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Nightcore is the glorified term to describe the style of speeding up techno, dance, trance, hands up or hardcore songs, emerged in the mid 2000s on YouTube. It is characterized by a tempo of between 160 and 180 beats per minute with high-pitched vocal. It is originated by the Norwegian DJ duo of the same name back in 2002.
Nightcore is described by the Norwegian DJ duo Nightcore, to “mix techno/dance music into faster and more happier sounds for your listening pleasure!”. During the interview with SuperSuper Magazine, they also mentioned that “Nightcore has become a style of music, a way to make the music happier – ‘happy hardcore’ as they say." Indicating nightcore is essentially to make music to be like happy hardcore music.
Since 2011, nightcore is massively misused to describe sped up version of various genre other than techno/dance, including pop, rock and hip hop/rap. The overwhelming number of sped up pop, rock, hip hop/rap songs labelled “Nightcore” on YouTube effectively hijacked the word “Nightcore”.
What is Nightcore in short
1. The Norwegian DJ duo Nightcore. (Official website, Official Facebook page)
2. The glorified term to describe the style of speeding up slow, techno/dance songs (usually sad love songs) into fast, upbeat songs (original Nightcore songs).
3. The glorified term to describe the style of speeding up techno, dance, trance, hands up and hardcore songs into fast, upbeat songs (fan-made Nightcore style songs).
4. (Misused) The sped up version of any song (random songs).
In 2002, Norwegian student Thomas S. Nilse (aka DJ TNT) and Steffen Ojala Søderholm (aka DJ SOS), both were born in 1986 in north of Norway, started off the first track for a school project. After being told by the teacher they will score 4+ for one song, they eventually made their first CD Energized which consisted of 13 tracks using the software Dance eJay 3 and they scored 6 for the project.
Thomas S. Nilse and Steffen Ojala Søderholm used the duo name Nightcore, “Nightcore means that we are the core of the night, so you’ll dance all night long”. After their first CD released in 2002, Nightcore using more advanced software, released four more albums including Summer Edition 2002 (top left), L’hiver (top right), Caliente (bottom left) and Sensaciòn (bottom right). The CDs were given to local DJs and whoever interested.
Following releases of the albums, Nightcore commented on their website, saying:
Summer Edition was played in many CD-players here in our hometown. L’hiver is our third album, it’s French for winter. This album was a good one, but because our lack of promotion it didn’t get that famous as Summer Edition. Sensaciòn, Spanish for feeling. We had a goal to make this the better one, and personally, we think it’s the best so far. After just five days the album has reached whole Finnmark (our region), with a big success.
After 2003, Nightcore released no more news or release, leaving the only a website with basic information of the band and a (probably fan-made) Myspace page registered on October 18, 2005 which no longer active since February 2009. The recetption of Nightcore music received positive reviews from MySpace users back in 2006 and 2007.
On July 20, 2011, Nightcore created their official Facebook page. Releasing four more Nightcore songs including Astral Plane, All I Want For Christmas Is You, Hater Å Elske Deg and Into The Sky. 
Original Nightcore songs
YouTube playlist of all found original Nightcore songs (except 5 Elements, Elements and Trip 2 Wonderland.)
Remastered and uploaded by Maikel631.
Music influence of Scooter
During the SuperSuper Megazine interview, Nightcore mentioned:
We liked Scooter and his high-pitched vocals. There were so few of these kinds of artists, we thought that mixing music in our style would be a pleasure for us to listen to.
In Nightcore’s offical Facebook page, they also stated are influenced by Scooter’s Nessaja and Ramp! (The logical song). 
The history Nightcore on Internet can be summarized into the following:
Original Nightcore songs emerge on Internet (2006-2007)
Nightcore Dance MV & AMV on YouTube (2006-present)
Fan-made nightcore style songs (2008-present)
Misunderstanding of nightcore (2011-present)
Original Nightcore songs emerge on Internet (2006-2007)
LimeWire is the known first platform of distributing original Nightcore songs. However, as LimeWire was shut down in 2010. The origin of Nightcore songs on LimeWire is lost. Only few Nightcore songs were uploaded to YouTube, including Dam Dadi Doo, Don’t You, Where Are You Now, all used in Kingdom Hearts AMV.
