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February 27, 2022

Top Ten 90s House Classics

The 90s was such a great decade, it was such a simple time where people had money to party. Iconic clubs like Tunnel and Limelight were everyone’s top list to party at and those infamous raves at abandoned places. Where clubbers listened to nothing but house music. A time when a person saw one DJ for six hours straight with no breaks. If you’re a 90s baby or a Gen X that used to go to the raves as a teen, here’s The 90s was such a great decade, it was such a simple time where people had money to party. Iconic clubs like Tunnel and Limelight were everyone’s top list to party at and those infamous raves at abandoned places. Where clubbers listened to nothing but house music. A time when a person saw one DJ for six hours straight with no breaks. If you’re a 90s baby or a Gen X that used to go to the raves as a teen, here’s a trip down memory lane.


Joe Smooth - Promised Land

For those who love to go back in time to include in the records that truly made a difference. The single was released in 1987 by an American producer and DJ featuring Anthony Thomas. It is one of the most widely acclaimed house classics.


Frankie Knuckles - The Whistle Song

In 1991, the debut album Beyond the Mix was on Virgin Records America. The album contained classic cuts. Knuckles remained part of the underground scene for years to come. He is known as The Godfather of house music, his music will forever remain in the scene. The Godfather of house music was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.


Inner City - Good Life

The single was released in 1988 by the American electronic music group, featuring vocals by Paris Grey. It was the second single from their debut album, Paradise. It was written and produced by Kevin Saunderson and became an instant hit. The song didn't gain popularity in the United States till the early 90s.


De’Lacy - Hideaway (Deep Dish Remix)

It was originally released by American house-music group De'Lacy on East Street Records. It is one of the longest-established house labels in the U.S. The song features vocals by Rainie Lassiter. It is the group's most successful single. The Duo released the remix a few years later and is still an instant classic.


Everything But The Girl - Missing You (Todd Terry Club Mix)

This song is known as one of the best house classics. The original version is blissful; however, the song was reimagined once the remix was released. The remix has been played in clubs worldwide. Musically the song takes in multiple genres. The original version from the album is a more low-tempo influenced song, while the popular Todd Terry remix version is a more up-tempo dance-pop song. The song talks about one person missing the other because they have moved away.


Kerri Chandler - The Shelter

The vocal track was released in 1992; it quickly reached number one and became a mega-hit. This track was being played across the country and globally. In 2018 it was a rework on Defected Records.


Livin’ Joy - Don’t Stop Movin' 

This follow-up release to their previous single, "Dreamer," was a number-one hit in the UK. It was a sample throughout the 90s. The track has a new vocalist after the group failed to reach a deal with Janice Robinson. The frantic synths and beats of the song are sent in with Tameka's powerful vocals. She delivered an uplifting message over the clunking energetic beat. One of self-assurance is self-belief to succeed and achieve.


ATFC - In & Out of My Life (Knee Deep Vocal)

Today, the music has been played by artists globally, still giving the track life. It became a mega-hit from the beginning of its release in 1999. Ten years later, it became one of the biggest reworks in the dance music industry. It is the biggest and most popular track on Defected Records.


Gat Dector - Passion (Naked Mix)

This strong track from the 90s is their best-known work and was originally released on Effective Records. The 1992 release was immediately successful in underground dance clubs and eventually became a massive one on the UK dance charts. It was a powerful fuel for any progressive-house dancefloor, even today. The members described the single as one of the first to create a distinctive British house sound.


Masters at Work [Feat. India] - I Can't Get No Sleep

The track was released in 1993 and became everyone's favorite dance hit. This one vibe vinyl alone helped kick off the UK house and garage scene, causing every artist in the scene to play in all clubs worldwide. The artists remain to create mega-hit individually and as a group.

Article written by Meagen Surowiecki

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