House is a music genre characterized by a repetitive four-on-the-floor beat and a typical tempo of 120 beats per minute. It was created by DJs and music producers from Chicago‘s underground club culture in the late 1970s, as DJs began altering disco songs to give them a more mechanical beat.
House was pioneered by DJs and producers in Chicago such as Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy, Jesse Saunders, Chip E., Steve “Silk” Hurley, Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Marshall Jefferson, Phuture and others. House music expanded internationally to other American cities such as New York City and became a worldwide phenomenon.
House has had a large impact on pop music, especially dance music. It was incorporated by major international pop artists including Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson (“Together Again“), Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys and Madonna (“Vogue“), but also produced some mainstream hits on its own, such as “French Kiss” by Lil Louis, “Show Me Love” by Robin S. or “Push the Feeling On” by the Nightcrawlers. Many house DJs also did and continue to do remixes for pop artists. House music has remained popular on radio and in clubs while retaining a foothold on the underground scenes across the globe.