While there only a few days that remain in the wild year that was 2019, when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, that will mark the end of one monstrous decade.
Ten years is quite a long time no matter which way you look at it, especially in the everchanging landscape in the world of electronic dance music.
With genre trends coming and going, dance icons adding to their legacy, up-and-comers evolving into household names in addition to countless anthems dominating the airwaves and festival circuit, the past decade completely transformed the world of electronic dance music globally.
Now that 2020 is officially knocking at our door, DJ Times has taken the time to handpick the 50 tracks the defined this decade in music, which features a boatload of timeless tunes, festival weapons, radio fan-favorite and a bunch of gems you probably forgot about.
Check out the complete list below!
50. Baauer – Harlem ShakeThis uptempo bass anthem sampling Plastic Little’s 2001 song “Miller Time” quickly spiraled into a viral phenomenon with Baauer‘s “Harlem Shake” becoming the soundtrack to an Internet meme of the same name. Taking Youtube by storm, it’s impossible to forget the wild and creative videos that made this chaotic tune one of the true staples of the decade.
49. Deorro – Five Hours
Known for his menacing Melbourne Bounce productions, Deorro delivered a simply stunning instrumental “Five Hours” which would later receive quite the radio-ready makeover thanks to vocals from Chris Brown. These uplifting bounce beauty still ignites dancefloors even five years after its original release.
48. Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive
Serving as the lead single off of his Blasé Boys Club Part 1 EP, Duke Dumont’s “Ocean Drive” was a care-free gem of a production that dominated the summer of 2015. Fueled by soaring vocals by Boy Matthews, it immediately dominated the charts quickly becoming one of Dumont’s most well-known hit singles to date.
47. Martin Solveig – The Night Out (Madeon Remix)
While the original was a hit in itself, it was Madeon‘s remix of Martin Solveig’s “The Night Out” that put the French production prodigy on the map when it came to the world of electronic dance music. This colorful, feel-good rendition dominated 2012 for all the right reason and catapulted a young Madeon into the spotlight where he continues to shine bright today.
46. Rusko – Woo Boost
When it comes to the world of dubstep, Rusko‘s “Woo Boost” is a timeless barrage of bass that inspired a majority of bass acts dominating the festival circuit today. Still being a fan favorite when played out live nine years after its original release, this filthy bass behemoth fueled by gut-wrenching womps and wobbles has solidified itself in the dubstep hall of fame.
45. Flume ft. Kai – Never Be Like You
Coming as the lead single off his second studio album, Skin, Flume‘s dreamy “Never Be like You” featuring Kai showcased the Ausutuams production prowess. Driven by spacey ambient noise and angelic vocals, this future bass-tinged beauty serves as an emotionally-charged listening experience while packing a punch.
44. Wankelmut & Emma Louise – My Head Is A Jungle (MK Remix)
Making that rounds quite a bit back in 2013, MK‘s striking, piano-driven remix of Wankelmut & Emma Louise’s “Head Is A Jungle” dominated club’s across the globe radiating pure euphoria wherever it made an appearance. Being the audio equivalent to pure bliss, this is one remix that will withstand the test of time.
43. DJ Snake, Lil Jon – Turn Down for What
There is no adrenaline rush quite like DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s colossal collaboration “Turn Down for What,” which is one of the true party anthems of the decade. Being the track that popularized the use of the phrase, this bone-rattling festival weapon will still light up the dancefloor to this day.
42. Gesaffelstein – Hellifornia
Recently reemerging rocking an awe-inspiring Vantablack suit, Gesaffelstein‘s “Hellifornia” is easily considered the standout of his discography to most. Techno’s French prince of darkness’ booming industrial-tinged single is one badass tune which set the tone for his debut album, Aleph.
41. Pendulum – The Island – Pt. I (Dawn)
Like plenty of tracks scattered throughout this list, Pendulum’s “The Island – Pt. I (Dawn)” is one tune that completely changed the electronic landscape. With “The Island” being a two-part musical journey, the anthemic vocal offering from “Dawn” has become a dance music staple that will never fade away.
