Best House Songs Of All Time: “In the beginning there was Jack, and Jack had a groove. And from this groove came the groove of all grooves.”
Chuck Roberts had it right. House music has grown to become one of the biggest music movements in history and is an influential genre of dance music that has become a global phenomenon. It has evolved into many electronic music genres and subgenres.
Pop music, hip hop, and other modern music styles have even been influenced by it. As a result of house music’s cultural impact, new generations of music lovers, technology developers, and innovators are still inspired by the music.
Let’s take a look back at the history of house music. Here are some of the best house tracks of all time.
Best House Songs Of All Time
1. Derrick May – “Strings of Life”
This track lives up to the title “Innovator” given by Derrick May for this album. This track brings life to the dance floor and takes us back to Detroit.This track was named by none other than Chicago House Legend “Frankie Knuckles”
2. Frankie Knuckles – “Your Love”
The vocal line in “Your Love” is long and sultry, taking you on a spiritual journey with its long sustain. A Chicago House masterpiece, this track is produced by Jamie Principle and Frankie Knuckles. The record is one of FK’s earliest releases.
3. Chip E. – “Time To Jack”
Frankie Knuckles introduced Chicago House, but it was Chip E, the first to release house music. The “Godfather of House” has also assisted the late ones with their tracks. In many circles, the song is considered the first House single, and one of the first to use terms such as “Jack” and “House.”
4. Donna Summer – I Feel Love
It’s a trip around the universe with Donna Summers. With this, Queen of Disco made her breakthrough and is also viewed as one of the most influential records of all time. As evidence of this, “Aaj Ki Raat”, a popular song from the Indian film “Don”, claims to be inspired by the song “I Feel Love”.
5. Chic – “Good Times”
The track that gave us Nile Rodgers and his unique guitar lines. It was the band Chic’s first record for their 1979 album, Risqué. The song became the band’s signature tune and topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Soul Singles chart. Besides appearing on The Rolling Stone’s list of 500 greatest songs of all time, the song has also been sampled extensively, most notably in rap and hip-hop.
6. Marshall Jefferson – “Move Your Body”
The first five seconds are enough for the track to get stuck in your head. You’re truly free when you listen to this track. The track takes us straight to the center of the dance floor or transforms a room into a dance floor wherever it is played.
7. Fred Wesley – “House Party”
A record with male vocals throughout the track that had a significant impact on hip hop. Contrary to early house records, this track is filled with organic instrumentation rather than a synth sound.
8. Farley Jackmaster Funk ft Darryl Pandy – “Love Can’t Turn Around”
Jesse Saunders and Farley collaborated on this one. The track is based on a cover of Isaac Hayes’ “I Can’t Turn Around” produced by Steve “Silk” Hurley, who was an important house pioneer as well as the roommate of Farley. Keeping a lot of the version, they changed the hook from “I Can’t Turn Around” to “Love Can’t Turn Around” and dropped the rest of Hayes’ original lyrics, replacing them with Vince Lawrence’s. Lead vocals were provided by Darryl Pandy, a church singer.
9. 808 State – “Pacific State”
808 State was an electronic act formed by Graham Massey, Martin Price, and Gerald Simpson that took their name from Roland’s TR-808 drum machine. With its smooth jazz influences, the song takes over with synthesisers later on. It is also the first track to incorporate bird sounds. The track gives you a peaceful state of mind.
10. Technotronic – “Pump Up The Jam”
This worldwide hit reached the United Kingdom’s number two and went triple platinum in the United States. As one of the biggest commercial house hits of all time, the track is a key example of Hip House, as well as the first house song to become a big hit in the United States.Even today, the synth melody and the vocal remain unforgettable.
11. Stardust – “Music Sounds Better With You”
It’s the only track by French House Trio “Stardust” and the official closing track of many parties. An instrumental dance track, it is based on a sampled guitar riff from “Fate” by Chaka Khan from 1981. It was the only release by Stardust, an outfit that consisted of Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, DJ Alan Braxe, and vocalist Benjamin Diamond. The track has also marked the beginning of “Daft Punk”
12. Fatboy Slim – “Praise You”
Big beat boy Fatboy Slim proves he is a god of sampling records with this signature hit. The track features a prominent vocal sample from the opening of “Take Yo’ Praise” by Camille Yarbrough as well as a piano sample from the track “Balance and Rehearsal” from the test album entitled Sessions released by audio electronics company JBL. Also included is a guitar sample from “It’s a Small World” from the Disneyland Records album Mickey Mouse Disco and the theme from the cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.
