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My Top 10 of 2011

Here are my Top 10 EDM songs of 2011. What a year for EDM! The full list of my Top 50 can be found here.

10. Save the World – Swedish House Mafia
9. Awooga – Calvin Harris
8. Cinema (Skrillex Remix) – Benny Benassi
7. Prelude – Above & Beyond
6. Lights (Bassnectar Remix) – Ellie Goulding
5. Beautiful World – Tiesto & Mark Knight
4. Rebound – Arty & Mat Zo
3. Sun & Moon (Club Mix) – Above & Beyond
2. Pressure (Alesso Remix) – Starkillers and Alex Kenji
1. Levels – Avicii

Save The World: This was an obligatory choice for the list. From its wide range of remixes by Alesso, AN21 & Max Vangeli, Zedd (the list goes on and on), to the overload of play it got at music festivals around the world this year, “Save the World” deserves its spot among the best of 2011. It has even been nominated for a Grammy. Making its way onto the web just before the start of the summer, I proclaimed it the first banger of the season. Swedish House Mafia’s “One” was far and away the most played track of 2010 and fans were unsure whether the trio could deliver another anthem of that caliber. I think the song speaks for itself.

Awooga: When I first heard this song, I thought it was complete crap. I literally hated it. It took world-famous and mastermind BBC Radio One DJ Pete Tong to convince me otherwise. He too found the song bizarre as he first aired it on his weekly Friday night show, but soon enough, I, along with the rest of the world embraced the track. No lyrics necessary, the bass in this song is unlike any other, accompanied with the incredibly melodic tones that fans have come to expect from Calvin Harris. Turn this one way up.

Cinema (Skrillex Remix): In my book, Skrillex is one of the most versatile producers in the world, pushing out tune after tune in the Dubstep, Electro House and now Trance(?) genres. However, when he took a stab at Benny Benassi’s “Cinema,” he made music magic. As the first Dubstep track to grace this list, you know it must be special. I cannot recall the first time I heard this song, but something about it just makes people go crazy. Skrillex is a master of pretty tones as buildup to his epic drops and this drop has to be his best. I was once at a party this summer prior to attending the U.S. Open of surfing when this song came on. All of a sudden, every girl there joined in unison to sing Gary Go’s lyrics as the huddled in anticipation of the drop. What happened next was unlike anything I had ever seen, not even at a rave. These girls went crazy, convulsing their bodies as one only can to a truly filthy dubstep beat. All of the guys there watched in amazement. The song was then played again an hour later and the exact same thing happened. This song is nuts.

Prelude: Despite Above & Beyond being my heroes in the trance universe, I had not listened in full to their 2011 chart-topping album Group Therapy by the time I attended EDC Vegas. Alone and separated from my friends amongst 100,000 people on day two of EDC, I found comfort in a new female friend who had the same love for A&B as I did (what’s up Jenna EDC if you’re reading this). Jono, Paavo and Tony were killing it per usual when out of nowhere Jenna completely freaks out. This incredibly hard-hitting track came on and I had to find out what it was called. I’ve loved it ever since. “Prelude” takes the best elements of trance and throws it all into one song. The bass at the beginning, which reconvenes after one of the most beautiful buildups I can remember in a long time, make this track one of the best of 2011.

Lights (Bassnectar Remix): No story here. I love Bassnectar. The guy is a true showman who kills it every time he takes the stage. He has a truly unique sound that when paired with the beautiful vocals of the ever-remixed Ellie Goulding create my favorite Dubstep song of the year.

Beautiful World (Club Mix): Never in my time of listening to EDM have I heard a final drop that combines the previous two better than in “Beautiful World.” I cannot count the nights that I spent going back to the 4:25 mark of the song and waiting for the last drop to kick in. This song is an incredible combination of two talents, Tiesto and Mark Knight, whose sounds both shine through in this Progressive House masterpiece. I also always prefer female vocals over male, but whoever this Dino guy is has the stuff of house music gold. Oh, did I mention the final drop?

Rebound: People who have heard me speak of “Rebound” know that I have called it my favorite Trance song of all time. While I am not sure if this is true, “Man on the Run” might give it a run for its money, it is definitely my favorite of 2011. Thanks to my friend Scott in DJ Slander, who pointed this song out to me over the summer. Back at his place, he told me to close my eyes and just listen as the song built. He then gave me a light show that made a sober me cry, but that’s not important. What is important is Arty and Mat Zo’s ability to add a new element to the song at every single 16th count of its buildup. Making it one of the most unbelievable experiences I’ve heard in Trance music, which then pays off with one of the most rewarding drops of 2011. This song is peaceful, beautiful and simply amazing.

Sun & Moon (Club Mix): This song needs no explanation. The first single off their 2011 album Group Therapy, this is probably the most recognizable Trance song in the world these days. Just listen to its power at Above & Beyond’s Trance Around the World 400 live show from Lebanon at 1:09:32. WOW!

