Continuing our exploration of the music that punctuated decades, let’s set our time machines to the ’90s—a time when the internet was a fledgling tool, Michael Jordan was an unstoppable force on the basketball court, and shows like “Friends” and “Seinfeld” were painting our TV screens. But what was really electrifying people globally were the pulsating beats of 90s House Music Classics.
In 1995, while O.J. Simpson was declared “not guilty,” LaBelle captivated dance floors with “Turn It Out.” Shep Pettibone’s “Totally Turnt Out Dub 2 Anthem” took an already energetic tune to stratospheric heights. LaBelle’s vocal range perfectly harmonized with the transformative remix, making it a staple in nightclubs.
Cut to 1996. The Macarena was something everyone—at least once—tried to dance to, whether at a wedding or reluctantly at a high school gym. But within the sanctuaries of house music, Judy Cheeks was demanding “Respect.” The Classic Club Mix uplifted the track with groovy basslines, presenting a gutsier version that became an empowerment anthem for many.
Ah, 1996—a year when the world held its breath watching Kerri Strug’s one-footed vault landing at the Atlanta Olympics. It was the same year Jennifer Holliday released “No Frills Love.” The “Classic Paradise 12” Mix” turned this cut into a definitive anthem, transforming it into something far more robust than your run-of-the-mill love song. At a time when people sought narratives of triumph, this song’s heady mix of vocals and rhythm offered its own kind of victory.
Rewind a bit to 1995, a year that brought us the iconic, though controversial, verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial. Amidst the national debates and TV drama, Happy Clappers were making waves in a different way with their song “I Believe.” The 12” Master version served as a refuge, providing an irresistible groove that prompted listeners to believe in something better, if only for the length of a song.
In the tempest of 1997, a year that saw the world mourning the loss of Princess Diana and simultaneously tuning into the debut of “South Park,” Hannah Jones offered solace with “You Only Have To Say You Love Me.” Remixed by Eric Kupper, the song provided an emotional compass at a time when cultural sentiments were swinging wildly between sorrow and irreverence. Kupper’s mix, nuanced and eloquent, lent a soulfulness to Hannah Jones’ impassioned vocals—creating an anthem that resonated in nightclubs and quiet moments alike. As with other 90s House Music Classics, this track proved that even in turbulent times, music could offer the sort of reassurance that was sometimes hard to find elsewhere.
These songs didn’t just represent a genre; they shaped the identity of a generation navigating through cultural milestones. They offered solace, they incited joy, and most of all, they united people on the dance floor regardless of their backgrounds.
Until the next time…ENJOY!
Album : Turn It Out | 90’s House Classics v5
Genre : Classic House
Year : 2010
Total Time : 1:20:44:00
1. LaBelle – Turn It Out (Shep’s Totally Turnt Out Dub 2 Anthem)
2. Judy Cheeks – Respect (Classic Club Mix)
3. Jennifer Holliday – No Frills Love (Classic Paradise 12” Mix)
4. Jennifer Paige – Crush (David Morales Alt Club Body)
5. Frankie Knuckles feat. Adeva – Whadda U Want (From Me) (K-Klass Mix)
6. Barbara Tucker – I Get Lifted (Underground Network)
7. Happy Clappers – I Believe (12” Master)
8. Kristine W – One More Try (Junior’s Factory Mix)
9. Sarah Washington – Heaven (Serial Diva Heavenly Club Mix)
10. Hannah Jones – You Only Have To Say You Love Me (Eric Kupper Mix)
11. Reina – Find Another Woman (Hex Hector Main Club Mix)
12. Lisa Stansfield – I’m Leavin’ (Hex Hector Club Mix)