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TIL  THE  MORNING ( COMES )-DeezBootz
I  FEEL  GOOD  (  I LIKE WHAT YOU'RE DOING TO ME '12 )-Smokin  Beats
BRING  YOUR  LOVE  BACK-Steve  K. . .
FROM  PARIS  TO  BERLIN-Infernal
( ALWAYS )  BY  MY  SIDE-Flanders
SEVEN  DAYS  IN  SUNNY  JUNE-Jamiroquai
DOWN  IN  L.A.-Munk
STILL  IN  LOVE-Andrea  Lovea,  Thomas  Brenner  &  Richard  Earnshaw
ON  A  NIGHT  LIKE  THIS-Kylie  Minogue, Bini  &  Martini
FUNK-InClose
WON'T  DO  IT  AGAIN ( SUNRISE )-Dave  Spoon. . .
ENGLISHMAN  IN  NEW  YORK-PH  Electro
ALL  THIS  LOVE  THAT  I'M  GIVING-Belezamusica  &  Sean  McCabe. . .
AFTER  ALL-Orange  Muse
TURN  IT  AROUND-Jason  Karl  &  Cookie
SHOW  ME  LOVE '07-Mobin   Master. . .
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BILLBOARD DANCE CHARTS ARE FLAWED

(Update of  Dec. 2016  blog)  Historically,  Billboard's  Dance
charts  were  all  about  the  clubs and club hits. There  were
plenty "other" Dance  songs being played on radio but they were
ignored  and  not  charted (in favor of club tracks). Now, it's
just the opposite. Slow, Britney Spears type songs are all over
radio  and  that seems to  be all  Billboard is  interested in.
That's why I don't live by Billboard. Their year end chart is a
big joke, as is their Dance  charts. Somebody who has no inter-
est in Dance  music  has "created"  their  flawed  methodology.
Their  Dance  charts were never perfect, but they are "dull and
boring" today. Only a grandmother  could  Dance to many of  the
"Dance"  songs  they  chart! I'd  give  Billboard a D- on those
charts. They should be ashamed to even publish and present them
as Dance.//////////////////////////////////////////////////////



CHANGE OR GET LEFT BEHIND
Nothing  stays the same  forever. I found out  USA Dance Mix is
broadcasting on Shoutcast version 1 which has not been  updated
since  2004! Now, many newer phones and web browsers  will  not
support version 1. Version 2.5 is the latest  and we will prob-
ably have to migrate about 1000 tracks over to the newer  plat-
form. We have until June to make a decision  or stick  with  it
for another year. The problem is the newer version is about $50
more per month, and with limited  funds (donations are very few
to the station) it's really a budjet  breaker. Add to that  the
artist  royalty fees which more  than doubled in 2016. It seems
the big guys like Pandora would  really like to squeeze out the
small, independent  streamers and  claim  streaming  radio  for
themselves. If you are a wealthy  Dance  music  lover and truly
enjoy the station a big donation  would be a great way of show-
ing your support.//////////////////////////////////////////////



RHYTHMS ALWAYS TRUMP TITLES

The latest  track to carry  this banner is "Mr. Brain Power..."
from  the  talented  Richard  Earnshaw. This instrumental is so
well  crafted it could be titled  almost  anything. Thus is the
"crazy" title. It's almost impossible to have a good vocal song
without  also having  some  good  beats. However, you can still
have a great instrumental jam where  "optional"  lyrics  aren't
needed. 9 out of 80 NEW songs of 2016 were instrumentals. Every
one of them had a title that was  mostly  meaningless and could
have  been titled  anything. That's  probably the way it should
be  and has been for the most part. Giorgio  Moroder  did it in
the 70's and Earnshaw  and others (including  Moroder) continue
the tradition today.///////////////////////////////////////////




INSTRUMENTALS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE
2016 was the best year ever for  instrumental Dance tracks. Why
were they so popular? A cute, catchy vocal hook can really make
a Dance  recording, but without a good beat you've got nothing.
Regardless of what country a Dance  music  lover is from, music
is the  universal language. You can feel the rhythms in Poland,
Brazil  and  Mexico. In many tracks the music  comes  first and
then the lyrics. Often, lyrics  are  just  an after thought. If
they  aren't  very  good  they can actually  take away from the
production. The best instrumental  releases have a  distinctive
musical hook that helps makes them memorable. Artists should be
proud of their  works  and realize  that  lyrics are not always
good and may not be required.//////////////////////////////////



"BOOGIE" POPULAR DANCE THEME + TITLE

Love is the all time most popular Disco & Dance theme. Dance is
also a popular theme, as is Disco and even "Boogie". Here are a
few heard almost daily on USA Dance Mix: "Boogie  Nights" Heat-
wave, "Boogie  Fever" The Sylvers, "Boogie Oogie Oogie" A Taste
Of Honey, "Boogie  Wonderland" Earth, Wind & Fire, "Boogie With
Me" Poussez, "Everybody  Get Up  And  Boogie" Freddie James. Of
those  surely A Taste Of Honey would be at the top  considering
that track put the "O" in Disco. Personal fav's would be  Heat-
wave and  teenager  Freddie James. However, Poussez  made a big
debut by showing that the boundaries for Disco music can be ex-
spanded and are never  ending. A lot of FUNK is in most Disco &
Dance  songs when BOOGIE is a theme. That's a great  thing! Who
could ever possibly get funky  without  breaking into a boogie?




