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The National Association of Rhythm & Blues Dee Jays is a great place to find information about new & old dance music. Check out their Top 50 songs for 2006 and their New Releases information.
The Mid-Ohio Boogie Club is proud to support the The National Association of Rhythm & Blues Dee Jays with our membership and we thank them for supporting “Beat the Heat and the Mid-Ohio Boogie Bash” in the past.
The Association Of Beach And Shag Club DeeJays is a social organization comprised of members interested in the preservation and furtherance of beach and shag music and the directly related lifestyles that accrue from it. Check out their Top 50 songs for 2006 and their other years Top 50 Songs
Music related sites
www.beachmusic45.com – has the current music charts, an editorial page describing what is happening behind the charts, new release information, CD reviews, Bios of Artists, a “Beach Buzz” column, several special articles, and more.
Check out the RateItAll Beach Music Carolina Beach/Shag Dance Music list. Thus far, over 40 songs have been suggested. Don’t be shy, if you don’t like a song, give it a lower score. If you like the song, give it a five. It’s free and with some participation it could help musicians and dj’s.
Louisiana Music Factory is a GREAT link! You need to go through and check out the cds with audio clips...lots of classic roots stuff (40s, 50s, 60s) and newer material . Found some potential shag stuff: J. Adams "South Side of Soul St" on Hey Everybody I Wanta Dance; Barbara Lynn -"Movin’ On A Groove" & "Long Gone"; Bettye Swann-"Today I Started Loving You Again"(seems B. Bland had a good version, too); interesting version of "Teasin’ You" by J. Dobbins on Wardell Querzergue cd.; great roots stuff from Joe Lutcher-1947; Bobby Patterson, Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, etc. Also, check out cd Deep in The Heart by what must be a local La. group who win for best name – The Forever Fabulous Chickenhawks!
Pandora (Music Genome Project) is a music discovery service that helps find music that you’ll love. You tell them one of your favorite songs or artist and then it lunches a streaming station that explores that part of the music universe.
The 2005 Carolina Beach Music Awards were held Sunday, November 13th at the Alabama Theater in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The show, which honors the best in beach music, featured performances by many of today’s biggest stars.
Check out beachmusic45.com for all the information.
Beach music article from Wikipedia – Good article with lots of links.
Anna Warren has spent many years as a music educator and she truly loves her work. She has a website to help talented students find a music degree program.
If you have an interest, go to onlinemusicdegree.com where she can assist you if you would like to purse a degree in music.
Here are some places to look for music beyond Amazon, half.com, eMusic and iTunes. This list is not complete by any means.
For CD information you might try AMG allmusic website, which has some great searching capabilities.
This is new place to purchase music. The store calls itself the Super Store of all Beach Music Products and featuring CD’s, T-Shirts, and the first beach music website to include MP3 Downloads.
A great place to look for independent music.
Judy’s House of Oldies
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
Bishopville, South Carolina 29010
Charlotte, North Carolina 28203-5821
Phone 704-377-0700 - Fax 704-377-0701
Note: eMusic.com has some “beach music” cd’s. They have Coastline’s CD “Sweet and Ripe” and the Stylistics’s CD “The Very Best of the Stylistics and More”... which includes some old Stylistics stuff that has been re-done but also some of the new tunes that Russell Thompkins Jr has done in the past couple of years (and sang for us at SOS). There are also almost all of the Ecko records latest cd’s... (the newly released Beach Music Party is one). CD Baby is listed as a “label” at emusic so I know what you mean about it being confusing. Not all of CD Baby’s artists are available at emusic.
Listen to Music
If you would like to listen to music while using your computer, try listening to the following:
Craig Woolard -- Christmas ’05 - 3 min 8 sec
This google video was shot at Steve Hardy’s 2005 Christmas Party. It features lead singer Craig Woolard performing "Love Don’t Come No Stronger", his powerful Carolina Beach Music hit produced by Chris Biehler at Forevermore Records.
94.9 THE SURF is no longer on the air as of 16 January 2011 and will be missed by all. They did a great job promoting Beach Music..You can continue to enjoy and support the music by tuning in to COOL BEACH 105.3 on your radio in NMB or on the Internet at http://www.facebook.com/l/4410crjHb9qziPk6A-oplwWu7GA;WWW.COOLBEACH1053.COM Willie C.
