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Hi-NRG (pronounced "high energy") is a genre of uptempo disco or electronic dance music (EDM) that originated in the United States during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

As a music genre, typified by a fast tempo, staccato hi-hat rhythms (and the four-on-the-floorpattern), reverberated "intense" vocals and "pulsating" octave basslines, it was particularly influential on the disco scene. In the 1980s, Hi-NRG disco music was especially associated with gay male clubgoers in the United States and United Kingdom and was often referred to as “gay disco”.[1]




  1. Paul Flynn (28 September 2023). Only one kind of music makes clubbers dress up like this. Evening Standard. Retrieved 15 February 2024. Archived.