Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Best 15 Freestyle Songs Ever Made

Freestyle music has always been hot, but after this list of the Top 15 Freestyle Tracks, you'll like it even more. They just don't make 'em like this anymore, and you don't have to be 30-something to appreciate these classics. Here's my version of the top 15 all-time freestyle tracks, and the vinyl record prices for the 12" single (original pressing, excellent condition):


15. Noel - Silent Morning (1987). I have probably sold this vinyl a hundred times. Who else can say that? Price of Vinyl: $5.00




14. George LaMond - Bad Of The Heart (1990). A jam that pushed freestyle a little more towards the mainstream. Price of Vinyl: $3.00

 



13. Timmy T - Time After Time (1989). A personal favorite. I think I blew some speakers on this track if I remember right. The bass hits pretty hard. Price of Vinyl: $5.00




12. Nice And Wild - Diamond Girl (1987). A little bit cheesy, but still catchy. One of the first freestyle tracks picked up by a major label, Atlantic Records. Price of Vinyl 12": $10.00




11. Expose - Come Go With Me (1986). One of the classics that helped put freestyle music on the map. Price of Vinyl 12": $3.00




10. Pajama Party - Yo No Se (1988). Another well respected freestyle classic. Price of Vinyl 12": $3.00



9. Johnny O - Fantasy Girl (1988). Johnny O had a lot of great hits. This is his best one. Price of Vinyl 12": $7.00




8. Company B - Fascinated (Spellbound Mix) (1987). A major club hit and still played out all over the world, even today. Price of Vinyl 12": $3.00



7. Lisette Melendez - Together Forever (1990). A big time hit and a more polished freestyle song than some of the earlier hits. Price of Vinyl 12": $3.00




6. Shayme - Summer Night (1993). I have seen this on vinyl exactly once. What a Shayme, because I'd like a copy for myself. A truly great and rare freestyle jam. Price of Vinyl 12": $25.00




5. Cynthia - Endless Night (1989). Cynthia was a Micmac Records artist who dropped a gang of freestyle jams. This is considered by many to be her best effort. Price of Vinyl 12": $3.00





4. Collage - I'll Be Loving You (1993). A very well produced freestyle track produced by Adam Marano. One of the best on Viper 7 Records. Price of Vinyl 12": $8.00




3. Lil Suzy - Take Me In Your Arms (1991). Aided with production from the great Tony Garcia, this track was one of the top freestyle hits. A classic for sure. Price of Vinyl 12": $6.00



2. Face feat. Charlie Rock - Happy Days (1992). Another record I can't seem to find very often. Great, must own freestyle. Added distinction for Happy Days, since it's the only original track in the list with a rap verse. Price of Vinyl 12": $25.00




1. Stevie B - Spring Love (1989). The infectious bassline combined with the fact it's my favorite make this the number one track on the Top 15 Freestyle Tracks list. Price of Vinyl 12": $5.00

I actually found the original video!



Bonus: A sweet X-Mix Remix of Spring Love, a little faster-paced:



Also: Check out this remix! Stevie B With Pitbull!


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44 comments:

  1. Jaya - If you leave me now and HOW IS THE BEST SONG EVER IN THIS GENRE NOT ON HERE ?? - FREESTYLE - DONT STOP THE ROCK !!! CMON
    "Freestyle Kickin in the house tonight/Move your body from left to right /All you freaks dont stop the rock / cuz freestyles kickin and you know i'm right!!!!

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    1. One of my friends already razzed me about Don't Stop The Rock not being here.. I was trying to stay away from the older electro/freestyle jams (such as Debbie Deb - When I Hear Music) since I think it's a slightly different style. In fact, I think both tracks are more "electro" than "freestyle". My friend thinks I am wrong, but that's my opinion and I am sticking to it. Jaya should have probably got mentioned here with the commercial success that track enjoyed. But maybe the reason it's not has to do with the fact I have heard that song like 4,000 times and am just sick of it?

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    2. That was the beginning of freestyle
      and where is Dimond girl

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  2. How about some love for "Running" by Information Society? One of the early jams that really helped the genre alone - especially notable that it was bunch of dorky white kids from Minnesota!

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    1. I like Information Society, but just have a hard time not calling them synthpop, even though they do have an electro / freestyle sound to their tracks.

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    2. I feel the same way about Nu Shooz "I can't wait" that's more synthpop as well.

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  3. I think you started to lose me at the #5 and under although I will agree Stevie B's Spring Love is "the" freestyle music anthem of all time. Cynthia's greatest track (imo) is "Change on Me" and why Face's Happy Days" is in the #2 spot boggles my mind (great track but not deserving of top 10 status). The complete neglect of classic artists such as Trinere, Sweet Sensation, and even the Cover Girls points out the weak links in this list. But, if you ask any freestyle fan their top 10 of all time you'll never get the same answer.

