The disco grooves are making a noteworthy comeback in 2020, and we’re all for it. Setting grounds in the early 1970s, disco was defined as a playful platform supporting freedom of expression. Sexuality and identity were in the spotlight of discotheques setting souls free from oppression. The upbeat rhythm combined with its controversial lyrics became one of the decade’s most talked about genres.
This year, artists chose to gamble and defy their usual musical influences, introducing a re-birth of disco/dance music through a pop lens. The funky combination became a tool of success for many female artists like Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Dua Lipa as they engaged their audiences with sounds they weren’t particularly used to. The breakthrough of “Stupid Love ”, “Midnight Sky”, and “Don’t Stop Now” marked a highlight of resurrection for disco.
Disco pop is the new in, becoming a musical movement encouraging change. It allows people to step out of their comfort zone and find themselves by revealing their raw identity. Artists like Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus are both known for their raunchy lyrics; however, the underlining meaning of their behavior is part of the revolution. Freedom of expression and having a voice are a reflection of disco, therefore artists today are using this as a platform through their music.
Even though the new age of disco may sound different in comparison to what the 80s audience was used to, the symbolism remains untouched. In a society that still lacks fluidity, re-enforcing vibes of inspiration, freedom, and comfort will benefit our culture as a whole. Not only a mood booster but a bold statement.