Dancing Astronaut’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top 100 Songs of the DecadeTracks Of The Decade

Words: Bella Bagshaw, Rachel Narozniak, Chris Stack, Jessica Mao, and Farrell Sweeney

From “Clarity” to “Bangarang,” the past ten years have borne witness to no shortage of colorful electronic releases that, cumulatively, have contributed to the genre’s expansion from niche to mainstream. A golden decade in dance, 2010 to 2020 saw electronic music hit a commercial climax in 2012.

As dance music worked its way across radio airwaves, most commonly through the recently popularized dance-pop hybrid format, and as the stock of electronically oriented festivals expanded, one thing became increasingly clear: dance music is for everyone. In a retrospective review of the releases that defined the span of time between 2010 and 2020, Dancing Astronaut proudly presents our top 100 tracks of the decade.

1 Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrillex

“Yes, OH MY GOD!” The premier single from Skrillex’s first Grammy Award-winning album for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2011. Also grabbing a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, the track catapulted dubstep into the American dance scene.

2 Stay – Zedd

“Stay” arrived as evidence of the symbiotic quality of Zedd’s refined approach to both electronic and pop stylings. In partnering with then rising pop starlet, Alessia Cara, on the record Zedd affirmed what his followers had long known: the dance-pop hybrid is one of his strongest sonic suits—and he’s still here to play.

3 Body – Loud Luxury

The release that catapulted Loud Luxury into the musical mainstream, “Body” is an evergreen electronic anthem that exemplified the duo’s acute ear for effervescent productions.

4 Jackie Chan – Tiesto and Dzeko

Tiësto and Dzeko‘s collaboration with Post Malone and Preme, “Jackie Chan” proved itself to be a particularly pervasive summer anthem, as the star-studded hit single worked its way through playlists and radio queues alike. The cut, which scored a platinum certification, was as much a credit to Tiësto’s ear for electronic tunes that resonate — and have consistently resonated — with listeners as it is a watershed moment in Dzeko’s progressing career as a solo producer.

5 After Life – Tchami feat. Stacy Barthe

The undisputed father of future house, Tchami wielded this dancefloor weapon to open the floodgates, helping a whole new generation of four-by-four lovers discover the “hard” sector of house.

6 The Veldt – deadmau5

Inspired by a fan’s tweet and a Ray Bradbury tale of the same name “The Veldt” is deadmau5 at his progressive peak. The halcyon track paints a visceral lyrical and production portrait, scaling mythical proportions in electronic lovers’ hearts. It’s an untethered demonstration of deadmau5’s unique ability to create music that’s both gentle and galvanizing all at once.

7 Instant Crush – Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas

Introspection is one hell of a drug. Daft Punk knows this well, seen through their somber synth-pop moments. The androids borrow The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas’ palatably plaintive vocoded voice for a glorious game of sad robot.

8 Promises – NERO (Skrillex & Nero remix)

Appearing on NERO’s official debut album, the trio’s “Promises” remix helped catalyze the decade’s emotional dubstep craze. It even snagged Skrillex the 2013 Grammy for Best Remixed Recording.

9 Faded – ZHU

Remixed by everyone from ODESZA to Lido, “Faded” was a collective late-night mood for more or less the latter half of the decade. No one could deny ZHU’s beckoning vocal advances and up-to-no-good production prowess.

10 Internet Friends – Knife Party

“You blocked me on Facebook / And now you’re going to die.” At the height of Knife Party’s rage or die reign over the first half of the ’10s, came “Internet Friends.” It’s a cheeky, relentless emblem of the group’s electro house savored sonic flavor. Aside from making an appearance in live sets far and wide, it even made it onto The Walking Dead.

11 One Kiss – Calvin Harris

One kiss is all it takes? Over 900 million Spotify streams later, it seems listeners wanted more than that from the heavenly Dua Lipa-Calvin Harris tag team.

12 Raise Your Weapon – deadmau5

Written with Skrillex at his side, deadmau5 puts on a full-frontal display of his aural dexterity. Greta Svabo Bech helps wed progressive and dubstep in this hallowed union.