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    1. It definitely won't be the same list for everyone, but I admit, if the list was re-done, I would make some adjustments and likely would drop Face from the #2 spot. I think the main reason it's there is because when I wrote the blog I had just recently discovered that track and was hyped over it at the time. And I agree some of your mentions should at least be consider if not placed in the top 15.

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  4. WTF freestyle were you listening to, cause your list is full of nobodys and just plain old bad songs. No George Lamond, TKA, Judy Torres, Noel (the legends of freestyle) you definitely werent from Bushwick, Williamsburg or the Bronx.

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    1. He does list George Lamond and Noel #15 and #14

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    2. I agree stupid list.

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    3. Noel is in the list and so is George LaMond, so chill out man. You are fine to think this list is whack. But at the end of the day, it's just here to spark conversation and my opinions on these tracks change over time as well. I grew up in Chicago which had a vibrant freestyle scene even if most of the tracks were borrowed from NY and Miami.

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    4. Metrowax,

      not a bad list, i can see why you have who you have on this list, and its pretty solid. Just curious, and i am not sure if anyone else asked, but why no Cover Girls tunes? just curious.

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  5. thanks for taking time to speak on Freestyle..Great info and nice list. You can of course ask 100 different people for a top 15 and with the exception of Spring Time, Take me in your arms and possibly Noel you will have different songs...I was kind of surprised to see Happy Days on this (or any list). That song rarely comes up in any Freestyle conversation. I dont hate the song but i personally dont particularly like it.. Although i do understand it is "your list"...Lol...Oh and i kind of see your point on the older music such as Dont stop the rock However it is still called Freestyle in fact it says Freestyle on the Original record itself..Thanks keep up the good work..

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    1. Thanks for reading it! It seems I do have to drop Face from the #2 spot. To be honest it's not what I feel anymore anyway. I will look to re-rank these soon!

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  6. Hey metrowax. As with ant Top list there is always going to be disagreements. What are your Top 10 pizza parlors? What, you didn't include "so-so" pizza? It's been favorite spot for years...see what I mean? I like your analogy on the difference from electro to freestyle, since I always thought it was a different sound myself. And some may challenge this, but alot of those type of records were not called "freestyle" through the much of the 80s. I myself noticed the word first about 88-89 on fliers and promotions. My Top 15 would get tanked because I would choose some of the more obscure cuts such as Midnight Fantasy "Come Back To Me"...how about Olga "Play Another Song For Me" but again, were those really freestyle..haa? I'm also from the Chicago area and do what you do, metrowax!

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    1. Yep, that should have been on there. A real nice track..

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  9. Level 5-10 of the game "Plants vs Zombies" 2010 .i.e. the duel with Zomboss. Music by Laura Shigihara, This is the best modern freestyle music I have heard. Very 1980s. The game music makes me want to find out everything about the electro/freestyle music I missed in the 1980s.

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  10. Really good freestyle from Canada, I highly recommend:

    Ebony - Crazy Love (extremely rare Canadian freestyle track from 80s)
    Hi-Bias Featuring Heather Cherron - I Wanna Take You

    Check out Big Shot Records, have nice freestyle and house music

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  11. Pure Pleazure - I Need You Now...FTW

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    1. Added to my youtube Freestyle playlist! Thank you! Here it is:

      Freestyle Jams Playlist

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  12. How about linear - sending all my love.

    Or

    Tony Garcia - just like the wind

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    1. I really liked Sending My Love as well.. to be honest, it should have been top 15.. Listening to the Tony Garcia now but I don't think it belongs in a top freestyle tracks list (just my opinion).. it's a good track though.. like the breakdown!

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  14. this list is not complete without goon squad 8 arms to hold you

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  15. Omg what song is this uugghhh im going crazy..im not sure if my lyrics are correct but it sounds like this lol. "Day dream that your seeing somebody new baby this cant be true i never thought that i ever hadto let you go..

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  16. This list is ok:)

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  17. This list cannot be taken seriously without a Shannon track added at the top. Take your pick.

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  18. Hay - Great site - What about CM Dance - Off the Hook. My Brother & I brought in from Groove Records in Soho, London :-)

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  19. HOW DO YOU NOT HAVE LISA LISA QUEEN OF FREESTYLE!!!

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  20. No Coro, no Tka, no Judy Torres...this list is not complete.

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  21. What happened to Freeze and A.E.I.O.U. That is another record that helped push Freestyle forward and any B boy and B girl can get down to it today.

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  23. Eh....I dont know about the list. I dont see how any song from the 90's could make it and that Lil Suzy song is one of the worst

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