The markets are flooded with Dance Anthems compilations but there are some tunes that were huge in the ‘90s but never seem to make it onto these albums. It doesn’t matter if they were chart-toppers or underground slammers these tunes just get overlooked time and time again. With this in mind we thought we’d give them the limelight so please take the time to listen to these Dance Anthems that are sadly underrated Way Out West - The Gift https://www.youtube.com/watch?vNdPJulwF6MU Way Out West was Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren and their massive hit The Gift was released in 1996. The tune features a legendary sample from Joanna Law’s ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ utilising the line “The Moon and the stars were the gift you gave”. This track was massive and should be on every greatest hits of the ‘90s in our opinion. Mrs Wood - Joanna (Tony De Vit V2 Mix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?vOUEoL2GrtZQ Mrs Wood was a big name on the UK Hardbag and Hard House scene of the mid-'90s and Joanna took her into the charts in 1995. Joanna is a seriously bouncy tune and the Tony De Vit remix elevated it to anthem status. From the hard beat to the classic Piano it had everything a dancefloor smash should have. In case you hadn't worked it out Joanna is Cockney slang for Piano. Hondy - Hondy (No Access) https://www.youtube.com/watch?vNqq972xuOq0 Hondy was a massive chart trance hit that made it’s way to the top 30 in 1997. It was featured on practically every compilation at the time as well as tearing the club scene apart. From it’s classic vocal to its Trance synths it’s typical of the time and everyone knew the lyrics. Admittedly none of us knew what it was about or indeed what a Hondy actually was but it didn’t matter. Reel 2 Real - Jazz It Up (Erick Morillo Club Mix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v-AtuPlmS-nQ Commercial Dance Anthem Alert!!! Jazz It Up was another track that everyone knew in 1996. It featured on all the mix albums at the time and even on the NOW compilations but it never crops up anymore. Reel 2 Real had plenty of hits in the ‘90s including "I Like To Move It" but it’s this Jazzed up funky slab of House that we feel deserves way more respect. Porn Kings - Up To No Good https://www.youtube.com/watch?vsVOVWwQlCNw Up To No Good was a bouncy Hard House track that was jam-packed with acid. It was bouncy as hell and the hip hop sample taken from Whodini’s “Big Mouth” just took it to another level. You would hear it at all of the early Hard House events and it even managed to get to Number 26 in the charts. For those who’ve always wondered the actual lyric says here it is. “Now you’re the Don Dapper of the Neighbourhood, And every time I see you you’re up to no good, You’re just like a snake crawlin’ on the ground, lookin’ for some new dirt to spread around” So there you go. Tin Tin Out - Strings For Yasmin https://youtu.be/M9e083nhMXY Tin Tin Out had a string of hits in the late ‘90s and whilst “Here’s Where the Story Ends” and “What I Am” might have been their biggest chart hits it was Strings For Yasmin that tore the clubs apart. From it’s massive breakdown to it’s pumping beat it is a true Trance anthem that deserves way more respect than it seems to get. It was also used as the theme for The Premier League in the 97/98 season. Tinman - Eighteen Strings https://www.youtube.com/watch?vGqIc0TpCOqU Some may argue that this was something of a novelty record but we believe it’s much more than that. This track absolutely rocked the dancefloors of Europe in the early ‘90s. It courted some controversy due to its unauthorised sample of Nirvana’s "Smells Like Teen Spirit". This lead to the final release having a change in the chord progression, which actually copied The Monkees “Not Your Stepping Stone”. Either way, it made it onto all the big compilations at the time but seems to slipped through the cracks ever since. The Shrink - Nervous Breakdown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v4WNsClM2j1E Nervous Breakdown is one of those tunes that was released at just the right time. Hard House was exploding and the Hard Trance scene in Europe was evolving rapidly which, when paired with the massive Trance scene, made a perfect storm. This is a seriously tough tune for the time and it's hard to believe these days that it charted. It may not have a tune as such but who cares? This is balls to the wall, high energy dance music that showed a shift in the underground scene. Duke - So In Love With You (Full Intention Mix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?vbE5DMs99Y2g Ok, so this one may still appear on the odd compilation but why isn’t it on all of them? One of the deepest and most soulful house vocals of all time mixed with a seriously funky bassline make this an instant classic. This track had been around for a while before it was remixed by Full Intention which took it to number 22 in the UK charts. Interestingly the music video uses a different mix so we’ve just included the track below. Black Box - Open Your Eyes (Mirko’s Mix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v1lWUT9VO7yM Black Box appear on almost every classic dance anthem compilation thanks to “Ride on Time”. Let's not forget that they had some other great tunes, including this gem. Open Your Eyes is a slice of true House classiness that typifies the sound of House in ‘91 whilst giving a little nod to Italo Disco. Starting off with that iconic Saxophone to create a soulful track that’s groovy as hell it never fails to get people dancing. Criminally, this track never appears on any compilations and only reached 48 in the UK charts Open your Eyes deserved so much more. So that’s our choices but there are so many more that are constantly overlooked so what are your favourite tunes that never make it onto the big compilations?