We move side by side humming or singing. It's a gesture we do when we enjoy or like the act of singing.

This happens to our head when we are not standing.

I want a term/phrase for the action when we move our body or head from side to side. I also doubt - it's not side to side (as we do in saying 'NO'). I may better call it 'tilting'. A tilting of head/body from side to side? I'm not sure!

Example is this video. Check the kid. However, he's not shaking his head probably because he's singing. But you get an overall idea.

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    The expression you want is side to side. Side by side involves two entities, each standing at the side of the other. Commented Dec 5, 2015 at 14:18
  • Yes. True. But I saw 'by' as well.
    – Maulik V
    Commented Dec 5, 2015 at 14:44

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That kid is 'swaying' from side to side as he sings.

sway - Move or cause to move slowly or rhythmically backward and forward or from side to side

Another possibility is to rock, which one can do with either his body or his head:

rock - Move gently to and fro or from side to side

  • Nice one. Can we use the same when we do this with our head? +1 for sure!
    – Maulik V
    Commented Dec 5, 2015 at 5:21
  • It's usually the whole body. I don't think I usually move only my head from side to side while singing or listening to music. But you can use the verb sway to describe that motion. He swayed his head from side to side (or back and forth).
    – user20792
    Commented Dec 5, 2015 at 5:25
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    I see. If you want to sway and if you are sitting, the head/torso is the only option! ;)
    – Maulik V
    Commented Dec 5, 2015 at 5:28
  • Added 'rock'. Like rocking a baby, it's usually done slowly and rhythmically... as is 'swaying'.
    – user20792
    Commented Dec 5, 2015 at 5:40
  • This is indeed new to me. Unfortunately, I can upvote only one time! Thank you. In fact, whenever I'd read the word 'rock' shaking something vigorously would come to my mind!
    – Maulik V
    Commented Dec 5, 2015 at 5:42

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