Welcome to EURODANCE 2021 from 909originals – a competition to determine Europe’s most-loved dance-pop classic.
Over a one-month period, commencing 11 June, EURODANCE 2021 will see 32 classic Eurodance tracks go head to head in a series of 24-hour one-on-one ‘matches’, voted for by members of the public, hosted on 909originals.com. The winning track in each case will progress to the next round, where it will again come up against another contender, and so on, until one track remains.
The current LIVE MATCH status can be found below.
ROUND 1 RESULTS
The first round of matches ran from Friday 11 June to Wednesday 23 June, with all voting taking place on 909originals.com, and links will be shared via social media. The full set of results can be found below.
Dr Alban – It’s My Life (49.02%) vs Corona – The Rhythm Of The Night (50.98%)
Darude – Sandstorm (69.57%) vs Capella – U Got 2 Let The Music (30.43%)
Aqua – Barbie Girl (23.28%) vs N-Trance – Set You Free (76.72%)
Ace Of Base – All That She Wants (46.67%) vs Alice Deejay – Better Off Alone (53.33%)
Vengaboys – Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!! (71.88%) vs O-Zone – Dragostea Din Tei (28.13%)
Snap! – Rhythm Is A Dancer (79.17%) vs M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy – Another Night (20.83%)
Black Box – Ride On Time (67.44%) vs Jam & Spoon – Right In The Night (32.56%)
Culture Beat – Mr Vain (80.56%) vs Captain Hollywood Project – More and More (19.44%)
Sash! – Encore Une Fois (44.74%) vs Urban Cookie Collective – The Key, The Secret (55.26%)
Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee) (16%) vs La Bouche – Be My Lover (84%)
2 Unlimited – No Limit (84%) vs BBE – Seven Days And One Week (16%)
Gala – Freed From Desire (60%) vs Leila K – Open Sesame (40%)
Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe (37.10%) vs Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam (62.90%)
Haddaway – What Is Love? (62.16%) vs Maxx – Get-A-Way (37.84%)
Whigfield – Saturday Night (76%) vs ATB – 9pm (Till I Come) (24%)
Robert Miles – Children (91.18%) vs Dario G. – Sunchyme (8.82%)
Congratulations to all the artists and tracks that made it through to the second round of Eurodance 2021!
ROUND 2 MATCHES
The second round of matches kicks off on Friday 25 June, with one match taking place each day over an eight-day period – weekday matches kick off at 7pm CET (approximately), and weekday matches start at 3pm CET (approx). Following the completion of Round 2, the draw for the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals will take place on 3 July. Each match lasts 24 hours, so make sure you get your vote in before the time runs out – if sharing, please use the hashtag #eurodance2021.
25 June – ROUND 2, MATCH 1
Whigfield – ‘Saturday Night’ (65.29%) vs Gala – ‘Freed From Desire’ (34.71%)
26 June – ROUND 2, MATCH 2
Darude – ‘Sandstorm’ (43.59%) vs Technotronic – ‘Pump Up The Jam’ (56.41%)
27 June – ROUND 2, MATCH 3
2 Unlimited – ‘No Limit’ (48.75%) vs Culture Beat – ‘Mr Vain’ (51.25%)
28 June – ROUND 2, MATCH 4
Alice Deejay – ‘Better Off Alone’ (21.43%) vs Black Box – ‘Ride On Time’ (78.57%)
29 June – ROUND 2, MATCH 5
Corona – ‘The Rhythm Of The Night’ vs Urban Cookie Collective – ‘The Key, The Secret’ (MATCH UNDERWAY – VOTE HERE)
30 June – ROUND 2, MATCH 6
Haddaway – ‘What Is Love?’ vs Vengaboys – ‘Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!’
1 July – ROUND 2, MATCH 7
La Bouche – ‘Be My Lover’ vs Robert Miles – ‘Children’
2 July – ROUND 2, MATCH 8
N-Trance – ‘Set You Free’ vs Snap! – ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’
WHAT IS EURODANCE?
As Daniele Davoli of Black Box, whose Ride On Time could be considered to be an early classic of the genre, tells 909originals, the Eurodance formula is a simple to attempt, but difficult to master.
“You need to have a strong riff, you need to have a strong chorus, you need to have a slogan, and you need to have a pumping bassline,” he says. “Those are the rules, and if you have these elements, you have a hit. Even Calvin Harris records, these days, still have the same elements in there.”
For Colin Kraan, co-author of No Limit. De ultieme Eurodance-hits uit de 90’s, a book (in Dutch) that uncovers the story behind some of the genre’s biggest hits, a successful Eurodance classic consists, in general, of “Female vocalists that sing the chorus, rappers that rap the verse, producers who stay behind the scenes but who come up with the concept, and simple, optimistic lyrics that you can sing along to – the English is that simple that even people that don’t know English can understand it; it’s child proof. There’s never any cursing in the lyrics – there’s a catchy sound that brings up a lot of positive energy, high tempo, staccato melodies with a lot of synthesisers, strong hooks, minor chords.
“Like Spin Magazine said, ‘it makes melancholy damn tempting’. And, last but not least: it’s made in Europe.”
Artists featured in EURODANCE 2021 include, in alphabetical order, 2 Unlimited, Ace Of Base, Alice Deejay, Aqua, ATB, BBE, Black Box, Capella, Captain Hollywood Project, Corona, Culture Beat, Dario G, Darude, Dr Alban, Eiffel 65, Gala, Haddaway, Jam & Spoon, La Bouche, Leila K, Maxx, M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy, N-Trance, O-Zone, Rednex, Robert Miles, Sash!, Snap!, Technotronic, Urban Cookie Collective, Vengaboys and Whigfield; in other words, a pan-European array of chart-smashing artists.
As a certain Dutch recording artist once put it… Y’ALL READY FOR THIS?
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