Germany’s Past Masters Of Dance
If asked to recall some German dance bands, you may find you struggle when it comes to listing just a few.
Similarly with musicians, unless it is a huge part of their identity we don’t often know where they hail from, much is the case with many of the German acts who created worldwide dance hits in the 90’s. Though you may think the Eurodance of the 90’s came primarily from the UK, Germany actually held a huge amount of excitable talent within its borders. Even today musicians like Paul Van Dyke continue to go strong on the DJ circuit, while the once beloved electro-pop of yesteryear has died off – for now. Yet some of the greatest pop hits of the decade also came from the Germans, here are just a handful.
Mousse T – Horny
This huge and catchy hit featured pop duo Hot ‘n’ Juicy and vocalist Inaya Day who provided the powerfully soulful and clearly sexualised hook that made the song popular among teens. The party horns and infectious groove here made this track easily noticeable, coupled with the fact it was played everywhere. Mousse T went on to create other big hits, become a judge on a televised talent show and still makes hits today.
ATB – 9PM
The constant club drums that begin this track are beautifully typical of this time. However, the simple yet flirtatious guitar-like melody that seeps in here is instantly recognisable which makes this track truly unforgettable. A staple of 90’s dance ATB took to the skies with this wonderfully summery release that also features the repeated lustful vocal sample, making it even more alluring.
The Real McCoy – Another Night
As soon as you hear the typical 90’s keyboard chords start the track here you know you are in for a treat. Filled with that bouncing bassline, a female led hook and whispery faux rap verses this song was destined for greatness in this decade. The quick and very electronic melody in the back probably won’t leave your head for a good day after listening.
Sash! – Equador
Another champion of the fast-paced keyboard melody. You may not recognise this track by name alone, but it won’t take long for the delay heavy main hook to deliver you a time when this and a constant drumbeat was all you needed for a nightclub favourite. This classic piece of 90s dance was played all over Europe and a favourite in the never-ending club scene of Ibiza as was his other much loved single, the dance-tech smash ‘Encore Une Fois’.
Snap! – The Power
This song is unquestionably the most popular out of the bunch, if not one of the biggest tracks of the 1990s. Thanks to its simple hook line of “I’ve got the power!” the licensing opportunities for this track are endless, which is why it has been used in advertising for gyms, energy drinks, cars and more. Though it clearly has a hip-hop vibe, the sound of ‘90s dance is ingrained into the back of the track and its use of percussive synths make it even more perfect for the era. This enormous track has world-wide acclaim and continues to be used in marketing today thanks to its timeless appeal.