Hip Hop Dance Music - How it Moved from the Streets to the Mainstream

  • By Stanley T. Westfall
  • 04 Aug, 2017
Hip hop dance music is already thirty years old. That may sound hard to believe, but it's true. The first really big hip hop song, at least according to most music writers, was "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang. When that song debuted in September of 1979, it rapidly rose to the top of the charts, and a large part of why it did so was because it sounded like nothing else on the radio. Back then, America was still caught up in the throes of disco, which wouldn't start disappearing off the radio for another year.

But after Rapper's Delight, hip hop dance music was still quite rare on the radio. It was popular for its novelty, and for its infectious tune and humorous lyrics. But it didn't really start any trends in and of itself, even though it was considered quite groundbreaking at the time.

It wouldn't be until the early 1980s that this genre of music started to get any serious play on mainstream radio station. There were a few stations in big cities such as New York and Chicago that made it part of their playlists, but they were stations with tiny audiences.

But finally, in the middle years of the 1980s, hip hop dance music started to gain traction. Part of the reason was that mainstream rock was losing its momentum, and kids were looking for the next big thing in music. America's changing demographics played a large part in the increased popularity of rap, too.

Record companies and radio stations, always keeping their eye on the bottom line, were happy to oblige the growing taste for this new kind of music. A lot of older folks hated it, and many others thought it was nothing more but a fad, but thirty years later it's still going strong.

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