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Stylistic origins pop genrespost-disco[1]new wave[1]club/dance
Cultural origins Early 1980s
Typical instruments drum machinekeyboardssynthesizersvocals (sometimes rapping)
Mainstream popularity Moderate in both the U.S. & UK in the 1980's. Highly popular in the U.S. & UK since late 1990's.
Fusion genres
house-pop, teen pop
Other topics
Boy bandsGirl groupEurodanceTeen popStock, Aitken & WatermanDance-pop artists

Dance-pop (or dance pop) is dance-oriented pop music that evolved from post-disco, beginning in the early 1980s.


Complete with pounding, dance club upbeats and catchy melodies, the songs of this music are fully-formed and more influenced by pop song structure than pure dance music.[2] Dance-pop songs are often primarily created by record producers, who then select a singer to perform the song.[2] A notable dance-pop production team in the 1980s and 1990s were Stock, Aitken and Waterman,[3] who sculpted polished Hi-NRG production for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley and Bananarama. Other commercially succesful dance-pop musicians include Paula Abdul, Madonna,[2] Janet Jackson,[2] Jody Watley,[4] The Spice Girls and more recently, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. Dance-pop has often been the music of boy bands and girl groups (e.g. Mel & Kim).[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b Smay, David & Cooper, Kim (2001). Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth: The Dark History of Prepubescent Pop, from the Banana Splits to Britney Spears: "... think about Stock-Aitken-Waterman and Kylie Minogue. Dance pop, that's what they call it now — Post-Disco, post-new wave and incorporating elements of both." Feral House: Publisher, p. 327. ISBN 0922915695.
  2. ^ a b c d Allmusic: Dance-pop. Re-retrieved from June 1, 2007.
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  4. ^ - Stock Aitken Waterman


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