Eurodance Style Overview
Eurodance Music Description
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 has a low BPM (on par with House) and draws influences from Dance-pop, rather than Techno and Hi-NRG.