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Eurodance (sometimes known as Euro-NRG, Euro house or otherwise shortened as Euro) is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in the late 1980s primarily in Europe. It combines many elements of house, techno, hi-NRG and Euro disco.Eurodance production continues to evolve with a more modernized style that incorporates more elements from trance music.
This genre of music is heavily influenced by the use of rich melodic vocals, either exclusively by itself or inclusively with rapped verses. This, combined with cutting-edge synthesizer, strong bass rhythm and melodic hooks, establishes the core foundation of Eurodance music.
It peaked at Ibiza’s summer festivals of 1994 in Spain and its intense popularity then spread around the world, which carried on into late 1997.
Eurodance is often very positive and upbeat; the lyrics often involve issues of love and peace, dancing and partying, or expressing and overcoming difficult emotions. The early-mid-1990s Eurodance vocals were frequently done by a solo vocalist or a mixed rapper-vocalist duet.
Many projects used variations of the rapper-vocalist theme, such as a German rapper with American singers (Real McCoy), or the use of reggae rap as in Ice MC and Fun Factory, or scat singing as in Scatman John. Solo singing artists such as Alexia, Tess, Whigfield and Double You also contributed to the genre.
Eurodance lyrics are almost always sung in English, regardless of the artist’s nationalities.