Eleven Essential House Music Classics

We look back on 11 essential house tracks for anyone taking a deep dive into the history of house music.
EDM Culture: 11 Essential House Music Classics

"In the beginning there was Jack, and Jack had a groove. And from this groove came the grooves all grooves. And while one day while viciously throwing down from his box, Jack boldly declared 'Let There Be House!'- and house music was born"

Here is our list of eleven essential house music classics:

Fingers Inc - "Can You Feel It" 1988

Fuck your hyped up modern "anthem". This song defines what an anthem is- related to the music, inspiring and unifying.

Robert Owens - "I'll Be Your Friend" 1991

This is deep and raw house music. You're in a warehouse and it's late at night, time to sweat it out.

Phuture - "Acid Trax" 1987

The track the brought the acid house sound to the world. If it's too much for you, you haven't been there.

Hamilton Bohannon "Let's Start The Dance" 1981

At first listen this is so far removed from modern house you probably won't get it. Now go back again- listen to the drum patterns, the vocals, the sounds, the breakdowns. Arguably the first house song, definitely an influencer.

LNR - "Work It To The Bone" 1988

The drum kit on this is amazing- I wanna say Casio keyboard, but I could be wrong. Another warehouse sweat-it-out track.

Aly-Us - "Follow Me" 1992

Classic four-on-the-floor drum work here with crisp handclaps. Oh and the bass and the keys and the song . . . this is music.

Green Velvet - "Flash" 1995

The relentless attack of the drums, Green Velvet's narration of what's really going on in the warehouse- "naughty, naughty kids."

Inner City - "Big Fun" 1988

Paris Grey's acapella at the beginning gets me every time. This song went on to be a commercial success for producer Kevin Saunderson.

JayDee - "Plastic Dreams" 1992

Listen to how murky this is - it's like a ghost just punched you in face. Then the drums attack. Loose your shit, it's okay.

Frankie Knuckles - "The Whistle Song" 1991

Pure 90s house ATW, it's smoothed out and rough n' rugged enough to take you where you want to be.

Kenny Dope - "The Bomb" 1995

This is just a fucking classic. Try arguing against this one and you'll lose.

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