List of Hi-NRG artists and songs

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Hi-NRG is uptempo disco or electronic dance music usually featuring synthetic bassline octaves. This list contains some examples of Hi-NRG artists and songs. A few Eurodance and Eurobeat songs are also included. Songs by non-Hi NRG artists are included too.

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ArtistsSongs (1970s1980s1990s2000s2010s) • AlbumsReferences

Songs[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Artist Origin Song Label
1977 Donna Summer United States I Feel Love[1][2] Casablanca / GTO Records
1978 Sylvester United States You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)[2] Fantasy
1978 Sylvester United States Dance (Disco Heat) Fantasy
1979 Yvonne Elliman United States Love Pains Ramshorn Records
1979 Linda Clifford United States If My Friends Could See Me Now RSO
1979 Jessica Williams Mexico Save The Last Dance For Me Polydor (US)
1979 Claudja Barry Canada Boogie Woogie Dancin' Shoes Chrysalis (US)

1980s[edit]

Year Artist Origin Song Label
1980 Peter Brown United States It Can't Be Love (But Do It To Me Anyway) TK Records
1980 Donna Summer United States Sunset People Casablanca
1980 Jessica Williams Mexico Gambling on Your Love Polydor (US)
1980 Kelly Marie Scotland Feels Like I'm in Love Pye Records
Calibre + Plus!
1980 Linda Clifford United States Bridge over Troubled Water RSO
1980 Viola Wills United States Up on the Roof Ariola
1980 Barbie & the Kens United States Just a Gigolo "O" Records
1980 Kano Italy Super Extra Sexy Sign Emergency (US)
1980 Viola Wills United States If You Could Read My Mind Ariola
1981 Patrick Cowley United States Megatron Man Megatone Records
1981 ABBA Sweden Lay All Your Love On Me (Disconet Remix) Epic Records
1981 Roni Griffith United States Desire Vanguard
1981 Lime Canada Your Love Mantra Records
1981 Kelly Marie Scotland Lovin' Just For Fun Calibre
1982 Paul Parker United States Right on Target Megatone Records
1982 Bobby O United States I'm So Hot For You "O" Records
1982 The Flirts United States Passion[3] "O" Records
1982 Divine United States Native Love[4] "O" Records
1982 Roni Griffith United States (The Best Part of) Breakin' Up Vanguard
1982 Sylvester & Patrick Cowley United States Do Ya Wanna Funk?[3][5] London Records (UK)
1982 Lime Canada Babe, We're Gonna Love Tonight[3] Mantra Records
1982 The Nolans United Kingdom Crashing Down Epic
1982 Jessica Williams Mexico Queen Of Fools Passion (UK)
1982 Bobby O United States She Has a Way "O" Records
1982 Sharon Redd United States In The Name Of Love (Remix) Canadian Prelude
1982 The Weather Girls United States It's Raining Men CBS (UK)
1982 Scherrie Payne United States Medley:I'm Not in Love / Girl, You're In Love Altair (USA) / Record Shack (UK)
1983 Rhetta Hughes United States Angel Man (G.A.) Aria
1983 New Order United Kingdom Blue Monday Factory
1983 Jessica Williams Mexico (They Call Me) The Queen Of Fools Passion (UK)
1983 Miquel Brown United States / United Kingdom So Many Men, So Little Time[6] Record Shack
1983 Sylvester United States Don't Stop London Records
1983 Divine United States Shoot Your Shot[4][7] "O" Records
1983 Eartha Kitt United States Where Is My Man Record Shack Records
1983 Pamala Stanley United States I Don't Want To Talk About It Komander (US)
1983 Forrest United States Rock the Boat CBS (UK)
1983 The Flirtations United States / United Kingdom Earthquake Siam/Proto (UK)
1983 Lime Canada On The Grid / Angel Eyes Mantra Records
1983 Sylvester United States Band of Gold London Records (UK)
1983 Celi Bee United States I'm Free Paris International (US)
1983 Miquel Brown United States / United Kingdom He's A Saint, He's A Sinner Record Shack (UK)
1983 Paul Parker United States Shot In The Night Megatone (US)
1983 Vicki Sue Robinson United States To Sir With Love Profile (US)
1983 Sharon Redd United States Love How You Feel Prelude
1983 Amanda Lear Germany Love Your Body Ariola
