Now in we don't have to try and sit by the radio and record on tape our favorite songs, we have everything right at our fingertips. With that being said, there were so many unforgettable hits of the era, it's sometimes easy to completely forget about songs that you used to listen to over and over while growing up.
Don't forgot to check out our '90s EDM hits playlist on Spotify with these 50 songs plus 50 more, links at the bottom! The Time Is Now. Give It. Chewing Gum. Sound Of Freedom. Rocking Music. Dare Me Stupidisco. The Beat Goes On. The Sun Rising. Inner City Life. Too Blind To See It. It's A Fine Day.
Your Loving Arms. Freed From Desire. The Rhythm Of The Night. Son Of A Gun. I'm Alive. While the individual tracks of Air's debut album are intricately crafted gems the string sections alone were recorded in Abby Road , it's what the album pioneered that places it on this list. In a tidal wave of Dutch laser-kissed trance, pre-donk hoover-bassed hard house and the Champagne-breathed swagger of lates speed garage were washing through clubs, bars, airwaves and holiday resorts.
It was an overwhelming period of extremes and excess; vodka Red Bull was outselling lager, DJs were becoming mega-rich superstars and Mitsubishi pills were making clubland intensely emotional. The album defined the calm after the strobe-storm; 'Chill' — or 'Chill Out' as it had somewhat cringingly been tagged — became the adopted after-genre by clubbers of the day.
Well, not until next weekend any way. Electro is electro because of the vast works of staggered, frenetic art that James Stinson and Gerald Donald created. This little ripper comes in at 2. UK garage — which Skinner ploughed so furtively for much of his debut — had reached its commercial zenith the previous year and the super club bubble of the late 90s had well and truly burst.
To a new generation of teens, the sounds of stripped-back garage rock emanating out of New York started to seem more appealing than the latest house or garage record.
But with his tales of first time Es, kebab shop fights and neglected loves, Mike Skinner managed to build a bridge between two generations of British ravers. For those in their early teens, it was a road map for all that was to come. UK garage, ska and hip hop were all put through the blender alongside stories of characters we had all met and nights out we had all had… or were certainly going to have. But 16 years on, the true size of its influence keeps growing, with everyone from Kojey Radical to Jamie xx singling it out as one of the most important British albums of a generation.
Before Dizzee Rascal introduced himself looking menacing in that bright yellow corner, the word 'grime' to the mainstream consciousness would have just been something seen on bottles of kitchen cleaning products. Even after he won the Mercury Prize there was no name-check for the genre in the Guardian 's article announcing his accolade.
But anyone who'd grown up listening to pirate radio in the time UK garage was transitioning into a darker sound would've known exactly what Dizzee's coming together of chaotic kicks, harrowing melodies and tales of LDN life was. He knew his Urban Dictionary-friendly colloquialisms would be alien to many listening and that's what made it so exciting.
Nothing like this had been heard before on a widespread scale, from the grim lyrical clattering of 'I Luv U' to the slap-to-the-face beats of 'Stop Dat'. He was flying the flag for the UK's underprivileged, showing kids just like him what could be achieved even with pot-shot lyrics like "I'm a problem for Anthony Blair" 'Hold Ya Mouf' and "we chuck grenades at Scotland Yard" 'Seems 2 Be'.
Of course artists like Wiley and 'Pulse X' producer Youngstar deserve credit for grime's earliest productions, but without 'Boy In Da Corner' the genre might not have tasted the success it has in the last few years. He ain't wrong. Taking into account the star status of those two artists, Dizzee Rascal deserves some thanks for an album being mentioned in tracks for over 10 years. Like many budding genres, the more minimal forms of house and techno seemed to remain in the shadows for much of its early evolution during the mid to late 90s.
That said, once the new millenium hit, awareness grew immensely due to a string of talented producers that allowed the music to reach more ears. A major leader in this big push was Ricardo Villalobos, the unique Chilean talent who has since become the posterboy for all things stripped-back and minimal. Yet back in his genius was only just beginning to garner attention.
Tracks like 'Easy Lee' , 'Dexter' , 'Theogenese' and the rest of the nine track collection offer a mesmerising display of sonic exploration that is undoubtedly distinctly Villalobos and helped cement his place as one of the most creative producers in recent memory. Plus, the material transcended just his own fame and inspired a wave of new producers to test their skills at the subtle brilliance of minimal electronic music.