13. Eric Prydz – “Pjanoo”
It’s a little early to include this one, but we can’t let it go either. A statement track for the future of house music, it’s considered a benchmark. The song was deemed one of the year’s best dance tracks by Pitchfork and we all know the reason why. The track lifts you up and makes you forget everything and dance to the piano rhythms. Drum and Bass pioneer High Contrast has also made a successful remix of this track.
14. Robin S. – “Show Me Love”
A major deep house track written by American composer Allen George, Fred McFarlane, and British composer Richard Tomlinson, it was performed by singer Robin Stone. StoneBridge remixed the track for Big Beat Records and re-released it under the artist name “Robin S.” in 1993. In addition to climbing many charts, it’s often called the song of the decade.
15. Daft Punk – “Around The World”
Having travelled around the globe from its beginnings in Stardust, this song has been a major hit. It’s impossible to find anyone who has never heard it. Daft Punk noted that the sound was like “making Chic records with just a talk box and a synthesizer and the bass playing as the only thing.” Sadly the duo have parted ways but this one will stay with us forever.
16. Cece Rogers – “Someday”
Talking about house is incomplete without mentioning its most popular vocalist. James Brown gave Kenneth Jesse Rogers the nickname CeCe after observing him imitating Chubby Checker at age 11 years old. In the Top 100 Greatest Singles of All Time, Mixmag ranked “Someday” third among the top 100 house songs. It was created in collaboration with Marshall Jefferson.
17. Phuture – “Acid Trax”
Phuture is a Chicago-based house music group that was founded in 1985 by Earl “Spanky” Smith, Nathaniel Pierre Jones aka DJ Pierre, and Herbert “Herb J” Jackson. They are known for inventing and defining acid house, a subgenre of house music, with their 1987 release “Acid Tracks.”. Acid house music became one of the first subcategories of house music with this album.
18. Armand Van Helden – “You Don’t Know Me”
If jack wanted to show which grove he was talking about, it’s probably this one. Considered one of house music’s most revered figures the track was made by “Armand van Helden” featuring vocals from German-American singer Duane Harden.
19. David Morales – “Needin U”
A regular at New York’s fabled clubs the Loft and the Paradise Garage, David Morales grew up during an influential era for dance music. As evidence of this, he has released more than 500 releases, including originals and remixes. New York and house music’s love story is chronicled in the song “Needin U”.
20. The Shapeshifters – “Lola’s Theme”
With the debut release of “The Shapeshifters,” house music received its most euphoric anthem and probably made the transition into dance-pop. The features a sample from the introduction of Johnnie Taylor’s R&B hit of 1982, “What About My Love”, and it was originally released at the end of 2003 on Nocturnal Groove label as an instrumental track featuring a vocal sample taken from Anthony White’s “Love Me Tonight”. Popular since its release, the song is about a person who felt disillusioned and alienated for most of their lives. It is addressed to an unnamed other, most likely a lover, who helped the musician develop a more positive outlook.ly a love interest, who helped the singer to develop a more positive outlook on life.
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21. Nightcrawlers – “Push the Feeling On”
Recently you may have seen the viral video “It’s Friday, Saturday, Sunday… What?” it is from this track. “A number of artists have sampled and covered “Push the Feeling On”. Bob Sinclar interpolated the track for his remix of Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” and Miami rapper Pitbull sampled the song in “Hotel Room Service.”
22. Benny Benassi – “Satisfaction”
In the shadow of all those lovey-dovey house tracks, Beny Bennassi created the bay boy of house music. It was Benassi’s debut single and most successful song, reaching number two in the United Kingdom and earning Gold certification in Australia, Belgium, France, and the United States.”Satisfaction” is considered to be the forerunner of electro-house, bringing the music genre into the mainstream.
23. Basement Jaxx – “Where’s Your Head At”
When it comes to bad boys, we must not forget the British duo “Basement Jaxx”. In the music video, it was correctly stated that this was the latest addition in house and pop music.
24. GALA – “Freed from desire”
The track is one of the best feel-good house tracks ever made. It is impossible not to clap along with this one and dance and sing along to the “Na-Na’s”.
Produced by Maurizio Molella and Filippo Andrea Carmeni, the song was written and composed by Gala. As she sings we “Want it more and more”.
25. Jesse Saunders – “On and On”
Originating as the first house tune, Jesse Saunders was credited as “the innovator of house music”. He was the centre of the first house music movement in Chicago’s Warehouse nightclub when he introduced unique sounds from that city rather than depending exclusively on disco and R&B like Frankie Knuckles.
26. Paul Johnson – “Get Get Down”
One of the first piano house track and probably the most groovy of them all, “Get Get Down” is a track by American DJ and producer Paul Johnson. Daft Punk have named him as an influence on their track Teachers, a roll-call of their heroes. Unfortunately the US house producer has died from Covid-19 at age 50 leaving behind a legacy.
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