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The Top Ten Polka Classics and the Origin of Polka
What do Polka Music and Polka Dots Have in Common?
Polka music has been around for about 150 years. Why did the Polka originate at about the same time as polka-dots and why are their names similar?
The correlation is that the polka-dot design originated in the mid to late 19th Century in England at the same that Polka music originated and the Polka dance was popular. The term "polka" was used in "polka-dots" only because Polka music was popular at the time but for no other reason. I am not sure if the Polka dancers wore polka-dots.
In this website, I have compiled the Top Ten selling Polka songs of all time. Most of the same songs have been on the list for a long time but every once in a while a new one appears. That happened in the last ten years or so with the origin of the "Chicken Dance Polka."
Please take a look around, you may find something that interests you here and you will definitely learn something.
Grab a pint of beer and turn up the volume! Thanks for the visit!
Did President James K. Polk Invent the Polka?
Although Polka Music became popular around 1850, a year after President James K. Polk died; there is no correlation between them. Polk probably never heard Polka music but if he did, it would've been a very early form and he would've had to have visited Germany to hear it.
Polka music originated in Europe, specifically Bohemia, in the 1830's. It's original name was "Pulka" and was attributed to a single person. Her name was Anna Slezakova. Her song and music style spread throughout Bohemia, Russia, and also into Paris, France.
There are many styles of Polka. I remember the German Polka songs when I lived in Europe.
I also have heard many American styles, some made popular by Lawrence Welk. Since I have lived in Arizona, many of the Hispanic songs remind me of Polka.
Because of the spread of Polka, it is not only entertaining and fun to watch with the quick 2/4 step, but it has also amassed many fans and clubs. The United States has many organizations and events centered on Polka Music and dance.
The Pennsylvania Polka - Frankie Yankovic
This is probably one of the most popular Polkas in the United States. It is associated with the annual Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and is featured in the movie, "Groundhog Day" and the version by Frankie Yankovic.
A great tune, play it over and over for emphasis!
Frankie Yankovic Square - Cleveland, Ohio
Weird Al Yankovic - Polkarama! - A Surreal Journey - See if you can spot the polka-dots!
Polka and You!
Have you ever danced or listened to Polka?
Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek
No Beer in Heaven Polka
Well, I don't know if there is beer in Heaven or not, but that is the name of this Polka.
I really like this tune, it is a little different than a lot of the rest of the Polkas.
John Candy & The Polka Scene from Home Alone
Minnesota Polka - Karl And The Country Dutchmen
The Minnesota Polka is popular in Missouri. No, not really! Haha! It is however, popular everywhere with Polka peeps!
This Polka is best when watching the Vikings with an open keg.
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Brian Hyland - "Polka" Dot Music!
The Chicken Dance (Polka Version) - Craig Duncan
This is probably one of the newest Polkas and it has become very popular in recent years along with the dance of the same name.
This is not only popular at Polka events but at any place where there is a celebration, including wedding receptions.
Clarinet Polka - Jimmy Dorsey
Jimmy Dorsey is a classic clarinetist and this is one of the favorites in his catalog.
I love the clarinet and in this form, it is very prominent. Jimmy was a fantastic musician and you will enjoy this one!
Links to Great Polka Sites
Following are some links to some other great Polka sites.
Put on your costume, play some Polka music and cut a rug!
Liechtensteiner Polka - Die Oberkariner Volksmusikanten
Liechtenstein is a country in Europe. I heard this Polka when I lived in Germany.
The Liechtensteiner Polka is very popular in any establishment that serves beer and is extremely common to hear in any Oktoberfest celebrations.
Waltz Time Waltz - Polka Music Songs
What do you get when you mix the Polka and the Waltz? Well, you get the Waltz Time Waltz.
This is an extremely beautiful and flowing Polka, highly recommended to all Polka aficionados.
Modern Version of Polka - The Last Polka - Ben Folds Five
Red Head Polka - Deutschmeisters
Not only for people with auburn hair or woodpeckers, the Red Head Polka is very fun.
It's staccato style and flowing music make it a very popular choice!
Just Because Polka
A Polka for Polka lovers and when they ask why you do Polka, you can say "Just Because."
This Polka is fun for anyone who loves Polka and to listen to by that person who likes just hearing an occasional Polka.