A song can take you back instantly to a memory – a moment, a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment - that is the power of music.
Working year by year through our era’s finest productions, we’ve curated the ultimate list of 60 of the most sentimental club and festival classics to bring back the memories of those hazy late nights, and sunshine filled summer days. Take a nostalgic trip back through the years to re-discover some of the landmark tracks that defined not only decades and genres but dance music in its entirety.
While not necessarily the highest charting, the critically acclaimed or the biggest sellers - it is undeniable these are some of the most pivotal tunes and iconic anthems of all time, playing a part in thrusting both artists and genres into the global spotlight and changing the face of music as we knew it.
2006 – 2008
The songs produced in this golden era are absolutely ageless in their ability to still draw in a crowd and create an incredible dance floor vibe. Booka Shade’s “In White Rooms" and Eric Prydz’ “Pjanoo” take the cake for some of the biggest career-defining tracks, and “Be” and “Longest Road” are perhaps some of the most played songs of the last ten years, still getting regular spins at every major festival around the world.
Booka Shade - "In White Rooms"
Fedde Le Grand - "Put Your Hands Up For Detroit"
Shake & Pop - "Green Velvet"
Supermode - "Tell Me Why"
Deadmau5 - "Not Exactly"
John Dahlback - "Everywhere"
Justice - "D.A.N.C.E."
Steve Angello & Laidback Luke – "Be"
Deadmau5 - "Ghosts N Stuff"
Guru Josh Project - "Infinity 2008 (Klaas Vocal Edit)"
Morgan Page - "Longest Road"
Eric Prydz - "Pjanoo"
2009 – 2011
This period symbolized the end of a decade of dance, as well as beginning the phase that ignited the explosion of EDM with tracks from now legendary DJs and producers such as Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex and Deadmau5. This period marked the leak of dance music onto commercial radio, bringing a whole new audience into the scene and putting dance music at the forefront of the music world.
Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello, Laidback Luke ft. Deborah Cox - "Leave the World Behind"
Calvin Harris - "I’m Not Alone"
Deadmau5 - "Strobe"
Kid Cudi vs. Crookers - "Day 'n' Night"
Steve Angello & Laidback Luke - "Show Me Love"
The Bloody Beetroots Ft Steve Aoki – "Warp 1.9"
Pendulum - "Watercolour"
Swedish House Mafia - "One"
Pendulum - "The Island"
Above & Beyond - "Sun & Moon"
Deadmau5 ft. Kaskade – "I Remember"
Knife Party - "Internet Friends"
Sandro Silva & Quintino – "Epic"
Skrillex - "Cinema"