It’s hard to believe that house music, once the most underground of sounds, has now been with us for a full three decades. What’s even more mind-blowing than the Chicago-born genre’s longevity is its nightlife dominance, a remarkable position for a sound that was birthed in clubs populated by the disenfranchised—namely, gay people of color—to find itself in. The explanation is simple: With its propulsive bass-and-drums framework and it’s metronomic, 120–something thump, it’s basically a synthesized, skeletal version of disco. And like disco, it’s really, really fun to dance to. Dig into the best house music songs of all time below—then, for more dance music, check out Reade Truth’s best techno songs.
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