It was all very confusing. But it was also thrilling: every track burned with furious rave energy, but held back, condensed into almost unbearable tension, very rarely allowed to cut fully loose, as layer upon layer of roaring bass and stuttering beats were added. These tracks still sound simply immense, and it's likely they pushed the likes of Coki, Skream and Rusko to amp up their bass wobble and send dubstep into stadium territory a couple of years later.
But Jamie and Roly could do subtlety too, and just as their respective solo work would voyage into cinematic territories, Vex'd influence can be heard on every bit of dark electronica in today's world: from Chino Amobi to Arca, Death Grips to most of the Houndstooth stable, Vex'd's vicious pressure still reverberates. In the early s New York was the place to be. Just not for dance music. But with such a strong history of dance before it, from the Studio 54 to the Paradise Garage to the club kids, it was inevitable these influences would filter in, and like the Talking Heads and Blondie before them, bands like LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture kick started a dance-punk movement for a new generation.
With label DFA the hub for this new, ferocious and unhinged take on dance music, LCD Soundsystem took centre stage with their self-titled debut album. SoundCloud uploads are tagged; producers take to Twitter to refute the labels given to them by fans or journalists; scenes are defined and dissected while still in their embryonic stages.
Dubstep is probably the last major genre to have taken electronic music by surprise in such a way; it was nurtured on pitch black dancefloors by those in the know before a rapid explosion in popularity, catching so many off guard.
So what happened next? World tours, ridiculous stage design, stadiums full of people gagging for the drop — Skream experienced it all. And this LP will forever be an insight into what it was like when it was just a well-kept secret. Jasmine Kent-Smith. As a mutant crossover of electroclash and indie began to rock its way round dancefloors because of DJs like Boys Noize and Erol Alkan, a French duo burst into the world like a pair of mischievous banshees, intent on causing one hell of a ruckus in the rave.
C at the top of the millennium. Where grime music thrived in the dance, road rap really did live on the roads, in tinted cars and in barber shops. Joseph JP Patterson. It seemed as though dubstep had been completely hijacked by the wobbly, face-melting basslines of producers like Skrillex and Borgore in But it would take the release of his self-titled debut in to make a caustic change to the dance music landscape.
At the River. Groove Armada. Track Listing - Disc 2. Needin' U I Needed U. David Morales Presents The Face. Bump-N-Go Vocal Edit]. Tina Moore. Summer Of Love. H Two O. B-Boy Stance. Blue Boy. Stop the Rock. Apollo Feel Good. Makes Me Love You. Keep On Jumpin'. Lisa Marie Experience. Feels Like Heaven. Urban Cookie Collective. Black Legend. Happiness [David Morales Radio Edit].
Baker Street. Arms Of Loren [Steinway Mix]. Precious Heart. Track Listing - Disc 3. Another Night. Real McCoy. I Luv U Baby. And a great reminder of just how brilliant Blur was throughout the '90s. Will Smith isn't exactly what you think of when you think "'90s dance," BUUUT you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone between the ages of 26 and 30 who hasn't had a moment with this song at a middle school dance.
Plus, he never had to curse in his songs to sell records! Honestly, this song is on this list because of the amazing montage of the nuns cleaning up the neighborhood and bringing the people back to the church in Sister Act.
Yes, this song is cheesy as hell, but it doesn't ever try to be anything other than what it is: a fun, catchy, campy dance song. A sensual and ethereal chill-out track that wouldn't have sounded out of place in a scene in Trainspotting. The standout track from the Trainspotting soundtrack — which, FTR, is a solid, near perfect soundtrack. Also, like, we've already talked about Trainspotting twice on this list so far. In the music video , there is a Chihuahua that sings "li da di" over and over and over again.
Another song you wouldn't exactly think of when you think "'90s dance. The song is a perfect example of Madonna's genius at being able to take club music in this case house music and make it mainstream.
The only thing better than this song is the music video for it, which is both kinda batshit crazy in a good way and brilliant. This acid jazz track is the type of song that makes you want to slowly grind up against your S. This song might have the most budget music video of the '90s. There are lots of really fast zoom-ins. This is possibly the most aggressive beat from the '90s. A wonderfully up-tempo track that had an accompanying music video full of supermodels, basically about as classic George Michael as you can get!