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Exploring The Changes in Dance Music Charts Over The Last 40 Years

In 1976 the Dance Club Songs Charts began. Though there have been many different kinds of dance music on the charts over the years, one thing rings true—people like to move when these songs come on. The list varies from disco to electronic music songs. Take a look at the many years of dance club charts here.

The list raised some questions for us, but also shows when particular genres of dance music became popular. Frankie Knuckles, The Godfather of House Music, began appearing on the charts in 1992, but it was not until the late 90s, early 2000s that electronic music was regularly on the list. Not only was this musical genre on the list many years in a row, but multiple DJs were on the same list at a time.

Frankie Knuckles began playing in 1970, and appearing on the charts for Dance Club songs in 1992. This may show the time that electronic music emerged into the mainstream. BT appeared on the charts in 1997 and continued into 1998. He was one of the several pioneering trance artists to bring it mainstream. The late 2000s is when you start to continually see DJs on dance charts every year.

Through this list of various dance club songs, it is interesting to see the development of electronic music since its initial growth. It not only shows the progression of music, but electronic music as well.

This also raises questions, will modern EDM continue to grow in popularity? The genre had a large mainstream expansion, especially in the U.S., in early 2010. The robotic-style fluctuations of dubstep vary greatly from the electronic music of its predecessor. 1970s dance music has had several changes over the years, so will that same transformation continue with current EDM?

All things change and grow, which makes it interesting to see what happens in the next years with dance music.

What do you think will happen to EDM in the next 5, 10, 20 years? Share your responses with us in the comments below!