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Popular in nightclubs during the 1990s, particularly in Europe. Very formulaic, Eurodance 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.

Eurodance was at its peak from 1993 to the early 2000s, 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 styles, including Hip Hop, House, Techno, Hi-NRG, Euro Disco and Italo Disco. A bulk of the production of the era was made in Italy and Germany. Entering the 2000s, the style changed drastically and branched out to be associated with new subgenres, including Italodance and Hands Up, while sometimes still being called Eurodance.

Eurodance is sometimes confused with the related Euro House, which in fact draws influences from Dance-pop, rather than Techno and Hi-NRG.

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.asa-fire. posted 4 years ago:

Hello everybody.
I think during 90s (1990-96) in European official music and playlist chats nobody use verbal definition Eurodance. This name comes outside of Europe from North america about Europian club life at taht time.
In Europe this was Electronic, Dance Music Hits, charts, playlist etc but not Euro Dance.
I want find where is the end between 1200000 release as Euro House and 14000 release as Eurodance and why without space?
It is real style of Europe dance music but in some way imposed to be called like this.

DaTiGaPoWa replied 3 years ago:


In France in the 90s it was called more dance than euro dance, but the 2 where used. Euro house has never been used to qualify a music style here. Most of the euro house on discogs should be rechecked to correct style on it. An easy explanation is that Eurodance has been recently added as a style in discogs.

HardBass replied 3 years ago:

I think it does not matter that the term was not in curculation at that time. What matters is the day of now when we need to look behind from today’s perspective at the tendencies of the dance genre development. Euro house and Euro dance are two disticntively diverging trends, the former gravitating to club house music and the latter gravitating to more popular, lively an even cheeky way of presenting dance music to end up with female vocals and male raps. Concerning the orthography, it is strange that Discgos cannot find common basis... I believe we need a blank space since “euro” stands for the shortening from “European”. However, as stand-alone terms it might be possible to make “eurohouse” and “eurodance”. I do not come from an English-speaking country and might be wrong. But what is also confusing, at least for me, is writing genres with captial letters.

oatleme replied 3 years ago:

Naming it eurodance was more like political propaganda, Europeans needed something to make us think the eu was gonna be the greatest thing ever. Since DANCE MUSIC was the hottest shit back then, TADA!
I know this sounds weird but the thing is mainstream music was always used to spread certain ideologies.

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