Beach Music Cafe – a live 365 station. Willie C with Best of Carolina Beach Music, RnB, and Doo Wop – Tune in at www.live365.com/stations/williecs.
There are also links to the song playing to Amazon and iTunes to purchase the song.
Big John’s Sunday show – is now being broadcast at www.sunny939.com from 3 – 7
BigBeat99 – Beach and Boogie out of Greensboro, NC Playing beach & boogie music 50’s --- 90’s / best of the beach / R & B music
Behind The Music with Alan B. and Mikey – internet radio show
Bodean’s Beach – A Little Beach, Shag, R&B, Oldies And A Little Gospel Every Once In Awhile.
Butch Halpin – Carolina Sounds Beach Show www.carolinasounds.com/ButchHalpin.aspx On The Air:
WODR – Cool 105.3 Saturday - 2pm - 6pm
WEVA – AM 86 – Saturday - 7pm - 9pm Sunday - 6pm - 8pm
2 New Shows Each Week!
www.starfmradio.net/ Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat 3pm - 5pm
southernsoul.com Fri from 7pm - 10pm & again in rotation Sat
The Boss! Beach, Oldies & Sport Stations – live programming from WGNC Gastonia, NC 1450 AM and WOHS Shelby, NC 730 AM
The Endless Summer Network – a WarpRadio Station with John Hook in North Myrtle Beach. It is on www.beachshag.com" target="_blank"> along with lots of other information. To listen you will need Windows Media Player 9. Note: It stops ever so often to refill the buffer.
The Endless Summer Network currently provides several perspectives on Beach and Shag music to listeners worldwide. From the Roots in the 40s and 50s to the Classics of the 60s, 70s and 80s, to the Great Shag hits of the 90s and Today.
Jim & Mike The DJ Guys – a live 365 station with the DJ Guys. They present Bop, Shag, Beach, Boogie, and Blues. Hear it all from Louisville’s premier Bop and Shag DJ’s
The Old School Beach Jam – Myrtle Beach, SC.This ain’t Your Parent’s Beach Music Station!
On the Beach – a live 365 station with Charlie Brown & Chris Beachley presenting Classic Carolina Beach Music.
THE RHYTHM & THE BLUES – a live 365 station with DJ Barry Redhead, playing A Jambalaya of Classic Soul, Blues And R&B from Perth, WA, Australia
Shag Boogie and Bop – a live 365 station with Ron Wallace presenting a mix of music for dance styles, blues, and boogie
Simply Shaggin – a live 365 station with Kyle Beam presenting Carolina Beach, Shagging and Blues Station with the music making the Carolina’s famous
Southern Soul Radio.com – where "Goin’ home ain’t never felt so good". They broadcast live 24 hours a day from the Southern Hole of Soul located deep in the Southland where Soul Music was born. Take your shoes off, kick back in your chair and experience what true Southern Soul was meant to sound like.
Walt’s Oldies But Goody – Out of Seattle/Tacoma, WA.Golden Oldies, 50’s+60’s Doo Wop, Beach
Try code "pmitunes" if you decide to sign up for a 365 VIP subscription. It should giver you 15 percent off.
beachmusic45.com to see The Smokin’ 45 Chart.
Cashbox – takes you directly to the Top Beach Music Singles Chart published on a monthly.
At the present time, Cashbox is only operating online; but has an aggressive plan to be publishing a print magazine on a Bi-Weekly basis by the end of 2007. Visit their website at www.cashboxmagazine.com and select the Charts option. Then go to the charts page where you will see all of the charts that Cashbox publishes.
The Beach Music Singles chart is located in the beginning of the Monthly Charts section. When you go to this chart page, you can click on the artist name and to bring up a bio and picture of the artist. The discography section of the artists bio has just the discography of the albums associated with the song not the entire artist discography.
The first two reviews selected by the President and CEO of Cashbox, are reviews of Jim Quick and Coastlines new CD “Sneakin Out Back” and Rickey Godfrey’s CD “Once In A Lifetime Love.” To view these reviews, go to the reviews page and select “Beach Music.” This will take you directly to the Rickey Godfrey review; scroll down a few reviews and you will see the Jim Quick and Coastline review.