RADIO EDITS CAN BE A CHALLENGE
Very few Dance  songs justify  being 6 or 7 minutes  long. Most
have lots of padding (beats or thumps) at the beginning and the
end. It can  be a challenge for  USA Dance Mix  to  edit  those
tracks  down to a more "radio friendly" 3 1/2 or 4 minutes. But
we do it. Often, a few weeks  later the artist  has  made their
own radio edit and cut their track right where we did. 3 1/2 is
the ideal  length (just enough to keep the listener happy). Too
much of a good thing can be a bad thing in Dance music. Except-
ional  songs though  can be 4 minutes or longer. The days of 7-
14 minute  Dance  tracks have long vanished. Dance music lovers
don't need a lot of "fluff". They just  want the  artist to get
to the point or meat of their release and nothing more.////////




THE STATION HAD FEW RECORDS
I lived in Jacksonville, Florida for a couple years after  high
school. At one point the city got a new FM Dance station (about
1977). At that time Dance radio played  mostly club tracks that
were usually 8 or more minutes long. Well, the station only had
about 10 Disco & Dance records (and some of those  weren't  too
good). About every 90 minutes they  would  simply  repeat them.
Needless to say, the station  lasted only a few  months  before
switching  formats. Jacksonville was just not  ready for a full
time  Dance  station  at  that  time (or at least one that only
played 10 records). Is there a moral  here? Maybe. You may  not
have the greatest or the best, but be happy with  what  you  do
have (it's better than nothing)......perhaps that's it.////////


















 





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TOP 4O

U.S.A.
DISCO & DANCE
1988-2OO8  HIT  IMPRESSIONS

ALCAZAR - Sexual  Guarantee/Don't  You  Want  Me  '02/Paradise/Crying  At  The  Discotheque. . .
ASTLEY, RICK - Never  Gonna  Give  You  Up/Together  Forever/Whenever  You  Need  Somebody/
                            . . .('87-'88)
BLACK  BOX - Strike  It  Up/Everybody  Everybody/I  Don't  Know  Anybody  Else. . .
BOOTY  LUV - Shine
CAREY, MARIAH - Make  It  Happen/Can't  Let  Go/Emotions. . .
CHER - Believe/Strong  Enough/All  Or  Nothing
CHRISTOPHER, SHAWN - Don't   Lose  The  Magic  '08
CLAMARAN, EARNSHAW & OCHOA. . . - Give  Some  Love
DEEE-LITE - Groove  Is  In  The  Heart/Power  Of  Love/Good  Beat. . .
GEORGIE  PORGIE - Life  Goes  On/I'm  In  Love/Sunshine/It's  Alright. . .
GRAY, MICHAEL - The  Weekend
HOTT  22 - Something  Real
HOUSTON,  WHITNEY - Love  Will  Save  The  Day/So  Emotional/For  The  Love  Of  You. . .  ('87-'88)
INNER  CITY - Good  Life/Big  Fun
JACKSON, JANET - All  For  You. . .
JACKSON, JANET - Miss You Much/State Of The World/Rythm Nation/The Knowledge/Escapade/
                                  Alright. . .
JAMIROQUAI - Canned  Heat
LA  BOUCHE/LE  CLICK - Be  My  Lover/Sweet  Dreams/Nice  'N'  Slow/I  Love  To  Love/Tonight  Is
                                             The  Night. . .
LIL  LOUIS. . . - Music  Saved  My  Life/Club  Lonely/New  Dance  Beat
LOVELACE, KIMARA - When  Can  Our  Love  Begin  '08
LIVIN'  JOY - Dreamer/Don't  Stop  Movin'/Where  Can  I  Find  Love
MADISON  AVENUE -
Don't  Call  Me  Baby/Who  The  Hell  Are  You. . .
MINOGUE, KYLIE - Love  At  First  Sight/Can't  Get  You  Out  Of  My  Head
MOLINA, ANTHONY - Floating  Above  Mars
MORILLO. . ., ERICK - Dancing
NO  DOUBT - Hella  Good  (Keep  On  Dancin')
NO  HALO & EARNSHAW - Put  Your  Hands  On
PENISTON, CECE - Finally
PENISTON, CECE - Hit  By  Love/I'm  In  The  Mood/I'm  Not  Over  You
PENISTON, CECE - We  Got  A  Love  Thang/Keep  On  Walkin'
PINK - Get  The  Party  Started
ROZALLA - Everybody's  Free (To  Feel  Good)/Are You  Ready  To Fly/Faith (In The  Power Of Love) S., ROBIN - Show  Me  Love/Love  4  Love/Brighter  Day
SOULMAKERS  &  EARNSHAW - Falling  (For  You)
SOUL  SEARCHER - Can't  Get  Enough
SOUND  FACTORY - Understand  This  Groove
SOUNDSET - Everyday '08
STARDUST - Music  Sounds  Better  With  You
STONEBRIDGE. . . -
Put  'Em  High. . .
WATERS, CRYSTAL - Gypsy  Woman  (She's  Homeless)/Makin'  Happy/Surprise

