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While attempting to better my understanding of the roots of electronic dance-able popular (as opposed to classical or experimental) music, I found out that most of its influences come from disco and grew throughout the 70s across Europe into dance. It made me want to know what disco track, album, artist, club or label was instrumental in the transition. Could you name some space-disco or italo-disco (for example) titles that were really influential?

The same way that Chic's "Good times" was very influential in Hip Hop for instance, which tracks "pioneered" or transitioned into electro.

Or to put it this way, in which disco tracks can I hear the most similarities with more modern electronic music?

(Of course, to lift the question beyond mere opinion, please include information about supporting evidence about the influence the title had, e.g. "23 other pieces used samples from this one", "this title was the first piece with synthesizer to make it to the top of the chart in...", "so-and-so in his book An Oral History of Synthpop quotes John Doe the European vice president of sales for Moog as saying 'Immediately after this track came out, the instruments flew off the shelves...'")

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closed as primarily opinion-based by slim, guidot, Shevliaskovic, Tim, Dr Mayhem May 16 '14 at 15:39

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Hence the reason this was closed as opinion based. Some count it as disco, some as synthpop, some as other genres entirely. – Dr Mayhem May 16 '14 at 15:41
I vote against on hold or closing this question. I am bothered that @sinekonata's rather reasonable question to David, which read to me as "Huh, you think so? Is there something I don't know? I'd been pretty solidly convinced that's not the case, but I'm open to evidence." has been taken as evidence that this question is "opinion-based". – Codeswitcher May 16 '14 at 18:12
I really don't think it's the question-asker's job -- and I really don't think it benefits the site -- to have to explicitly instruct answerers, every time one posts a music history question, to include substantiating evidence. It should be part of the code of conduct here and something we use the scoring system to moderate answers for. – Codeswitcher May 16 '14 at 18:19
While we might be able to improve this question to make it a better fit for StackExchange, it needs more than just a reminder to cite evidence. The reason it invites opinion-based answers is that matters of “influence” and “genre” are very fuzzy, as Dr Mayhem and I both noted above. It’s tricky to define them in a way that is neither too broad/subjective, nor too narrow to be useful to anyone else, and it would be very easy for this to devolve into a list question. – Bradd Szonye May 16 '14 at 21:31
Another difficulty is that works like “Popcorn” above might be seen as straddling genres specifically because of their influence. If that disqualifies it as “disco” then it poses a tricky obstacle for answers. It would help if the question clarified what it considers reasonable examples of “influence” and genre boundaries, so that answers have something more concrete to work with. As it is now, it seems like most of the answers are being met with “no, that’s not what I meant” because of this subjectivity. – Bradd Szonye May 16 '14 at 21:34
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I'm not an expert on this topic, but when Donna Summer recently passed away, I wound up reading quite a lot about her, in particular about the influence of her 1977 hit "I Feel Love", which was attributed with influencing everything that came after it that used electric instruments. I'm not sure how much was hagiography and how much with musicology, but it seems that might be a good place to start.

Update: Here we go. This article was one that I read about the influence of that track and others of Summer's.

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Excellent, 1977 was the year space/italo disco boomed. Thanks to your article I learned that Giorgio Moroder that was pioneering synthpop in Munich composed it with her influenced by trans-europe express (kraftwerk) :D – sinekonata May 16 '14 at 15:48
If you people have more disco examples you can edit this one. With this example I found a nice link to synthpop and an artist/studio to expand my searches. So that's exactly the type of info I need. – sinekonata May 16 '14 at 16:35

Kraftwerk were one of the first groups trying to make danceable pop music by electronic means and were hugely influential. Their 1978 track "Die Roboter" (from the album "Die Mensch-Maschine") still sound surprisingly modern after more than 35 years.

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I agree with the danceable popular electronic music aspect of kraftwerk but unless disco means exactly that, I wouldn't say it's disco. – sinekonata May 16 '14 at 15:16
No, it's not Disco. But they were probably an even bigger influence on electronic dance music (elctro/techno) than Disco. – Jan Johannsen May 16 '14 at 15:22
I do think so as well but I'm looking more specifically for disco (because I'm also trying to better understand the US's take on electronic music). – sinekonata May 16 '14 at 18:53

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