Get Into The Groove With AVEX’s “Best of Super Eurobeat 2020” 30th Anniversary Album

Super Eurobeat 30th Anniversary

Being born in the ’80s and a teenager in the early 2000’s definitely had some of their strong points and some of their downsides. From the birth of gangster rap, the alternative pop scene of the mid-’90s, all the way through to the confusing times of Y2K. But one of the most important times in my life as I had mentioned previously in one of my articles was the discovery of music games such as Dance Dance Revolution and beatmania. For you see, if it wasn’t for me discovering these titles, not only would my life likely have been COMPLETELY different, I wouldn’t have found one of my favorite genres of music, Eurobeat. The driving beats, the super epic synth lines, and the absurdly corny lyrics, it’s everything someone could want out of a song or genre and AVEX has been a proprietor of the Eurobeat genre for years, so it comes with no surprise that they just released The Best of Super Eurobeat 2020 to Japanese store shelves.

SEB2020 Album Art

If you’ve ever seen an episode of Initial D before, you’ve heard Eurobeat before, but did you know that Eurobeat isn’t even a Japanese style of music, the place where it took off the most and is probably the place you can find and hear it more than anywhere in the world? It originated in Italy in the late ’80s and early ’90s and has evolved to be what it has become today. It drove a complete dance and fashion craze across the late ’90s Japanese scene with the kogal or gyaru style where girls got super dark tans and put on really extravagant bright makeup and the dance style was called “Para Para.”Para para dancing even influenced a game from Konami’s BEMANI series titled “Para Para Paradise” which saw three arcade releases and a home release on PlayStation 2. Eurobeat music is still used for quite a bit of other media to this day today.

The Best of Super Eurobeat 2020 released on October 28th and is a 2 disc collection spanning over 30 tracks of heart-thumping Eurobeat. The tracklist is:

DISC-1 【NEW RELEASES】

01 BAD BOY BLUE / LESLIE PARRISH

02 DRIFTING ALL NIGHT / DEJO

03 CRAZY DISCO IN TOKYO / PIMKY

04 DOWN DOWN WILL I FALL IN LOVE / TIPSY & TIPSY

05 PSYCHO KILLER / LUKE

06 VAMOS CHICANOS / FRANZ TORNADO

07 MIGHTY WIND OF CHANGE / IRENE

08 FLY ME TO THE MOON / DREAM FIGHTERS

09 YOU’RE MY SEXY LOVER / DEEMO

10 HIGHWAY STAR / CHERRY

11 BABY COUNTDOWN / KEN MARTIN

12 EUROBEAT SUMMER / HONEY HIME

13 STAND UP 8 / FASTWAY

14 恋音と雨空 (TOKYO HAMMOND REMIX) / sweetbox

 

DISC-2 【EUROWAVE NON-STOP MIX】

01 HIGHER HIGHER MORE AND MORE / BLISS

02 DON’T LET ME BE THE FIRST / QUEEN 26

03 NIGHT IS THE NIGHT / SONYA

04 ONE NIGHT IN TOKYO / ALEXIS

05 BE MY LOVER / MARIA VALENTINO

06 I LOVE YOU / KEVIN JOHNSON

07 YOU GIVE ME MORE / PHIL & LINDA

08 TAKE IT EASY / VANESSA

09 SAY YOU WILL / ANNALISE

10 GET UP AND MOVE IT / 70’s QUEENS feat. ANNALISE & VIRGINELLE

11 I’M GONNA CARRY ON / NUAGE

12 VICTIM / LESLIE PARRISH

13 CRAZY & READY / PHIL

14 YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME LOVIN’ YOU / NUAGE

15 GOING CRAZY / QUEEN 26

16 STILL LOVE / NUAGE

17 ONLY FOR LOVE ONLY FOR YOU / PHIL & LINDA

18 LOVE IS BLUE / MARK RISE

19 TAKE A FRAME / CHRIS STANTON

20 ANOTHER LIFE / DE LEO

21 DANCIN’ TIME / VAN T.K.

22 INTO THE GROOVE / PHIL & LINDA

23 NEVER GIMME UP / VAN T.K.

24 TAKE AWAY / WENDY WHITE

25 LOVE ME FOREVER / MARY

If you live in Japan, you can pick up The Best of Super Eurobeat 2020 at any major music store such as Tower Records or HMV, and if you have the AWA streaming service, you can stream it there for your listening pleasure. Unfortunately, AVEX has not announced if this will be coming to Spotify or Apple Music, so we’re just going to have to wait and see on that. But, if there is one thing that I’m grateful for about 2020, it’s that Super Eurobeat is still alive and well.

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