Best EDM Songs of All Time
Electronic Dance Music has really exploded in the last couple of decades to become one of the prominent genres in all of music. The unique sounds and anthems provided by the legendary artists that have given us one long party regularly find themselves at the top of the charts and are rightly adored by their millions of fans in every corner of the world. Here, we take a more detailed look at some of the very best EDM songs we've ever seen.
Could Anyone Suggest Some Good EDM-style Songs?
“Could anyone suggest some good EDM-style songs?” - this is a question that is sure to have graced the lips of so many EDM fans at parties in all corners of the globe as the genre has really exploded on the music industry. EDM-style songs have really left their mark on the party scene and given us countless classic tracks over the years. Here are some of the best EDM songs that have come from the genre for you to enjoy.
Avicii – Levels (2011)
Perhaps the greatest EDM song of all time here to get us underway. Avicii provided some of the sickest EDM drops of all time before his untimely death and his legacy lives on today within EDM and will no doubt last forever. Nothing defines the golden era in dance quite like “Levels,” the song that really proved anything was possible as the young Swedish DJ was catapulted into superstardom with this song that is still loved and played the world over.
The beauty of the song lies in its simplicity and relatability to millions of fans across the globe. A truly international anthem with a phenomenal drop, this song will surely stand the test of time and is testament to a sensational artist who transcended the genre and showed that anything is possible if you believe in the power of electronic music.
Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (2010)
This list wouldn't be complete with this anthem, truly one of the best EDM songs. No one can deny the popularity of this song from the irreplicable Skirrlex. This song is a real topsy-turvy classic and lives up to its unusual name of “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.”
The song is a slow, disquietingly serene journey up to the top, then the biggest of falls, directly down. It's a real rollercoaster of emotions and takes you on a journey of many ups, downs, jumps and freights along the way making it a favorite for festival goers and party seekers.
Daft Punk - One More Time (2000)
We're going back quite a few years here with Daft Punk at the turn of the millennium during a time when so many EDM fans were just starting to fall in love with the genre. This was Daft Punk's highest-charting single in the United States until “Get Lucky” reached that place in the mid-2000s but it will always hold a place in the fans' hearts due to its iconic drop and the way the beat invokes feelings within. Daft Punk are one of the early pioneers of electronic music and this is a true classic to add to what is already an impressive back-catalog of hits.
Avicii - Wake Me Up (2013)
Another entry for the legendary Avicii here with his 2013 mega-hit that changed everything. This artist gave us some of the greatest EDM tracks ever and this is another one to add to his amazing list. Songwriting credits go to Avicii, Aloe Blacc, and Mike Einziger. "Wake Me Up" is a song that as soon as you hear it begin, you head for the dance floor. The lyrics really mean something and throughout the song you are waiting for the many drops which are subtle but also iconic and leave you wanting more and more. This was a once in a lifetime artist.
Faded - Alan Walker (2015)
This 2015 hit that will surely stand the test of time and deserves its place among the best EDM songs. Alan Walker has really made his mark on the EDM genre since his breakout in the 2000s era. This is perhaps his greatest success story - based on his original song, “Fade” in which Walker now adds vocals to his song, and renames is “Faded.”
It begins with a piano and vocal portion and then the beat drops and everyone is taken on a phenomenal journey of feeling and elation which just makes you want to grab the person you love. The previous song without lyrics was a hit but this version with vocals from Norway's Iselin Solehim takes the song to a new level and is rightly considered one of the best EDM songs of all time.
Deadmau5 feat. Greta Svabo Bech - Raise Your Weapon (2011)
The iconic artist Deadmau5 has never been one to follow the rules. An utterly unique artist with his own twist on EDM, his classic tune “Raise Your Weapon” achieves the seemingly impossible of being both the best Kaskade and the best Excision song of the decade. Featuring an iconic dubstep, this anthem has been played and played again by true fans of the genre since its 2011 release. This is without doubt one of the best EDM songs of the last 15 years.
Calvin Harris – Feel So Close (2011)
2011 was a great year for EDM and this is another classic that will live long in the memory. Already an established DJ in his own right, “Feel So Close” was the song that really made Harris a megastar if he wasn’t already. This song sucks you in with its brilliance as well as its meaningful and relatable lyrics making it a cult classic the world over. It’s a feel-good song that also has some meaning and thought-provoking moments. This track truly deserves to be considered as one of the great EDM songs and will grace dance floors as long as EDM exists.
Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin - Don’t You Worry Child (2010)
What can you say about this track? Swedish House Mafia are EDM royalty and their songs have truly defined a generation. Their longevity prior to the split was remarkable and this legendary anthem was another step on that path. Teaming up with iconic DJ John Martin, they produced the global hit “Don't You Worry Child” that filled dance floors all over in 2010.
Butterflies – Tiësto (2015)
One from 2015 here with the smash hit "Butterflies" from DJ Tiësto's album "Club Life, Vol. 4 – New York City" which provides one of the songs of the genre and a genuine summer feel-good classic. The brilliance of the anthem means that instrumental lyrics do not drag it down. This is a song that is perfect for a long drive at the height of summer, a sweaty gym workout, or of course to cut some shapes to on the dance floor. This is a versatile classic from Tiesto.
Real Love - Remixed by The Chainsmokers (2014)
Come on, this one just had to be among the best EDM songs. This classic anthem, originally by Clean Bandit, is given a phenomenal twist by the Chainsmokers to create a true EDM legend. When it comes to The Chainsmoker, everything they do is truly unique and you can be assured that they have taken this song to another level here.
Clean Bandit originally released this song as a part of the 2014 album "New Eyes," with the iconic UK artist Jess Glynn on vocals. That song was a huge hit originally and is given a new lease of life here as The Chainsmokers remix adds some finishing touches to an already sensational anthem and is rightly placed amongst the great EDM songs of all time.