13 The Island -, Pt. 1 (Dawn) – Pendulum

Between its ample radio play and both Skrillex and The Godfather of EDM, Tiesto’s decisions to offer the track official remixes, “The Island” garnered the good graces it deserves. The flagship progressive paragon not only helped Pendulum flex their genre agility, but catapulted a teenage Madeon’s career, after the young Frenchman won Pendulum’s remix contest for the track.

14 Afterhours – TroyBoi feat. Diplo & Nina Sky

A pairing aligned in trap paradise, Diplo and TroyBoi, with the help of Nina Sky, bring sultry, up-to-no-good worldliness to “Afterhours.” The track pulsed with production ad libs evocative of their champion caliber of nuance across festival frontlines following its release in 2015.

15 Titanium – David Guetta feat. Sia

Close to a billion streams later, Sia’s steely vocals ring with the same prophetic cadence, as does Guetta’s slow-burning pluck. “Titanium” is one of the few preeminent paragons of dance pop in the US.

16 Express Yourself – Diplo feat. Nicky Da B

If we had to pinpoint a piece of music that catalyzed Diplo’s “random-white-dude-be-everywhere” reign over dance music and—who are we kidding—the industry at large, “Express Yourself” was that moment. It’s bombastic, deathly danceable, Afro-leaning style stood as a pristinely telling precursor for the near-decade of nonsense to brew from the Diplo camp. RIP Nicky Da B.

17 I Know The Truth – Pretty Lights

“I Know The Truth” is nothing short of an instrumental love letter to dubstep. Expertly placed, just ahead of its genre’s wall-to-wall embrace mid decade, the track displays Derek Vincent Smith’s unparalleled sample savvy, in this case O.V. Wright’s “A Fool Can’t See The Light.”

18 Tell Me – RL Grime & What So Not

A trap affront for the ages. “Tell Me” combines RL Grimes’ over-the-top orchestral energy and What So Not’s ethereal, trend-setting melodic flair.

19 I Can’t Stop – Flux Pavilion

Producers literally couldn’t (and still can’t) stop playing this larger-than-life track out. The proverbial dubstep onslaught became a quintessential live set closer soon after its release.

20 Marijuana – Chrome Sparks

“Marijuana” not only helped spark synth wizard Chrome Sparks’ career, but topped the ubiquitous “chill-out beats” playlists near and far.

21 Civilization – Justice

Picked up for multi-national ads with Adidas, “Civilization” is Justice at their best, full of funk, femme, and downright fun.

22 Say My Name – ODESZA feat. Zyra

An exemplar of ODESZA’s fluttery, technicolor sweetness, “Say My Name” helped pave the way for the ’10s’ chromatic chill-out niche.

23 Turn Down For What – DJ Snake

Soon to become a ubiquitous catchphrase and altogether ethos of the mid-decade, “Turn Down For What” is one of the most voraciously used movie score, TV commercial, and remix sources in the history of dance music.

24 Spaceman – Hardwell

Big room house most certainly had its day in the sun this decade. “Spaceman” is hands-down the sound’s token epochal track.

25 Harlem Shake – Baauer

One of those songs of which the legacy precedes exegesis of the song itself. The “Harlem Shake” isn’t a track; it’s a phenomenon.

26 Tidal Wave – Subfocus & Alpines

The decade’s proverbial melodic drum ‘n’ bass offering. Nearly a full ten years later, “Tidal Wave” still washes over like a welcomed rush of endorphins.

27 Gecko (Overdrive) – Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill

A watershed waypoint in the “future” house foray this past decade. A precocious young Oliver Heldens proves the clarity and ultra-modern precision of his vision with this one.

28 Rude Boy – Zeds Dead feat. Omar LinX

A bass line has never crunched harder than Zeds Dead’s “Rude Boy,” with lyrical hellfire to boot on behalf of serial ZD collaborator, Omar LinX. Islandy and merciless all at once, 2010’s “Rude Boy” splashed onto the decade’s dubstep scene sending heads rolling.