1983 Lime Canada Guilty Mantra Records
1983 Divine United States Love Reaction Design Communications (UK)
1983 Oh Romeo United States These Memories / Goin' Cruisin' Bobcat
1983 Divine United States Shake It Up Design Communications (UK)
1983 Kelly Marie Scotland I'm On Fire Calibre
1983 Michael Sembello United States Maniac Casablanca
1983 Technos United Kingdom Foreign Land PRT (UK)
1983 The Flirts United States Danger Unidisc
1983 Hazell Dean United Kingdom Searchin' (I Gotta Find a Man)[8] Proto
1983 Barbara Mason United States Another Man Streetwave (UK)
1983 Trans-X Canada Living on Video[9] Polydor
1983 Frankie Goes to Hollywood United Kingdom Relax ZTT
1984 Animotion United States Obsession Mercury Records
1984 Bronski Beat United Kingdom Smalltown Boy[8][10] London
1984 Bronski Beat United Kingdom Why?[10] London
1984 Vicious Pink United Kingdom Cccan't You See Parlophone
1984 Evelyn Thomas United States High Energy[6][8] Record Shack (UK)
1984 Freddie Mercury United Kingdom Love Kills Columbia
1984 Technos United Kingdom Nighttime Heaven PRT (UK)
1984 Pointer Sisters United States Jump (for My Love) RCA
1984 Hazell Dean United Kingdom Evergreen / Jealous Love Proto (UK)
1984 Miquel Brown United States / United Kingdom Black Leather Record Shack (UK)
1984 Kelly Marie Scotland Breakout Calibre
1984 Oh Romeo United States Once Is Not Enough / Light Of Love Oh My!
1984 Pamala Stanley United States Coming Out Of Hiding Casablanca
1984 Evelyn Thomas United States Masquerade Record Shack (UK)
1984 Evelyn Thomas United States Second Best Record Shack (UK)
1984 Jackson Moore & Jimmy Ruffin United States I'm Gonna Love You Forever ERC (UK)
1984 Hot Gossip United Kingdom Break Me Into Little Pieces Fanfare (UK)
1984 Hot Gossip United Kingdom Don't Beat About The Bush Fanfare (UK)
1984 Fun Fun Italy Colour My Love X-Energy
1984 Paul Parker United States Desire Megatone (US)
1984 Frankie Goes to Hollywood United Kingdom Two Tribes[9] ZTT
1984 Divine United States You Think You're A Man[4][7] Proto
1984 Dead or Alive United Kingdom You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)[8][11][12] Epic
1984 Divine United States I'm So Beautiful Proto
1984 Sheryl Lee Ralph United States In The Evening Record Shack (UK)
1984 Earlene Bentley & Sylvester United States Stargazing Record Shack (UK)
1985 Claudja Barry & Bobby O Canada
United States
From A Whisper To A Scream Meno Vision
1985 Al Corley United States Cold Dresses Mercury
1984 Bronski Beat United Kingdom Hit That Perfect Beat[13][14] London
1985 Lime Canada Unexpected Lovers Mantra Records
1985 Evelyn Thomas United States Reflections Record Shack (UK)
1985 Evelyn Thomas United States Sorry, Wrong Number Record Shack (UK)
1985 Laura Branigan United States Spanish Eddie Atlantic
1985 E.G. Daily United States Love in The Shadows A&M
1985 Sylvester United States Take Me To Heaven
Sex
Megatone (US) Cooltempo (UK)
1985 Jackie Rawe United Kingdom I Believe In Dreams Fanfare (UK)
1985 Dead or Alive United Kingdom Lover Come Back to Me Epic
1985 Hazell Dean United Kingdom They Say It's Gonna Rain Parlophone
1985 Den Harrow Germany Future Brain Ariola
1985 Phyllis Nelson United States I Like You Carrere
1985 Divine United States Walk Like A Man
Twistin' the Night Away
Hard Magic
Proto
1985 Amanda Lear Italy No Credit Card Merak Music
1985 Pearly Gates United States Action Funkin' Marvellous
1985 Dead or Alive United Kingdom My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me to the Doctor)[9] Epic
1985
1986
Sinitta United Kingdom So Macho Fanfare (UK)
1985
1986
Taffy United Kingdom / Italy I Love My Radio (Midnight Radio)
I Love My Radio (DJ Radio)
Ibiza (Italy)
Transglobal (UK)
1986 Mel and Kim United Kingdom Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend) RCA
1986 Alaska y Dinarama Spain A quién le importa EMI
1986 Stacey Q United States Two of Hearts[3] Atlantic
1986 Max Coveri Italy One More Time Fuori Di Testi
1986 Rose Laurens France Quand Tu Pas (American Love) WEA
