Welcome to EURODANCE 2021 from 909originals – a competition to determine Europe’s most-loved dance-pop classic.
Oover a one-month period, commencing 11 June, EURODANCE 2021 will see 32 classic Eurodance tracks go head to head in a series of 24-hour one-on-one ‘matches’, voted for by members of the public, hosted on 909originals.com.
The winning track in each case will progress to the next round, where it will again come up against another victorious contender, and so on, until one track remains.
Artists featured in EURODANCE 2021 will include, in alphabetical order, 2 Unlimited, Ace Of Base, Alice Deejay, Aqua, ATB, BBE, Black Box, Capella, Captain Hollywood Project, Corona, Culture Beat, Dario G, Darude, Dr Alban, Eiffel 65, Gala, Haddaway, Jam & Spoon, La Bouche, Leila K, Maxx, M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy, N-Trance, O-Zone, Rednex, Robert Miles, Sash!, Snap!, Technotronic, Urban Cookie Collective, Vengaboys and Whigfield; in other words, a pan-European array of chart-smashing artists. The first round draw can be found below.
FIRST ROUND MATCHES
The first round of matches gets underway on Friday 11 June. All voting will take place on 909originals.com. Each match lasts 24 hours, so make sure you get your vote in before the time runs out – if sharing via social media, please use the hashtag #eurodance2021. First round matches are as follows (start times shown below are CET, and approximate):
Dr Alban – It’s My Life vs Corona – The Rhythm Of The Night (7pm)
Darude – Sandstorm vs Capella – U Got 2 Let The Music (3pm)
Aqua – Barbie Girl vs N-Trance – Set You Free (3pm)
Ace Of Base – All That She Wants vs Alice Deejay – Better Off Alone (3pm)
Vengaboys – Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!! vs O-Zone – Dragostea Din Tei (3pm)
Snap! – Rhythm Is A Dancer vs M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy – Another Night (7pm)
Black Box – Ride On Time vs Jam & Spoon – Right In The Night (Feat Plavka) (7pm)
Culture Beat – Mr Vain vs Captain Hollywood Project – More and More (7pm)
Sash! – Encore Une Fois vs Urban Cookie Collective – The Key, The Secret (7pm)
Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee) vs La Bouche – Be My Lover (7pm)
2 Unlimited – No Limit vs BBE – Seven Days And One Week (9pm)
Gala – Freed From Desire vs Leila K – Open Sesame (7pm)
Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam vs Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe (7pm)
Haddaway – What Is Love? vs Maxx – Get-A-Way (7pm)
Whigfield – Saturday Night vs ATB – 9pm (Till I Come) (7pm)
Robert Miles – Children vs Dario G. – Sunchyme (7pm)
Once the first round has been completed, the draw for the second round will be made on 24 June, and fixtures posted here.
HOW IT WORKS
For each match, voters will be presented with a form similar to the SAMPLE MATCH shown below, as well as music videos of the two tracks in question (please note, both tracks indicated below are not featured in this year’s competition).
WHAT IS EURODANCE?
As Daniele Davoli of Black Box, whose Ride On Time could be considered to be an early classic of the genre, tells 909originals, the Eurodance formula is a simple to attempt, but difficult to master.
“You need to have a strong riff, you need to have a strong chorus, you need to have a slogan, and you need to have a pumping bassline,” he says. “Those are the rules, and if you have these elements, you have a hit. Even Calvin Harris records, these days, still have the same elements in there.”
For Colin Kraan, co-author of No Limit. De ultieme Eurodance-hits uit de 90’s, a book (in Dutch) that uncovers the story behind some of the genre’s biggest hits, a successful Eurodance classic consists, in general, of “Female vocalists that sing the chorus, rappers that rap the verse, producers who stay behind the scenes but who come up with the concept, and simple, optimistic lyrics that you can sing along to – the English is that simple that even people that don’t know English can understand it; it’s child proof. There’s never any cursing in the lyrics – there’s a catchy sound that brings up a lot of positive energy, high tempo, staccato melodies with a lot of synthesisers, strong hooks, minor chords.
“Like Spin Magazine said, ‘it makes melancholy damn tempting’. And, last but not least: it’s made in Europe.”
As a certain Dutch recording artist once put it… Y’ALL READY FOR THIS? 🙂
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