Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. It's impossible to ignore the fact that EDM spent this year in the spotlight -- and while much of America spent the last twelve months focusing on "the drop," it's not the most important part of the scene by any stretch. We've already given you our rundown of the ten best Denver EDM and dubstep shows of , and it's time for the scene's best songs. After scouring the internet and our own catalogs, bootlegs, remixes, compilations and soundboards, we put together this list of the ten best EDM songs released this year. As usual, let us know your favorites in the comments section. This young producer hailing from the East Coast made music, got popular nods from some of the biggest names in the industry and instantly began selling out shows. With songs like "Language," it's easy to see why. The uplifting female vocals here contrast with the distorted synths perfectly, giving the track a wide range of emotion. Whether or not you subscribe to the party-anthem style of dance music -- which, it's important to note, is only one panel of the umbrella of EDM -- Dada Life makes happy dancing music.
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At the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, two of the three nights' closing acts were fairly obvious gets. Radiohead, the most acclaimed rock band of their generation, finished off the Saturday lineup, while Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, the duo synonymous with West Coast hip-hop for the previous two decades, put a bow on Sunday's festivities. But if you hadn't been paying close attention in the previous couple years, the Friday night closers might not have been so familiar: dance music supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Suddenly, the rock stars of tomorrow weren't banging away on guitars and drums in their garage, but composing and mixing on Ableton Live and Pro Tools in their bedroom. Still, their thumbprint was already visible on the musical mainstream. Meanwhile, though "Levels" would only peak at No.
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As the lead up to continues, we are counting down some of the best dance music of the decade, this time showcasing the best 12 from Below we have listed 12 of the best releases across the year, summarising this down to 12 was not at all easy. The vocal melody is iconic in dance music and whilst it does not get a lot of love in sets 9 years later, the track was massive in its hay day. When commercial radio got its hands on it, it began a second life and appealed to the masses. This was an incredible and emotional record that was in a way a goodbye song to the Swedish House Mafia… until they came back together 5 years later. At the time of writing, this is the most recent piece of music released by the trio, over 7 years ago. They say it was inspired by the beauty of Australia. The record starts with a beautiful piano lead and is then joined by emotive vocals by frequent collaborator John Martin. The appeal to both the commercial and die hard fans is present and evident by its success.
Quintino and Sandro Silva link up for a track of epic proportions. Hot Chip — Flutes Sasha Remix. Notably one of the biggest names in dance music, Eric Prydz re-emerged this year with a tour and double CD. The track was played everywhere and was edited consistently. Starting off as a deep house tune and quickly gravitating to progressive — Mat Zo continues to chart his own path. While this featured the standard Tommy Trash sounds such as kick drums, synths and a big room melody, the beauty of this track was that it added in a progressive element that made this an instant classic.