1986 Fancy Germany After Midnight Metronome
1986 Stacey Q United States We Connect Atlantic
1986 Man 2 Man & Man Parrish United States Male Stripper Bolts Records
1986 Evelyn Thomas United States Tightrope Nightmare (UK)
1986 Viola Wills United States Both Sides Now Streetwave
1986 Bananarama United Kingdom Venus London Records
1986 Eartha Kitt United States This Is My Life Record Shack Records
1986 Man 2 Man United States I Need A Man/Energy Is Eurobeat Bolts Records
1986 New Order United Kingdom Bizarre Love Triangle Factory
1986 Linda Lusardi United Kingdom Eye Contact Polo (UK)
1986 Kiki Dee United Kingdom Another Day Comes (Another Day Goes) Nightmare (UK)
1986 People Like Us South Africa Midnight Lover Passion (UK)
1986 Kim Wilde United Kingdom You Keep Me Hangin' On MCA
1986 Bananarama United Kingdom More Than Physical London Records
1986 The Communards United Kingdom Don't Leave Me This Way[13][15] London Records
1986 Bertice Reading United States You're Gonna Suffer Sublime (UK)
1986 People Like Us featuring Cindy Dickenson South Africa Deliverance Passion (UK)
1986 Dead or Alive United Kingdom Brand New Lover Epic
1987 E.G. Daily United States Mind Over Matter A&M
1987 Laura Branigan United States Shattered Glass Atlantic
1987 Mel and Kim United Kingdom Respectable Supreme
1987 Sinitta United Kingdom Toy Boy Fanfare (UK)
1987 Experimental products United States Experiment! Connection
1987 The Communards United Kingdom Never Can Say Goodbye London Records
1987 Evelyn Thomas United States No Win Situation Nightmare (UK)
1987 Jessica Williams & Man 2 Man Mexico
United States
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' Polydor
1987 Debbie Harry United States In Love With Love Chrysalis
1987 Paul Lekakis United States Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room) ZYX/Polydor
1987 Fun Fun Italy Baila Bolero X-Energy
1987 Sinitta United Kingdom GTO Fanfare (UK)
1987 Eartha Kitt United States I Don't Care Scorpio Records
1987 Raquel Welch United States This Girl's Back In Town CBS
1987 Desireless France Voyage, voyage Columbia
1987 C. C. Catch Germany Soul Survivor Hansa
1987 Bananarama United Kingdom I Heard a Rumour London
1987 Fun Fun Italy Gimme Some Loving X-Energy
1987 Sabrina Italy Boys (Summertime Love) Baby
1987 Eddy Huntington United Kingdom Meet My Friend Passion (UK)
1987 Dead or Alive United Kingdom Something In My House Epic
1987 Selena Netherlands Shotgun EMI
1988 Kylie Minogue Australia The Loco-Motion PWL
1988 Hazell Dean United Kingdom Who's leaving Who? Parlophone
1988 Kylie Minogue Australia Got to Be Certain PWL
1988 Donna Summer United States All Systems Go (Remix) Warner Bros. Records
1988 Kelly Marie Scotland Halfway To Paradise Passion Records
1988 Dollar United Kingdom It's Natures Way (No Problem) London
1988 Hazell Dean United Kingdom Maybe (we Should Call It A Day) Parlophone
1988 Kylie Minogue Australia I Should Be So Lucky PWL
1988 C. C. Catch Germany Backseat Of Your Cadillac Hansa
1988 Desireless France John Columbia
1988 Fancy Germany Flames Of Love Metronome Records
1988 Divine United States Hey You Trax Records
1988 Lime Canada A Brand New Day Unidisc
1988 Bananarama United Kingdom Love In The First Degree (Eurobeat Style) London
1988 Kim Wilde United Kingdom You Came MCA
1988 Baccara Spain Fantasy Boy[16] Bellaphon Records
1988 Kim Wilde United Kingdom Never Trust a Stranger MCA
1988 Hazell Dean United Kingdom Turn It Into Love Parlophone
1988 BaBe Japan I Don't Know Pony Canyon
1988 Bananarama United Kingdom I Want You Back London
1988 Stacey Q United States I Love You (Album Version)[17] Atlantic
1989 Donna Summer United States Love's About To Change My Heart Warner Bros. Records
1989 Baccara Spain Touch Me[16] Bellaphon Records
1989 Dead or Alive United Kingdom Baby Don't Say Goodbye Epic
1989 Hazell Dean United Kingdom Love Pains Lisson
1989 Donna Summer United States This Time I Know It's For Real Warner Bros. Records

