Simple home cooking: Oomph Oomph Oomph Oomph and twice as fast drum machine hi-hat beat in 4/4 time, which are boiled up at about 110 to 130 beats per minute. They are mixed, preferably with a dark female vocal repeating catchy messages of love in a hypnotic chorus.
This simple, stripped-down recipe for success, called “house music,” infiltrated Europe in the early ’90s as a U.S. import to the United States – at first barely distinguishable from its Eurodance offshoot. Today, the house remains the genre that, in several variations and aberrations of the disco dancefloor, has been able to foreshadow everything that was later continued by acid, trance, and tech.
Love it or leave it: pop culture.de presents you the 100 best house songs.
(You can find a Spotify playlist at the end of the article.)
1. ROBERT MILES: Children
Which track from Robert Miles’ debut album Dreamland should be released to make it number 1 on this list? Because its opener sold 5 million copies and had already gone to the head of the whole D-A-CH region by March 1995, we’ll go with Children here. Miles composed the track, by the way, to make sure all the partying kids would make it home safely after the party.
Good thing, or?
2. GURU JOSH: Infinity
When a trained dentist drops the drill to spend the rest of his life mixing acid house sounds in Ibiza, tracks like Infinity and Whose Law (Is It Anyway?) (1990), he should not be missing in a list of the most crucial house hammers. After initially providing plenty of promo for Café del Mar in Ibiza, he began producing 3-D glass artworks under Louie Fabrix in 2006. These, too, have been picked up internationally and have received widespread acclaim from art critics.
Inexplicable until today, why the guru committed suicide shortly after Christmas Eve 2015 in Ibiza.
3. DE’LACY: Hideaway
As TimeOut correctly summarizes, “If every D.J remixes your track… and his dog, it doesn’t necessarily mean the original is a classic.” But a classic is Hideaway, the track of the U.S… house act De’Lacy. 1995 original – and the remixes, Deep Dish (Dubfire and Sharam) from 1995 and Nu-Birth from 1998 – reached the top of the charts every time. All leading D.J… magazines list Hideaway among the top 100 best dance singles of all time.
This track is not to be confused with the “Doghouse&ldquob” sampler of the same name by Miss Universe Canada contestant Kiesza, whose only other pride is to wear the colors of the Royal Navy.
4. THE COURSE: Ready Or Not
The road from the first rehearsal to the studio seems shorter for musicians on the island. As soon as Todd Terry Missing from the British duo Everything but the Girl came to his ears, he turned the straight, Vega-liked song from their album Amplified Heart into a 3 million sold, a danceable e-chart breaker with his remix.
The UK/NL act The Course also immediately recognized the dance potential of the Fugees’ hit Ready or Not and mixed it up into a Top 5 hit barely three months after its release at the turn of the year 96/97.
5. KLF: 3 a.m. eternal
Those who confuse KLF with EMF might want to ask themselves what time it is. But if it’s love for sure, it’s most likely forever and at the latest at 3. a.m. eternal. It’s easy to remember: KLF (The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu) were the Brits for whom time was not money.
Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty dared to make a whole million pounds, their total earnings as the biggest international singles act from 1991-1994 (note: after taxes!) to burn to break the cycle of money in cold blood for a short moment. Eternal.
6. KENNY DOPE AND THE BUCKETHEADS: The Bomb
Is it street sounds or bombs that fly around Kenny Dope’s skull? With the punchline, “These sounds fall into my mind,” and they’re The Bomb-Beat, the bucket heads have launched a rocket – or at least hit something like the nail on the head.
That’s probably what the Yemeni ex-boxing world champion Prince Naseem Hamed (featuring the Kaliphz, Walk Like a Champion) thought, too, when he entered the ring under the siren of The Bomb to let his fists fly. What wanted to be a hit yesterday had to take on Kenny Dope’s Bomb for good from 1995 onwards. Impact at number 4 in the charts in France in 1995.