Cashbox rotates their magazine covers; and as you can see in the picture, Mighty Mike Schermer graced the cover of Cashbox on March 12th issue, along with Nelly Furtado; not bad company to share a cover with!
Top 50 Songs for 2016
- 1. Dance Tonight by Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band
- 2. Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth ( Ft. Meghan Trainor)
- 3. Call My Wife by Linsey Alexander
- 4. Run For Cover by Sonja Grier
- 5. Full of Fire by Boz Scaggs
- 6. Cool Breeze by Catalinas
- 7. Breakin' News by Benny Turner
- 8. Satisfy My Woman by Entertainers
- 9. I Ain’t Leaving Mississippi by Jaye Hammer
- 10. Skirt by James Harman
- 11. Swing It by Lomax
- 12. Shot Of Love by Wallstreet
- 13. Tender Moments by Rev Bubba D Liverance
- 14. Down And Dirty Love by L'il Red & The Tams
- 15. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
- 16. I Got To Know by Summerdaze Band
- 17. Don't Walk On By by Sammy O'Bannion
- 18. Think It Over by David Cook
- 19. Why You Wanna Do That by Lomax
- 20. Muddy Waters by Daddy Mack Blues Band
- 21. Don’t Give Up On Love by Maria Howell
- 22. Light Of My Life by James Hunter Six
- 23. True Love by Carolina Soul Band
- 24. Too Hot Too Handle by Duke Robillard
- 25. Oh Honey by Jackie Gore & Rhonda McDaniel
- 26. I Ain't For It by Dion
- 27. Right Kind Of Woman by Andre Lee
- 28. Mama’s Drinkin Liquor by King Tyrone
- 29. Eye Of The Beholder by Calabash Flash
- 30. Your Hearts In Good Hands . by Band Of Oz
- 31. Melodies and Memories by Too Much Sylvia
- 32. Dog House by Donnie Ray
- 33. Take Me Away by Debbie Dobbins
- 34. Crazy Crazy Crazy by Jimmy Burns
- 35. Cake By The Ocean by DNCE
- 36. Baby Come Back Home by Mr. X (Mark Safford)
- 37. My Girl by Andre Lee
- 38. I'll Know (When The Right One Comes Along) by Sonja Grier
- 39. So In Love by Calabash Flash
- 40. Love Guess Who by Rhonda McDaniel
- 41. New Beginning by Rick Strickland
- 42. Fallin’ So In Love With You . by Thomas Moore
- 43. Baddest Cat Alive by Morry Sochat and the Special 20s
- 44. Keep On Shaggin’ by Calabash Flash
- 45. Let The Good Times Roll by BB King & Zuccharo
- 46. Something Like Olivia by Glenn Tippet
- 47. Be My Baby Tonight by Debbie Dobbins
- 48. I Really Don't Mean It by Atlantic Groove
- 49. Your Love Is Such A Wonderful Thing by Roy Hamilton
- 50. Make You Mine by Samuel D Sanders
Top 50 Songs for 2015
- 1. Mavin Gaye by Charlie Puh( Fl. Megan Trimr)
- 2. Call My Wife by Linsey Alexander
- 3. #1 Love by Winzell Kelly
- 4. Dance Tonight by Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band
- 5. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars
- 6. Paience by Noel Gourdin
- 7. Bad Mama Jama by Nathaniel! Kimble
- 8. Move by Keb Mo
- 9. Cold Beer Hot Women by Clifford Curry
- 10. A Night Like This by Rev Bubba Deliverance
- 11. Marvin' & Groovin' by Phil Wilson
- 12. Sexual Religion by Rod Stewart
- 13. Bouncin' Back by Jimbo Durham and Shag Attack
- 14. I'll Know When the Right One Comes Along by Sorja Grier
- 15. Extra Careful by Band Of Oz
- 16. You Gonna Know It by Music Machine
- 17. Down And Dirty Love by L'il Red & The Tams
- 18. Fell In Love Too Late by Carolina Breakers
- 19. Take Me Away by Debbie Dobbins
- 20. High Maintenance by Calabash Flash
- 21. Stepped Right Out Of My Dreams by Too Much Syivia
- 22. Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
- 23. Skirt by James Harman
- 24. Bronx Girl by Just Nuts
- 25. Dancin with My Baby by Miss Rebekkah
- 26. Get Your Feet On The Floor by Lesa Hudson
- 27. Goodbye Train by Grayson Hugh
- 28. Turn Down The Lights by Holiday Band
- 29. Satisfy My Woman by Entertainers
- 30. Billie Jean / Poison by Straight No Chaser
- 31. Breakin News by Benny Tuner
- 32. Gotta Lotta Lave by Summerdaze Band
- 33. Tears Of Love by Jim Quick
- 34. I Just Want To Satisfy by Stave Owens
- 35. V8 Ford by Eugene Hideaway Bridges
- 36. Boy You Better Move On by Etta Britt /feat. Delbert McClinton
- 37. What Else Could It Be by Rev Bubba D Liverance
- 38. Between Love Songs by Russel Thompkins Jr.