29 Innerbloom – RÜFÜS DU SOL

Idealistic, implacably danceable, a song for lovers to its core, to “Innerbloom” we surrendered. We’re all for cheesy saccharine-sweet house tracks, but this just isn’t one of them. Melt into the chromatic complexities of “Innerbloom”‘s swimming corridors of color.

30 Roses – The Chainsmokers feat. ROZES

An effervescent dance pop presentation like no other this decade, “Roses” was instrumental in taking The Chainsmokers from niche to nationally recognized.

31 Midnight Hour – Boys Noize & Skrillex

No, not a Dog Blood number. But “Midnight Hour” bangs with the same flare and dexterous finger on the pulse of the modern electronic heartbeat. A notable cobblestone on the duo’s prolific partnership path.

32 Pop Culture – Madeon

What would this list be without dance music’s token mashup? An overnight YouTube sensation “Pop Culture” shot Madeon into the stratosphere.

33 It Ain’t Me – Kygo feat. Selena Gomez

Kygo’s one-size-fits-all appeal is supremely evident in the sweeping success of the Selena Gomez-assisted “It Ain’t Me.” This track saw cross-continental top-five chartings from Australia, to Canada, to Belgium. The tropical house/dance-pop phenom continues to prove why he’s sought out with nearly unprecedented fervency from all-star vocalists.

34 Cheerleader – OMI (Felix Jaehn remix)

On the precipice of the tropical house explosion “Cheerleader” was a wholesome, silver-tongued spoonful of dance music for the unenlightened. Infectious and saccharine as a sweet tooth, Felix Jaehn gave “Cheerleader” the feel-good flip we could all get behind.

35 More Than You Know – Axwell Λ Ingrosso

Fans crawled and clawed for this one after tasting it at Coachella in 2015, waiting another two years for an official release. “More Than You Know” are the Swedish boys at their best, pure festival euphoria bottled in a song.

36 Viol – Gesaffelstein

Nasty, writhing, deliciously unsettling, it must be Gesaffelstein. “Viol” is a slow-crawling, torrential techno endeavor that will send the unprepared spiraling into the darkest corners of the electronic continuum, if they’re not careful.

37 Closer – The Chainsmokers

A driving force of the dance-pop hybrid’s pop cultural pervasion, “Closer” exerted a white knuckle grip on the charts, spending one year in the US Top 40 and 61 weeks in Billboard’s Top 10.

38 Where Are Ü Now – Jack Ü

Defined by its inescapability, “Where Are Ü Now” secured triple platinum status in addition to Grammy Awards and AMAs for both Skrillex and Diplo, while simultaneously ushering Justin Bieber back into the sonic spotlight.

39 Turn Up The Speakers – Afrojack and Martin Garrix

On “Turn Up The Speakers,” Afrojack and Martin Garrix collaboratively revive the heart pumping, adrenaline spiking glory of electronic festival sets, to take attendees and the genre alike back to its buzzing roots. To say that the 2014 cut has aged well would be an understatement; “Turn Up The Speakers” remains a prominent inclusion of electronic circuit sets.

40 One (Your Name) – Swedish House Mafia feat. Pharrell Williams

Axwell, Ingrosso, and Angello made their auspicious debut under moniker Swedish House Mafia in 2010 with single “One.” Their entrance into the electronic music scene with “One” was a force that would set the tone for the group’s career. “One,” also written by Pharrell Williams, was one of the music industry heavyweights’ first forrays into electronic music writing and co-production. “One” is a track that has become a pillar of Swedish House Mafia’s discography and is still performed to this day thanks to the timelessness of the upbeat production elements. The single won Best Electro/Tech House Track and Best Progressive Track at the International Dance Music Awards in 2011. 

41 Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Daft Punk basically brought back disco with this single. Enlisting an all-out all-star collaborative team behind the release, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, “Get Lucky,” half a billion streams later, did just that.

