The 90s were the Golden Era of dance music.
Music is always a funny thing to write about. Hell, musical taste is a funny thing to admit to. While I declare myself a hardcore Heavy Metal fan, of course my musical tastes are more varied than 80s Cock Rock or modern Heavy Metal. I’ve admitted before that as a kid, I listened to a lot of really embarrassing 90s TV soundtracks. As I reached my teenage years, I listened to a lot of Anime music and Japanese Visual Kei bands.
But there was a point in my life, probably in the early 90s and leading into my formative teenage years where I was really into a genre of music that I call Eurodance. I’m not sure if this is the official name, but it was the kind of music you’d hear on the albums ‘Pulse’, ‘Fired Up’ and the European ‘Dancemania’ albums, which later inspired the kind of music you’d hear in the game Dance Dance Revolution. I used to run home from school, lock myself in my room, fire up KIIS FM, and hope my favorite Eurodance songs were blaring through the Hi-Fi.
So get that ‘obligatory rap in the middle of the dance song’ jam out, fire up your drum machine, and get ready to synth out with me. Because today on PopLurker, we’re counting down our Top 5 Best Eurodance Songs of the 90s!
5) Rhythm is a Dancer by Snap!
There’s something magical about 90s dance music where it always sounds like it’s nighttime in a futuristic world. ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’ by Snap! was the forefront of that sound. It solidified the genre and it was a song I was always excited to hear when it came on the radio. At some point in their career, as with many of those sort of ‘composed dance troupes’ of the time, the ladies in the band were replaced and out came a new single called ‘Welcome to Tomorrow‘. And while catchy, it just didn’t have the same magic that ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’ had.
4) Rhythm of the Night by Corona
Funny that I mentioned 90s dance songs sounding like they take place at night– because ‘Rhythm of the Night’ zeroes into just that. Ultimately, these songs are likely all about sex and clubbing, but hell, we didn’t know that as kids! It was just fun to dance! There’s something to this song that has that kind of ‘seize the day’ vibe to it, which makes it super memorable on our list.
3) Do It All Night by E-Rotic
E-Rotic is one of those strange bands that only could have come out of Europe. But I swear this song was on the radio here in the US and I remember hearing it all the time. E-Rotic has been described as porn in music form because all of their songs are about well…banging. With song titles such as ‘Max Don’t Have Sex With Your Ex‘, ‘Willy Use a Billy Boy’, ‘Oh Nick Please Not So Quick‘, ‘In The Heat of the Night‘, ‘Kiss Me‘, ‘Temple of Love‘ and more, E-Rotic was segued to become a Dance Dance Revolution staple musical act as well!
And on a side note…the blonde singer. Just yowza.
2) Boys by Smile.DK
Boys by Smile.DK was one of the few Eurodance songs that I know I heard on US radio that would later be heard in Dance Dance Revolution. Now, while this is most definitely not a DDR countdown, ‘Boys’ by Smile.DK was another song that solidified that 90s dance sound in the pop direction. It strayed from the ‘night in the club’ sound that so many other musical acts had going for them and brought something fresh to the ears.
Even if their breakout song Butterfly, which is arguably the oldest music video on YouTube never made it to US radio.
1) Be My Lover by La Bouche
You know how the rest of it goes.
‘Be My Lover’ by La Bouche is the ultimate winner in 90s Eurodance songs. It has everything going for it. It sounds like nighttime. There’s a rap breakdown in the middle of the song. The singer is soulful and sexy. And it has a buildup that just makes you want to sing it too loudly. Additionally, La Bouche is not a total one hit wonder. The band’s other hit ‘Sweet Dreams‘ is an excellent contender, and La Bouche turned out to be one of the strongest Eurodance musical acts of the 90s. Unfortunately, lead singer Melanie Thornton passed away in 2001 when she was the victim of a plane crash.
What is Love by Haddaway
Because come on– duh.