- 39. Amazingly Amazing by Lesa Hudson
- 40. I Want It All Back by Gay Lowder & Smokin' Hot
- 41. Mr. So And So by Smokehouse
- 42. No More Pain by Grayson Hugh & Jim Quick
- 43. 1 Will Never Get Used to Sharing You by Band O1 Oz
- 44. Too Much Candy For A Dime by Gary Brown
- 45. Maybe We Can Still Be Friends by Entertainers
- 46. Baby It's Over by Lomax
- 47. Love Contract by Musiq Soulchild
- 48. Groving Up in Memphis by Tom Dooley
- 49. Don't Give Up On Love by Maria Howell
- 50. Potential Danger by Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne
To view listings of NAR&B past year Top 50 songs, click below.
Top 50 Shag Songs Of 2015
- 1. Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor
- 2. Sexual Religion by Rod Stewart
- 3. Swing It by Lomax
- 4. Call My Wife by Linsey Alexander
- 5. Patience by Noel Gourdin
- 6. Back In The Day Café by Andre Lee
- 7. Dance Tonight by The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band
- 8. Lady Soul by The Temptations
- 9. I’m In Heaven When I’m With You by Roy Hamilton
- 10. Bright by Peter White
- 11. Share My Love by R. Kelly
- 12. A Love To Call Mine by Johnnie Taylor
- 13. #1 Love by Winzell Kelly
- 14. In This Mess by Snooky Pryor
- 15. Before The Night Is Through by Gina Sicilia
- 16. How Do You Stop by James Brown
- 17. I Can’t Think by The Band of Oz
- 18. Let’s Walk by Austin deLone
- 19. Come Get To This by Marvin Gaye
- 20. Love Contract by Musiq Soulchild
- 21. Come Get To This/Steppin’ Out Tonight by L.J. Reynolds
- 22. Sweetness Of Your Love by L.U.S.T.
- 23. The Walk by Mayer Hawthorne
- 24. Goodbye Train by Grayson Hugh
- 25. Still Strokin’ by Ms. Jody
- 26. Who’s Rockin’ by You Donnie Ray
- 27. I Used To Cry Mercy Mercy by The Lamplighters
- 28. Why Don’t We Just Dance by Josh Turner
- 29. Full Of Fire by Boz Scaggs
- 30. Don’t Rush by Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill
- 31. Stepped Right Outta My Dream by Too Much Sylvia
- 32. Black Coffee and Cigarettes by Mighty Mo Rodgers
- 33. 8-3-1 by Lisa Stansfield
- 34. Satisfy My Woman by The Entertainers
- 35. Breakin’ News by Benny Turner
- 36. Getaway Car by Hall and Oates
- 37. I’ll Know (When The Right One Comes Along) by Sonja Grier
- 38. The Rock by Ms. Jody
- 39. Hold On To The Blues by Lonnie Givens
- 40. Movin’ and Groovin’ by Phil Wilson
- 41. Down and Dirty Love by Lil’ Red and The Tams
- 42. Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake
- 43. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Willliams and T.I.
- 44. Give Me You by Billy Ward and The Dominoes
- 45. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
- 46. Bobcat Woman by The Four Jacks
- 47. I Want It All Back by Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot
- 48. Cold Beer and Hot Women by Clifford Curry
- 49. Extra Careful by The Band of Oz
- 50. Bad Mamma Jammer by Nathaniel Kimble
To view listings of ABSCDJ past year Top 50 songs, click below.
