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The best Eurodance songs of the 90s

The best Eurodance songs of the 90s

At the beginning of the 90s, producers melded house, techno, and a good dose of pop and spiced it up with rap and a dash of soulful vocals. Eurodance was born! Let’s celebrate a big party and dance our way through the 90s with this – admittedly incomplete – list of the most famous hits!

 

Snap! – Rhythm is a Dancer (1992)

The producer duo behind Snap!, Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti, are regarded as nothing less than the inventors of Eurodance. Snap! had already had an international smash hit with “The Power”. But “Rhythm is a Dancer” was the track that would become synonymous with the genre – making this article possible in the first place.

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Haddaway – What is Love? (1992)

From a recording studio in Hennef near Bonn, Germany, to No. 11 in the Billboard charts – and 13 No. 1s in other countries! “What is Love”, interpreted by singer Haddaway from Trinidad and Tobago, was penned by Tony Hendrik and Karin Hartmann-Eisenblätter, who not only founded the label Coconut Records, but also paved the way for Wolfgang Petry’s career. Still a hit today!

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Captain Hollywood Project – More and More (1992)

Tony Dawson-Harrison toured as a breakdance artist as early as 1983. From 1988 onwards, he went by the name Captain Hollywood. Captain Hollywood Project’s biggest hit was the 1992 smash “More and More”. The track was co-written by a certain Nosie Katzmann, whose lyrics every Eurodance fan is more than familiar with. Want to bet?

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DJ BoBo – Somebody Dance with Me (1992)

While DJ BoBo has long developed his own unmistakable style, he started out in Eurodance! His first hit “Somebody Dance with Me” sounded suspiciously similar to the song “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell from 1984 – a settlement was reached out of court. What followed was an incredible career that continues to this day. And although DJ BoBo stands for opulent live shows with lots of dancing, he always makes sure that the music is played by a big live band – we think that’s great!

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Whigfield – Saturday Night (1992 bis 1994)

The fact that Eurodance has roots in house music is especially audible in the song “Saturday Night”, released in Italy in 1992 and worldwide in 1994! The ingredients: a beat from a Roland TR-909, a KORG M1 house piano, and the stereotypical lyrics about “party” and “be my baby”. According to an interview from 2016, this Eurodance hit didn’t even match Whigfield’s own taste in music. But that didn’t diminish its success – a catchy tune remains a catchy tune!

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Dr. Alban – Sing Hallelujah! (1993)

Yes, Dr. Alban really was a dentist! But he turned his side job as a DJ, where he had also gotten into rapping, into his main gig. His first hit “Hello Afrika” came out in 1990, long before the big Eurodance wave. But it was the 1992 summer hit “It’s My Life” that catapulted him to the top of the Eurodance charts. While it wasn’t quite as successful back then, the song “Sing Hallelujah!” is even more memorable in retrospect – a must at any 90s party!

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2 Unlimited – No Limit (1993)

2 Unlimited, a Dutch act produced by two Belgians, proved just how smooth the transition from techno to Eurodance was. In fact, instrumental versions of their songs were even occasionally played at underground clubs at the beginning of their career. The catchy synth hook and driving 909 beat of “No Limit” are no exception. And every 90s fan surely remembers the video that takes place inside a pinball machine. Rapper Ray Slijngaard still holds the rights to the name to this day and now performs with a new singer as 2 Unlimited.

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Culture Beat – Mr. Vain (1993)

Two defining figures of the early 90s were responsible for the summer hit of 1993: producer Torsten Fenslau, who died far too early and is regarded as a pioneer of the Sound of Frankfurt, and – here he is again – Nosie Katzmann, who wrote the lyrics and vocal hooks for a number of Eurodance hits. With “Mr. Vain”, they delivered the best-selling single of 1993 in Europe. Culture Beat continue to perform with a new line-up, mostly at 90s parties.

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Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe (1993)

Eurodance is a broad category – it even includes “Country Dance”! The Swedish band Rednex had their biggest hit with their debut single, which was followed by a few more No. 1 hits. Based on an American folk song from the 19th century, “Cotton Eye Joe” sets the mood with its banjo and fiddle licks.

