Early 90’s House Music: The Best of the Decade

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From the explosion of club culture in the early 90’s, to the rise of the superclubs, early 90’s house music was a decade of change. Join us as we take a look back at the best of the decade.


For every house head, the early ’90s was a time when the genre was truly fresh,raw and exciting. It was a decade when the pioneering spirit of Chicagohouse music spread across the globe, touching down in London, Detroit,New York, Paris and beyond. With its infectious mix of funky grooves,jacking beats and uplifting melodies, house music quickly won overdancefloors and hearts alike.

By the early ’90s, house music had become a global sensation. In theUK, acid house rave culture was in full swing, while in America, the riseof ‘superstar DJs’ like David Morales and Junior Vasquez sawhouse music go mainstream. Back in Europe, French touch pioneers likeDaft Punk and Cassius were taking things in a more leftfield direction, whilein Germany, techno titans like Thomas Bangalter and Manuel Göttsching werepushing boundaries with their boundary-pushing sounds.

With so much good music to choose from, it’s no easy task to whittledown the best of the best from this golden era of dance music. But that’sexactly what we’ve attempted to do with our list of the 100 best House tracks ofthe 1990s.

The Birth of House Music

In the early 1980s, a new style of music was born in the clubs of Chicago. Called house music, it was a blend of disco and electronic music that was created by DJs who were looking for a new sound. House music quickly gained popularity in the United States and Europe, and by the early 1990s, it had become one of the most popular genres of dance music.

The early 1990s was a golden age for house music, with many classic songs being released during this time. In this article, we take a look at some of the best house tracks of the decade.

The Spread of House Music

The first use of the word house in reference to a nightclub or party was in the early 1980s, when Chicago nightclubs like the Warehouse and the Music Box were playing a blend of styles including disco, punk, and electronic music. The term “house music” didn’t emerge until later in the decade, when DJ Frankie Knuckles began playing a similar style of music at his club the Power Plant. House music became popular in Europe in the late 1980s, and by the early 1990s it had spread to South America, Asia, and Africa.

The Evolution of House Music

The late 80s and early 90s saw the rise of a new form of club music: house. House music was born in the clubs of Chicago and named after the Warehouse, one of the city’s first house clubs. House music quickly spread to other US cities like New York and Detroit, and then to Europe, where it took on a life of its own.

House music is a unique blend of various styles of dance music, including disco, soul, electronic, and pop. House tracks typically have a 4/4 time signature and a tempo of around 120-130 beats per minute. The style is defined by its use of drum machines, synthesizers, and acoustic instruments, as well as its focus on rhythmic groove and simple song structures.

While house music was initially underground dance music for clubbers, it eventually went mainstream in the early 1990s with hits like Robert Miles’ “Children” and Ultra Naté’s “Free.” In the years since, house music has continued to evolve and be reinvented by new generations of producers and DJs.

The Golden Age of House Music

The early 1990s was a magical time for House music. A new generation of DJs and producers emerged, who were influenced by the pioneers of the Chicago House scene. They took the sound in new and exciting directions, fusing it with other genres like Hip Hop, Soul, and Funk. The result was a vibrant and dynamic new sound that took the world by storm.

The Golden Age of House Music is often considered to be from 1989 to 1993. This was a time when the sound was at its most creative and experimental, with artists pushing the boundaries of what was possible. Some of the most iconic tracks of the era were released during this time, including “Make Me Feel Better” by Sterling Void and “Forever More” by Moloko.

If you’re looking for a taste of the best that House music has to offer, then look no further than this list of essential tracks from the early 1990s.

The End of the Decade

The early 1990s saw the rise of house music, which was a direct result of the creative direction taken by club DJs at the time. This new style of music incorporated elements of disco, techno, and acid house, and quickly gained popularity in clubs around the world. The early 1990s also saw the development of rave culture, which was heavily influenced by house music. Rave culture is characterized by its use of illegal drugs, particularly ecstasy, and its focus on hedonistic pleasures such as dancing and socializing.


So there you have it, the best of early 90’s house music according to me. I’m sure there are many other great tracks that could have made this list, but these are the ones that stand out in my mind as the defining tracks of the decade. If you’re a fan of house music, I hope you’ll check out some of these tracks and see what you think. Thanks for reading!

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