Iconic Dancehall Songs That Changed The Course of History

September 4, 2021
Iconic Dancehall Songs That Changed The Course of History

Music has the power to change history, and some songs can redefine history. In the World Music theme, these songs sometimes lack the special recognition they deserve. We are discussing those songs, especially those with Dancehall origins.

So, we are moving on with our list:

  • Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic

The lyrics of this song are hard-hitting, and the beats are quite energetic and fun to listen to. The song wants the listener to turn the volume while the song is playing at the nightclub or the pub. The song uses different styles and has created a new form.

The form has picked up the pace and has successfully been used in numerous renditions. The style was picked by HipHop and R&B songwriters, and we recommend listening to the original one, before checking out the modern songs.

  • Block Rockin’ Beats by The Chemical Brothers

The song received a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. And it received critical praises from the international community, so that’s saying something. Once you hear it, you will be unable to get it out of your head.

Many artists praise is due to the usage of sampling techniques used in it. Some say that the song has changed art forever. I will say that the song has a magnetic and hypnotic effect, and it resonates with most listeners. It is used in numerous popular cultures, such as The Waterboy, a comedic film. As a Dancehall artist,I think this is a fabulous song.


  • Mortal Kombat by The Immortals

The song was released in 1994 to accompany the game of the same name. The track comprises several songs, almost all of them are of techno-Dancehall genre. Later, it is considered as the theme song for the game, as it is used throughout the franchise.

  1. The Groove Is In the Heart by Deee-lite

The song is often considered as a one-hit wonder, but nevertheless it is a massive hit. It is a combination of funk, modern dance sheen, among others. It’s a catchy dance tune, and can be played as a HipHop beat too, as it has those elements.

It has topped numerous charts, such as the US Hot Dance Club Play Chart, and the Billboard Hot 100 (Number 4). Internationally, it has garnered much praise, as Q Magazine coined it in their list “1001 Best Songs Ever”.

  1. Praise You by FatBoy Slim

Another iconic Dancehall song, it uses multiple samples to produce the desired effect. The samples used here are, “Take Yo’ Praise” by Camille Yarbrough, and the one from Balance and Rehearsal. You can also hear the sample It’s a Small World here. The video arrangement of this song is peculiar, as it uses guerilla-style to shoot the video.

  1. Satisfaction by Benny Bennasi

Satisfaction is a very successful song, and uses cool lyrics to convey the message. For me, it became an earworm, and I cannot seem to forget it. It uses voice synthesizing, and the video consists of numerous animation-like characters.

It is remade and remixed numerous times with slight adjustments. It received a Gold Certification in different nations, such as Australia, Belgium, France, and the United States. In the United Kingdom, it received a silver certification.

Like the ones mentioned above, this song also has some nice samples. And the best part is, it is used for future references as well. Ludacris’s song Ultimate Satisfaction comes to the top of my mind. DJ Laz’s Move Shake Drop has this song as a sample.

Flo Rida’s song Touch Me also falls under this category, and it is the last one on our mini-list.

  1. Music Sounds Better With You by Stardust

A popular dance track, and is the one to be immediately played during numerous occasions, this version is my favorite song too. It received praises and acclaim from different sources, including AllMusic. The music is quite tempting, and is considered sublime.

The bassline follows the disco pattern, and you can see it playing in different discos and clubs too. It has different versions, such as radio, 12-inch club mix, and a remix version by Bob Sinclair. It topped charts in numerous locations, including Austria, Australia, and Denmark, among others.

  1. Insomnia by Faithless

The 1995 version by the group Faithless, and is considered to be one of the best ones from their album. It’s melodic, and truly encompasses the Dancehall music in its original form.

  1. FireStarter by The Prodigy

One of the powerful songs of all time, and the famous British magazine, Music Week identified it as the Single of the Week. Pitchfork said that this powerful and impactful song, and will be so in the following decades.

  1. Blue Monday by New Order

The last one on our list is Blue Monday, released by New Order ( a rock band) in 1983. It is a combination of these genres, alternative dance, Dancehall, and synth-pop, and is a huge commercial success all over the world. It received Gold Certification from Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

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Like Dancehall,Reggae songs also have a diverse impact on the music industry’s history.As a Reggae artist, I would like to discover it on another blog. I study music as an artist, as it makes me happy to understand the impact.

Both these genres are massive, and cannot be summed up in a blog. That’s why we are discovering the topic in series. My name is Abby Dallas, and I prefer to dabble in this song genre. If you love to listen to them, then you can give my song a try.

Music is something that is subjective, and may appeal differently to people. I love HipHop, and other genres that influenced these genres. Are you ready to find more things about music? Then you must keep following the blogs posted here. If you want, you can visit the older blogs, or recommend what you expect in the next session.

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