Dancemania is a series of remix compilation albums by i-DANCE. The series deals primarily with dance music, especially Eurodance. Despite many of its tracks being made by various musicians from all over the world and mainly from the European continent, the albums have been released exclusively in Japan.
The first issue, Dancemania 1, was released on April 10, 1996, with artists including E-Rotic, Cut 'N' Move, Me & My, Maxx, Basic Element, Magic Affair, Odyssey, Captain Jack, Interactive, Space Pilots, and DJ Quicksilver as the leading mixer.1 debuted at number 14 on the Oricon weekly album chart in April 1996 and reached number 4 in the same chart in May 1996 and ranked number 56 in the yearly Top 100 best-selling album chart in 1996 with 480,980 copies sold.
Dancemania has spawned many sub-series projects, such as Summers & Winters, Bass, Euro Mix, Super Techno, Classics, Delux, Game, Club, Zip Mania, Trance, Trance Paradise, Covers and Speed . Many of these sub-series have further each spawned their own sub-series projects.
The series released approximately 50 volumes in its first four years and the label claims that over 10 million copies were sold by the end of the 20th century.
Many songs from the series have been licensed for use in Bemani games by Konami, such as Dance Dance Revolution or Dance Maniax .
|1||April 10, 1996|
|2||July 17, 1996|
|3||October 9, 1996|
|4||January 16, 1997|
|5||April 28, 1997|
|6||July 16, 1997|
|7||October 16, 1997|
|8||January 16, 1998|
|9||April 29, 1998|
|10||July 16, 1998|
|X1||January 13, 1999|
|X2||April 9, 1999|
|X3||July 23, 1999|
|X4||October 20, 1999|
|X5||January 13, 2000|
|X6||April 12, 2000|
|X7||July 19, 2000|
|X8||January 17, 2001|
|X9||April 18, 2001|
|20||November 21, 2001|
|21||January 30, 2002|
|22||April 26, 2002|
Summers mainly features Latin dance and reggae. Winters mainly features handbag house, breakbeat and big beat.
These features Hardcore and Happy Hardcore songs and remixes.
These features Drum 'n' Bass and Jungle songs.
In this sub-series, "euro" means Eurobeat and Europop.
Classics features vintage tracks of Eurobeat/Hi-NRG/R&B from the late 1970s–1980s club scene.
Covers features cover versions of various famous songs remixed and covered by dance music acts.
"A Cruel Angel's Thesis" is the opening theme song of the 1995 television anime series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, originally performed by Yoko Takahashi.
Bus Stop was a British dance act made up of Darren Sampson, alongside Graham Turner, Mark Hall and Nikki Reid (Lane). The group was formed in 1998 and had a string of hit singles before disbanding in 2002. Main vocalist, Sampson, went on to represent the UK in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.
Bang! are a British happy hardcore group from the late 1990s originally consisting of producer Nick Arnold, Tom Orton and female vocalist Donna Grassie. Nick Arnold and Tom Orton had previously been a members of the band Smart E's, who reached 2 in the UK in 1992 with their cover of the theme tune to Sesame Street entitled Sesame's Treat. After the release of "Cloudy Daze" which featured Donna, Tom Orton brought Jo James to the attention of Nick after a contact of Tom's, Jo's husband, presented to him a demo of his wife singing.
Future Girls is the second album by Swedish pop/bubblegum dance group Smile.dk, released in 2000. The song "Dancing All Alone" was featured in the video game Dance Dance Revolution 5thMIX. Tracks from this album are featured on several Dancemania megamix albums, including Dancemania X7, X8HYPER DELUX, and DELUX 5.
Dancemania Presents E-Rotic Megamix, or simply called E-Rotic Megamix is a remix album released in 2000 by German dance band E-Rotic.
Dancemania Speed is a sub-series of Toshiba EMI's Dancemania compilation series. This series features faster, further remixed versions of recordings from previously released Dancemania albums or faster remixed covers of various famous songs. Unlike the main series mostly consisting of Eurodance, this series largely consists of hardcore techno crews from the UK, the home of happy hardcore, and some Eurobeat Italians who are very much experienced in high BPM dance music..
CJ Crew are a dance music DJ duo, consisting of Chris Bucknall and John Briley. Other aliases include Big Vin & Hugh Jardon, Chi K Monkey, Chi K Munki, Connie and the Plainsman, Demanche Noir, Muff and the Munchers, Nancy and the Boys, The Orff Ki Ensemble, Pyan Issim, Pynck Hobo, Terry and the Physicist, Umi Ghoulies, and Wine.
Dancemania Speed Best 2001 Hyper Nonstop Megamix, or simply Dancemania Speed Best 2001, is a greatest hits compilation album of Dancemania's Speed series, released by EMI Music Japan in 2000. The album features selections chosen from previously released five Speed albums, mostly from the earlier four issues which reached number 1 on the Oricon Foreign-music Chart respectively.
Dancemania Speed Presents Happy Ravers is a compilation album of Dancemania's Speed series, released by EMI Music Japan in the early 2001. With the leading mixer DJ Evil, the album features fast-paced techno and happy hardcore music.
Dancemania 10 is the tenth set in the Dancemania series of dance music compilation albums, released in 1998 by EMI Music Japan.
Speed SFX is a compilation album of Dancemania's Speed series, released by EMI Music Japan in the late 2003.
Dancemania X1, a.k.a. Dancemania 11, is the eleventh set in the Dancemania series of dance music compilation albums, released in 1999 by EMI Music Japan.
Dancemania 8 is the eighth set in the Dancemania series of dance music compilation albums, released in 1998 by EMI Music Japan.
Dancemania 7 is the seventh set in the Dancemania series of dance music compilation albums, released in 1997 by EMI Music Japan.
Dancemania 2 is the second set in the Dancemania series of dance music compilation albums, released in 1996 by EMI Music Japan.
Super Eurobeat Presents Euro Dream Land is a remix album, consisting of recordings by Japanese all-girl dance band Dream, released in the late 2000 by Avex Trax.
Dancemania 4 is the fourth set in the Dancemania series of dance music compilation albums, released in early 1997 by EMI Music Japan.
Dancemania 6 is the sixth set in the Dancemania series of dance music compilation albums, released in mid-1997 by EMI Music Japan.
Dancemania 5 is the fifth set in the Dancemania series of dance music compilation albums, released in 1997 by EMI Music Japan.
Dancemania 9 is the ninth set in the Dancemania series of dance music compilation albums, released in 1998 by EMI Music Japan.