7. DJ JEAN: The Launch
Nederhouse has its cult D.J…: DJ Jean was a resident disc gymnast at the legendary iT club in Amsterdam for years. Even after this cult club lost its concession due to alleged construction defects, DJ Jean kept the plates spinning. He releases three or more compilation C.D.s.. a year.
DJ Jean is the author of the tracks The Launch (February 1999) and Lift me up (2001), among others.
8. THE HOUSE MASTER BAND THE RUDE BOY OF HOUSE: House Nation
In 1986, when the E.C… was expanding to include Spain and Portugal, the House Master Boyz in Chicago preferred to dream of a House Nation. Later, the number of compilations under the same name increased almost inflationary. In general, the emergence of houses would be unthinkable without the D.J.s.. around the U.S.-Canadian Lake District. Detroit’s techno don Kevin Saunderson can’t be missing in a list of best house hits.
Inner City (Good Life and Big Fun, 1988) laid the basement for the following years in the mid-80s. Five of his singles charted at #1 on the U.S… charts. From Chicago, Ten City (from Intensity) followed with That’s the way love is.
Aly-US made further expansions in 1992 with their Tiefgaragenhouse from New Jersey. The R&B singer Davina, also Detroit, brought the soul of her voice to the jungle house rhythms of Don’t you want it, and Julie McKnight continued the tradition from a good old house with Kings of Tomorrow into the 21st century. Century away.
9. ULTRA NATÉ: Free
Resident Advisor described Free as “an absolute crowd-pleaser and an essential track for any house D.J… looking for something to fill a dance floor in seconds.” Correct. Thank D.J… Little Louie Vega is the first to spin the single in the clubs and elevate it to a house anthem of free love! Free captured the #1 spot in Italy, the top ten of France, Canada, Ireland, the U.K…, and climbed the U.S… Billboard Hot 100 with Ultra Naté and an infectious guitar riff.
How else can we describe the feeling of freedom inside and outside four walls?
10. HELLER & FARLEY PROJECT: Ultra Flava
Ultra Flava was the 96 vocal house smash by the British duo Heller and Farley Project. After the massive success of the remix of Ultra Naté’s How Long in the clubs of 1994 and M People’s Open Your Heart in 1995, Pete Heller and Terry Farley dedicated the track Ultra Flava to the powerful vocalist, even if Ultra is not heard in this refined instrumental version. Highlights included charting at #22 in the U.K… Singles Chart, first place on the U.K… Dance Chart, and #3 on the U.S… Hot Dance Music Billboard.
11. MODJO: Lady (Hear Me Tonight)
Comet-like, the French dancehall hit falls on 10. September 2000 to № 1 on the UK charts, and went on to blanket the dance floors of seven other European countries. By the way, it is Yann Destagnol, not George Michael, who sings here.
George had alleged drug problems at the time and didn’t really get the music scene rolling again until Amazing four years later.
12. BORIS DLUGOSCH: Never Enough
For other artists, Hamburg-based DJ Boris Dlugosch has produced, among others, Sing it back (Moloko, March 1999) and Horny (Mousse T. aka Mustafa Gundogdu, May 1998) produced. But that’s not enough: His remix compilation Running Back (together with Klaus Stockhausen) is his acoustic retrospective on the history of the sound of the Hamburg discotheque FRONT (1983-1997).
Regarding its importance for the house, the location is comparable to the one the TRESOR had for techno and Berlin. With Dlugosch, Herbert (l Hadn’t Known (I Only Heard)) belongs to the avant-garde of the experimental house scene. Herbert, actually Matthew Herbert, not only composes house landscapes, he stages houses with a long-forgotten socio-critical claim.
With the album One Pig plus video installation, he musically accompanies the life of a fattening pig from the first grunt of the piglet at its birth to the smacking of the guests during its consumption.
