Eurodance (Eurodisco) is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in the late 1980s primarily in Europe. It combines many elements of electro pop, disco, hi-NRG, Italo disco, Euro house, British pop, and others.
Birth: 1981 Bloom: 1984 Death: 1992
A typical Eurodance song consists of contrasting verse form, usually in English, accompaniment is often based on synth. The term «eurodance» is rarely used in Europe, where this kind of music was earlier, so eurodance music is often called pop or dance music.
The British band Imagination is considered to be one of the pioneers of the style with their hits in 1981 and 1982. In 1982 Eurodance began to be developed in Italy by Gazebo, Kano and Lectric Workers. In the late 80s artists of Italo disco Spagna and Sabrina became popular in Europe and got leading positions in European charts with their disco songs.
Eurodisco had begun to influence dance and pop music in the USA by 1983. Besides, European producers and song authors have inspired the new generation of American artists to revive dance music that was removed from American radio stations.
Disco has already been claimed as a «dead» style in America, but new disco hits like Blondie`s «Call me» and «Gloria» by Laura Branigan appeared in the early 80s. That`s how the new era of American dance music began. Branigan found herself in eurodisco with her next hits alongside produced Giorgio Moroder and songs by Berlin and Irene Cara.
By 1994 musicians all around the world had begun to produce songs of the eurodisco style. In Germany there were Modern Talking, C.C.Catch, Bad Boys Blue, Sandra, and Alphaville. Austria presented Falco, however his music was influenced by rap and rock music. Great Britain contributed to eurodisco a number of successful artists: in the mid-80s Pet Shop Boys emerged, and young artists Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley who were produced by Stock, Aitken, and Waterman.
There is an opinion that some elements used in eurodisco have been formed in the late 70s in compositions by ABBA, or by Donna Summer. By the early 90s the eurodance style had been represented by the E-rotic band.
Also read: Disco House
Umbrellate style: Pop
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