1990s[edit]

Year Artist Origin Song Label
1990 Kylie Minogue Australia Better The Devil You Know PWL
1991 Kylie Minogue Australia What Do I have To Do PWL
1991 Kylie Minogue Australia Shocked PWL
1992 2 Unlimited Netherlands Workaholic Byte Records (BLG)
1993 2 Unlimited Netherlands No Limit Byte Records (BLG)
1994 Namie Amuro
(安室奈美恵)
Japan Try Me ~ Watashi wo Shinjite ~ (NEW ALBUM MIX) Avex Trax
1994 2 Unlimited Netherlands Let the Beat Control Your Body Byte Records (BLG)
1994 La Bouche Germany Be My Lover RCA (U.S.)
1994 2 Unlimited Netherlands Info Superhighway Byte Records (BLG)
1994 La Bouche Germany Sweet Dreams RCA (U.S.)
1995 Megumi Hayashibara & Masami Okui Japan Kujikenaikara! (Never Give Up) Star Child
1995 Bananarama United Kingdom Every Shade of Blue X Energy
1995 Namie Amuro
(安室奈美恵)
Japan GO!GO! ~ Yume no Hayasade ~ Avex Trax
1995
1996
MAX Japan Seventies Avex Trax
1995 2 Unlimited Netherlands Here I Go Byte Records (BLG)
1995 Donna Summer United States Melody Of Love (Wanna Be Loved) Warner Bros. Records
1996 Nobuyuki Hiyama
Megumi Ogata
Japan WILD WIND Pony Canyon
1996 Gina G Australia Ooh Ahh..Just A Little Bit Eternal Records
1996 Culture Beat Germany Take Me Away Sony
1997 Max Coveri Italy
Japan
Running In The 90s Avex Trax
1998 Max Coveri Italy
Japan
Golden Age Avex Trax
1998 Niko (Max Coveri) Italy Made Of Fire / Night Of Fire Delta
1998 Madonna United States Ray of Light Maverick
Warner Bros.
1999 Donna Summer United States I Will Go With You Epic

2000s[edit]

Year Artist Origin Song Label
2001 Daft Punk France Superheroes Virgin
2001 Donna Summer United States Love Is the Healer Epic
2004 Laura Branigan United States Gloria 2004 Atlantic
2005 Yoko Ishida Japan Tank! (Cowboy Bebop)
(from Para Para Max US Mix 2)
Geneon
2006 Deadmau5 Canada 8bit ZOOLOOK
2006 Kavinsky France Testarossa Autodrive Record Makers
2007 Robyn/Kleerup Sweden With Every Heartbeat Konichiwa
2008 Lady Gaga United States Disco Heaven Interscope
2009 MilkyWay Japan Tan Tan Taan! / Gamusharara Zetima
2009 Annie Norway Songs Remind Me of You Smalltown Supersound
2009 Katy Perry United States Waking Up in Vegas Capitol

2010s[edit]

Year Artist Origin Song Label
2011 Britney Spears United States I Wanna Go[18] Jive Records
2011 Lady Gaga United States Government Hooker[19] Interscope Records
2013 Futurecop! United Kingdom Atlantis 1997 feat. Cavaliers of Fun Cliche Musique