42 Levels – Avicii 

If there’s one song that arguably kickstarted the commercialization and mainstream crossover of electronic music, it is “Levels” by Avicii. The larger-than-life progressive tune single-handedly took over every festival mainstage, radio station, becoming the backdrop to movie scenes, sports networks and more.

43 Animals – Martin Garrix 

“Animals” was the first global hit produced by the then 17-year-old prodigious producer, Martin Garrix. “Animals” is definitive thanks to the fact that it took over mainstages across worldwide, and vamped Garrix’s career on a global level. No mainstage set was complete without dropping this track at the height of its success.

44 We Found Love – Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna

Calvin Harris led the way for major pop music collaborations with electronic music artists when he enlisted Rihanna for “We Found Love.” Despite having only released electronic leaning music, Calvin Harris was an opening act on the pop queen’s Loud Tour, and this crossover helped to cement the fact that electronic music and pop music not only could coexist, but that electronic music could truly appeal to the mainstream. “We Found Love” was the first of many collaborations between Harris and Rihanna, including “Where Have You Been” in addition to “This Is What You Came For.” Calvin Harris can also credit his lone Grammy award to “We Found Love,” which won the Best Short Form Music Video category during the 2012 Grammy Awards.

45 Losing It – Fisher

Fisher reignited a global addiction to a song with his release “Losing It,” which also arguably put the producer on the map for the long haul. Chris Lake co-produced the single, as if that isn’t insurance enough for a hit. But “Losing It” is also impactful because it helped to reignite the electronic music community’s love of house music. Gimmicky, sure, but intoxicatingly fun.

46 Lean On – DJ Snake and Major Lazer

DJ Snake and Major Lazer brought Carribean sounds to the forefront of dance music after releasing “Lean On,” which went on to become a worldwide phenomenon. The single inspired many other artists to tap into Carribean and reggae influences for feel-good summer releases. The track even became one of the top 10 most streamed videos on YouTube after it amassed two billion views on the platform in 2017. 

47 Shelter – Madeon and Porter Robinson

Porter Robinson and Madeon teamed up in 2016 to produce “Shelter,” and the collaborative effort was truly a noteworthy one. Their distinctive qualities combined to yield a french electro and Japanese-inspired single that was quite different from the vanguard of the time. “Shelter” has withstood the test of time as a fan-favorite of both its creators.

48 Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia

One of Swedish House Mafia’s most alluring ballads and well-known works is “Don’t You Worry Child.” It came out at a pivotal point during Swedish House Mafia’s ascension into progressive house royalty. The single cemented them as truly influential for the genre, and it remains one of their most streamed works to date. 

49 Latch – Disclosure feat. Sam Smith

Both Disclosure and Sam Smith reign as leading artists of their respective genres, but each of their ascensions was aided by “Latch.” The fluid exposition of Smith’s vocal chops and Disclosure’s production landed on Disclosure’s debut album, Settle, released in 2013.

50 This Is What It Feels Like – Armin van Buuren

Trance titan Armin van Buuren pioneered the underground subgenre, achieving notoriety for his trance anthems, but van Buuren’s breakthrough into more mainstream dance music was aided by this aching number.

51 Feel So Close – Calvin Harris

The second single released from Calvin Harris’ gilded third studio album, 2012’s 18 Months, “Feel So Close” saw Harris transcend his disc-jockey talents to lend his vocals to this leading cut. The success of Harris’ extension, from producer to vocalist, was evidenced in the track’s alluring catchiness, and ultimately, its inescapability. 

52 Runaway (U & I) – Galantis

“Runaway (U & I)” laid the sonic groundwork for Galantis’ penetration of the electronic genre, and pending the single’s release, the production pair swiftly attracted and held the public’s attention as they went on to further define the style. Streamers got a first glimpse of Galantis’ dance aesthetic on “Runaway (U & I),” and in the time since, Galantis have animatedly labored to sharpen it.

53 Sweet Memories – Kaskade & CID

The rushing, mid-tempo bliss of Kaskade’s “Sweet Memories” is nearly unparalleled in its ability to please all in the crowd at the afters. The energetic number eases streamers from the weekend adrenaline spike to the gossamer glide back down to repose with a muted brilliance that only Kaskade could effect.

