Eurodance (sometimes known as Euro-NRG or Euro) is a genre of Electronic Dance Music that originated in the late 1980s in Europe.

It combines many elements of Techno, Hi-Nrg, House Music and Euro disco.

This genre of music is heavily influenced by the use of rich melodic vocals, either exclusively by itself or inclusively with rapped verses. This, combined with cutting-edge synthesizer, strong bass rhythm and melodic hooks, establishes the core foundation of Eurodance music. Eurodance production continues to evolve with a more modernized style.


History of Eurodance

Eurodance music originated in the late 1980s in central Europe, especially in Germany, where rave parties were becoming popular. By 1987, a German party scene, started by Tauseef Alam, based on the Chicago House sound was well established. The following year (1988) saw acid house making as significant an impact on popular consciousness in Germany and Central Europe as it had in England. In 1989 German DJs Westbam and Dr. Motte established the Ufo Club, an illegal party venue, and co-founded the Love Parade. The parade first occurred in July 1989, when 150 people took to the streets in Berlin. It was conceived as a political demonstration for peace and international understanding through love and music. On 19 July 1989 Black Box‘s single Ride On Time was released. The song spent six weeks at No. 1 in the United Kingdom and it was the UK’s best-selling single of 1989. It contained the Korg M1‘s “house piano” which can be found in many Eurodance releases. On 27 September 1989 Technotronic‘s single Pump Up the Jam was released. It reached number one in Belgium and Spain, and it popularised the house variant called hip house in Europe. On 9 November 1989 the Berlin Wall fell, free underground Techno parties mushroomed in East Berlin, and a rave scene comparable to that in the UK was established. East German DJ Paul van Dyk has remarked that the Techno-based rave scene was a major force in re-establishing social connections between East and West Germany during the unification period. In the same year, German producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti (under the pseudonyms Benito Benites and John “Virgo” Garrett III) formed the Snap! project in Frankfurt. Snap! songs combined rap and soul vocals adding rhythm by using computer technology and mixing electronic sounds, bass and drums. By doing so a new genre was born: Eurodance. Their first single, “The Power“, released in 1990, reached number one in the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and it helped to popularise the genre within Europe. In the following years, other Eurodance acts formed in Frankfurt, including La BoucheJam and SpoonMagic Affair and Culture Beat, and new groups popped up all over Europe. The popularity of the genre also expanded to East Asian nations such as JapanSouth Korea and Taiwan.

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