Classics / Handsup
Classics / Handsup also called Eurodance (also known as Dance, bigroom and Hands Up in Europe) is a genre of electronic dance music from the early 90s in Europe. It combines many elements from House, Techno, Hi-NRG and especially Italo-Disco. Classics / Handsup starting in the early 1990s and continuing to the present day, Eurodance production continues to evolve with a more modernized style that incorporates elements from Trance and Techno music. Eurodance (Classics / Handsup) music is heavily influenced by the utilization 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.
Some examples of "original" Eurodance and Classics / Handsup acts are Eiffel 65, 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor, 2 Unlimited, Alcazar, Alexia, Bad Boys Blue, Cappella, Captain Hollywood Project, Centory, Corona, Culture Beat, Darude, DJ Bobo, Dr. Alban, E-rotic. E-Type, First Base, Fun Factory, Ice Mc, Imperio, Indra, Infernal, La Bouche, Lobby, Le Click, Masterboy, Maxx, Playahitty, Real McCoy, Santamaria, Vengaboys and Whigfield. Solo artists who performed Eurodance include Amber, Haddaway. Rozalla supported Michael Jackson during his European "Dangerous" tour. In 1994, Amber made history becoming the first singer in Eurodance history to be signed to a label as a solo artist, not a singer who is bound to a producer. In late 90s, it also became a trend in Eurodance music to blend the element of Reggae. The origin was "All That She Wants" by Ace of Base. The hit of this song caused a lot of followers such as "Coco Jamboo" by Mr. President, "Sweet Sweet Smile" by Tatjana, "Help Me Dr.Dick" by E-Rotic, "Ole Ole Singin' Ole Ola" by Rollergirl etc.