54 Language – Porter Robinson

The seminal Porter track “Language” marked a pivotal point in not only the producer’s evolution as an artist, but also the dance scene’s welcoming of melodically-inspired electro house— Peaking at #1 on the UK Indie charts and #7 on the US Billboard Dance Airplay charts, “Language” cemented Porter as a household name and served as a precursor for his creative direction in Worlds.

55 Clarity – Zedd feat. Foxes

To this day, “Clarity” stands irrevocably as a Zedd masterpiece that has held its own amongst the exponential growth of the dance scene. Smashing the charts, the Triple-platinum record was Zedd’s first Grammy and broke through to mainstream airplay—introducing the producer’s pop-influenced electro house and marking another wave of dance music domination.

56 Opus – Eric Prydz

The final offering from Eric Prydz’s debut artist album Opus, titular track “Opus” and its deliberate 9-minute intricacies have perhaps seen itself as one of the most grandiose and gratuitous unfoldings of progressive house in the sense of both a standalone track and its context as the capstone of a concept album. Melding cerebral textures and masterful layers, “Opus”‘s climactic progression is an ode to the Swedish producer’s legendary craft and continues to be a pillar of his EPIC sets.

57 You & Me – Disclosure (Flume remix)

The iconic Flume remix of Disclosure’s “You & Me” shot the Aussie producer’s pioneering future bass sound into the hallmark of fame and opened the gateway for the subgenre’s subsequent popularization. Enveloped by euphoric strings and brimming oscillations, the remix’s momentous drop has been celebrated time and time again.

58 Gold – Adventure Club Feat. Yuna

The second meeting of Adventure Club and vocalist Yuna brought about the Canadian dubstep duo’s iconic Calling All Heroes track, “Gold”. Arriving in the midst of the golden era of melodic dubstep, “Gold” exemplified Adventure Club’s command of emotive dance music and female vocals in its prime.

59 Calling (Lose My Mind) – Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso

Undeniably one of the most popular EDM tracks of all time, “Calling (Lose My Mind)” joins the forces of powerhouse Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder in the culmination of euphoric-inducing progressive house. With songwriting support from Matthew Koma, the chart-topping track, its instantly recognizable top line and sing-along characteristics have established the collaboration as a timeless festival anthem.

60 It’s Strange – Louis the Child Feat. K.Flay

Upon the release of their K.Flay track, “It’s Strange”, it wouldn’t take long before then-newcomers Louis the Child broke onto the electronic scene. While the age of future bass had dawned, the Chicago outfit innovated on the popular sub-genre—constructing subaqueous-like synths over K.Flay’s spoken rap fusion to deliver a tastefully eccentric concoction of future bass, pop and trap.

61 Room for Happiness – Kaskade Feat. Skylar Grey

Hailing from Kaskade’s iconic 2011 album Fire & Ice, “Room for Happiness” lives among several other companion singles including “Eyes”, “Turn It Down”, and “Lick It”, as a nuanced showcase of Kaskade’s discography. The track saw the superstar coalesce with pop singer Skylar Grey on a melancholically hopeful track with house progressions equal parts gut-wrenching and suited for the dance floor.

62 Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris Feat. Florence Welch

Topping the UK and Ireland charts and nominated for a Grammy, “Sweet Nothing” made up of one of nine top ten singles from Calvin Harris’ 18 Months and marked his first UK No.1 from the album. A distinct departure from his previous stylings, “Sweet Nothing” simultaneously rocketed Harris as an electro house aficionado with a penchant for radio appeal and showcased Florence Welch dynamism—its firing synths, club-driven BPM, and embrace of Welch’s powerful vocals as the foundation for a smash hit.

63 Bunnydance – Oliver Heldens

Ushering in his groove-tinged house productions, Oliver Heldens and his delivery of “Bunnydance” put footwork first, beat-wise and quite literally, on stage. Both quirky and channeling mass appeal, “Bunnydance” built the Heldens brand in his dance antics during sets and established him as a future house frontrunner.

