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Top Dance Songs of 2016 Volume 2

In the dynamic world of dance music, 2016 marked a notable shift towards our musical roots. The year’s dance hits – the Top Dance Songs of 2016 – saw a resurgence of ’70s disco vibes, significantly shaped by the legendary Nile Rodgers. Aside from leading the celebrated ’70s disco band Chic, Rodgers also shaped the ’80s music scene by producing chart-topping hits for icons such as Madonna, Diana Ross, David Bowie, and Duran Duran. His current influence demonstrates that the sounds of yesteryears still resonate on today’s dancefloors, proving the timeless adage that ‘what’s old becomes new again’.

A definitive game-changer in 2015 was ‘Lean On Me’ by Major Lazer & DJ Snake. This sensational summer anthem, with its laid-back Reggaeton beat, carved a path for many of the chart-topping hits of 2016. As a result, the traditional 128 bpm dance track has made way for a slower average of 120 bpm, favoring radio-friendly beats over traditional dance floor rhythms. This shift necessitates adaptability from music creators who want to stay relevant.

This trend is clearly mirrored in the four-part series of the Top Dance Songs of 2016, showcasing a transition towards slower, sultrier beats that harken back to the ’70s Disco and ’80s Dance eras. While commercialized Deep House remains a strong presence, the focus is on the downbeat, showcasing the cyclical nature of music trends. Undoubtedly, ’90s-era house music will eventually make a comeback, but for now, it’s all about the languid beats.

Stay tuned for the third part of our journey through the Top Dance Songs of 2016, arriving tomorrow. Until then…ENJOY!

Album : Year in Dance 2016 pt. 2
Genre : EDM, House, Dance
Year : 2016
Total Time : 01:52:16
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