The best of Eurodance

I spent the day the other day trying to remember my youth and college days — I miss the era. There is no better way to do that but through music. Back in the ’90s Eurodance was huge in the whole Europe (except UK), Japan, Brazil and Toronto (yes, only in the Toronto city). Eurodance is not a style of music that you listen when you want to simply listen to some music (for these times, I usually listen to alternative rock, pop & even classic). It is specialized in dance and clubbing, with the melody and the beat taking center stage, while the lyrics are there simply just as a guidance to the beat rather than having anything useful to say.

Checking out YouTube I tried to find some of these classics, and I was in for a surprise. Reading at the comments on some of these songs the European people who commented felt exactly as I do! For them, Eurodance is simply one thing: MEMORIES. Because the scene did not live on, it is now associated with a very specific time period (1990-1996) and so when you listen to some of these songs your memories are awaken! Much more than with other pop/rock songs. In other words, it is a bit of a cult for young people of the early ’90s, rather than an established music scene.

For those in USA and elsewhere who never heard most of these songs, thank God there is YouTube. I would have much preferred to link to iTunes’ previews, but iTunes do not carry Eurodance songs at all. It is very difficult to find these old hits these days. I tried to buy Sash!’s greatest hits album the other day, and Amazon only has an import of it for 80 bucks! That’s a ridiculous price for a CD!

Anyways, here are some of the best Eurodance songs (only 4-5 songs are missing as they are not available on YouTube). My all time favorite is the “rebased” version of General Base’s “Base of Love“. My second favorite is E-Type’s “Russian Lullaby“. For you who never lived in the Eurodance era (or country), please have a look to some of the songs in my list and tell me what you think. Remember, Eurodance is simply clubbing and happiness, not a thought-provoking form of art.

And a question for you: do you find this form of music “aggressive”? JBQ does… and he is the one who listens to heavy metal…

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cc wrote on May 19th, 2007 at 4:48 AM PST:

I was a Dj in the middle of ’90s so I know eurodance ;-) … I have most of the original vynil of these dance tracks :D

I suggest u to (re)listen also to :

– Jam & Spoon – Right in the night (1994)
– Jam & Spoon – Find Me (1994)
– Jam & Spoon – Angel (1995)
– Captain Hollywood – Impossible (1994)
– U96 – Love Sees No Colour (1993)
– Alex Party – Wrap Me Up (1995) –> SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL !!!

but the list could be very very long … and full of all beautiful songs of course ;)

ALL of these productions are mostly German , Dutch, Belgian and of course also Italian …

It’s difficult to find this kind of dance music ‘cause most of them were published by small and independent labels … of course u can find Jam & Spoon , Culture Beat , B.G. The Prince of Rap ‘cause they were published indirectly by Sony Music ; u may not find taleesa (small italian Label called Time Records) , cappella ( media records – the sound of the future – what a nice name :D ) , alex party ( UMM : Underground Music Movement ) … and so on ;)

And of course the single tracks were published in a ONLY 4 DJ format (vynil or single CD) … ;)

Aggressive ???? … maybe it makes this effect to him ;)


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Eugenia wrote on May 19th, 2007 at 4:57 AM PST:

CC, I like U96 and “Impossible” by CHollywood. I never liked Jam&Spoon though… To trance-y for me.

BTW, my brother was a DJ too in 1993-6, in the golden era of Eurodance. He was DJ’ing in our local club, and he was only 15-16 years old when he started. He was a star, felt really good being the sister of the DJ. ;-)
My father never forgave me for “introducing Teo to this kind of music and nightlife”.

Except the bad habit of smoking (which my brother started when he was 13 anyway), my brother stayed out of trouble (no drugs or drinking), and today he also remembers of the era with nostalgia. These days my brother works as an electrician.

Too bad that we have very few photographs in our family in general. I don’t think my brother has ANY photo of him DJ’ing! :(


mikesum32 wrote on May 19th, 2007 at 5:06 AM PST:

LA Bouche’s Sweet Dreams also has the song “Where Do You Go.” It was later covered by No Mercy.

I recognize The Real McCoy, Corona, and Rednex. I might also recognize a few more if I took the time to listen.

No Ace of Base ? “The Power” and “Rhythm is a Dancer” by SNAP! could go in there too.


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Eugenia wrote on May 19th, 2007 at 5:11 AM PST:

‘Ace of Base’ were not eurodance. They were house/pop.

As for SNAP’s songs, these guys were pre-history as far as Eurodance goes. They were one of the pioneers, back in the day where Eurodance was not established yet (Eurodance dates from 1990 to 1996, with Snap having hits in 1990 mostly). SNAP’s songs were pre-eurodance (a hip/hop/house/dance mix), just like C&C Music Factory’s. They were not 100% Eurodance, even if these songs actually were also played a lot in the clubs during the ’90s.

LaBouche were great. Too bad their singer died in a plane accident in 2001.


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Eugenia wrote on May 19th, 2007 at 6:13 AM PST:

I just checked iTunes and found that Solid Base are represented there. However, I was in a shock that the Americans have bought “Push it” (the cover to Salt’n’Pepa that was never a big hit of theirs) instead of their own hits. I mean, compared to songs like “I like it”, or “Stars in the night” etc, “Push it” does not deserve to hold the FOUR first positions in the top-5 of the SolidBase’s iTunes chart! It just shows that Americans just quickly heard the 30 sec previews, recognized only “Push it”, and bought just that!

God this song of theirs is so amazing!


mikesum32 wrote on May 19th, 2007 at 6:17 AM PST:

By “theirs” you mean Solid Base ?

I guess some people forgot who did that song. I didn’t. Then again I listen to a lot of music.


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Eugenia wrote on May 19th, 2007 at 6:18 AM PST:

Yes, I mean Solid Base’s.


jayson knight wrote on May 20th, 2007 at 7:01 AM PST:

While I’m not a big eurodance fan, I am a huge electronica fan…been listening to it for the past 15+ years.

Check out http://www.di.fm; they have a eurodance channel that you’d probably like (it’s free).


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Eugenia wrote on May 20th, 2007 at 7:58 AM PST:

Well, that’s what I am doing. :P
I’ve been listening to di.fm for years now.


jayson knight wrote on May 21st, 2007 at 2:11 AM PST:

Heh, yeah I see the link now in your post to the DI forums ;-) . I’m in the process of writing a DI Channel Aggregator desktop application (they publish their playlist as an XML doc, this is a wrapper around it). It’s gonna have features galore, can’t talk much about it now, but it’s almost feature complete. DI is the hands down the best streaming site on the net IMO. I’m livid about all the new fees that are going to be imposed soon. Bastards.


Vic Stathopoulos wrote on May 26th, 2007 at 11:35 AM PST:

Around 93 to 96 were the best days for Eurodance. I used to listen to a radio station called N-Joy Radio and I used to hear all the great dance songs. My favourites artists were Snap, Haddaway, Capella, and lots more. I loved the songs because they had a great beat and were melodic. I dont like the modern music that much these days because the new artists arn’t creating classics like they used to. I recently got back into song writing and I am using my eurodance influences in helping me write my songs.


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