64 HyperParadise – Hermitude (Flume remix)

Yet another ode to Flume’s range as a producer, his remix of Hermitude’s “HyperParadise” resides as his self-titled debut album’s embodiment of the Grammy-winning act’s investigation into trip hop-influenced future bass. Infused with heavy vocal chops and funkadelic rhythms, the 2012 remix timelessly depicts Flume’s inclination as an experimental innovator then, and now.

65 5 HoursDeorro

Perhaps Deorro’s most preeminent track, “5 Hours” crushed the charts, receiving two gold certifications, and received widespread success across the industry with appearances in several dance compilations during 2014. An electrifying hook encased by a four-on-the-floor structure, “5 Hours” breathes as an addictive track on all occasions, from the dance floor to late night drives.

66 Tremor Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix

Good or bad, the argument for “Tremor” as one of the most iconic dance tracks of the last decade is difficult to refute. Its 2014 release brought about the commercialization of the next generation’s big room house and resonated with festival crowds worldwide—crowned as one of the quintessential anthems among staples like “Seven Nation Army” and “Kernkraft 400”. Characterized by archetypal drops and crowd-pleasing energy, “Tremor” paved for success for main stage sound, undeniably influencing the future direction of both EDM and festival appeal.

67 Ten Feet Tall – Afrojack

Afrojack’s cross-genre hit “Ten Feet Tall” became an international sensation upon its release in 2014. With inspiriting chord progressions and rousing vocals from Wrabel, “Ten Feet Tall” and its emotional dance-pop connected with listeners through the track’s uplifting foundations.

68 Acrylics – TNGHT (RL Grime Edit)

When two bass superforces collide, RL Grime’s “Acrylics” Edit happens. Revamping the heavy duty TNGHT single, RL Grime’s edit ups the ante on the original gargantuan destructive soundscape—doubling the chaotic trap expression and championing an evil acidity exclusive to the bass legend’s realm.

69 Firestone – Kygo Feat. Conrad Sewell

The seminal Kygo track “Firestone” established the Norwegian producer as the tropical house’s lead innovator while simultaneously breaching international territory with No. 1 positions in several countries. In line with his major key stylings, “Firestone” distinguished itself from its dance counterparts of big room and festival-oriented peers with its heartfelt vocals and soft aesthetics.

70 Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye (Kygo remix)

Preceding his attention-garnering Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” remix and subsequent breakthrough with “Firestone”, Kygo’s 2013 “Sexual Healing” remix stole the spotlight with its infectious, sensual undertones and served as the platform for his continued execution of tranquil dance beats.

71 Fantasy Alina Baraz & Galimatias

If sound were a remedy, “Fantasy” would be the cure. The then-20 year old Alina Baraz joined with electronic producer Galimatias in delivering a fantastically-sensual track reminiscent of the directions of ambient electronic music blooming in SoundCloud spaces. Its dreamy fusion of lush sonics set the precedent for more downtempo, synth-kissed acts to perforate the scene.

72 Lights – Ellie Goulding (Bassnectar Remix)

Bassnectar rarely crosses over into the pop realm; however, the underground bass king made an exception for Ellie Goulding, and the result was resounding radio success. 

73 All is Fair in Love and Brostep – Skrillex

The Recess track “All Is Fair in Love and Brostep” garnered attention not just for its impeccable dubstep sound design, but also for its uncanny resemblance to Zomboy’s “Terror Squad” — ultimately, bringing about a speculative war regarding who-copied-who that ended with “love and brostep” in which Zomboy revealed “Terror Squad” was unwittingly inspired by Skrillex’s This Much Power DJ Tool.

74 Boneless – Steve Aoki

2013 “Boneless” amassed widespread success across Europe and the broader dance scene as a club banger—adding to Steve Aoki’s portfolio of party smashers and forecasting Chris Lake’s rise as one of the house music’s most coveted. Boasting a minimalist electro structure easy enough to mix into any dance set or simple enough to layer hip-hop verses over, “Boneless” and its signature beat have continued to be recognized over the last decade.

