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Subject: Eurodance...and the backlash against it

Written By: bchris02 on 01/02/11 at 3:59 pm

I remember from about 1992 through about 1997 Eurodance was EVERYWHERE in Top 40.  Artists like Ace of Base, Gina G, Amber, etc are some of the defining acts of '90s pop (they were the Lady Gaga and Ke$ha of the '90s).  Though there was a few holdovers into the late '90s (Eiffel 65), by and large Eurodance and with it dance music in general disappeared from the mainstream in late 1997.  By the early '00s, dance music's only bastion of popularity was with the gay community, drug users, and computer nerds.  Basically, if you liked it you didn't admit it.  Any idea what caused this extreme backlash against dance music in the late '90s?

Subject: Re: Eurodance...and the backlash against it

Written By: whistledog on 01/02/11 at 4:17 pm


By the early '00s, dance music's only bastion of popularity was with the gay community, drug users, and computer nerds.


That all depends on where you lived.  I know it fell out of the US chart, but Europe still had a strong grasp on it.  We Canadians were still receiving dance artists well, but it was mostly the homegrown acts like Boomtang Boys, Love Inc. and Sarina Paris

Subject: Re: Eurodance...and the backlash against it

Written By: Shiv on 01/03/11 at 10:11 am

Like a lot of genres, it probably just ran its course.

There seems to be a revival of it in America starting up though.

Subject: Re: Eurodance...and the backlash against it

Written By: tv on 01/05/11 at 12:02 pm

I actually blame Puff Daddy in 1998 and his popularity for this. I think raps popularity in 1998 killed Euro-Dance and established Hip-Hop as the dominant danceable music for about 10 years onward up to mid 2008 except for 1999-2002. I think maybe if not for Britney Spears and September 11th the glam rap era would have been a continuing full force from 1998-mid 2008 like Hair Metal was from 1983-1991.

Subject: Re: Eurodance...and the backlash against it

Written By: yelimsexa on 01/05/11 at 3:02 pm

I also blame the rise of electronica and trance around 1997 as well being a shift in styles, and I did not like it at the time, and still don't!

Subject: Re: Eurodance...and the backlash against it

Written By: Midas on 01/07/11 at 12:25 am

Eurodance was pretty popular in the dance clubs I went to from 1993-1997.  After that there seemed to be a shift towards house and breaks.

When I moved back to Phoenix in 2003, Energy-FM was playing a little bit of Euro, but most of the dance music was either trance or house remixes.

It seems recently that Top 40 Radio has a lot more dance-oriented songs, geared more towards the "Electro" genre.


I like Eurodance.  I have most of the issues of Eurotracks Remix Service (1994-1997) and most of my Remix Service comps from the 90's have quite a bit of Eurodance.

Subject: Re: Eurodance...and the backlash against it

Written By: tv on 01/17/11 at 12:27 pm

Funny those Electro-pop acts now are using 90's Euro-Dance production or are heavily infuenced by 90's Euro-Dance.

Subject: Re: Eurodance...and the backlash against it

Written By: bchris02 on 01/17/11 at 11:27 pm


I actually blame Puff Daddy in 1998 and his popularity for this. I think raps popularity in 1998 killed Euro-Dance and established Hip-Hop as the dominant danceable music for about 10 years onward up to mid 2008 except for 1999-2002. I think maybe if not for Britney Spears and September 11th the glam rap era would have been a continuing full force from 1998-mid 2008 like Hair Metal was from 1983-1991.


Somewhere between 1998 and 2002 Eurodance and electronic music as a whole not only went out of style but anybody who listened to it started to be ridiculed and made fun of.  It kept a strong presence among the gay community and computer nerds but mainstream culture didn't start to open back up to it until 2008.

Subject: Re: Eurodance...and the backlash against it

Written By: MrCleveland on 01/19/11 at 4:10 pm

I think this is a satire of the Eurodance song....

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