It was said that dance music died when disco fell out of favor. That’s not true; because as long as people want to dance, there will always be dance music. What was once known as disco went underground once the hits dried up; and the big-name artists changed their style to chase the charts.
From the time disco was declared dead until the minute today’s morning groove was released, there had been dance music. But when this song came out of the blocks late in 1983, it set off a new dance revolution; one that spread far wider than disco.
When you think of the dance-pop of the 80s, when you think of Freestyle (or Latin Freestyle) of the mid- to late-80s, the house music that came to be, electro-funk and techno, they all owe a debt of gratitude to this one song.
When you think of groups and artists like Exposé, Sweet Sensation, The Cover Girls, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam…all of them followed in the wake of this song. I tried to determine if the first Freestyle song created was this one, but I couldn’t get a definitive answer. So for the purposes of this post, I’m calling it: “Let The Music Play” by Shannon was the first Freestyle song of the 1980s—as well as one of the most influential dance songs ever.
It’s also the Friday morning groove/party starter. Enjoy your Friday, and as always, thanks for reading and listening.
And if you want to, shake a little something to this one. 🙂