40. Sub Focus ft. Alpines – Tidal Wave
Sub Focus’ “Tidal Wave” was the third single to be released from his second studio album, Torus. This powerful vocal-driven drum ‘n’ bass weapon that still resonates with crowds today continuing to serve as a peak-time barrage of bass taking any party to the next level just as it did seven years ago.
39. Kaskade – Atmosphere
With no storage of releases throughout this past decade, Kaskade’s soulful single “Atmosphere” has separated itself from the rest of the pack being a true fan-favorite. This feel-good production is driven by gorgeous piano chords and anthemic vocal hook, it’s impossible not to get swept away by the moving beauty.
38. Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home
When progressive house was dominating the airwaves, Cash Cash’s uplifting crossover hit “Take Me Home” featuring Bebe Rexha took the world by storm. Quickly becoming inescapable (for all the right reasons), this soaring beauty will forever pump some serious energy into a room.
37. Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
Avid dance music fans will remember A-Trak and Armand Van Helden had joined for Duck Sauce. Blowing up speakers back in 2010 using a sample from Boney M.’s 1979 tune “Gotta Go Home,” “Barba Streisand” is a true nu-disco classic that is in a league of its own.
36. Otto Knows – Million Voices
Being one of the more emotionally charged mainstage anthems with no lyrics, Otto Knows’ “Million Voices” is simply an ecstatic chant driven that speaks volumes. Radiating an aura of euphoria throughout, this track is guaranteed to turn any frown upside down.
35. Armin van Buuren ft. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like
Already a true trance titan and legend in the electronic space, “This Is What It Feels Like” was Armin van Buuren’s first radio-ready crossover. Being Armin’s first top 10 hit across the world and even being nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, it’s hard to argue that this melodic masterpiece isn’t one of his finest productions to date.
34. Knife Party – Internet Friends
Poking fun at social media and the rising popularity of Facebook at the time, Knife Party’s “Internet Friends” took the scene by storm with its haunting robotic chant and undeniable electro energy.
33. Dirty South & Alesso – City Of Dreams
Progressive powerhouses Dirty South and Alesso put their creative minds together for their blissful collaboration, “City of Dreams.” This euphoric and uplifting masterfully crafted beauty features soaring vocals from Ruben Haze. Proving to be ahead of its time, “City of Dreams” is truly timeless classic.
32. Alison Wonderland – I Want U
Being the lead single off her Calm Down EP and later featured on her critically acclaimed debut album Run, Alison Wonderland’s “I Want U” was the booming anthem that immediately became a fan favorite amongst the electronic community and her peers. Also featured in the video games “NBA 2K17,” “Forza Horizon 3” and Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” Wonderland’s standout single quickly blossomed into quite the crossover hit.
31. Eric Prydz – Every Day
Another addition to Eric Prydz’ ever-growing discography, “Every Day” came as the lead single off his debut studio album, Opus. This empowering ball of energy will forever be viewed as one of Prydz’ truly iconic tracks……..and there are plenty to choose from.
30. Diplo ft. Nicky Da B – Express Yourself
Engineering a twerktasic party anthem which made its way into the mainstream, Diplo’s “Express Yourself” featuring Nicky Da B is one fiery and genre-bending that will never be denied. This is one speaker-scortcher that was bred to ignite the dancefloor.
29. Galantis – Runaway (U & I)
Boasting a discography packed to the brim with lively, feel-good productions, Galantis’ “Runaway (U & I)” is undoubtedly the Swedish duo’s biggest hit single to date. The lead single of their debut studio album Pharmacy quickly took the dance music community by storm fueled by its anthemic chorus.
28. Rüfüs Du Sol – Innerbloom (What So Not Remix)
Being a staple in his sets for almost four years now, What So Not’s remix of Rüfüs Du Sol’s “Innerbloom” is emotionally charged bliss from start to finish. With this gem being one of the more emotive tracks of the decade, most avid dance music fans have a soft spot for this simply stunning piece of production.
27. Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo – Boneless
It’s not every day we receive a track named after a skateboard trick in electronic music, but Chris Lake, Steve Aoki and Tujamo certainly made it work. “Boneless” immediately became a festival fan-favorite with this hard-hitting weapon being a staple throughout 2013 and still receives quite the crowd reaction today.
26. Afrojack ft. Eva Simons – Take Over Control
In what can easily be considered the ultimate club anthem of the decade, Afrojack’s “Take Over Control” featuring Eva Simons is the textbook definition of timeless with this electrifying electro bomb continuing to light up the airwaves at clubs, bars, and gyms across the world.
25. Nero – Promises
Remaining a dancefloor classic all these years later, Nero’s “Promises” dominated the charts right out of the gate immediately becoming a festival anthem. Thanks to Alana Watson’s ethereal vocals delivering one of the most iconic choruses electronic music has ever seen, “Promises” will forever is a truly timeless classic.
24. Skrillex – Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites
Before Skrillex became the household name he is today, it was his album Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites that completely flipped the dance music landscape upside down and inside out. The title track, fueled by piercing synths and bone-rattling bass won a Grammy for best dance recording showcasing the guttural sounds to dubstep to the masses.
23. Alesso vs OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself (Alesso Remix)
Very rarely does a remix come along that outshines the original, but it’s safe to say Alesso’s remix of OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself” is a prime example of that. This uplifting, progressive house rendition would later be nominated for a Grammy while continuing to be a standout of his discography to this day.
22. Flux Pavilion – I Can’t Stop
Coming at a time where dubstep was blowing the minds of electronic dance music fans, Flux Pavilion dropped the bomb that came in the form of his brutal bass anthem “I Can’t Stop.” Unleashing his fury with this melodic yet devastating behemoth, there is no denying this bad boy has solidified his place in the bass hall of fame.
21. Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. MØ – Lean On
Being one of the best-selling songs of all time in addition to topping the list for most streams ever at one point in time, Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s “Lean On” can easily be put in a league of its own. Coming as a colorful, moombahton-tinged gem, this intoxicating collaboration was a global commercial success. It’s crazy to believe Rihanna and Nicki Minaj passed up on this one.
20. Disclosure ft. Sam Smith – Latch
In a time where dance-pop seemed to dominate the radio airwaves, Disclosure’s “Latch” featuring Sam Smith served as the brother’s breakout hit. Coming lead single from their debut studio album, Settle and was a true sleeper hit climbing the charts across the globe.
19. Bastille – Pompeii (Audien Remix)
Another rare occasion of a remix outshining an original comes with Audien’s anthemic remix of Bastille’s “Pompeii” which would later be nominated for Best Remixed Recording at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Becoming the ultimate feel-good festival anthem throughout the summer of 2014, Audien’s uplifting rendition will forever be a fan favorite.
18. Kid Cudi – Pursuit Of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix)
Considered the ultimate party weapon thanks to being featured on the soundtrack of Project X, Steve Aoki’s high-octane remix of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit Of Happiness” is one track that will never fade away. Whether an avid lover of electronic dance music or casual fan, this electrifying rendition will forever ignite any party atmosphere.
17. Mat Zo & Porter Robinson – Easy
Radiating pure euphoria throughout, Mat Zo and Porter Robinson’s “Easy” is the audio equivalent of pure bliss. With its irresistible sing-a-long quality and urge to belt your hands in the air, this is a feel-good collaboration that truly embodies the power of music.
16. Afrojack & Steve Aoki ft. Miss Palmer – No Beef
Another timeless weapon is Afrojack and Steve Aoki’s “No Beef” which serves as a colossal collaboration that was simply ahead of its time. This electrifying electro bomb is peak performance from two of the decade’s powerhouse producers.
15. Avicii – Wake Me Up
Changing the electronic landscape forever, Avicii using Ultra Music Festival in Miami as a testing ground for this soulful hit single “Wake Me Up” will be a moment the electronic dance music community will never forget. Daring to be different, this melodic masterpiece featuring Aloe Blacc showcased the power of production when it comes to thinking outside the box.
14. Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl ft. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix)
While there was certainly nothing wrong with the original, Ivan Gough and Feenixpawl’s “In My Mind” was taken to new heights thanks to the Swedish legend Axwell. This adrenaline-pumping progressive anthem is a rapid-fire ball of energy that will forever withstand the test of time.
13. Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash & John Martin – Reload
A reoccurring theme throughout this list is a number of progressive house fan favorites that took over the festival circuit and Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash and John Martin’s “Reload” certainly fits in the category. This euphoric beauty is truly timeless and encompasses the power of progressive house.
12. Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go – Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
After making his presence felt something like a wrecking ball with the release of his Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites album, Skrillex continued to unleash his fury with a remix of “Cinema” that was absoulty mental. While the original is a bubbly and uplifting gem of a production, it was completely transformed into a guttural growler. Better than the original? That’s for you to decide!
11. Porter Robinson – Language
Before cooking up his flawless masterpiece “Worlds,” it was “Language” that showcased Porter Robinson’s impeccable production prowess. This blissful beauty serves as an emotionally-charged gem that will leave listeners caught up in their emotions until the end of time.
10. Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child
Being the ultimate emotional singalong, Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” was the soundtrack to the farewell tour which surpassed their chart-topping anthem “Save the World” as their biggest hit. This sentimental tune served as the perfect goodbye leading into their breakup hitting the dance music fans where it hurts…..until reuniting five years later.
9. Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
Serving as one of his many chart-topping tunes the dominated the airwaves, Calvin Harris’ “Feel So Close” vocal-driven, guitar-fueled pop anthem that catapulted him into the dance music spotlight. Still considered as a “new kid on the block” at the time, he could quickly cement himself as dance music few power producers.
8. Krewella – Alive
Coming as one of the few platinum hits on this list, Krewella’s “Alive” was the former trio’s breakout hit that took over the radio airwaves coming as an electrifying singalong quickly making them the hottest names in the game.
7. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – We Found Love
Similar to Afrojack’s “Take Over Control,” Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ “We Found Love” is another carefree synth-driven dance anthem that continues to spark dancefloors at clubs and bars almost eight years after its release.
6. Swedish House Mafia – Save The World
Receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording supergroup Swedish House Mafia’s anthemic “Save the World” took over the electronic dance music space and radio stations across the globe, climbing the charts out of the gate. One of the many singalongs hits on this list is bad boy will always serve up a lethal dose of nostalgia.
5. deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon
With deadmau5 having quite the lengthy discography there are a handful worthy to make this list, but “Raise Your Weapon” is the victor for all the right reasons. This emotive bass boomer is in a league of its own thanks to its striking vocals alongside a gritty barrage of bass.
4. Zedd ft. Foxes – Clarity
There was no shortage of “mainstream” dance anthems taking over the radio airwaves throughout the summer of 2013, but Zedd and Foxes’ Grammy Award-winning “Clarity” was in a league of its own. The soulful, electro-tinged beauty is undoubtedly the German producer’s most successful single to date.
3. Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso ft. Ryan Tedder- Calling (Lose My Mind)
Swedish heavyweights Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso joined forces with Ryan Tedder for the uplifting festival fire-starter “Calling (Lose My Mind).” Considered one of the most popular progressive house songs of all time, this euphoric collaboration delivers an energy unlike any other.
2. Martin Garrix – Animals
While most dance tracks have a pop-tinged touch making their way to the radio, Martin Garrix’s breakout hit “Animals” was a booming big room anthem with immediate commercial success. Being both chaotic and unique compared to everything else out there, the then promising production prodigy took the world by storm (literally!) and never looked back.
1. Avicii – Levels
When it comes to talking dance tracks of the decade, “Levels” is easily the first to come to mind. Being a transcendent and joyous party weapon that can easily be considered the modern-day equivalent to Darude’s “Sandstorm,” Avicii’s breakout hit from 2011 led the charge of the “EDM” craze here in the United States. It proved to the world electronic dance music was a force to be reckoned with and bedroom producers could find themselves in the same conversation as the music industry’s biggest artists. Unfortunately, Avicii’s success came with the Swedish talent paying the ultimate price but his legacy will forever live on with this explosive melodic masterpiece.
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