There Are More EDM Songs In The Top 10 This Week Than In All Of 2015
Forbes contributor Hugh McIntyre takes a look at the songs that are dominating the charts and proving that the EDM bubble is nowhere near bursting. As McIntyre puts it, "The charts don't lie." What was once labeled a fleeting fad is now revealing itself to be a true movement and music phenomenon.This article originally appeared on Forbes
Fans show a sign that reads in Spanish “Love Diplo and We love Major Lazer” during a free concert by the U.S. electronic music group Major Lazer in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
For some time now, some people have been claiming that the popularity of EDM (electronic dance music) is waning and that while it may have taken over the charts a few years back, that time has passed, and it will be remembered as a fad for the most part. Opinions are opinions, but the charts don’t lie, and for a while, it did seem like the massive dance-infused hit was a thing of the past. Now, it’s clear that the public isn’t done with electronic pop produced by some of the biggest and most popular DJs in the world, and in fact, this year may end up as one of the better ones charting-wise for the genre.
On this week’s Hot 100 singles tally, four of the top ten spots are occupied by songs that fit comfortably under the “EDM” or “dance” label. In all of 2015, only three such singles—Major Lazer’s “Lean On (ft. DJ Snake and MØ),” Diplo & Skrillex’s “Where Are U Now (ft. Justin Bieber),” and David Guetta’s “Hey Mama (ft. Nicki Minaj and Bebe Rexha)”—made it to the same region. A shout-out should be given to OMI’s “Cheerleader,” which was remixed from its low-key R&B origin and turned into a poppy, island-house track that latched on with the public and that made it to the top of the charts.