Top 10 Best Hi-NRG Songs

Hi-NRG (pronounced High Energy) is a form of dance music (disco, EDM, etc) that features upbeat tempos, staccato hi-hat rhythms, a 4 on the floor pattern, plus intense vocals & pulsating octave basslines. It originated between the late 1970s & early 1980s, yet is commonly used with synth pop.
The Top Ten
1 You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive

The classic from Dead or Alive, which made them one-hit wonders. It's upbeat and has all the elements needed for Hi-NRG. Yet good storyline and lyrics as well. It became a cultural phenomenon in music and pop culture and became an internet meme throughout the years. R.I.P. to the leader of the band, Pete Burns, in 2016.

2 Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode

A classic from Depeche Mode that can't be forgotten. Very upbeat and energetic. Very good lyrics as well.

3 Blue Monday - New Order

This is one of the best songs of the 80s. Hi-NRG is not so common.

Very energetic and fast yet bright. New Order's greatest hit.

4 Jump (For My Love) - The Pointer Sisters

A classic from the Pointer Sisters, an ever-evolving group. Rest in peace to two members including Bonnie Pointer, the co-founder, in 2020.

5 So Many Men, So Little Time - Miquel Brown

A classic song in the genre and a hit by Miguel Brown.

6 High Energy - Evelyn Thomas

Like the name says, full of energy and lived up to. It was the perfect hit she made.

7 Do You Wanna Funk? - Patrick Cowley
8 Two of Hearts - Stacey Q
9 The World Is Mine - Joachim Garraud, JD Davis & David Guetta

A hit in 2004 by David Guetta in his old days, yet included Joachim Garraud and JD Davis and incorporates such elements along with synth pop and new wave all in tribute to them. Plus, it directly sampled multiple elements from Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) by Simple Minds (one of their less known songs unlike Don't You Forget About Me that made them one-hit wonders) in tribute to them. The 80's will never be forgotten.

10 Night Crawling - Miley Cyrus

Perhaps the best song in the Hi-NRG genre released after David Guetta's The World Is Mine. Played by Miley Cyrus, it was her turn on 80's style HI-NRG along with synth pop. It is one of her refreshing songs after the years where she messed up.

Yet, it featured Billy Idol. She and he used the lyrics from his cover of Mony Mony by Tommy James and the Shontells (when they said COME ON) and he used the background from White Wedding. From her refreshing album Plastic Hearts in 2020.

The Contenders
11 I Feel Love - Donna Summer

The ultimate classic from the queen of disco. Yet arguably the top of hi-NRG as well. Rest in peace.

12 Gloria - Laura Branigan

Never forget the talent and quality brought in this. Rest in peace.

13 Radio Romance - Tiffany

A totally upbeat song by her in this category, yet one of her dance songs. It should have also been added to her album Dust Off and Dance.

14 Whatever I Do Wherever I Go - Hazell Dean
15 Unexpected Lovers - Lime
16 Never Can Say Goodbye - The Communards

It was a classic. It was even covered by many artists.

17 This Time I Know It's for Real - Donna Summer
18 Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat
19 You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester

A classic Hi-NRG song in disco form that made him a one-hit wonder. It was lyrically interpolated in I Like to Move It by Reel 2 Real (Erick Morillo). Rest in peace in September 2020.

20 Color My Love - Fun Fun
21 Rhythm of the Night - Corona

A truly classic hit that made Corona a one-hit wonder. It gained international recognition on the charts. It was even sampled in many songs, the latest being RITMO (Bad Boys for Life) by the Black Eyed Peas.

22 Master and Servant - Depeche Mode

Very upbeat for a Depeche Mode song, which involves Hi-NRG elements and very influential in music. Even interpolated in S&M by Rihanna, which seemed to influence Ariana Grande's bad idea.

23 Shoot Your Shot - Divine
24 Lili Marlene - Amanda Lear
25 Fashion Pack - Amanda Lear

It's not just Eurodisco, but it has all the elements of Hi-NRG as well.

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