Hard Dance is a blanket term used to describe the genres & subgenres of Hardcore & Hardstyle. Hardcore mixes influences from Eurodance, Hard House, & Hard Trance. Hardcore incorporates strong synths, percussion and echo effects from Eurodance, and generally uses more euphoric melodies, as well as less harsh-sounding kick drums. Hardcore is distinct and separate from Hardstyle or Reverse bass which typically consists of a bass-driven heavy kick drum, intense faded or reversed basslines accompanying the beat, a dissonant synth melody, and detuned and distorted sounds.

The color associated with this genre for Monstercat is green.

Hardcore Subgenres Edit

  • Eurodance: Often carries a positive, upbeat attitude; the lyrics usually involve issues of love and peace, dancing and partying, or expressing and overcoming difficult emotions. The early to mid-1990s Eurodance vocals were frequently done by a solo vocalist or a mixed rapper-vocalist duet. Sometimes non-rap vocals are used. Almost all Eurodance emphasizes percussion and rhythm. The tempo is typically around 140 beats per minute but may vary from 110 to 150.
  • Freeform: A subgenre of Hardcore which used to be known as Trancecore. It sits within a BPM range of 140-160, and can be boiled down to a hybrid between Trance & Hardcore.
  • Frenchcore: A subgenre of Hardcore that employs offbeat basslines, heavy kicks and massive melodies at fast tempos of 190-230 BPM. The genre can be rather light or very heavy and abrasive, making it one of the more diverse genres of Hardcore.
  • Gabber: Characterized by its bass drum sound. Essentially, it comes from taking a normal synthesized bass drum and over-driving it heavily.
  • Happy Hardcore: Typified by a very fast tempo (usually around 160–190 BPM) and punchy kicks, often coupled with solo vocals or sentimental lyrics. Its characteristically 4/4 beat happy sound distinguishes it from most other forms of hardcore, which tend to be darker. Happy Hardcore is often written in Major keys.
  • Hardcore: Typically faster than Hardstyle, ranging from 160 - 190+ BPM. Hardcore songs usually have less distorted and more compressed kicks than Hardstyle.
  • Powerstomp: A Hybrid genre between Melbourne Bounce and UK Hardcore, generally known for the typical Reverse Bass Hardstyle kick and swing in the bassline, however without distortion and usually at a BPM between 140-170. It is also characterized by a screechy UK Hardcore lead, or a nasal Big Room lead, percussion is distinctly more clear in the mixes due to the syncopation needed to create the groove in the track.
  • Psycore: Not to be confused with the Psytrance subgenre of the same name, Psycore (the Hardcore variant) is comprised of UK Hardcore structures & tempos sitting around 160-190 BPM with Psytrance tritonals and beat patterns within the drops.
  • UK Hardcore: A characteristically harder style by its "thicker, harsher bassline, as well as less of the breakbeat associated with the happy hardcore music of the 1990s.

Hardstyle Subgenres Edit

  • Dubstyle: Tends to have reversed wobble basslines and take the kick styling of hardstyle tracks, while combining them with the rhythm, groove, and dubstep tempo and effects a fusion of elements of hardstyle with a dubstep rhythm, usually a 2-step or a breakstep rhythm.
  • Euphoric Hardstyle: Characterized by highly emotional melodies, nostalgic and heartfelt vocals, and heavy pitch shifting within its kicks. Euphoric Hardstyle is considered the most "commercial friendly" subgenre of Hardstyle.
  • Hardstyle: Consists of an overdriven and hard-sounding kick drum with a lot of sustain, with intense faded or reversed basslines accompanying the beat. Hardstyle also utilizes harsh and distorted synths, detuned and distorted sounds accompanying the main instruments along with a lot of poetry and story telling within the music.
  • Nu-Style: The name for the distinct type of Hardstyle made between 2005-2010. Often times mislabeled as "Jumpstyle" do to the dance style known by that name being performed to Nu-Style incredibly often.
  • Psystyle: A combination of Hardstyle and Psytrance, characterized by its hybridized usage of Psytrance triplets with a Hardstyle kick drum. Artists such as Sub Zero Project are known for starting the movement of Psystyle.
  • Rawphoric: A combination of harsher kicks from Rawstyle combined with melodies and climaxes seen in Euphoric Hardstyle.
  • Rawstyle: A type of Hardstyle influenced from hardcore or older hardstyle resulting in darker melodies, screeches and deeper-sounding kick drums. Distortion is often times used to give songs a dark feeling and crunchier kicks.
  • Reverse Bass: A form of Hardstyle production that reverses the sound design of a typical Hardstyle kick and bassline, but uses the same structuring as regular Hardstyle. Often used in Mid-Intros within Hardstyle songs as a precursor to the more melodic climax later in the song.
  • X-TRA RAW: Massive gated kicks and deadly screeches create an even more abrasive version of Rawstyle. Dark and often times vulgar samples are used to create dark and evil atmospheres.

Trivia Edit

[ vte ] Alphabetical List of Hard Dance Songs (Genre)
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