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Prince Italo Joe feat. Marky Mark – United (1994)

Back in the days when Mark Wahlberg was still an underwear model – long before he starred in the Transformers –, he was known as Marky Mark. Together with Joe Paquette from the Dominican Republic, who went by the stage name of Prince Ital Joe and died in 2001, he conquered the charts in 1994 with “United”. Incidentally, the song was co-produced by Hamburg-based DJ Alex Christensen, whom we shall meet again later.

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La Bouche – Be My Lover (1995)

Before Melanie Thornton had a mega hit with the Coca-Cola advert “Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming)”, she was the lead singer of La Bouche, produced by none other than Frank Farian (Boney M., Milli Vanilli). “Be My Lover”, the second single from the debut album “Sweet Dreams”, became a worldwide top 10 hit. Melanie died in a plane crash in 2001, but the band lives on with a new vocalist and is still touring the world.

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Captain Jack – Captain Jack (1995)

Captain Jack is a Eurodance project by Darmstadt-based music producer Udo Niebergall. It still exists today with ever-changing line-ups, but always with the distinctive red Captain’s hat. In the first formation with singer Liza da Costa and rapper Sharky Durban, Captain Jack celebrated their breakthrough with their first single, which every 90s fan can probably sing along to!

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Mr. President – Coco Jamboo (1996)

Apparently, some people have a strong dislike for the pan flute. But you can write hits with it! The best proof of this is “Coco Jamboo”, which achieved worldwide chart success and several gold and platinum awards with its catchy melody. The classic Eurodance formula with verses performed by a male rapper and female vocals in the chorus still worked like a charm in 1996!

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Bellini – Samba de Janeiro (1997)

Every football fan still knows the summer hit of 1997. After all, the song has become a stadium favourite during the World Cup. It was produced by Gottfried Engels from Cologne and Ramon Zenker from Meerbusch, Germany, who also enjoyed international success with Fragma, Interactive, and Hardfloor. The song is based on a composition by Brazilian Airto Moreira, who was also involved in the Bellini version. Fun fact #1: The song never reached number 1 in the charts. Fun fact #2: Despite the Latin American vibes, the video wasn’t shot in Brazil, but in Hamburg’s Karolinenpassage!

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Aqua – Barbie Girl (1997)

“Life in plastic, it’s fantastic” – When a song receives 2 diamond, 145 platinum, and 34 gold awards worldwide, you’ve probably done something right as a band. Aqua cultivated kitsch as an art form, although the manufacturer of the doll of the same name didn’t find the suggestive lyrics funny at all. Anyway, the lawsuit has long been dismissed and the Danish-Norwegian band Aqua is still on tour.

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Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee) (1999)

In the case of “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”, it is well-documented how the song was produced: Logic (still an Emagic product at the time), a Roland Juno-106 synthesizer, a Roland S-760 sampler, and a Soundcraft Spirit mixing console. Instead of Auto-Tune, Eiffel 65 used a harmonizer. That was enough to be showered with platinum and gold awards worldwide. In 1999, Eiffel 65 was in a tight race for the summer hit of the year against Lou Bega’s “Mambo No. 5”. The mambo won, but that’s not Eurodance.

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ATC – Around the World (La La La La La) (2000)

This song is actually a cover of the track “Pesenka” by Russian dance duo Ruki wwerch. Alex Christensen – here he is again – produced the version by the band “A Touch of Class”, which still exists, albeit with a completely new line-up. Ruki wwerch are of course still earning royalties from the song, which has been covered by numerous other artists. “… and now the bells are ringing!”

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Blümchen – Herz an Herz (1995)

So much Eurodance was produced in Germany that it was somehow obvious that a German-language song must appear on this list. The fans of Eurodance and underground techno somehow didn’t get on so well in the mid-90s, the clash between commercialism and the underground was too strong. But even the most die-hard techno disciples loved Blümchen! With her cover of a Neue Deutsche Welle song, she conquered the Top 10 and captured everyone’s hearts.

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What a party – and it goes on! Which Eurodance songs have we missed that should be added to our playlist? Let us know in the comments.

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Lawrence started playing the electric guitar because of his passion for rock music. Back in the day he played in a metal band, but now plays more for himself.

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    Dj Sash – Equador

    2 Unlimited – Get ready

    2 Unlimites – No limit

    Captain Hollywood Project – Only With You

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