We love our Hardcore here at Retroheadz, it’s an underrated style that has a huge diversity, but if there’s one thing that those who love it or hate it can agree on it’s that there have been some absolute slabs of cheese released over the years alongside the dancefloor stompers that ravers have lapped up and partied to.
Often following familiar themes of fantasies, love and intergalactic space travel, these tunes reflect an era of innocence and innovation in the rave scene, brought about as a response to the serious attitudes of the Techno and burgeoning Jungle scenes at the time.
Hardcore was about having a good time and, to quote many an old Hardcore track, to celebrate the “love, peace and unity” of 1988’s summer of love. A lot of these tunes go beyond the realms of Happy Hardcore and into that little-known subgenre Happycore.
Now there’s nothing wrong with a bit of cheese now and again so why not join us as we take a look at some of the Happiest and cheesiest tunes ever to be released in the Hardcore scene. Good or bad? We’ll leave that up to you but like a certain yeast-based spread, you’re either going to love it or hate it.
We’ll start with this classic…
Dune – Rainbow to the Stars
Hailing from Germany Dune had a string of hits in the ‘90s including ‘Can’t Stop Raving’, ‘Miles From Home’, ‘Hardcore Vibes’ and this classic. Rainbow to the Stars has everything a mid ‘90s Euro Hardcore anthem needed, a happy synth line, stomping acid section and a pitched up sing-a-long vocal that would be too happy even for a Disney classic.