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High-Energy emerged as a dance music form late in the seventies and early eighties and was a development of the disco sound made popular by Donna Summer "I feel love". High-Energy was especially popular in U.S. cities such as New York and San Francisco and in the UK Gay night clubs. High-Energy is typified by an energetic, staccato, sequenced synthesizer , where the bass often takes the place of the hi-hat, alternating a more resonant beat with a dampened note to signify the tempo of the music. There is also often heavy use of the hand clap found on drum machines.

DJ/producer Patrick Cowley helped popularize Hi-NRG music at the The End Up club in San Francisco, Cowley and music producer Bobby Orlando issued a number of Hi-NRG hits in this era. Examples of early 1980s Hi-NRG acts include Amanda Lear, France Joli, Sylvester, Divine, and The Weather Girls. High-Energy entered the mainstream with hits in the UK pop charts with Hazell Dean's "Searchin' (I Gotta Find a Man)" and Evelyn Thomas's "High Energy".

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In the mid-1980s, Hi-NRG producers included Ian Levine and trio Stock-Aitken-Waterman, both of whom worked with many different artists. Stock-Aitken-Waterman had two of the most successful Hi-NRG singles ever with their productions of Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (UK #1 & US #11 in 1985) and Bananarama's "Venus" (US #1 & UK #8 in 1986). Stock Aitken Waterman also brought the genre full circle by writing and producing Donna Summer's 1989 UK and US hit "This Time I Know It's For Real" (UK #3 and US #7).

By 1990, however, House music had superseded Hi-NRG in popularity in many dance clubs [See Sounddiffusion’s House Music Top 20]. Despite this, Hi-NRG music is still being produced and played in various forms, including many remixed versions of mainstream pop hits, some with re-recorded vocals. Almighty Records and Klone Records, for example, are High energy recording labels which offer terrific hi-nrg versions which sadly and undeservedly have never been heard outside the specialist night club.

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Soulnights.com proudly present the Sounddiffusion Hi NRG Top 20 which hosts twenty of the most exciting dance records recorded

Sounddiffusion's Djs Hi NRG Dance music Top 20

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Top 20 compiled by Daniel Blach

1Kylie Better The Devil You Know 
2Irene Cara Flashdance (What A Feeling!)
3Dead or Alive You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
4Evelyn Thomas High Energy
5Divine You Think Your A Man
6Hazell Dean Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)
7Spagna Call Me
8Sabrina Summertime Love (Boys, Boys, Boys)
9Lonnie Gordon Happenin' All Over Again
10Maria Vidal Body Rock
11Eartha Kitt I Love Men
12Patrick Cowley Do You Wanna Funk?
13Miquel Brown So Many Men (So Little Time)
14Man 2 Man Man ParrishMale Stripper
15Bananarama Venus
16Miquel Brown So Many Men, So Little Time
17Laura Brannigan Gloria
18Weather Girls Its Raining Men
19Paul Lekakis Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room)
20Earlene Bentley I'm Living My Own Life

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