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EDM.com's Staff Picks For Best Dance Music Tracks of 2016

Although 2016 may have been a tumultuous year for us all, with a heavy focus on politics and the tragic passing of several legendary musicians, there was still plenty of great music that was able to cure our ills. Coming up with a Top 10 list is tough. Picking your favorite tracks of the year is kind of like picking your favorite child. You love them all equally, but at the end of the day, there were certain tracks that got a heavier rotation than others.

A few members of our staff wanted to share their top 10 picks of 2016 with you. There's sure to be several tracks you loved and jammed to this year, peppered in with some lesser known hits that will give you a good dose of new music before the year is out.

Let us know what your favorite tracks of 2016 are in the comments!

Cameron Sunkel - Contributing Writer

Perhaps no trend was more influential to the success of electronic music in 2016 than the focus on unique, original songwriting. From the established veterans to the breakout talents, these are a few of the producers and vocalists who joined forces to tell their story.

1. 3LAU & Said The Sky - Fire (Feat. NÉONHÈART)
2. Gryffin - Whole Heart
3.
Millesim - Another Sunrise (feat. Sean Bradford)
4. Elephante - Closer (feat. Bishøp)
5. LVNDSCAPE & Holland Park Feat. Nico Santos - Waterfalls
6. Arman Cekin - California Dreaming (ft. Paul Rey)
7. Porter Robinson & Madeon - Shelter
8.Whethan - Savage (feat. Flux Pavilion & MAX)
9.
Rain Man - Bring Back The Summer (Ft. Oly)
10.
Zeds Dead x NGHTMRE - Frontlines (ft. GG Magree)


Harvit Gill - Host of EDM.com Weekly News

I think this list represents a wide variety of what electronic music can offer. Electronic music that fuses with hip hop, disco, orchestral, etc to create brand new sounds that we haven't heard before. These picks also also feature the triumphant return from pioneers like Justice, Daft punk, and deadmau5.

1.Deadmau5 - Imaginary Friends
2. Justice - Safe and Sound
4. The Weeknd ft Daft Punk - I Feel it Coming
5. GTA feat. Vince Staples - Little Bit of This
6. Madeon & Porter Robinson - Shelter
7. Hundred Waters ft Chance the Rapper - Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix)
8. Kaytranada - Glowed Up ft Anderson .Paak
9. Alok & Sevenn - BYOB
10. Whethan & Skrillex “ Friendship” (featuring Kiiara)


Rachel Woods - Contributing Writer

These are some of the songs I had on repeat throughout 2016. From Porter Robinson, to Sam Feldt, to Skrillex, I had a song for every kind of mood I could be in. I was lucky enough to be able to see some of these songs preformed live which made them even better!

1. Porter Robinson & Madeon - Shelter
2. Ookay - Thief
3. Calvin Harris - This Is What You Came For
4.Skrillex & Rick Ross - Purple Lamborghini
5.Flume Ft. Kai - Never Be like You
6. Marshmello - Alone
7. San Holo - Light
8. Big Gigantic - The Little Things
9.The Chainsmokers - Inside Out

10.
Sam Feldt - Been A While


Mason Whitener - Contributing Writer

These tracks were my favorite through 2016. I listened to these within live sets, at the gym and as part of my pregame playlist before going out.

1. Calvin Harris - My Way
2. The Chainsmokers - New York City
3. CID & Kaskade - Sweet Memories
4. Calvin Harris - This Is What You Came For (Dillon Francis Remix)
5. Krewella - Team
6. Galantis - No Money
7. Martin Garrix - Lions In The Wild
8.
Adventure Club - Firestorm ft. Sara Diamond
9. RL Grime - Aurora
10. What So Not - Divide & Conquer.


Yousef Ezz - Social Media Manager

These were the tracks that I felt deserve the most recognition this year, whether it be because of production quality, originality, or because they simply hit me right in the feels

1. Zeds Dead ft. Atlas - Lights Out
2. Kill the Noise - Without A Trace Feat. Stalking Gia (Kill The Noise & Virtual Riot Remix)
3. Chris Lorenzo - Come Down
4. Myro - Playa
5. Getter - Rip N Dip
6. Virtual Riot & FuntCase - Borg
7. Disclosure - Magnets (A-Trak Remix) ft. Lorde
8. Troyboi - Sensei
9.
Flume - Heater
10.
Virtual Riot - Flutter (ft. Madi)


Jamie Lamberski - Senior Editor

2016 saw noteworthy comebacks from Daft Punk, Justice and The xx, but there were also some gems from lesser known artists that deserve to be celebrated.

1. The Weeknd x Daft Punk - Starboy
2. Justice - Safe & Sound
3. Jamie xx & Four Tet - SeeSaw (ft Romy) [Club Version]
4. Deadmau5 - Strobe (Dimensions Remix)
5. The xx - On Hold
6. RÜFÜS DU SOL - Innerbloom (What So Not Remix)
7. Midnight - Lane 8
8. Jack Garratt - Worry
9. Justin Jay - What Do You Want
10. Pierce Fulton - Borrowed Lives (ft. NVDES)


Devin Culham - Senior Editor

There were a ton of great releases in 2016, including the return of Massive Attack and Floorplan, as well as a acid heavy tunes from Boyz Noize and Koen Groeneveld.

1. Floorplan - Tell You No Lie
2. Koen Groeneveld feat. JJMG - Acid Dude
3. Anna Lunoe - Radioactive3
4. Boyz Noize - Midnight
5. The Martinez Brothers ft. Miss Kittin - Stuff In The Trunk (Vocal Mix)
6. Massive Attack - The Spoils ft. Hope Sandoval
7. SNBRN X Shaun Frank X Dr. Fresch - The New Order
8, MK - My Love 4 U8. MK - My Love 4 U
9. Audiojack ft. Kevin Kapp - Vibrate
10.
Epoch - Tycho

Was there a song that we missed? Tell us your favorite tracks of 2016 in the comments!