Top EDM Songs You Don't Want to Miss
The rise and popularity of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has been a truly remarkable spectacle. A relatively ‘new’ genre when compared to rock ‘n’ roll or traditional pop music, EDM has captured the hearts and minds of millions of fans all across the world due to its unique style and the way the music makes them feel. Along the way, we’ve been treated to some of the most iconic songs by some legendary artists who have filled dance floors everywhere. Sit back and enjoy while we chart some of the top EDM songs.
What Is Some Awesome EDM Music?
EDM has provided us with some of the most iconic songs of all time, so when it comes to the top EDM songs we could provide a list that goes on forever. Choosing the most awesome EDM songs is a really difficult task and to be true to the versatile and utterly unique style of this special genre, we have selected a real mixed bag of songs to enjoy.
Faded - Alan Walker
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 top EDM songs.
Butterflies - Tiësto
The smash hit "Butterflies" from DJ Tiësto’s album "Club Life, Vol. 4 – New York City" 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 on the dance floor.
Real Love - Remixed by The Chainsmokers
This song, 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.
The 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. 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.
Waterfalls - Lvndscapes & Holland Park ft. Nico Santos
The summer 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.
Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers
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 it will no doubt be played for many years to come.
Middle - DJ Snake ft. Bipolar Sunshine:
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.
Here Right Now - Suspect 44 ft. Rumors
"Here Right Now" is a song that instantly transfixes the minds of all EDM fans. There is a quick build up to this song, so it instantly draws you in. The vocals take a backseat to the sick beats, and it features impeccable guitar chords that add peace to this hectic piece of music. It is a song that you will want to get up and jump around to - and if that wasn't enough it offers lyrical brilliance provided by the magnificent Rumors throughout this cult EDM classic.
Let You Go - The Chainsmokers (A-Trak Remix) ft. Great Good Fine Ok
The Chainsmokers have risen to become one of the best-known dance bands of the past 15 years and this song played a huge part in that. This song really shows off their music style, and it is clearly a piece that The Chainsmokers are incredibly proud of. It is a song that you will want to repeat over and over again. It's that good, and many often do by partying long into the night. If you haven't heard this song yet, do yourself a favor and play it.
Drive - Glades
This one just had to be included to pay homage to the utterly versatile EDM scene. The Australian EDM/Indie band Glades provides listeners with airy vocals and electronic compilations to create “Drive” - a truly unique fuse of genres to create a true EDM classic. It can be found in Indie EDM playlists, and it is perfect for those chill moments. This is a truly beautiful song that makes you want to hit replay over and over again so be sure to have the repeat button at the ready.
What Are Some Sick EDM Drops?
When an iconic EDM anthem drops, it spreads very quickly across the loyal fanbase of this unique genre and is often catapulted to the top of the charts at super speed. EDM is of course synonymous with dance floors and festivals and is often associated with a younger audience. Here are some sick EDM drops that have proved unforgettable over the years.
Avicii – Levels (2011)
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.
Daft Punk - Digital Love (2001)
There is a nostalgia about earlier EDM that has taken on a legend of its own. Going way back to the start of the millennium here with this classic EDM song. Taken from the early 2001 album called "Discovery" which showcases dance music at its very best during a time when EDM was on the rise. "Digital Love” is a song that includes some sensational beats but also lyrics that make you consider your dreams, your past, your future and your present.
Martin Garrix - Animals (2013)
2013 is not a year that is looked back on as iconic in EDM terms but was perhaps saved by this classic anthem from Martin Garrix which has gone on to be one of the most talked about songs in the EDM genre. This track was a real watershed moment for Garrix and really acts as a watershed moment in his young career. Its popularity means it has over 1.4 billion views on YouTube which is sensational by anyone’s standards. Look out for the drop around 2 minutes in as this is when this song really comes into its own.
Kygo - Fire Stone (2014)
Kygo and Fire Stone will always be synonymous with EDM. The track features vocals by Australian-born and LA-based singer Conrad. The song was released in December 2014 and hit the top of the arts in countries all over the world. The Norwegian artist has given us some iconic songs over the years but his best drop arguably features on Fire Stone and makes it a must listen anthem whatever the party or wherever you are.
Daft Punk - One More Time (2000)
Going back quite a few years here with Daft Punk at the turn of the millennium. 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.
Avicii - Wake Me Up (2013)
The legendary Avicii has given 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. This is truly a song that will still be played in 50 years.
David Guetta & Sia - Titanium (2011)
This is a special collaboration that features EDM royalty in David Guetta and the Australian recording artist Sia. The song was extremely well-received and gave Guetta another chart-topping number one hit. "Titanium" is a powerful song that blasts its lyrics and fuses them with some really purposeful drops throughout.
What EDM Songs Can Help Me Work?
Getting through a workday can be tough. Whether you’re working in a busy office space or working from the comfort of your home, music is one way people all across the world help themselves to focus or relax while working. True to its name, EDM has a reputation for being all about dance – and of course that’s true in some respect. However, the utterly unique nature of the genre is the plethora of feelings it gives listeners. To say EDM is all about partying and dancefloor fillers would be wrong, and there are definitely some more downbeat, chilled and relaxing songs that can help you to work. We’ve picked some of our top EDM songs when it comes to helping you work below.
Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash - Reload
This summertime classic will have you dreaming of the beach during your working day - but definitely helps you to get through it. Tommy Trash and Sebastian Ingrosso are a legendary pair who combine so well to make this track such a classic. Vocals by singer-songwriter, and fellow Swedish person, John Martin. True to its name "Reload" - this song is a real shot in the arm for focus and will help you to work through the hardest of tasks thrown your way.
Charli Xcx - You
Perhaps best known for instructing you to crash your car into a bridge, the very talented Miss Charli XCX produces a masterpiece here with "You" which slows everything right down as well as adds the drops at the opportune time. The popular artists are much-loved by EDM fans, and this is definitely a revitalizing, high-energy jam that will get you from those cumbersome work hours with ease.
Reason - Nervo (Hook n’ Sling Remix)
Listening to Reason can definitely help to keep you alert on the job - and this is perhaps the best of all his classic tunes. A little sensual, a little edgy and boasting a graceful melody, this track has helped many stay on the ball when watching the clock towards the end of the workday. Put your earphones on, whack Nervo on repeat and watch the hours just roll away.
Steve Aoki, Angger Dimas featuring My Name is Kay - Singularity
Iconic EDM artist Steve Aoki teams up with Angger Dimas for this legendary hit featuring vocals by My Name is Kay. "Singularity" really is a step away from the usual Aoki's masterpieces but has just the same transcending impact as his previous blockbusters.
Hardwell featuring Amba Shepherd - Apollo
Hardwell is an artist most EDM artists will be familiar with, but you may be surprised to see him on this list of EDM songs that will help you to work. However, his hit "Apollo '' which features Amba Shepherd shows the versatility of this remarkable artist who seems to go from strength to strength. In keeping with his rep, this anthem is more upbeat than some of the others on the list but gets the nod for its ability to help you focus due to its melodic tones that have proven to be a favorite on many work desks.
These are some of the most iconic EDM songs featured throughout this blog. EDM can mean so many different things to different people and the genre really is proof that you can be “all things to all people” as the diversity and versatility of the songs on offer is truly unique. EDM has gone from strength to strength in the last few decades and is a genre that is threatening to take over from more traditional genres in dominating music in the future. We at Turntable Live are huge fans of EDM and look forward to more iconic anthems in the years to come!
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