Apple Music Dance
All around the world, dance fans shake their stuff in clubs and raves, cheering as DJs spin individual tracks into endless, euphoric grooves. But many club kids may not know the electronic dance music revolution began in the glitzy and hedonistic days of disco. The disco beat eventually conquered pop as a whole, bringing four-on-the-floor beats to the top the charts. When the disco backlash hit in the late '70s, the genre was swiftly banished from the mainstream. Dancefloors in the early '80s were dominated by R&B and synth-pop, along with the handful of disco producers who continued to make new and innovative tracks. At the same time, a new and decidedly futuristic sound was bubbling up from the clubs of Chicago and Detroit, inspired by the hypnotic pulse of the most stripped-down disco tracks and the innovative electronic pop of the ’70s and ’80s.
In the late ’80s, Chicago house music and Detroit techno kickstarted a new revolution in electronic dance music—and they soon transformed youth culture as well, launching the rave era. By the early ’90s, dance music began to fragment into myriad new sounds. There were wildly different strains of house and techno aimed at very different audiences, from smooth garage to austere minimal techno. Whole genres seemed to sprout in clubs every week, including the ecstatic and anthemic sound of trance, the funky and complex rhythms of drum’n’bass, the bouncy rock-friendly grooves of big beat, and many others. As the 21st century arrived, dance music continued to thrive in Europe but remained mostly under the radar in America. That all changed with the rise of EDM, a slick and festival-friendly take on house and trance, and suddenly DJs like David Guetta and Avicii were scoring genuine pop hits. But whatever the style—dubstep, deep house, or disco—the best dance music is still all about the kind of infectious rhythms that keep you moving and grooving.