Originating in Chicago in the early 1980s, house music is a genre of ‘electronic dance music’ (I hate that term) which has stood the test of time.
Still going strong well in to the 2010s, house music has certainly evolved and split in to a series of sub-genres (electro, acid, deep, progressive, vocal etc), but the heart of the original material is still there to be heard in almost every track; prominent kicks and beats, rhythms mainly provided by drum machines, off-beat hi-hat cymbals, (mostly) synthesized basslines, powerful vocals and catchy melodies provided by saxophones, pianos, guitars and various other instruments.
One thing that is heavily associated with the genre is gospel music. To this day, some of the best vocal tracks feature gospel choirs and/or lyrics that are actually so preachy that those unfamiliar with house music would never even think to associate them with the ‘electronic dance music’ scene.
It’s become second nature. Even those house music fans, like myself, who have no interest in religion or gospel music whatsoever (or any desire to hear any kind of ‘message’ in a house music track) find themselves blissfully singing and dancing along to tracks with lyrics they would never have thought they’d find themselves singing and dancing along to prior to becoming a house music fan.
If you’re looking to get in to house music, you won’t be able to avoid coming across tracks like this.
With that in mind, here are ten awesome classic house music tracks that are incredibly preachy…
This article was first posted on July 21, 2013