During the SuperSuper Megazine interview, Nightcore stated:
Just for fun some years later we tried to search for Nightcore on LimeWire and got several hits. Then we Googled ‘Nightcore’ and found even more hits, not knowing how they got there. We have NEVER uploaded any of our tracks. so it’s kind of a mystery how it worked out…
Google results for Nightcore in 2006
Google results for Nightcore in 2007
Nightcore Dance MV & AMV on YouTube (2006-present)
Since late 2006, Nightcore songs began to be used in various AMV (Anime Music Videos) and dance MV uploaded to YouTube and slowly gaining attention.
As first Nightcore song on YouTube is unknown due to video got deleted over years, but one of the earliest upload is “DAM DADI DO” by Wassabi Productions. The follow is a reupload of the. Although the time of the video being uploaded is unknown, both outro of the following videos are both Stop That Time (misnamed to Me and My Lover in Wassabi Productions’ video), suggesting the second video is watching Wassabi Productions’ video, and Wassabi Productions’s video is uploaded before 23 Aug 2006.
The following the collection of Nightcore Dance MV on YouTube, excluding DAM DADI DO by wassabi productions and Dam Dadi Do ((vickis retard dance)).
Search result of Dam Dadi Doo on YouTube
Dam Dadi Doo AMV
The first AMV was Dam Dadi Doo- Powerpuffgirls Z uploaded on August 26, 2006. The audio is of bad quality and may not work with the latest Flash Player. It can be played with Audacity or VLC after download. The song name and the artist, is mentioned in the description.
The first popular uploaded Nightcore song is Dam Dadi Doo used in a Kingdom Hearts AMV on September 20, 2006. The artist name Nightcore was not mentioned in the description but it was in other AMV description later.
Google results for Dam Dadi Doo in 2007
The following are the most viewed Dam Dadi Doo AMVs.
Fan-made Nightcore style music (2008-present)
From 2008 to 2010, both original Nigtcore songs and fan-made Nightcore songs were gradually being more popular and more songs were available.
In 2008, Maikel631 started his channel on 9 February. Another early fan-made Nightcore style song uploader is Nasinocinesino (aka VortexVK, Nasinocinesino1 and Nightek1 ). His accounts are suspended several times and he will move on Dailymotion to find some peace from the copyright of Youtube. 
One of the remained online presences of Nasinocinesino is Awesome Face Song by mancannonb1 which stated in the description, the video is “Epicness from Nasinocinesino!” The actual connection between the song and Nasinocinesino is unknown yet but it is possible the song was originally uploaded on Nasinocinesino’s channel.
In 2008, one of the remaning major fan-made Nightcore style uploader was oShyGuyzo who uploaded 17 fan-made Nightcore style songs on YouTube labelled “Nightcore II”.
Google results for Nightcore in 2008
In 2009, more fan-made Nightcore style music channels started to run. Including Svetlana89, NightcoreVIIFan, MuffinWolf, 174005, LILMUFFINGIRL1, Linus Persson, Michel van Ravestein, Indyapa Productions and Ralphie Cee.
Svetlana89 is one of the longest running Nightcore uploader channel, being active till April 2013. One of the major fan-made Nightcore uploader was and who uploaded 201 Nightcore and Trance songs on YouTube.
NightcoreVIIFan is, stated in the channel description, a fan page for Nightcore VII. I only post videos for his speedy mixes. The actual NightcoreVII account is very likely to be suspended.
Nightcore – Listen to your heart by Ralphie Cee. Although the vocal pitch is sufficiently lower than usual Nightcore songs, the recpetion is positive.
Google results for Nightcore in 2009
In 2010, one of the major Nightcore uploader was Lanta111 who uploaded 81 Nightcore songs onYouTube labeled “Nightcore III”. The account went inactive in mid 2012.
Google results for Nightcore in 2010
In 2011, one of the major Nightcore uploader was AliceBloodRabbit who uploaded 45 Nightcore songs on YouTube.
That same year, the most popular Nightcore uploader Maikel631 ’s YouTube Account was deleted due to copyright strikes then he started his second channel Maikel6311. His account has now reached over 66,000 subscribers and 37 millions of views.