13. KADOC: Nighttrain
The motif of locomotion, of the loop, of the elevated trains of Detroit and Chicago, and the wheels of the Railways, which seemingly unstoppably keep on turning, is also taken up by Kadoc’s Track. In March 1996 his Nighttrain hit the European dance halls in the footsteps of James Brown.
14. GIGI D’ AGOSTINO: Sweetly
With a romantic Italo intro, Gigi d’ Agostino, also known as Dottor Dag, pioneer of Mediterranean progressive dance, becomes overnight the Eros Ramazotti of house music. With his single Sweetly, released in February 1996, the dreamy melody with its constant beats been on the Dutch chart single list for six weeks.
In 1999, d’ Agostino followed up again with the E.P… Tanzen.
15. BOMFUNK MC’S: Freestyler
On the cusp of breakbeat, Bombfunk MCs renovate the House’s foundation from late ’99 to early 2000, elevating the property’s interior to a new level in the process. The Finns hammer the auditory canals at around 164 bpm, scratching at the change of scenery, blowing up the attic room, and thus paving untrodden paths through the terrain.
Freestyler topped the charts across all continents.
16. STROMAE: Alors on danse
The last dance house track, for now, that made it to the charts crashed. In 2010, the Belgian-Rwandan rapper Stromae achieved a five-pack with Alors on dance: the French-language house chanson reached number 1 in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Austria, and Switzerland. Rapper Kanye West ruled fast and recorded his remix in the U.S.
Felt horny. The whole thing without most ever noticing that the beat has a lick that testifies that it was an explosive volcano on which they danced. Qui disait fatigue disait réveil.
17. TECHNOTRONIC: Pump Up The Jam
In 1989, while Mutti was still boiling down jam, the radio was still playing continuously in most German households. Until it blisters: Pump Up The Jam, the durable preserve of the Belgian production Technotronic including singer Ya Kid K, will be released on 4. August 1989 keeps warm for an entire cold winter: from September to April of the following year, the track maintains its top spot in the E.U… charts for 29 weeks.
Make my day!
18. ROBIN S: Show Me Love
Cough! – Hear me? During the recording of Show me Love, Robin S had… probably caught a virus. In a 2014 interview, she explained, “You hear all these emotions because I was having trouble.
I had the flu when I recorded the track. This is what you hear – Frustration. I wasn’t at 100 percent vocally, but I told myself even if I was hoarse, I had to do it.” Initially released by Champion Records in 1990, Show me Love peaked its success on the mainstream charts in 1992 in the remix version by StoneBridge and Nick Nice.
Here it was enough for place 5 of the Billboards 100 and place 6 of the UK Singles Charts.
19. SAMIM: Heater
With its unconventional echoes for a Euro-dance track, for example, a Colombian accordion and traditional shepherd calls, the Heater was especially popular in Holland, Belgium, and Hungary. The hot rhythm made the temperatures rise, the pipes crack, and the house sweat in November 2007. Produced by Swiss producer Samim (Samim Winiger), the track with its unmistakable Latin American and world music influences even became the Hungarian Numero U№
Mama, vibrating! a decade after Ecuador, the Heater is finally here!!
20. FAITHLESS: God Is A Dj
In the same year that Run DMC (It’s like that) opens the clubs to ceremonies, the British house unit Faithless declares dancehall its church. God Is a DJ is a progressive house song released in August ’98 as the lead single from the album Sunday 8 PM.
The single reached #6 in the U.K… and #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play. Only surpassed by the success Faithless enjoyed in 1995 with Insomnia, which was released by Avicii in 2015 as version 2.0 was relaunched.
The ranks 21-100 of the most popular house songs of all time:
House Spotify Playlist:
Surely everyone knows best how he has it at home most beautiful. We just tried to scratch the surface here, and of course, we don’t lay claim to other people’s house rights. So: Shake your mats, meant: rugs! Go ahead and sweep in front of your door and get your jocks up!