Disco was killed in 1979, or so they say. In truth, disco gave birth to dance music and house music. House music became really popular in the early 1980s. Popularized first in Chicago, and then
in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and all the major cities before spreading across the country and then the world. House music also has a variety of forms including freestyle, jazz house, deep house, Hi-NRG, electro funk and so much more.
I was way too young to go to the house parties and clubs that the older kids in my neighborhood went to, but I remember hearing the more popular dance songs at the house parties around my way. These days, I hear many of these songs again when I'm hanging out with the Central Park Dance Skaters and Coney Island Dancers (I'll post on them later). It always takes me back and makes me wish I could have gone to Paradise Garage, Palladium, Zanzibar, Club 88 and all those other clubs from back in the day.
Here are 25 tracks for your musical enjoyment. When I hear these songs I picture myself at one of those basement parties in Harlem or in Brooklyn or downtown at one of the edgier clubs in the Village or the Lower East Side.
Jungle Brothers-I'll House You
Strafe-Set It Off
Shannon-Let The Music Play
Nu Shooz-I Can't Wait
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam-I Wonder If I Take You Home
M.A.R.S.-Pump Up The Volume
Marshall Jackson-Move Your Body
Frankie Knuckles-Your Love
Raze-Break For Love
Lil Louis-Club Lonely (Lonely People)
Nightcrawlers-Push The Feeling On
Technotronic-Pump Up The Jam
Crystal Waters-Gypsy Woman
New York's Finest-Do You Feel Me
Nuyorican Soul-The Nervous Track
Cover Girls-Show Me
Expose-Point Of No Return
Lil Suzy-Take Me In Your Arms
Stevie B-I Wanna Be The One