So, what's wrong with 90's dance music?

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djfatman

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I get a lot of requests for 70's, 80's and of course, today's dance music. However, I never seem to get requests for 90's dance music. I think there were an abundance of really good dance songs and groups. Groups like LeClick, LaBouche, Real McCoy, Black Box, Technotronic, and of course, C+C Music Factory, just to name a few. I really think that the 90's had some great dance music, yet I rarely get to play any of it. What are your thoughts on this?
 

Mark Bloom

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There were a lot of great songs, but Top 40 radio was rather weak in the USA between the late 1980s and the late 1990s... MTV was playing more hip-hop and grunge. There were fewer songs of common experience from the time. I feel much more comfortable playing current hits in 2013 to adult audiences than I was back in the early 1990s -- few people back then knew the current music.
 

KennyZail

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I saw the same thing in the 70's until disco came. From Woodstock until Saturday Night Fever, radio was weak.
 

oldschooldj

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I hear you, I get a bunch of request from Motown to late 1980's (Janet, Michelle, Whitney, Bobby) but almost nothing from 1990-2005. When I have an open card I look hard at my collection to fill in some songs from that area, but they don't seem to go over really well, not that they bomb, but I can use a 70's or 80's song and get the same group plus on the floor.

Could be a little me as I spent a lot of time in the Middle East and the Balkans during those years and listened to more Country Radio/Music than pop. I may need to go back to school for those years :) I did listen to some Will Smith then, I like him as a performer and a person!
 

DJSkinnyGuy

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I dunno....I get a lot of requests for 90's stuff. To me, it seems as if my 70s requests are going down. As people are getting older, the "newer" generation is coming thru and requesting stuff from their heyday and the older generations aren't out and about as much. One guy on one of the fb groups was asking for a bunch of 90s urban music for his event.
 

Mark Evans

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Wow really? I get requests all the time, Hammer, C&C, Naughty by Nature, anything off of Jock James, Biz Markie, Technotronics. Tootsie Roll, Whoop There it is, even if it's not requested throw it out there and see what happens.
 

robertbenda

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90's dance, not so much, though I do play an OK amount of 90's
Vanilla Ice
Baby Got Back
Jump On It
Wanna Be - Spice Girls
I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
500 Miles (I'm Gonna Be) - Proclaimers
Cotton Eyed Joe - Rednex
Next Episode - Dre and Snoop Dogg

Are all pretty typical, just off the top of my head.
 

NickyB

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I wonder what happened to all those "Boy Band Groupies" ... shouldn't they be marrying age now?
 

Steve Lynch

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They had a documentary on that a few months back that I caught. many of these boy bands are doing Fan cruises where you can see them perform, and hang with them for 5 days on a ship.

Most of those chicks have kids and husbands now, but some are just as psycho as they were back then.

I play maybe 15 songs from the 90's otherwise I skip over them. With all of the good music you can possibly play at an event, I'm not going to waste one of my 70 or so songs I get to play on a song that is most likely not on anyone's all time favorite list.

The 90's were a lame time for club music. Rock was where it was at. All the stuff that used to pack the dance floor back in 95 or 96 when I was doing nightclubs barely gets a nod these days. I seem to recall that the 90's were pretty disposable for dance music. A song that was super hot one week would be a floor clearer in 3 weeks. There was a ton of turnover, and very little stuck in my opinion.

The 80's carryover stuff which is what has been mentioned in this thread seem to be the only exceptions.

I Hate 90's R&B with a passion. I hate even grouping the Bobby Browns, Stevie B's and BOYZ II Mens in with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Barry White. I never have and never will reach for a mariah carey or Boyz II Men track unless specifically requested. 90's were super heavy on that cookie cutter R&B crap.

Here's a list of all the #1's from the entire 90's decade...

WTF?? That's a weak list. Did anyone dance at all? or were we too busy looking through our shaggy hair at our skateboards and flannel shirts?


Here's the wiki of the songs.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Billboard_Hot_100_number-one_singles_of_the_1990s
 

Mark Evans

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Thanks for the link Steve. I always found it interesting and I even posted many years ago about how no song topped the 11 week mark at #1 but in the 90's there were 10 songs that went 11 weeks or longer starting with Houston's I'll always love you. The question I asked were the songs that great or were the rest of the songs just crap :) The answer may surprise you.
 

Mark Bloom

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Thanks for the link Steve. I always found it interesting and I even posted many years ago about how no song topped the 11 week mark at #1 but in the 90's there were 10 songs that went 11 weeks or longer starting with Houston's I'll always love you. The question I asked were the songs that great or were the rest of the songs just crap :) The answer may surprise you.

Until Billboard changed their rules in the mid-1990s, only songs actually released as singles could chart on the Hot 100. This era saw a decline in 45s, and it was before the era or iTunes and downloadable tracks. I think this was a big contributor to the long reigns at #1 during this era -- less competition.
 

bill_smith

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Some of the brides I have now have requested the slower love songs from nsync, bsb etc

Good news is that I have them, bad news.....well, it isn't what I like, it's what they want. Soo, off to the Bahama's I go for 3 1/2 minutes

I wonder what happened to all those "Boy Band Groupies" ... shouldn't they be marrying age now?
 
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Ausumm

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I too, have not seen a lot of requests for 90's dance music. (similar to the ones mentioned in the OP)
But some of the more novel 90's stuff (Vanilla Ice, Sir Mixalot, etc) still goes over great for audiences of all ages.
It's a shame, cause all the 90's dance stuff was so similar, you could get in a nice groove and milk it for hours.
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
Here's a list of all the #1's from the entire 90's decade...

WTF?? That's a weak list. Did anyone dance at all? or were we too busy looking through our shaggy hair at our skateboards and flannel shirts?


Here's the wiki of the songs.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Billboard_Hot_100_number-one_singles_of_the_1990s

I think the problem with that list is they are NOT the songs I remember playing the most from the 90's (that filled the dance floor)


Only example I could think of is Wreckx-n-effect - rump shaker , to this day I can still fill the floor with it (if mixed correctly) .. but it was not a number one..
Where-as "i will always love you" people will throw things at me..

I'm sure if I actually went thru my 90's collection I could find lots more examples.. :)
 

robertbenda

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Exactly, Hippy,
Until recently, we often had what I referred to as promotional hits, as in, songs that were only hits because of airplay, and airplay because the record label pushed the song on us (I would guess 'number of albums shipped' rather than purchased would also get counted). You saw this with big time artists like Madonna, even when the song wasn't actually any good. It meant the top 10 didn't necessarily have anything to do with what I was playing at parties.

These days they're even incorporating YouTube views into the formula - enough that they fixed how YouTube counts views.
 

djtunes

Checking Reality
There are about 12 songs in the top 200 list from the 90's but I feel like the 80's had a ton of good stuff that stayed popular throughout the 90's. There was a swing in music trends in the late 80's and staple songs and artists that the 90's artists couldn't hold a flame to. Michael Jackson, Vanilla Ice, 2 Live Crew, NWA and all the connected branches of that, Madonna, etc. etc. and the popular Hip Hop rise. Digital Underground...
 
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