When Hardwell (real name Robbert van de Corput) announced his indefinite break from performing last September, the electronic community was left reeling yet optimistic. Perhaps the Dutch DJ would use his newfound free time to work on a follow up album for 2015's "United We Are."
Regardless, even though Hardwell himself is no longer dishing out bangers from the helm of a festival main stage, there has been no shortage of his tracks over the airwaves. The producer has maintained his popularity, boasting over eight million monthly Spotify listeners, by masterfully grasping the roots of progressive house and by relentlessly continuing to release genre-bending collaborations.
In no particular order, EDM.com presents a list of Hardwell's top 10 collaborations. Some of them are from the depths of over a decade of discography. Others were released after his September decision. Naturally, along with all this nostalgia, we remain hopeful that Hardwell will soon follow through on his promise to "come back stronger."
1. "I'm Not Sorry" with Mike Williams
Up first is Hardwell's most recent single, released on March 8th through Revealed Recordings, his own imprint. The summer anthem seamlessly incorporates Mike Williams' characteristic edginess with Hardwell's high-energy sound, making it a powerful addition to this season's outdoor club playlists.
2. "Creatures of the Night" with Austin Mahone
This 2017 crossover with pop darling Austin Mahone inspired an entire 11-track remix pack. Weaving together Mahone's vocal range and a careful layer of synths, the track features future bass techniques at a slower BPM. Made for crowd participation, "Creatures of the Night" inspires crowds to melodramatically clutch their hearts while chanting along to the lyrics.
3. "How You Love Me" ft. Conor Maynard & Snoop Dogg
Making waves in the tropical house stratosphere, "How You Love Me" is probably the only time when a vocal sweetheart like Conor Maynard will successfully blend with Snoop Dogg's signature swagger. Hardwell provides the perfect electronic backdrop for this unique, albeit puzzling, love song.
4. "Asteroid" with Franky Rizardo
This 2010 release is quite the throwback, bringing our ears back to when the genre heavily balanced on progressive house and techno. Hardwell's ability to synthesize catchy melodies and control a crowd is evident even in this early track, especially with its steadily driving beat and innovative layering during minute three.
5. "Zero76" with Tiësto
Part of Tiësto's 2011 release Club Mix - Volume One, this song was in the company of an Alesso mix and Kaskade collab, solidifying Hardwell's place among the greats. The intensity of "Zero76" provides an unbeatable energy.
6. "Beta" with Nicky Romero
Released on Spinnin' Records in 2011, "Beta" starts soft and ends strong. A steadily building groove help this one along. Nicky Romero's carefree aesthetic adds a special dimension, making it thoughtful and playful.
7. "Never Say Goodbye" with Dyro ft. Bright Lights
The vocals by Bright Lights in this track add a special touch. Its drop is dreamy and dramatic, bringing new depths to big room house. With a bright and lively production, this song is fit for either a massive arena or an outdoor amphitheater.
8. "Call Me a Spaceman" ft. Mitch Crown
With its instantly recognizable baseline and drop, this heater still graces festival main stages - even seven years after its 2012 release. Hardwell combined techno influences with the more mainstream turn of today's EDM, making a hit that will set off the CO2 cannons.
9. "Survivors" with Dannic ft. Haris
Empowering lyrics and a classically beat driven build give this anthem staying power. It's evident that today's electronic music has its roots in tracks like this one. A well-anticipated drop gives it enough time truly build, making it all the more exciting.
10. "No Holding Back" with Craig David
Featured on Craig David's 2016 album "Following My Intuition," "No Holding Back" is sleek and sophisticated. Though now climbing the British pop charts, David's electronic roots contributed to a successful collaboration that masterfully weaves together the vocals and synths.