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. Songs by non-Hi NRG artists are included too.

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ArtistsSongs (1970sEarly 1980sMid to late 1980s1990s2000s2010s) • AlbumsReferences

Songs[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Artist Origin Song Label
1977 Donna Summer United States "I Feel Love"[1][2][3] Casablanca / GTO
1978 Peter Jacques band Italy "Fly With the Wind"[4] Ariola
1978 Sylvester United States "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"[1][5][6][7][8] Fantasy

Early 1980s[edit]

Year Artist Origin Song Label
1980 Kelly Marie Scotland "Feels Like I'm in Love" Pye
1980 Donna Summer United States "Sunset People"[9] Casablanca
1980 Viola Wills United States "If You Could Read My Mind" Ariola
1980 Viola Wills United States "Up on the Roof" Ariola
1981 Boys Town Gang United States "Remember Me / Ain't No Mountain High Enough"[10] Moby Dick
1981 Patrick Cowley United States "Get a Little"[11] Megatone
1981 Patrick Cowley United States "Megatron Man"[12] Megatone
1981 Patrick Cowley United States "Menergy"[8][12][13][14] Fusion
1981 Carol Jiani Nigeria "Hit 'N Run Lover"[15][16] Matra
1981 Lime Canada "Your Love" Mantra
1982 Claudja Barry Canada "Work Me Over"[17] Jupiter
1981 Patrick Cowley United States "Goin' Home"[14] Megatone
1982 Divine United States "Native Love (Step By Step)"[18][19] "O"
1982 The Flirts United States "Passion"[20] "O"
1982 Roni Griffith United States "Spys"[21][22] Vanguard
1982 Lime Canada "Babe, We're Gonna Love Tonight"[23] Mantra
1982 Paul Parker United States "Right on Target"[8][12] Megatone
1982 Q-Feel United Kingdom "Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)"[24] Jive
1982 Donna Summer United States "I Feel Love" (Patrick Cowley Remix)[14] Casablanca
1982 Sylvester United States "Do Ya Wanna Funk"[8][12][13][25][26] London (UK)
1982 The Weather Girls United States "It's Raining Men"[27][28][29] CBS (UK)
1982 Viola Wills United States "Stormy Weather"[30][31] Sunergy
1983 Claudja Barry Canada "For Your Love"[32] Personal
1983 Miquel Brown Canada "He's a Saint, He's a Sinner" Record Shack (UK)
1983 Miquel Brown Canada "So Many Men, So Little Time"[17][33][34][35] Record Shack
1983 Dead or Alive United Kingdom "Misty Circles" (Dance Mix)[36] Epic
1983 Hazell Dean United Kingdom "Searchin' (I Gotta Find a Man)"[17][28][37] Proto
1983 Divine United States "Love Reaction" Design Communications (UK)
1983 Divine United States "Shake It Up" Design Communications (UK)
1983 Divine United States "Shoot Your Shot"[38] "O"
1983 Frankie Goes to Hollywood United Kingdom "Relax"[39][40] ZTT
1983 Eartha Kitt United States "Where Is My Man" Record Shack
1983 Amanda Lear France "Love Your Body" Ariola
1983 New Order United Kingdom "Blue Monday"[41] Factory
1983 William Onyeabor Nigeria "Good Name"[42] Wilfilms
1983 Paul Parker United States "Shot In the Night" Megatone (US)
1983 Vicki Sue Robinson United States "To Sir With Love" Profile (US)
1983 Michael Sembello United States "Maniac" Casablanca
1983 Pamala Stanley United States "I Don't Want to Talk About It" Komander (US)
1983 Sylvester United States "Don't Stop"[12][43] London
1983 Trans-X Canada "Living on Video" Polydor
1984 Agents Aren't Aeroplanes United Kingdom "The Upstroke"[44] Proto (UK)
1984 Animotion United States "Obsession" Mercury
1984 Bronski Beat United Kingdom "Smalltown Boy"[45] London
1984 Bronski Beat United Kingdom "Why?"[45][46][47] London
1984 Dead or Alive United Kingdom "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"[48][49][50][51] Epic
1984 Hazell Dean United Kingdom "Evergreen / Jealous Love" Proto (UK)
1984 Hazell Dean United Kingdom "Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)"[44] Proto (UK)
1984 Divine United States "I'm So Beautiful" Proto
1984 Divine United States "You Think You're a Man"[19][28][38][44][52] Proto
1984 Fancy Germany "Get Lost Tonight"[53] Metronome
1984 Fancy Germany "Slice Me Nice"[54] Metronome
1984 The Flirts United States "Helpless (You Took My Love)"[55] Telefon
1984 Frankie Goes to Hollywood United Kingdom "Two Tribes"[56] ZTT
1984 Fun Fun Italy "Colour My Love"[17] X-Energy
1984 Fun Fun Italy "Give Me Your Love"[57] X-Energy
1984 Freddie Mercury United Kingdom "Love Kills"[58] Columbia
1984 The Pointer Sisters United States "Jump (for My Love)" RCA
1984 Sheryl Lee Ralph United States "In the Evening" Record Shack (UK)
1984 Sylvester United States "Rock the Box"[13] Megatone
1984 Evelyn Thomas United States "High Energy"[15][28][33][34][35][59] Record Shack (UK)
1984 Kim Wilde United Kingdom "The Second Time"[60] MCA

