After evolving on the Chicago club scene in the early ‘80s, house music exploded at the end of the decade to become the world’s most exciting and innovative dance genre. By the early ’90s, massive pop stars like Madonna, Janet Jackson and Kylie Minogue were all incorporating elements of house music into their sound – a sure sign that it had infiltrated the mainstream. Thanks to globally renowned DJs like Honey Dijon and The Blessed Madonna, house music is still filling dance floors today, and has spawned no end of sub-genres including acid house, witch house, electro house, handbag house and, most recently, tropical house – come on, you know you’re partial to a few Kygo tunes.
But these 20 house music anthems picked by Time Out Music writers and DJs from iconic London radio station Rinse FM are the OG four-to-the-floor bangers from the pioneers of the genre. Play ‘em loud and play ‘em proud!
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