrible, so I tend to find out about newer files via YouTube videos of people who record themselves playing the game at three angles for ones of viewers. Maybe there’s Discord channels out there that are better for this or something, but I haven’t stumbled onto them yet.

Once I get a few more things tweaked I’ll likely zip this up to share on Zenius as I can’t be the only 40-ish player who just wants to find a poppy list with some old intense staples mixed in to hop to until my fitness tracker tells me I’ve exhausted an appropriate amount of estimated calories for the day. For the most part it’s a collection of tracks converted from older DDR console games, plus a bunch of things from Ben Speirs, who appears to be a simfile-crafting savant.

In the event you care to peruse, here’s the list at the moment, which has gotten me nine lbs down from my post-vacation weight:

SongArtistSource
Abyssdj TAKADDR
Addicted To You (UP-IN-HEAVEN MIX)Utada HikaruThe Utada Hikaru Project
Afronova Primeval8 bitDDR
Against All Odds (Definitive MIX)DEJA VU ft. TASMINDDR
All StarSmash MouthSPEIRMIX GALAXY
B4U Glorious StyleNAOKIDDR
Bad HabitsEd SheeranGG Basics
Bad RomanceLady GagaDDR
BangarangSkrillexSPEIRMIX 2
Better Off AloneAlice DeejayZ-I-v Summer Contest 2015
BillsLunchmoney LewisSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Blame It On The PopDJ EarwormGTKashi
BREⱯK DOWN!Be For UDDR
Break FreeArianna Grande ft. ZeddSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Break My HeartDua LipaGG Basics
BRILLIANT 2UNAOKIDDR
Cake By The OceanDNCESPEIRMIX GALAXY
Call Me MaybeCarly Rae JepsenSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Can’t Feel My FaceThe WeekndSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Can’t Hold Us (ft. Ray Dalton)Macklemore & Ryan LewisZ-I-v Summer Contest 2015
Can’t Stop The Feeling!Justing TimberlakeSPEIRMIX GALAXY
CANDY♥Kosaka YuriDDR
Cheap ThrillsSiaSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Cheap Thrills (ft. Sean Paul)SiaSPEIRMIX GALAXY
ClassicMKTO500’s Simfiles
Cold HeartElton John & Dua LipaFloor Filler
Counting StarsOne RepublicSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Days Go By (Solstice Remix)Dirty VegasDDRei-TournaMix-04
DIVE (more deep & deeper style)Be For UDDR
DominoJessie JSPEIRMIX GALAXY
DROP THE BOMB (System S.F. Mix)Scotty D.DDR
DYNAMITE RAVE (Down Bird SOTA Mix)NAOKIDDR
DYNAMITE RAVE (Long ver.)NAOKIDDR
Get LuckyDaft Punk ft. Pharrell WilliamsSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Good FeelingFlo RidaSPEIRMIX 2
Goot TimeOwl City ft. Carly Rae JepsenSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Goodbye HappinessUtada HikaruThe Utaka Hikaru Project/GTKashi Fix
HappyPharrell WilliamsSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Hold My HandJess GlynneZ-I-v Summer Contest 2015
Hot n ColdKaty PerrySPEIRMIX GALAXY
I CryFlo Rida500’s Simfiles
ImmortalsFall Out BoySPEIRMIX GALAXY
LevitatingDua LipaGG Basics
LOOK AT US (Daddy DJ Remix)SARINA PARISDDR
Look To The Sky (True Color Mix)System SF ft. AnnaDDR
Makes Me WonderMaroon 5500’s Simfiles
Max 300ΩDDR
MOONLIGHT SHADOW (New Vocal Versian)MISSING HEARTDDR
MoveYourFeet!JunionSeniorDDRei-TournaMix-04
Movin’ on without youUtada HikaruThe Utada Hikaru Project
NEVER ENDING STORYDJ-AC-DCDDR
ORDINARY WORLDAURORA ft. NAIMEE COLEMANDDR
PARTY 4U -holy nite mix-CRANKYDDRei-TournaMix-05/GTKashi Fix
Raise Your GlassP!nkSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Rather BeClean Bandit ft. Jess GlynneSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Run Away With MeCarly Rae JepsenSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Safe and SoundCapital CitiesSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Shut Up and DanceWalk The MoonSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Something Just Like ThisThe Chainsmokers & ColdplaySPEIRMIX GALAXY
Stars in the SkyKid CudiGTKashi
Stomp to my beatJS16DDR
Stonger (What Doesn’t Kill You)Kelly ClarksonSPEIRMIX GALAXY
SugarMaroon 5SPEIRMIX GALAXY
The GreatestSia ft. Kendrik LamarSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Tik TokKe$haSPEIRMIX GALAXY
travelingUtada HikaruThe Utada Hikaru Project
TreasureBruno MarsSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Uptown Funk!Mark Ronson ft. Bruno MarsSPEIRMIX GALAXY
Wait & See -Risk-Utada HikaruThe Utada Hikaru Project/GTKashi Fix

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