Pressure (Alesso Remix): What does the most promising talent in house music under 20 do with a track featuring the most beautiful voice (Nadia Ali) ever known to EDM? He absolutely kills it! This song would be No. 1 any other year and if you have not heard it, get with the picture. Anecdote here: during most drops, people mostly bob their head up and down with the bass line, but this one makes me do that and furiously shake my head side-to-side every time I listen. See if you know what I mean.

Levels: I think I have been waiting to post this for over a year and I am glad the time finally came. This was the obvious choice for the best song of 2011 and I will probably argue in a few years, the best house track ever. Even hicks in the middle of nowhere know and love this song. I remember the exact first time I heard “Levels” because it was a little sampling off Avicii’s Essential Mix late last year. The mix came out on December 11, just two weeks before I had learned of the weekly Essential Mix. I was on a plane headed for Los Angeles for the Rose Bowl, when 36:04 into the mix I hear it. Then known as “ID” or maybe not even yet, I listened to it on repeat until my plane landed for about the next two hours. What was then a stripped-down version of “Levels” was still the most appealing music I had ever heard, and remains my favorite song ever. You all know it, the No. 1 song of 2011 is “Levels” by Avicii.

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Launching a electronic dance music (EDM) blog with the best songs of an entire year? Ridiculous. But I’m giving it a shot.

These are my picks for the Top 50 EDM songs of 2011. The list includes two Dubstep songs, 13 Electro House, two House, 24 Progressive House, and nine Trance. Tiesto appears the most with four tracks, followed by Above & Beyond and Alesso with three each.

Songs are in alphabetical order and will be followed by a post explaining my picks for the Top 10.

  1. Advanced (Marco V Remix) – Marcel Woods
  2. Awooga – Calvin Harris
  3. Be Your Sound (Extended Mix) – Cosmic Gate
  4. Beautiful World – Tiesto & Mark Knight
  5. Blow Up (Hook N Sling & Goodwill Remix) – Hard Rock Sofa, St. Brothers
  6. Call My Name (Spencer & Hill Remix) – Sultan & Ned Shepard
  7. Call Your Girlfriend (Kaskade Dub) – Robyn
  8. Calling (Instrumental Mix) – Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso
  9. Cinema (Skrillex Remix) – Benny Benassi
  10. Coming Home (Dirty South Club Mix) – Diddy-Dirty Money
  11. Diamonds in the Sky – TV Rock & Hook N Sling
  12. Don’t Ditch – Tiesto & Marcel Woods
  13. Edge of the Earth (Tommy Trash Remix) – Richard Dinsdale
  14. Epic – Sandro Silva, Quintino
  15. Fire in the House (Tiesto Remix) – Hard-Fi
  16. Future Folk – Tommy Trash
  17. Hydra – Deniz Koyu
  18. In the Air (Extended Mix) – Morgan Page, Sultan & Ned Shepard
  19. It’s Not Right But It’s Ok (Main Mix) – Walter Fargi, Trasko
  20. K2 – Kryder
  21. Let Me Show You Love (Ash & Avicii’s Hype Machine Mix) – Ash
  22. Levels – Avicii
  23. Lights (Bassnectar Remix) – Ellie Goulding
  24. Lise – Arno Cost
  25. Little Bad Girl (Instrumental Club Version) – David Guetta
  26. Louder (Hardwell Remix) – DJ Fresh
  27. Mush Mush – Bassjackers
  28. On the Wire (W&W Remix) – Allure
  29. Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix) – Coldplay
  30. Party Rock Anthem (Alesso Remix) – LMFAO
  31. Prelude – Above & Beyond
  32. Pressure (Alesso Remix) – Starkillers and Alex Kenji
  33. Punk (Arty Rock-N-Rolla Mix) – Ferry Corsten
  34. Rebound – Arty & Mat Zo
  35. Save the World – Swedish House Mafia
  36. Set Fire to the Rain (Thomas Gold Remix) – Adele
  37. Songs For Lisa (Benny Benassi Remix) – The Japanese Popstars
  38. Sun & Moon (Club Mix) – Above & Beyond
  39. Thing Called Love (Extended Club Mix) – Above & Beyond
  40. Ticket to the Sky – Fadi
  41. Tomahawk – BT & Adam K
  42. Tung! – Deniz Koyu
  43. Turn it Down (Extended Mix) – Kaskade
  44. Turn Up the Volume – AutoErotique
  45. Viking – Orjan Nilsen
  46. The Way We See the World (Tomorrowland Anthem Instrumental) – Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Nervo
  47. What a Feeling (Nicky Romero Remix) – Alex Gaudino
  48. You’ve Got the Love (Mark Knight Remix) – Florence and the Machine
  49. Zero 76 – Tiesto & Hardwell
  50. 2Night – Eric Prydz