Albums[edit]

Artists[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacDonald, Ian (2003). The People's Music. Pimlico. p. 151. ISBN 978-1-8441-3093-1. Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love', a vocal topline ad-libbed over a simple chord-shifted sequence, inaugurated Hi-NRG, anticipating the galloping bass line of much post-House software-sequenced music 
  2. ^ a b c d Butler, Mark Jonathan (2006). Unlocking the Groove: Rhythm, Meter, and Musical Design in Electronic Dance Music. Indiana University Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-2533-4662-9. 
  3. ^ a b c d "100 Greatest Dance Songs". Slant Magazine. 30 January 2006. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Buckland, Fiona (2010). Impossible Dance: Club Culture and Queer World-Making. Wesleyan University Press. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-8195-7054-3. 
  5. ^ a b DJ Ron Slomowicz. "Sylvester Profile – Profile of Sylvester". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Brewster, Bill Gay Pop at the Wayback Machine (archived 5 May 2004). Djhistory.com. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d Miller, Simon (1993). The Last Post: Music After Modernism. Manchester University Press. pp. 116–117. ISBN 978-0-7190-3609-5. 
  8. ^ a b c d Hi-NRG (Top Songs) at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 July 2011). AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  9. ^ a b c Hi-NRG Song Highlights at the Wayback Machine (archived 25 October 2013). AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  10. ^ a b Walters, Barry (20 June 2000). "His beat goes on". The Advocate (Here Publishing): 115. ISSN 0001-8996. Retrieved 24 October 2013. As Bronski Beat's falsetto leader, Somerville made gay politics a hot pop topic with such hi-NRG dance floor staples as "Why?" and "Smalltown Boy" 
  11. ^ Plasketes, George (2010). Play it Again: Cover Songs in Popular Music. Ashgate Publishing. p. 214. ISBN 978-0-7546-6809-1. 
  12. ^ a b c Du Noyer, Paul (2012). Liverpool – Wondrous Place: From the Cavern to the Capital of Culture. Random House. pp. 184, 198. ISBN 978-1-4481-3251-5. 
  13. ^ a b Robbins, Ira; Rompers, Terry. "Bronski Beat". Trouser Press. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  14. ^ LeRoy, Dan. "Bronski Beat – Truthdare Doubledare". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 25 October 2013. a more polished Hi-NRG sound on the single "Hit That Perfect Beat," which reached the Top Five in Britain. 
  15. ^ "Series: 1000 songs everyone must hear – Part two: Heartbreak". The Observer. The Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2013. The Communards’ hi-NRG version makes it clear that the song is as concerned with sexual satisfaction as it is with romance; perhaps more so. 
  16. ^ a b Hanson, Amy. "Baccara – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Hi-NRG Song Highlights". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  18. ^ Empire, Kitty (27 March 2011). "Britney Spears Britney Spears: Femme Fatale – review". The Observer. The Guardian. Retrieved 26 October 2013. "I Wanna Go" is all hi-NRG booty calling, with a possible reference to New Order's "Blue Monday" thrown in. 
  19. ^ "10 Things We Really Hate (And One We Love) About Lady Gaga's Born This Way". GQ (Condé Nast). Retrieved 24 October 2013. This song is insanely catchy, like some strange hybrid of opera and Hi-NRG disco. 
  20. ^ a b c Hi-NRG Album Highlights at the Wayback Machine (archived 10 November 2013). AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  21. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Sylvester – All I Need (Do Ya Wanna Funk)". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  22. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Sylvester – Call Me". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Hi-NRG at the Wayback Machine (archived 23 December 2010). AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  24. ^ a b c d Hi-NRG at the Wayback Machine (archived 9 July 2011). AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  25. ^ Stone, Doug. "Bobby Orlando – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  26. ^ Shawhan, Jason. "Bobby O – Outside the Inside". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  27. ^ "Boys Town Gang". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  28. ^ a b c d "Hi-NRG Artists Highlights". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  29. ^ Robbins, Ira. "Frankie Goes to Hollywood". Trouser Press. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  30. ^ Arena, James (2013). First Ladies of Disco: 32 Stars Discuss the Era and Their Singing Careers. McFarland. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-7864-7581-0. 

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