Early pioneers of house music were Frankie Knuckles and Mr Fingers, who took the music out of the obscure subcultures where they first played it, and into the mainstream. Clubs opened in England and America dedicated to house music and quickly gained a huge following, with songs entering charts whilst club-goers maintained its thrilling new edge. It simultaneously was being presented to the public by the world's largest acts, such as Madonna, whilst becoming infamous for a drug scene, that in particular took ecstasy to feel the music and dance.
Many sub-genres started existing, such as deep house, funky house, acid house and progressive house, all with small but distinguishable variations on the music's characterisations. And as house grew in popularity, destinations for it appeared, most notably in Ibiza, where followers would holiday to excess, and to this day is renowned as a giant clubbing capital built around house music.
From here the term Balearic house became known for its blissed out effect, and DJs now hold residencies there throughout summers, with the likes of David Guetta having crossed it over even further from here into global pop culture.
Now, house music has infiltrated all genres, with rock and pop in particular utilising its beats. Due to the many variations of a seemingly simple sound, there are differing opinions of the best house songs of all time. Beatport lists Pick Up by DJ Koze, Playlists say One More Time by Daft Punk, but it is the originators who are unanimously the most influential, with Your Love by Frankie Knuckles and Can You Feel It by Mr Fingers, classic examples of the what house music was and still inspires to be.