The Passing of the Guard in Club Music

It’s Friday night and you want to go out to the club with your friends.  What do you hear when you get there?  In the 80’s, top songs included Michael Jackson’s “Rock with you”, “Billie Jean”, Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name”, “Livin’ On A Prayer”, among many others.  In the 90’s it was Sir-Mix-A lot’s “Baby Got Back”, Janet Jackson’s “That’s the Way Love Goes”, and Montell Jordan “This is How We Do It” taking popularity.  From 2000-2009, some of the more memorable club hits are 50 Cent’s “In Da Club”, Usher’s “Yeah!”, and Rihanna’s “Umbrella”.  When listening to any of these tracks, they are all tunes that get feet tapping and heads bobbing, but the genre has changed, just as the club scene itself has.  Looking back, the order might be considered 80’s oldies, 90’s pop, Hip hop and R&B, and now what we presently listen to.

So what are the current playlists that populate today’s standard dance club.  In New York, Miami, San Francisco, and Vegas, the music seems to be very uniform: house music.  It can even be seen in pop culture through one of the most recent fads to catch on, the MTV’s reality show “Jersey Shore” shows the cast members frequently visiting dance clubs and dancing to house music in both New York and Miami.  Having been to Vegas and San Francisco myself, it is almost difficult to find a dance club that doesn’t have a house playlist, at least to some degree.

Sure many DJ’s like to incorporate oldies to get the night started, mix in some older tracks just for those attendees not so up to date, or slow it down at the end of the night, but the primetime club hours between 11pm and 1am consist primarily of the latest house tracks.  Such tracks include Edward Maye’s “Stereo Love”, Deadmou5’s “Ghosts N Stuff”, Swedish House Mafia’s “One”, and Afrojack’s “Take Over Control”.  Of course there will reach a point where house is no longer what people want to dance to for the majority of the night, and some other genre of music will take over.  For now, the passing of the guard has occurred and house music is now the “in” genre to dance to.


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