Smokin’ 45 Year End Charts – the yearly charts have been compiled since the beginning of Beach Music 45 in 2006. They are representative of the entire year and were compiled using the same method as the monthly Smokin’ 45. The top songs for the year are the songs that received the most DJ entries throughout the year.
Top Smokin 45 Songs for 2015
- 1. Swing It by Lomax
- 2. Fell In Love Too Late by Carolina Breakers
- 3. Sexual Religion by Rod Stewart
- 4. Patience by Noel Gourdin
- 5. Maybe We Can Still Be Friends by The Entertainers
- 6. # 1 Love by Winzell Kelly
- 7. Cold Beer Hot Women by Clifford Curry
- 8. Dance Tonight by Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band
- 9. Goodbye Train by Grayson Hugh
- 10. Take Me Away by Debbie Dobbins
- 11. Movin' and Groovin' by Phil Wilson
- 12. Extra Careful by Band of Oz
- 13. I'll Know (When The Right One Comes Along) by Sonja Grier
- 14. Call My Wife by Linsey Alexander
- 15. Turn Down the Lights by Holiday Band
- 16. Tears of Love by Jim Quick
- 17. Down & Dirty Love by Lil Redd and the Tams
- 18. Bouncin Back by Jimbo Durham of Shag Attack
- 19. Don't Let Love Walk Out On Us by Paul Craver
- 20. Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jackson
- 21. No More Pain by Grayson Hugh and Jim Quick
- 22. I Just Want to Satisfy by Steve Owens and Summertime
- 23. Get Your Feet on the Floor by Lesa Hudson
- 24. Let's Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor
- 25. Satisfy My Woman by The Entertainers feat.Jim Stoudemire
- 26. Woman on the Move by Castaways
- 27. A Night Like This by Rev Bubba D Liverance
- 28. Love Again by Tim Cashion
- 29. Stepped Right Out of My Dreams by Too Much Sylvia
- 30. Bring It On Back by Too Much Sylvia
- 31. Silk On Glass by Vance Kennedy
- 32. This Girl Needs a Tuneup by Marsha Morgan Band
- 33. I Could Never Miss You More by Lakeside Drive Band
- 34. Cool Breeze by Catalinas
- 35. Shame on You by Lesa Hudson
- 36. I Want It All Back by Gary Lowder and Smokin' Hot
- 37. Full of Fire by Boz Scaggs
- 38. Dancing with My Baby by Miss Rebekah
- 39. Summer Love by The Entertainers
- 40. Sexy Soul by Gary Lowder
- 41. Who's Rockin' You by Donnie Ray
- 42. Gonna Love You Tonight by Michael Lington
- 43. The Rock by Ms. Jody
- 44. We Were Having Fun by Grayson Hugh
- 45. Only Time Will Tell by Jackie Gore
To view listings of beachmusic45.com past year Top 50 songs, click below.
