Wednesday, February 22, 2017

200 MOST ESSENTIAL DANCE SONGS: #50-41. Continues tomorrow.
PART XVI
#50-41

DANCE MUSIC has encompassed a myriad of genres, including: techno, disco, EDM, funk, trance and house. Here are 200 key dance tracks, spanning the decades since the 1960s to the present day. Among them are floor fillers; dance crazes such as The Twist and The Hustle; and groundbreaking tracks to lift any party.
THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200 MOST ESSENTIAL
DANCE SONGS
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RAY OF LIGHT
Madonna
Madonna has been a dancefloor favourite since the 1980s. She has astutely collaborated with cutting edge mavericks of new dance trends. "Ray Of Light" is the title track of her 1998 album, which saw her recruiting William Orbit.
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DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY
Thelma Houston
At first, Motown was reluctant to jump on the disco bandwagon. Once it relented, it served up some impressive tracks, including the disco classic "Don't Leave Me This Way". Thelma Houston's 1976 remake of the Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes R&B gem topped the US Disco, Soul and Pop charts.
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I'M SO EXCITED
Pointer Sisters
With disco out of favour, The Pointer Sisters ushered in a new approach to dance music in the 1980s, led by the timeless "I'm So Excited" in 1982.
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DECEMBER, 1963
Four Seasons
The Four Seasons scored countless hits in the 1950s- 60s and enjoyed a chart revival with "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)". It reached #1 in America, Britain and Canada in 1976. The disco song remains a party favourite to this day.
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DO YA WANNA FUNK
Sylvester
In 1982, Sylvester's "Do Ya Wanna Funk" served as a bridge between disco / funk and Hi-NRG.
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WE ARE FAMILY
Sister Sledge
The Sledge sisters delivered a timeless party favourite in "We Are Family". It was one of the results from collaborating with Chic's Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. The funky disco track made the Top 3 in Canada, America and Britain in 1979.
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JUST DANCE
Lady Gaga
The world discovered Lady Gaga via the 2008 synth-pop dance track "Just Dance". It featured Colby O'Donis. It is one of countless pop hits produced by RedOne.
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I WILL SURVIVE
Gloria Gaynor
"I Will Survive" remains the quintessential disco track, if not also the genre's best known. The American, British and Canadian 1979 #1 smash has been adopted as an anthem by a wide spectrum of groups and communities.
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PUMP UP THE JAM
Technotronic
Belgian act Technotronic helped expose the mainstream to a fusion of deep bass, hip hop, Eurodance and house. "Pump Up The Jam" peaked at #2 in both the USA and UK in 1989-90.
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DISCO INFERNO
The Trammps
The Trammps originally released "Disco Inferno" in 1976. It reached #1 on the US Disco Chart the following year. In 1978, it was included on the mega-successful 'Saturday Night Fever' film soundtrack and achieved wider popularity.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

EUROVISION 2017: The 43 Countries. XL: CZECH REPUBLIC. Continues tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` previews…
EUROVISION
2017
As countries begin selecting their entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in May, this blog will look back on the stats and the best from each of the 43 participating nations.
UKRAINE
ITALY
FRANCE
GERMANY
UNITED KINGDOM
SPAIN
BELGIUM
SWITZERLAND
THE NETHERLANDS
DENMARK
AUSTRIA
SWEDEN
NORWAY
FINLAND
PORTUGAL
IRELAND
MALTA
ISRAEL
GREECE
CYPRUS
ICELAND
CROATIA
SLOVENIA
ESTONIA
RUSSIA
POLAND
ROMANIA
LITHUANIA
HUNGARY
FYR MACEDONIA
LATVIA
ALBANIA
BELARUS
MOLDOVA
BULGARIA
ARMENIA
SERBIA
GEORGIA
MONTENEGRO
CZECH REPUBLIC
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ESC2016 - Czech Republic Meet & Greet 03.jpgThe Czech Republic is one of the most recent additions to the ESC family, debuting in 2007. Last year, "I Stand" became the first Czech song to reach a Grand Final. The song finished in 25th place.
Hopes are high for an improvement with the 2017 entry. The song is "My Turn", to be performed in English by Martina Barta. It will compete in Semi-Final 1.
WINS: 0
BEST ENTRY EVER:
I STAND Gabriela Guncikova
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To get you in the mood for Eurovision in Kiev, check out Caffé Latté’s special ESC playlist on Spotify.

