5 Best Tech Songs from 1990 to 1995

In my opinion, I have chosen the 5 best tech songs from 1990 to 1995. I enjoy a variety of electronic music, so some of these can be better categorized as rave, electronic dance, trance, Eurodance, electronica or maybe. Home too. Either way the styles are becoming a bit more specialized, and there are so many different assortments. So, if the song was at least partially synthetic, and had a good enough bit to dance to, it makes my list. Techno songs usually have different combinations of the same song, so if there is a specific version that I like it will be noted after the song title.

Here are my top 5 choices, in chronological order …

1. Be prepared for this (orchestral mix) by 2 Unlimited, 1991
This is a staple for every basketball game. I would be surprised if you have never heard this song. Whenever I hear it I always imagine the cheerleaders dancing around. Ten years later and it is still played. That’s totally flattering, and I definitely agree. This is a great song, especially the orchestral mix.

2. O Fortune (Apocalypse Chorus Mix) by Apotheosis, 1992
The original classical song O Fortuna is the main theme of Carl Orna’s famous speech Carmina Burana. There is another song of Apotheosis called Obumbrata (a word from the original songs which means shadow in Latin), which is another variation of this song. In fact, this version of the song on my Radikal Techno CD was incorrectly labeled as Obumbrata. Whatever it is called, it is already a wonderful artificial arrangement of a wonderful classical piece.

3. Swamp Thing (Radio Mix) by The Grid, 1993
I have always loved banjo music. Especially songs like this and dueling banjos where a lot of fast notes are played. You don’t usually hear something like this in dance music, so it’s a real treat when you do.

4. Da Funk by Daft Punk, 1995
Da Funk was originally released as the first single, and then appeared in Daft Punk’s album Homework. The music video is about a man with a dog’s head and a cast on his feet, walking around New York City on a crotch with a boombox playing this song. It’s a nice little story, and worth watching at least once. It’s definitely Daft Punk’s best song.

5. Cotton I Jo by Rednex, 1995
I have danced to this song many times. I’ve never been a really big fan of country music, but this definitely bridges the gap. I like the combination of synthetics with traditional folk instruments like banjo and fiddle. Then again, I always liked the combination of live tools with synthetics.

I considered a few others for the list: Smart E’s 1992 by Sesame’s Treet & The Sign by Ace of Base 1994.

Whether you agree with my preferences or not, there is no dispute that techno music is one of the most influential genres out there, and without it dance is not dance.

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