75 Need Your Heart – Adventure Club Feat. Kai

Adventure Club’s “Need Your Heart” enlisted Kai for a forceful display of melodic dubstep that showed the duo’s intuitive craft for balancing heavy wobbles with euphoric vocals. Complete with a tasteful build-up and scintillating bass, “Need Your Heart” sits comfortably in Adventure Club’s arsenal of potent, yet artful dubstep tracks.

76 Everyday – Rusko (Netsky remix)

One of the most sweeping drum ‘n’ bass/drumstep tracks to ever touch down in the states, Netsky’s “Everyday” remix is a fearless explosion of ad libs and production nuance evocative of Netsky’s production caliber.

77 Spectrum – Zedd

In the span of an artist’s career, there are few songs that subsist as the apex of their artistry. Alongside its sister single “Clarity”, “Spectrum” endures as one of ZEDD’s legendary productions. The Matthew Koma collaboration topped three charts including Billboard’s US Dance Club Songs and enforced Clarity as a holistic body of work in itself. Fine-tuned with complexities of layers and emotional lyricism, “Spectrum” speaks to ZEDD’s capabilities as not just an electronic artist, but an artist built from traditional musical foundations.

78 FadedAlan Walker

Clocking in 2.6 billion views on Youtube and over 1 billion Spotify streams, “Faded” saw massive worldwide success upon its release and charmed both dance and non-dance fans with its instrumental beauty and brand of anonymity.

79 Gold Dust – DJ Fresh (Flux Pavilion remix)

Dubstep came from the UK, and Flux Pavillion was known to influence the likes of Skrillex with his remix of DJ Fresh’s “Gold Dust” and the likes. 

80 Alive – Krewella

When the group was a trio with producer Kris “Rain Man” Trindl behind the beats, “Alive” charting at 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was Krewella’s first and only top 40 hit on Billboard.

81 Cinema – Benny Benassi (Skrillex remix)

The hard hitting remix was a seminal weapon in Skrillex’s liver performance arsenal for years, and won a Grammy for Best Remixes Recording, Non-Classical. 

82 Bird Machine – DJ Snake and Alesia

At the precipice of EDM Trap, “Bird Machine,” was simultaneously silly and hyphy, and a festival pleaser as one of the first officially released tracks from the mega-superstar, DJ Snake.  

83 I Could Be The One – Avicii & Nicky Romero

The first Avicii producer collaboration that really took off with its unforgettable melody.  Released after “Levels,” the track fast-tracked Avicii’s upward propulsion to stardom.  

84 Bass Head – Bassnectar

Bassnectar fans are some of the most, maybe THE most, devoted fans in the history of dance music. This is their theme song.  

85 I Can See It In Your Face – Pretty Lights

Pretty lights continued his upward, live-performance trajectory towards the turn of the decade, and “I Can See It In Your Face” was a mainstay in the electro-funk magnates sets. 

86 Light – San Holo

“Light” is San Holo’s certified gold, future bass offering that bolstered the experimental melody writer to new heights.

87 Thief – Ookay

2016’s sing-a-long anthem was brought to us by the lovable and jovial, Ookay, with his sax-lead, future bass crossover, “Theif.”

88 EdgeREZZ

After Skrillex’s dubstep ran its course, a new kind of bass music began to emerge in the low-end populous. REZZ surfaced from the mau5trap depths with the piercingly scintillating “Edge,” launching her to headline for the new era of bass heads.  

89 Eyes – Kaskade Feat. Mindy Gledhill

Kaskade’s first Grammy nomination came by way of Fire & Ice, for best Dance/Electronic Album in 2013. “Eyes” was the lead single off the project and a closing song for that epoc of the melodic house guru.

90 Higher Ground – TNGHT

As hip-hop crossed over to EDM for the electronic trap wave, Lunice and Hudson Mowhawk’s “Higher Ground” was at the forefront, helping the duo earn stellar production credits with Kanye West and the like. 