Mid to late 1980s[edit]

Year Artist Origin Song Label
1985 Claudja Barry and Bobby O Canada
United States
"From a Whisper to a Scream" Meno Vision
1985 Laura Branigan United States "Spanish Eddie" Atlantic
1985 Bronski Beat United Kingdom "Hit That Perfect Beat"[61][62][63] London
1985 Bronski Beat United Kingdom "Run From Love" / "Hard Rain"[64] London
1985 Bronski Beat and Marc Almond United Kingdom "I Feel Love"[7] London
1985 Dead or Alive United Kingdom "Lover Come Back to Me" Epic
1985 Dead or Alive United Kingdom "My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me to the Doctor)" Epic
1985 Divine United States "Walk Like a Man"[65] Proto
1985 Madleen Kane Sweden "I'm No Angel"[66] TSR
1985 Madleen Kane Sweden "On Fire"[66] TSR
1985 Lime Canada "Unexpected Lovers"[67] Mantra
1985 Phyllis Nelson United States "I Like You" Carrere
1985 Barbara Pennington United States "Vertigo"[68] Record Shack
1985 People Like Us South Africa "Reincarnation (Coming Back For Love)"[69] Passion (UK)
1985 Sinitta United Kingdom "So Macho"[70] Fanfare (UK)
1985 Suzy Q Canada "Computer Music"[15] J.C.
1985 Taffy United States "I Love My Radio"[71] Ibiza (Italy) / Transglobal (UK)
1985 Village People United States "Sex Over the Phone"[72][73] Casablanca
1985 Betty Wright United States "Sinderella"[74] Jamaica
1986 Alaska y Dinarama Spain "¿A quién le importa?" EMI
1986 Bananarama United Kingdom "Venus"[44][75][76] London
1986 Claudja Barry Canada "Down and Counting"[77] Epic
1986 The Communards United Kingdom "Don't Leave Me This Way"[61][78][79] London
1986 Dead or Alive United Kingdom "Brand New Lover" Epic
1986 Dead or Alive United Kingdom "Something In My House"[80] Epic
1986 Man 2 Man and Man Parrish United States "Male Stripper"[81] Bolts
1986 Stacey Q United States "Two of Hearts"[82][83] Atlantic
1986 Stacey Q United States "We Connect" Atlantic
1986 Evelyn Thomas United States "How Many Hearts"[84] Record Shack
1986 Kim Wilde United Kingdom "You Keep Me Hangin' On"[85][86][87] MCA
1986 Viola Wills United States "Both Sides, Now" Streetwave
1987 Bananarama United Kingdom "I Heard a Rumour" London
1987 Bona-Riah United States "House of the Rising Sun"[48] Rise
1987 Laura Branigan United States "Shattered Glass" Atlantic
1987 The Communards United Kingdom "Never Can Say Goodbye"[88] London
1987 Paul Lekakis United States "Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)"[89][90] ZYX / Polydor
1987 New Baccara Spain "Call Me Up"[91] Bellaphon
1987 Pet Shop Boys United Kingdom "Always on My Mind"[92] Parlophone
1987 Taffy United States "Step by Step"[93] Transglobal
1988 Erasure United Kingdom "Knocking on Your Door"[94][95] Mute / Sire
1988 Erasure United Kingdom "Stop!"[94][95] Mute / Sire
1988 Kylie Minogue Australia "I Should Be So Lucky"[96] PWL
1988 Kylie Minogue Australia "The Loco-Motion"[97] PWL
1988 New Baccara Spain "Fantasy Boy"[91] Bellaphon
1988 Quantize United Kingdom "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"[48] Passion
1989 Boy Italy "Broken Wings"[48] Flea
1989 Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat United States
United Kingdom
"Cha Cha Heels"[98] Arista
1989 New Baccara Spain "Touch Me"[91] Bellaphon
1989 Quantize United Kingdom "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"[48] Passion
1989 Donna Summer United States "I Don't Wanna Get Hurt"[99] Warner Bros.
1989 Donna Summer United States "This Time I Know It's for Real"[99][100][101] Warner Bros.
1989 Donna Summer United States "Whatever Your Heart Desires"[99] Atlantic / PWL

