Also known as Eurodance.
A subgenre of House music that was popular in nightclubs during the 1990's, particularly in Europe. Very formulaic, this style makes heavy use of synthesizers: strong basslines, pounding beats, with a set tempo anywhere between 90 and 160 beats per minute, but usually in the 120-150 range. A typical song will have male rappers sing the verses and female singers perform the chorus, but variations are not rare.
The style was at its peak from 1993 to 1996, with acts such as Snap!, Technotronic, Corona, Masterboy, Cappella, DJ Bobo, Real McCoy and Culture Beat being amongst the most popular names.
The style was born out of cross-influence between various genres, including Hip-Hop, House, Hi-NRG, Disco and Italo Disco. A bulk of the production of the era was made in Italy and Germany. Entering the 2000's, the style changed drastically and branched out to be associated with new subgenres, including Italodance and Hands Up, while sometimes still being called Euro House or Eurodance.