If you‘re a fan of great electro bands from the 80's and 90's, then you‘ll definitely be interested in checking out of list of the 10 best electro dance hits of all time. Evolving from a mixture of Krautrock, funk and disco, the electro music craze reached its peak during the mid ‘80s. If you’re interested in listening to some of the best electro dance hits from the period, grab your iPod and get ready to add these awesome tunes.
- “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force: Afrika Bambaataa was a popular Bronx DJ during the ‘70s, often organizing large block parties and often touted as the best DJ in the business. In 1982, however, he released “Planet Rock” and introduced the world to what would become one of the greatest electro dance hits of all time. Mixing hip hop beats with Kraftwerk-inspired futuristic techno-pop, the single hit #4 on R&B charts and has since come to be known as one of the founding songs of hip-hop.
- “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: One of the founding bands of the hip-hop movement, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five were popular for cutting in samples from other songs and mixing them up with their own sounds. “The Message” is a powerful song, released in 1982, that tells the listener about the darker aspects of life in the ghetto.
- “Rockit” by Herbie Hancock: “Rockit” provided the ‘80s with one of the most catchy electro dance hits of the decade, as well as one of the most peculiar videos. A controversial jazz artist, Herbie Hancock captured attention and captivated the world with this unique and unusual instrumental piece.
- “Looking for the Perfect Beat” by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force: Afrika Bambaataa’s follow-up to his widely successful hit, “Planet Rock,” this single helped to solidify Bambaataa’s place as an outstanding electro artist and gained almost as much popularity as its predecessor. Considered one of the best electro dance hits of the decade, this is a must-have in any electro-fan’s collection.
- “White Lines (Don’t Do It)” by Grandmaster Melle Mel: Originally called “White Lines,” Mel added the (Don’t Do It) just before the song’s release, after he lost one of his friends, who happened to be a drug dealer. Released in 1983, this song remains one of the best electro dance songs of the decade.
- “Clear” by Cybotron: “Clear” is another great example of some Kraftwerk-inspired funk that would come to develop some of the greatest electro dance hits known. In 1983, Cyboton released their first EP with Fantasy Records, though Juan Atkins (the founder with strong electro ties) left soon after, following disagreements about the band’s overall sound.
- “Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don’t Stop)” by Man Parrish: Manny Parrish is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the electro music scene, despite the fact that he had very few tracks that were well-known and he seemed to fade into obscurity shortly thereafter. Songs like “Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don’t Stop)” left their mark however, mingling Kraftwerk influences with modern funk and brilliant cuttings.
- “Situation” by Yazoo: Yazoo consisted of two brilliant Essex artists; the beautiful vocalist Alison Moyet and Depeche Mode song writer Vince Clarke. Regarded as synthpop, they would release only 2 studio albums before going their separate ways. Alison pursued her solo career while Vince went on to form the popular pop band Erasure. Released in ‘82, “Situation” is widely regarded as their most popular track.
- “You’re the One for Me” by D-Train: The best-known track from creative duo James “D-Train” Williams and Hubert Eaves III, “You’re the One for Me” was released in 1981. Considered to be an electrified dance R&B song, it hist number one on the dance charts in ‘82 and held the position for several weeks.
- "Jam On It" by Newcleus: Perhaps one of the most popular electro dance songs of the decade, the hit single "Jam On It" was released in 1983 and featured a great electro dance beat combined with catchy chipmunk-like voices. Unfortunately, the band was short-lived, though the single remains one of the most popular electro hits of all time.
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