1990s[edit]

Year Artist Origin Song Label
1990 Quantize United Kingdom "Stop! In the Name of Love"[48] Passion
1991 Pet Shop Boys United Kingdom "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)"[92][102][103] Parlophone / EMI
1991 Quantize feat. Adrienne United Kingdom "Yesterday Once More"[48] Passion
1992 Erasure United Kingdom "Take a Chance on Me"[104][105] Mute
1993 Abigail United Kingdom "Constant Craving"[106] ZYX
1993 Abigail United Kingdom "Losing My Religion"[107] ZYX
1993 Cappella Italy "U Got 2 Know"[108] ZYX
1993 Cappella Italy "U Got 2 Let the Music"[108] ZYX
1993 Frankie Goes to Hollywood United Kingdom "Relax" (Jam & Spoon HI N-R-G Remix)[109] ZTT
1994 Abigail United Kingdom "Smells Like Teen Spirit"[106][110] ZYX
1994 Blur United Kingdom "Girls & Boys" (Pet Shop Boys 12" Remix)[111] ZYX
1994 Cappella Italy "Move on Baby"[108] ZYX
1994 Fancy Germany "Long Way to Paradise"[112] Koch International
1994 Fancy Germany "Wait by the Radio"[112] Koch International
1994 Nicki French United Kingdom "Total Eclipse of the Heart"[113][114] Bags of Fun / Mega
1995 Nicki French United Kingdom "Did You Ever Really Love Me"[115] Love This
1995 Nicki French United Kingdom "For All We Know"[113] Bags of Fun
1995 Karel United States "Live to Tell"[116] Jellybean
1995 Outta Control Canada "Tonight It's Party Time"[117] Interhit
1996 Gina G Australia "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit"[118][119] Eternal
1996 Johnna United States "Do What You Feel"[120] PWL International
1997 Miquel Brown Canada "It's a Sin"[121] Infinity
1997 Cappella Italy "Be My Baby"[122] ZYX
1997 France Joli Canada "Breakaway"[123] Jellybean
1997 Karel United States "I Am"[124] Jellybean
1991 Pet Shop Boys United Kingdom "Somewhere"[125] Parlophone / Atlantic
1998 Madonna United States "Ray of Light" Maverick / Warner Bros.

2000s[edit]

Year Artist Origin Song Label
2000 A Touch of Class (ATC) Germany "Around the World (La La La La La)"[126] King Size
2003 The Knife Sweden "Listen Now"[127][128] Rabid
2004 Jimmy Somerville Scotland "Come On"[129] Sony BMG
2006 Moby feat. Debbie Harry United States "New York, New York"[130] Mute
2007 Bloc Party United Kingdom "Flux"[131] Wichita
2007 Sophie Ellis-Bextor United Kingdom "China Heart"[132][133] Fascination
2007 Róisín Murphy Republic of Ireland "Cry Baby"[134] EMI
2007 Britney Spears United States "Heaven on Earth"[135][136] Jive / Zomba
2008 Anastacia United States "Heavy Rotation"[137][138] Mercury
2008 Donna Summer United States "I'm a Fire"[139] Burgundy
2009 Bananarama United Kingdom "Dum Dum Boy"[140] Fascination
2009 Bananarama United Kingdom "Love Comes"[141][142] Fascination
2009 Silver Columns United Kingdom "Brow Beaten"[143] Silver Columns

2010s[edit]

Year Artist Origin Song Label
2011 Britney Spears United States "I Wanna Go"[144] Jive
2011 Rihanna United States "S&M"[145] Def Jam / SRP
2011 Kim Wilde United Kingdom "Remember Me"[146] Columbia SevenOne
2012 Pet Shop Boys United Kingdom "A Face Like That"[147] Parlophone
2013 Club 8 Sweden "Stop Taking My Time"[148][149] Labrador
2013 Pet Shop Boys United Kingdom "Axis"[150][151] x2
2013 Pet Shop Boys United Kingdom "Love Is a Bourgeois Construct"[152][153] x2
2013 Shit Robot feat. JENR Republic of Ireland
United States
"Feels Real"[154][155] DFA
2014 Todd Terje Norway "Delorean Dynamite"[156] Olsen
2015 Belle and Sebastian Scotland "Enter Sylvia Plath"[157] Matador

Albums[edit]

Artists[edit]

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