The 2011 Year-end Beach Music Top 40 --- ah Top 80 songs
The Beach Music Top 40
- 1. I Still Do By Fantastic Shakers
- 2. Put A little Love In Your Heart By Gore, Terri W/ Jackie Gore & Lob
- 3. I’ll Know Her When I See Her By North Tower
- 4. lighten Up By Mcdaniel, Rhonda
- 5. First Kiss To The Last By Danny & Juniors F. Joe Terry
- 6. Trust Me By Virginia Beach Allstars
- 7. Just One Dance By Emerald, Caro Deleted
- 8. Love Be With You By Catalinas
- 9. Rock Bottom Blues By Kid Rock
- 10. There Has Got To Be A Way (Drizabone Mix) 1999 By Lulu
- 11. Respect Yourself By Lewis, Huey & The News
- 12. I’m Staying Home Tonight By Ashanti Munir
- 13. Rolling In The Deep By Adele
- 14. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 1990 By Chimes W/ Pauline Henry
- 15. Forget You By Green, Cee
- 16. Katrina Katrina By Gray, Henry
- 17. Marvin And Miles By Du Nord, Gare
- 18. Just Got Started Loving You By Queen Emily
- 19. When You’re Cool (The Sun Shines All The Time) By Godfrey, Rickey
- 20. Morning Train By Carey, John
- 21. Back To Carolina By Poor Souls
- 22. Put Me Down Easy By Russell, Catherine
- 23. Memphis Women & Fried Chicken By Brown, T. Graham
- 24. More Love By Singletary-Artis, Holly
- 25. I Fell Apart By Drizabone Soul Family
- 26. Rewind By Quick, Jim
- 27. Is It True By Lynwood Slim & Igor Prado Band
- 28. Candy Girl By Lakeside Drive Band
- 29. Gonna Take A Long Time By Hip Pocket
- 30. Bright By White, Peter
- 31. Boardwalk Angel By Carolina Breakers
- 32. Fred’s Dollar Store By Super Chikan
- 33. Promises Promises By Lois, lisa
- 34. Down South By Quick, Jim
- 35. Find A Way By Bayje
- 36. Your Sweet Love By Holiday Band
- 37. Baby Don’t Change Your Mind By Trexler, Susan
- 38. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again By Thompkins Jr, Russell
- 39. Don’t Call Me Baby By Turner, Kreesha
- 40. Class Act By Hunter, James
- 41. Back To The Beach By Woods, Danny & Board Of Directors
- 42. Love Letter By Kelly, R.
- 43. No Matter By Radics, Jack
- 44. Love Me As Hard As You Hurt Me By Roberts, Mark & Breeze
- 45. Through My Eyes By O’banion, Sammy
- 46. A Love To Call Mine By Taylor, Johnnie
- 47. Bop, The By Ms Jody
- 48. Lay It On The line By Brown, Divine
- 49. Home U.S.A. By Domino, Fats
- 50. You Don’t Know By Rogers, Robin
- 51. Everything About You By Burke, Solomon
- 52. Smokehouse Brown By King Tyrone & Graveyard Ramblers
- 53. So Do I (Ballad) By Strickland, Rick
- 54. That Beat By Lavere, Amy
- 55. You Used To Rock By lue Six
- 56. Sugarfied By Gaar, Burton
- 57. You Never Know What’s On A Woman’s Mind By Magnificents
- 58. James Hunter Medley By Hunter, James
- 59. Back By Popular Demand By Queens Of Southern Soul
- 60. Grenade By Mars, Bruno
- 61. Nothing’s Impossible By Burke, Solomon
- 62. Who’s Rockin’ You By Ray, Donnie
- 63. She Sure Got Away With My Heart By Holiday Band
- 64. B Boy Baby By Winehouse, Amy F. Mutya Buena
- 65. I Think I’ll Do Some Steppin’ On My Own By Barber, Sandy
- 66. She Makes Me Feel Good By Thompson, Big John
- 67. Dream Lover By Nelson, Rick
- 68. So In Love By Scott, Jill W Anthony Hamilton
- 69. General Has Left Us By Nantucket
- 70. I Can’t Think By Band Of Oz W/ Tim Morris
- 71. Wait For Me By Roberts, Roy
- 72. Come Get To This By Reynolds, L.J.
- 73. All I Do By Whalum, Kirk & Wendy Moten
- 74. Independence By Lulu
- 75. Bullseye By White, Peter
- 76. So Natural To Love By lightman, Toby
- 77. Too Much Booty Shakin By Burton, Jonathan
- 78. Walk, The By Hawthorne, Mayer
- 79. Eyes For You By Hall, Daryl
- 80. Old School Music By Wallstreet
How Music Travels – The Evolution of Western Dance Music
About the Research:
The map shows the evolution of top level dance genres only, and does not delve into all possible sub-genres.
It is often difficult to pin-point the beginning of a genre to a single year, so we have placed the birth of each genre within 5-year periods.
When the explosion of dance music arrived in the 80s, many genres arrived in the same 5-year period as the genres they influenced. In this situation, the ‘influencer’ genre starts to fade in on the map at the time the influencing line appears.
Non-dance music genres which influenced dance music are also included, but their own influences are not shown.
Often where a genre was first born was not the location it eventually gained most popularity.
This is a fairly complex subject and much debate exists not only around how you define various genres of music, but also where they initially came from.
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