An  impression  or  imprint   can  be  an  entire   album  or  single.   Some   minor   cuts   have
not  been  listed.  Our  top 3 Dance  artists of  the  last two  decades ('88-'08)  would be a  battle

between  Janet  Jackson
,  CeCe  Peniston  &  Crystal  Waters.   Less  than  30%  are  from  1988
to  1998.  Anything in  the  last  few  years  that  seems  UNKNOWN  can  usually  be  heard  on
YouTube.




TOP 4O

U.S.A.
DISCO & DANCE
PRE-1988  HIT  IMPRESSIONS

ASHFORD & SIMPSON - Found A Cure
A TASTE OF HONEY - Boogie Oogie Oogie
BRAINSTORM - Lovin' Is Really My Game
BROWN, PETER - Crank It Up (Funk Town)
CHANGE - The Glow Of Love/Searching/A Lover's Holiday
CHIC - Good Times/Le Freak/Dance,Dance,Dance/Everybody Dance/I Want Your Love. . .
GARY'S GANG - Keep On Dancin'/Let's  Love  Dance
GAYE, MARVIN - Got To Give It Up/Let's Get It On/I Want You/Sexual Healing
GAYNOR, GLORIA - Never Can Say Goodbye/I Will Survive
GQ - Disco Nights (Rock Freak)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES - Bad Luck/The Love I Lost/Wake Up Everybody
HERNANDEZ, PATRICK - Born To Be Alive
HOUSTON, THELMA - Don't Leave Me This Way
ISLEY BROTHERS - It's A Disco Night
K.C. & THE SUNSHINE BAND - Get Down Tonight/Do You Wanna Go Party/ I Get Lifted
KHAN, CHAKA - I Feel For You/I'm Every Woman/Ain't  Nobody/What 'Cha Gonna Do  For  Me
KHAN, CHAKA & Rufus - Once You Get Started/Do You Love What You Feel/Tell Me Something  Good
LIPPS INC. - Funkytown
LYNN, CHERYL - Got To Be Real
MADONNA - Everybody/Holiday/Burnin'  Up/Physical  Attraction/Lucky  Star/Borderline
MCCOY, VAN - The Hustle
MCFADDEN & WHITEHEAD - Ain't Not Stoppin' Us Now
MCLAIN, ALTON & DESTINY - It Must Be Love
MUSIQUE - In The Bush/Keep On Jumpin'
ODYSSEY - Native New Yorker
O'JAYS - I Love Music
RAY, DON - Got To Have Loving
ROBINSON, VICKI  SUE - Turn The Beat Around
RUSHEN, PATRICE - Forget Me Nots/Feels So Real And My Mind (Won't Let  Go)
RUSHEN, PATRICE - Haven't You Heard
SHANNON - Let The Music Play. . .
SISTER SLEDGE - We Are Family/He's The Greatest Dancer/All American  Girls
S.O.S. BAND - Take Your Time (Do It Right)
STREISAND & SUMMER - No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
SUMMER, DONNA - Bad Girls/MacArthur  Park/Spring  Affair/Rumour  Has It. . .
SUMMER, DONNA - Could It Be Magic/Love Is In Control/I Love You/Heaven  Knows. . .
SUMMER, DONNA - I Feel Love/Love To Love You Baby/Sunset People/Hot Stuff. . .
SUMMER, DONNA - She Works Hard For The Money/Last Dance/On The Radio. . .
SYLVESTER - You Make Me Feel (Mighty  Real)/Dance (Disco  Heat)
TAVARES - Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel/It Only Takes A Minute
All  titles  above  have  each  been  "RECYCLED"  three  times  into  our  TOP-4O.
Once  and  for  all,  the  real  "Queen Of  Disco"  can  easily  be  identified
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