Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best House songs of all time 2017, House music had its beginnings in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Its influence is very much heard today. If it weren’t for house music and its beginnings, modern-day shows like “Empire” would have very little meaning. In this post the best songs in the history of House will be celebrated.
- 10. Calvin Harris–Summer
- 9. Tom’s Diner–Suzanne Vega
- 8. Back to Life–Soul to Soul
- 7. The Power–Snap
- 6. I Feel Love–Donna Summer
- 5. Pump Up the Jam–Technotronic
- 4. Pump Up the Volume–Marrs
- 3. Hold On–En Vogue
- 2. I Don’t Want Your Love–Duran Duran
- 1. Gonna Make You Sweat-C & C Music Factory
Here we present the list of top 10 best House songs of all time 2017.
10. Calvin Harris–Summer
Calvin Harris has shown his prowess in the past as a deejay, a musician, and a producer. He is featured on this song as a singer. The song is “Summer,” and the song began getting airplay in the US during the course of the summer of 2014, especially towards the end. His raspy voice and trademark siren synthesizer sound, plus pulsating beat are all present on this song, and all these elements–the way he has combined them together–produced a memorable summertime hit three years ago.
9. Tom’s Diner–Suzanne Vega
This is one of the best examples of a house song that happened without the author’s knowledge or consent. It was written by Suzanne Vega sometime during 1982, when she was getting something to eat at Tom’s Diner near the college where she was attending, according to Wikipedia. The song makes references to current events of the day, such as an actor who “died while he was sleeping.” The actor was William Holden, who died in a fall brought on by extreme drunkenness. The song was released in the fall of 1990, and was a top five smash across the United States. The song was a mix of Vega’s voice and beats they–the British deejay duo DNA– had acquired from De La Soul. The song was released as a tune by DNA featuring Suzanne Vega. Instead of being upset by this, Vega liked the idea. And in the fall of 1990, “Tom’s Diner” became a Top 5 hit, as I mentioned earlier.
8. Back to Life–Soul to Soul
“Back To Life” is a song that was made by late 80’s-early 90’s group “Soul II Soul,” which featured British black R& soul singer Caron Wheeler, now 53. During 1989-90 the group had two hits, “Keep on Movin,” and by the end of ’89–“Back to Life, which was a capella, except for the back beat of the drums. The two elements of the song were mixed together, and released. The song went to #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts.
7. The Power–Snap
The song is known for the hooks, “I’ve Got the Power,” and “It’s Gettin’ Kinda Hectic.”
Snap is a studio group that was brought in because of a possible copyright infringement. The whole instrumental track of the song, as well as the vocals, were sampled from other artists–one who was particularly enraged over the sampling of her vocals on the record without her consent. She had commenced legal action against the group because of this. The decision was made to rerecord the song with all new vocals, plus a new rap by American artists (the original act was German.) It was #2 for one week in August, behind Mariah Carey’s first big hit, “Vision of Love.”
This song is remembered until this day as one of the first house songs to become popular in mainstream pop.
6. I Feel Love–Donna Summer
Released in 1977, the producers for this song saw fit to use a synthesizer, a drum machine, and the late disco queen’s voice. As Wikipedia points out, this song was produced by Georgio Moroda and Pete Belotte outside of the normal disco format of a live, acoustic orchestra, and a warm, reassuring vocal by a female singer. It was Summer’s voice, and a synthesized backing track, with a Moog synthesizer and a kick drum producing it. It hit #6 in November of 1977, but it was the first experimentation of the sound that was regularly used in the production of house music.
Summer died in 2012 due to lung cancer she believed to be brought on by exposure to the fumes of 9/11.
5. Pump Up the Jam–Technotronic
This Belgian act released this song as a single in the fall of 1989. It became a worldwide hit, according to Wikipedia. It hit #2 in the United States, according to Billboard Magazine. It has been used in a variety of movies, including Space Jam, in which the Looney Tunes consent to a game of basketball with NBA star Michael Jordan. Will Smith dances to it in an episode of the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” This is a small snapshot of what this song has meant in our culture.
4. Pump Up the Volume–Marrs
MARRS as a single entity has never existed. Instead, it is the combination of two bands who, because of radically different working styles, couldn’t record together. One band was named Colourbox, and the other one’s name was A.R. Kane. Linkup of the two bands was brought about when each group privately persuaded 4AD label executive Ivo Watts-Russell to make commercially available a dance record of this kind. Colourbox came up with “Pump Up the Volume, and the alternative band A.R.Kane came up with the guitar hook. Deejays C. J. Macintosh and Dave Dorrell put the deejay scratches on the record. It hit #13 in the US, but was Number One in Britain. It is a house classic today.
3. Hold On–En Vogue
This is the song that got this group underway. Although after this record, they did not really record what could be deemed as house. They did more of an R & B/ old school sound. But for this record, they did a song with a heavy bass sound and other elements of the new house sound. This was a dance favorite in the days of the early 90s. It hit #2 in the United States in August of 1990, and led to a string of hits for this group, including, 1992’s “Never Gonna Get It,” and later that year, the remake of the ’60s/early ’70s classic “Giving Him Something He Can Feel.”
2. I Don’t Want Your Love–Duran Duran
By late 1988 it was clear that Duran Duran’s star was fading. In 1984 the band had been touted by the then-younger generation as the Beatles of the 1980’s. But they tweaked their sound a little to be more in tune with the emerging house sound, and came up with a Top 5 Hit…”I Don’t Want Your Love.” This song, however, is good, even though it doesn’t get much airplay today, and serves as a great example of what early house sounded like.
1. Gonna Make You Sweat-C & C Music Factory
The C & C Music Factory was basically Robert Clivilles, the late David Coles, Martha Wash, and lead singer/rapper Freedom Williams. They were one of the first acts to capitalize on the new sound. The sound on “Gonna Make You Sweat” gives them the #1 spot on this countdown of the greatest house songs that ever were. They had only one really successful year–1991. After that there were hassles between the founders of the band–producers Clivilles and Coles–and Martha Wash. There was also Coles’ illness–he was dying of AIDS.
They may not have been together for long–but besides this song, they had “Things That Make You Go ‘Hmmm. ‘ ” Their contributions have most definitely earned them a place in the House Music List of Favorites.
House music is a type of dance music. As long as people love to dance, house music will be in vogue in one form of another. What you have seen, then, is a list of pioneers. It has been said that we should respect our elders, and this has exactly been the intent of this post. Some of these elders–like David Coles or Donna Summer, and at least one member of MARRS–are not around anymore. But this is a way to pay homage to their memory.