25 Vital Dance Hits for a Vivacious Valentine's Day
Yeah, I know. Valentine's Day is roses. Or messages scrunched inside fortune cookies. Ensuring that special someone knows they're special (in a good way). Yeah, yeah, know all that. However, IMO, also about celebrating - whether that's showing appreciation or wooing an office colleague. Hence, given the joy of music, definitely has a place on Valentine's Day.
Music - What Feelings Sound Like (image c/o Pixabay)
Here's 25 tunes that'll put a smile on your dial. Commencing with bold, bright retro. All the way to mod' 2016. Whilst all Valentine's-worthy, each artist offers something distinct. Thus, I've specified that special feeling/quality each pairing (hopefully) evokes. You can either peruse my article, or bypass straight to the playlist (provided at the bottom). Either way, grab your partner/date/nonplussed coworker, shove on dancing shoes, and amp up your speakers (in no particular order).
Go on, take a listen. And # let me take you to a place I know you wanna go # (will make sense if you listen to 1st 20 sec of 1st track).
ARTIST/GROUP: Inner City
TRACKS INCLUDED: Good life (1989), Big Fun (1989)
WHY: Instant gratification.
While 80's techno is sometimes scoffed at (for good reason), some of it's endured. Inner City, with their upbeat beats, an example. These two once-popular dance tracks, also subsequently remixed, proving themselves timeless.
TRACKS INCLUDED: Don't Stop (1993), Let Me Show You (1993)
K-Klass, like their counterpart above, still compose today. Though less busy, they once exhilarated with audacious hits. That includes these gems. Deep, flavoursome beats, they'll have you stomping along.
ARTIST/GROUP: Baby D
TRACKS INCLUDED: Let Me Be Your Fantasy (1996), So Pure (1996)
Thumping beats, easy-to-follow lyrics, Baby D were giants. Though still danceable, their tunes admittedly more ephemeral. Nevertheless, these rave-oriented beats'll have you shamelessly shaking your rump ie. twerking like Miley.
TRACKS INCLUDED: Put 'em High (2004), You Don't Know (2007)
The DJ behind StoneBridge, Sten Hallström, is a whiz. Hailing from Sweden, he's also vaguely associated with Robin S (who I tried to cram into this list). Mesmerizing melodies, luscious lyrics, he'll delight your eardrums as he works his synths.
TRACKS INCLUDED: When You're Mad (2006), Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself) (2012)
Natural flair, musical family, only matter of time before this prodigy rose. Determined, talented musician, he's also written for Rihanna and Beyonce. Modern day Romeo, Ne-Yo'll infuse the room with romance.
ARTIST/GROUP: Chris Malinchak
TRACKS INCLUDED: Stranger (2009), If U Got It (2012)
Chris Malinchak. Underrated, unappreciated, feel sorry for this dude. This multi-talented guru's self-produced several tunes. Plus been endorsed by the likes of Adele and Annie Mac. 'U Got It', climbing to 23 on the UK charts.
ARTIST/GROUP: Nicky Romero
TRACKS INCLUDED: I Could Be The One (2013), Harmony (2015)
Nicky Romero's ranked 18 on DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJ's poll. He's worked alongside/been supported by renowned DJ's: David Guetta, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Armand Van Helden, to name a few. Nicky Romero's ability to capture/express emotion, rapidly elevating him.
TRACKS INCLUDED: Hideaway (2014), No Enemiesz (2014)
Pocket rocket, once donning a sailor's hat, is truly awesome. If you wonder how she pulls off those dance moves, ex-ballerina. Conversely, if you're wondering about that bright red hair (perhaps just me then), Scottish heritage.
ARTIST/GROUP: Duke Dumont
TRACKS INCLUDED: The Giver (2014), I Got U (2014)
This chart-topping, multiple Grammy nominated DJ made a name for himself composing & mixing. Clip for 'I Got U', even honored by fans of Sigala's (admittedly groovalicious) Sweet Lovin'.
ARTIST/GROUP: Jess Glynne
TRACKS INCLUDED: Real Love (2014), My Love (support vocals) (2015)
Famed support/lead vocalist, Jess hit the scene in 2013. In 2015, becoming the 2nd British female soloist to own 5 chart-topping singles in the UK. These two platinum-selling tracks, showcasing her magically powerful voice.
TRACKS INCLUDED: I Want You To Know (2015), Beautiful Now (2015)
Household name, Zedd is a powerhouse. Whilst originally part of a deathcore band, he's since migrated. Upon gaining recognition, embarking on a collaboration rampage. Partnering with the likes of Ariana Grande and Hayley Williams from Paramore. Plus producing innumerable remixes.
Couldn't go past this one, so this pairing becomes a trio...
TRACKS INCLUDED: In My Head (2015), Runaway (U & I) (2015), Firebird (2015)
These cats will have you dancing on the ceiling. Galantis have taken the world by storm. And as long as they keep pumping out kick-butt tunes, we'll keep listening to them - despite their ailuromania/wacky obsession with cats.
Playlist of above songs (not monetized or anything). Enjoy.