1 FRANKIE KNUCKLES Your Love (1987)
One of the holy texts of house music and yet this early co-production with Jamie Principle barely resembles a conventional house record at all. A true original, not improved by Florence Machine honking all over it 20 years later.
2 FRANKIE KNUCKLES PRESENTS JAMIE PRINCIPLE Baby Wants To Ride (1987)
From a time when house was in love with Prince and still as gay as a badger, the flipside of 'Your Love' was equally groundbreaking – a filthy, sacrilegious groove in which collaborator Jamie appears to want to have sex with God himself. Yeah, I know.
3 THE NIGHT WRITERS Let The Music Use You (1988)
More cowbell? No need, there's plenty here on this early production that pumps up all of house's headbursting euphoria in a single tune. Let the music take... controooool!
4 ELECTRIBE 101 Talking With Myself (Frankie Knuckles Mix) (1988)
By the time of house music's first peak, you were nobody if you didn't have a Frankie mix. He took this Brum-Hamburg robot-soul outfit's already pristine debut hit and turned up the spotlight on the glitterball. Sublime.
5 ALISON LIMERICK Where Love Lives (Frankie Knuckles Mix) (1990)
The pre-eminent tune from house's moment of big-room massiveness came, of course, with a gleaming Knuckles mix.
6 FIRST CHOICE Let No Man Put Asunder (Frankie Knuckles 12-inch) (1983)
This 1977 Philadelphia girl-band soul track was a disco staple abd an enormous influence on house. Frankie's first-ever remix was the bridge between the two.
7 SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS The Pressure (Frankie Knuckles Classic Mix) (1991)
If house wasn't ecstatic enough for you, how about a giant gospel choir giving it maximum churchiness? If you went out at all in the 90s you felt like you were in a cathedral.
8 FRANKIE KNUCKLES PRESENTS SATOSHI TOMIIE Tears (Classic Vocal) (1989)
The zenith of Frankie in his heartbreak-on-the-dancefloor guise, as sleek and timeless as Kraftwerk.
9 HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR Blind (Frankie Knuckles Mix) (2008)
Frankie grew up on disco and was a perfect fit with the New York collective's reprise of the glorious 75-79 sound. This late-period mix is a pearler.
10 FRANKIE KNUCKLES The Whistle Song (7-inch) (1991)
His biggest conventional hit, a beautifully sunny and optimistic piece of pop that showcased Frankie Knuckles' key gift – he made people happy.