Throwback Thursday: Your Essential ’80s and ’90s Freestyle Playlist


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Freestyle music, also known as Latin freestyle and Latin hip-hop, is an electronic music genre popular in the late 1980s, and 1990s. The perfect blend of techno, disco, Latin music, and other influences, freestyle was big in areas such as New York (where it originated), Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. For this week’s #TBT, we decided to give you your ’80s and ’90s freestyle playlist for the weekend. Warning: You will sing along, dance, and have major nostalgia moments.

Shannon, “Let the Music Play”

Considered the first freestyle hit, Shannon’s “Let the Music Play” was released in 1983. It reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart that same year, and continues to be a dance classic.

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