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200 MOST ESSENTIAL DANCE SONGS: #60-51. Continues tomorrow.
PART XV
#60-51

DANCE MUSIC has encompassed a myriad of genres, including: techno, disco, EDM, funk, trance and house. Here are 200 key dance tracks, spanning the decades since the 1960s to the present day. Among them are floor fillers; dance crazes such as The Twist and The Hustle; and groundbreaking tracks to lift any party.
THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200 MOST ESSENTIAL
DANCE SONGS
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60
TURN THE BEAT AROUND
Vicki Sue Robinson
In 1976, Vicki Sue Robinson enjoyed chart success in America, Europe and Canada with the disco classic "Turn The Beat Around". Gloria Estefan returned it to the charts and dancefloors in 1994.
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THEME FROM S-EXPRESS
S'Express
Conceived by DJ / producer Mark Moore, S'Express became a key act in bringing UK electronic dance to the mainstream. "Theme From S-Express" reached #1 on the British chart in 1988.
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YOU MAKE ME FEEL
Sylvester
Sylvester established himself as one of disco's most flamboyant acts. His open homosexuality celebrated the origins and liberation of disco. "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" is an enduring disco classic first issued in 1978.
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FIRESTARTER
The Prodigy
Bringing techno and electronica to the mainstream, The Prodigy's "Firestarter" proved to be aptly-titled. The breakbeat song reached #1 in the UK and #2 in Europe during 1996.
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IT'S RAINING MEN
The Weather Girls
"It's Raining Men" retained elements of disco fused with the new possibilities of Hi-NRG. In 1982, the timeless anthem reached #2 in the UK and topped the US Dance Chart. The duo featured dance stalwart Martha Wash.
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BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE
The Jacksons
The Jacksons reclaimed their place among hitmakers with "Blame It On The Boogie". In 1978, the disco single went Top 10 in Britain, Europe and Australia. Lead singer Michael Jackson was now poised to re-launch his solo career.
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CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC
Village People
One of disco's final classics, "Can't Stop The Music" still manages to get a crowd mimicking the group's choreography. The 1980 single was from an ill-timed disco film starring the Village People.
 
53
THE HUSTLE
Van McCoy
Songwriter / musician Van McCoy topped the American Disco / Soul and Pop charts with a (mostly) instrumental song dedicated to a disco dance craze in 1975. It was one of the genre's earliest hits.
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CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD
Kylie Minogue
In 2001, Kylie Minogue made #1 in Britain, Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand with her modern dance song "Can't Get You Out Of My Head".
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LUCKY
Donna Summer
"Lucky" is an underrated yet influential dance song featured on Donna Summer's 1979 'Bad Girls' album. The track transcends disco and looks into the future of electronica / dance.

Monday, February 20, 2017

EUROVISION REPORT: Malta 2017.
THE EUROVISION REPORT…
Keeping you up to date on all things related to Eurovision 2017.
The Maltese entry has been selected. 
The big ballad "Breathlessly" will be performed in Kiev by Claudia Faniello. Her brother Fabrizio has represented Malta twice at Eurovision (most recently in 2006 with "I Do"). 
2017 will mark the 30th attempt by Malta to secure victory and, while it is early days yet, "Breathlessly" is the type of song that attracts votes at Eurovision, making it a strong contender.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBSjQLkQVXo
EUROVISION 2017: The 43 Countries. XXXIX: MONTENEGRO. Continues tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` previews…
EUROVISION
2017
As countries begin selecting their entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in May, this blog will look back on the stats and the best from each of the 43 participating nations.
UKRAINE
ITALY
FRANCE
GERMANY
UNITED KINGDOM
SPAIN
BELGIUM
SWITZERLAND
THE NETHERLANDS
DENMARK
AUSTRIA
SWEDEN
NORWAY
FINLAND
PORTUGAL
IRELAND
MALTA
ISRAEL
GREECE
CYPRUS
ICELAND
CROATIA
SLOVENIA
ESTONIA
RUSSIA
POLAND
ROMANIA
LITHUANIA
HUNGARY
FYR MACEDONIA
LATVIA
ALBANIA
BELARUS
MOLDOVA
BULGARIA
ARMENIA
SERBIA
GEORGIA
MONTENEGRO
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Montenegro has been a presence at Eurovision since 2007. It has competed 9 times and remains one of the least successful participants in the annual contest. Montenegro has only progressed to a Grand Final twice. Its best result is a #13 ranking for "Adio" in 2015.
2017's Semi-Final 1  will  include the Montenegrin entry "Space", to be performed in English by male soloist Slavko Kalezic.
WINS: 0
BEST ENTRY EVER:
ADIO Knez
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HONOURABLE MENTION(S):
MOJ SVIJET Sergei Cetkovic
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To get you in the mood for Eurovision in Kiev, check out Caffé Latté’s special ESC playlist on Spotify.

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