Google results for Nightcore in 2011
Since February 2014, Google search result of “Nightcore songs” will show all songs from Caliente and Sensaciòn. Also, the result of searching nightcore plus song name from that two albums, the search result will directly show the song on YouTube with artist, album and release year stated below (below).
Misunderstanding of Nightcore (2011-present)
Even since the first fan-made nightcore style song emerged on YouTube, there have been few sped up non techno/dance songs uploaded to YouTube labelled “Nightcore”. Since 2011, the amount of sped up pop, rock, hip hop/rap songs labelled “Nightcore” on YouTube increased rapidly. Some of the songs were great hits, accumulating millions of views. After the bloom of “fake” nightcore songs, nightcore was misunderstood as sped up and high pitched version of any song.
The most viewed sped up of a rock song is Angel With A Shotgun with over 8 million views. The following a reupload of the original.
Active Nightcore uploaders
Incomplete, still looking for more
Channel Subscribed Uploads Remarks (genre, non-techno/dance count)
1. Maikel631 67000 235(443)
2. HandzUpNightcore 7600 433(492) Hands up
3. NightCoreChing 6100 130(190) Hands Up
4. Rinniieeee 4900 286(322)
5. ►INARI◄ 稲荷♫░▒ 4600 242 Reuploads, Pop 1
6. NightcoreUploadz 3700 176 Hands Up, Trance
7. NinjaahNightcore 3500 62
8. AlwaysNightcore 2400 34 Slow sad love songs
9. bafondzi 1700 328
10. SakutaroChannelNC3 1500 279 Italo Dance
11. MisakuAideki 740 124
12. Nightcorikall 640 66
13. Nightcoremania4U 460 91
14. littlemary142 440 132 Hands Up, Trance, House 1, Pop 1
15. kyleaaron91 420 68 Hands Up, Trance, Pop 1, House 1, No vocal 1
16. NightcoreSlax 390 132(177) Hands Up
17. CopyCatMaster01 160 29(52)
18. MrGameletsplays 43 9
19. BlackJackJoeOfficial 41 26 Reuploads
Full list: Nightcore collection/uploader database
Need moaar work
After the success of fan-made Nightcore music on YouTube, different genre of music started appearing.
Nightstep first appeared in late 2011. It is created by speeding up a Dubstep song.
Song is faster but the vocals are in a lower pitch (sounds like a male voice).
Slower tempo and lower pitch.
Slower tempo and lower pitch for a Dubstep song.
Nightcore Universe is the biggest Nightcore fan community on the web.
Nightcore and anime
The original DJ duo Nightcore didn’t used image of anime on their CDs cover, however the fans who first created Nightcore on YouTube did it and from then on, the popularity grew.
Search queries for “Nightcore” have risen steadily since February 2011 when the overwhelming number of sped up pop, rock, hip hop/rap songs labelled “Nightcore” emerge on YouTube.
Nightcore official website – Biography
Nightcore official Facebook page – Info
Internet Archive – SuperSuper Magazine interview Nightcore
Internet Archive – News on original Nightcore website
Internet Archive – Biography on original Nightcore website
Internet Archive – First three Nightcore albums
Internet Archive – Nightcore MySpace page in July 2009
Internet Archive – Hey… -- Nightcore blog entry on MySpace
Internet Archive – ok here it is… -- Nightcore blog entry on MySpace
Last.fm – Caliente tracklist
Last.fm – Sensaciòn tracklist
Google Trends – Web Search interest: nightcore, dam dadi doo, dam dadi do, nightstep – Worldwide, 2004 – present
Nightcore Universe – BPM of all original Nightcore songs
Facebook – Maikel631 info
YouTube – Nightek1
Nightcore official website
Nightcore official Facebook page
What is Nightcore? thread on Nightcore Universe
How to Nightcore a song! (NIGHTCORE TUTORIAL) thread on Nightcore Universe
So what caused the rise of fake nightcores? thread on Nightcore Universe
Know Your Meme discussion in Nightcore Universe
Unrecognized original Nightcore song(s) thread in Nightcore Universe
Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music