Anchor- Tritonal (2015)
The alternative EDM artist Tritonal is noted for his creative songs but this one is unique even for him. The lyrics pale in comparison to the tremendous beats that stick in the memory although of course they are also meaningful in their own right.
Nothing is left to chance with this artist and he always makes a genuine effort to go above and beyond in invoking emotive feelings for the listener. He does that again here – and then some. This is primarily portrayed as a love song but its deep lyrical meaning and interpretive beats can take on a whole world of their own according to the listener and that is perhaps the secret of its success worldwide, with over a billion streams across popular music platforms.
Waterfalls - Lvndscapes & Holland Park ft. Nico Santos (2016)
One of the truly feel-good anthems on this list. The summer of 2016 hit "Waterfalls" shows what EDM is all about. This is a truly beautiful collaboration with Lvndscapes, Holland Park, and featuring Nico Santos who provides the vocals throughout this absolute classic. Make no mistake, this is a chilled-out song but the melodies throughout are what makes it so special. This is a real celebration of youth, dance and free spirits – a genuine snapshot of what EDM gives to its fans and how it makes them feel.
Middle - DJ Snake ft. Bipolar Sunshine (2016)
Another modern classic here as this track, widely considered a love song, produced by DJ Snake and vocals by Bipolar Sunshine. This is a sensational song that has really set the benchmark for similar slow EDM anthems that have followed its path. "Middle" is a song that is perfect to chill out to and for those moments that soft EDM is the order of the day as a pose to the heavier tracks featured on this list. You can still dance to this iconic track, but it is definitely more low-key than some of its rivals for the top EDM song of recent years.
Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers (2016)
This song has often been described as a ballad - with vocals from Daya, but “Don't Let Me Down” is definitely one of The Chainsmokers greatest ever anthems and has proved a phenomenal success with fans. A popular choice for pool parties from Vegas to all over Europe, this one just won't go away and with good reasons. While the vocals are the cherry on the top of the cake, the beats are what make the song truly amazing and add to what was already a fantastic year for EDM in 2016 – a real treat for fans of this genre.
Which Are The Best EDM Songs With Lyrics?
Trying to describe Electronic Dance Music to someone who is unfamiliar with the genre is probably a difficult task. The uniqueness of EDM means that its greatest songs include lyrics and also some of its greatest songs do not include lyrics. Aside from a couple of other genres, this is not a regular occurrence and for fans of pop, hip-hop or rock n rock, this may seem like a foreign concept. EDM is really all about the music but lyrics have added a wonderful dimension to some of these tracks that make you feel like no other can.
- Audien - Something Better (2015)
- Tiësto & KSHMR – Secrets (2015)
- Gareth Emery – Reckless (2016)
- Cash Cash - Take Me Home (2016)
- Martin Garrix & MOTi - Virus (How About Now) (2014)
- Hardwell - Follow Me (2015)
- David Guetta - She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) (2011)
- The Chainsmokers – Erase (2012)
- KSHMR – Wildcard (2016)
- Martin Garrix, Sander van Doorn & DVBBS - Gold Skies (2014)
- Firebeatz & KSHMR - No Heroes (2014)
- Illenium – Fractures (2017)
All of these songs really utilize lyrics to take them to another level completely and invoke feelings within the listener, truly earning the title of some of the best EDM songs with lyrics.
Which EDM Songs Are Best To Listen To On Full Bass?
Listening to songs on full bass is a totally unique experience and only adds to the individual nature of this wonderful genre. There are so many full bass EDM songs that transport you to another level, so much so that choosing some of the best is a thankless task and leaves you regretfully leaving out so many wonderful songs. Here are some of our favorites at Turntable Live that are sure to leave you turning up the volume on these classic anthems.
Roses - The Chainsmokers (2015)
The Chainsmokers are so versatile it does them no justice to place their songs under any one genre, but this is a true EDM anthem that needs to be bellowed out with the volume at full max to be fully enjoyed.
Last To Leave - Louis The Child (2017)
Another classic from this duo Louis The Child (real names Robert Hauldren and Frederic Kennett). “Last to Leave” features high emotions and real thought-provoking lyrics in this fuse of beats that is best played at full bass.
Say My Name - Odesza (2014)
Since they started out, DJ superstar duo Odesza (real names Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight) have championed a style of music that we haven;'t seen before in electronic music. The song “Say My Name” is no different and it's one of the main songs that turned Odesza into superstars.
Innerbloom - Rufus Du Sol (2016)
This iconic track also features producers Flume and Emoh Instead (real name Christopher Emerson) and is a real mixture of ups and downs in a topsy-survey tune. This house single "Innerbloom," gives a glimpse of an exotic future bass remix full of emotion and color and is a real throwback to a bygone era.
“You & Me” - Disclosure (Flume Remix) (2013)
Flume is an icon of bass music within EDM and this link-up with Disclosure does not disappoint. “You & Me” catapulted this truly unique genre into the mainstream as the mix of high bass and EDM joins beautifully to create this classic which has graced many dance floors and festivals all across the world.
Feel Good - Illenium (2017)
In 2017, Illenium (real name Nick Miller) released “Feel Good” in collaboration with Gryffin and Daya (the vocalist of The Chainsmokers' “Don't Let Me Down”), and this track really gives you an emotional rollercoaster ride.
Alone - Marshmello (2016)
Marshmello is an artist that has always done things his own way and this anthem proves that once more. The track built on the popularity of his first single, “Keep It Mello,” and has garnered 1.5 billion plays on YouTube as his reputation has grown and grown.
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