91 Never Be Like You – Flume Feat. Kai

Off Flume’s first Grammy winning Skin album, “Never Be Like You,” was the premire song off the project and received a Grammy nod for Best Dance Recording. To this day, it’s Flume’s most streamed song on Spotify.

92 Bangarang – Skrillex

Skrillex won back-to-back Grammy awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2011 and 2012. The latter was from his Bangarang project with the title track winning the prestigious award.

93 Fade Into Darkness – Avicii

The infectious piano melody encapsulated the melodic house wunderkids’ early ability, as the hit predecessor to his world renowned “Levels.” “Fade Into Darkness” served as a momentum that catapulted Avicii to the top of the industry greats.

94 Wake Me Up – Avicii

Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ featuring  Aloe Blacc has been named as the highest charting dance track of the decade as a seminal closing or opening song for Tim’s 2013 tour supporting his True album that crossed country music into the electronic music realm for an epic and emotional melody escapade. The track is Avicii’s most streamed song on Spotify, reaching close to 1 billion streams all-time. 

95 Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey (Cedric Gervais Remix)

An oxymoronic summer anthem flipped one of Lana Del Rey’s number six Billboard topper for a 2014 Grammy Award winner for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.

96 Original DonMajor Lazer

The dancehall trio partnered with The Partysquad for a festival staple in their 2012 and beyond sets. Notable remixes from Flosstradamus made it to Major Lazer’s essential list on Spotify in 2018.

97 Techno – Destructo

Gary Richards (Destructo) took Eminem’s infamous Moby diss from “Without Me” (“Nobody listens to techno!”) and set the record straight.

98 I Want U – Alison Wonderland

The effervescent Alison Wonderland at her best. “I Want U” is the bouncy, frolicsome trap that had us hooked from that first time we watched her crawl up on the decks.

99 Bodies – Drowning Pool (Drezo remix)

Drezo has a penchant for frequenting the smoky and seemingly uninhabitable corners of the dance music continuum. His “Bodies” remix soon became a soul-sucking insertion in hundreds of artists’ sets across the globe, from festival front gates to covert club floors.

100 OKAY – Shiba San

If anyone can make tech-house digestible for the uninitiated, it’s Dirtybird dynamo Shiba San. “OKAY”‘s genius is in its sensational simplicity. The four-on-the-floor guru has been stripping crowds of all will power and sensibility with this one since its 2014 release.

David Guetta shares full set from Avicii Tribute Concert

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David Guetta invites fans worldwide to experience his memorial to Avicii in Stockholm earlier this month, sharing the passionate tribute onto his youtube channel in full just days ago.

The French house pioneer joined a star-studded cast of Avicii collaborators and cohorts at the fittingly named Friends Arena to celebrate the life and work of the late producer. Icons from the big-room and progressive house scenes like Laidback Luke and Nicky Romero helped fill the 50,000 capacity arena alongside a handful of the top tier vocalists that Avicii was known to have touched, inspired, and created alongside.

Guetta threw down a set of joint efforts between Avicii and himself, with the highlight being a glimpse at the previously unheard “Before I Could Say Goodbye,” a titanic collaboration between the two and Afrojack (heard at 11:08). With at least 10 tracks in 30 minutes (several of which are mash-ups themselves), the set is juicy to say the least, but is made all-the-better by this context added to the tracks and connection felt when Guetta takes to the microphone.

All proceeds from the Avicii Tribute Concert went to The Tim Bergling Foundation, which advocates for and is known to support science-based organizations focused on the research and prevention of suicide in youth.

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Dancing Astronaut’s BIG 100—Top 25 EDM Moments of the Decade

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2010 may as well have been a lifetime ago. At the breakneck pace by which dance music throttles through the stratosphere, the decade is ending in an entirely unrecognizable place from where it began. For context—ten years ago, Electric Daisy Carnival was held in Los Angeles, not Las Vegas, where the Los Angeles Rams now play. Only 250,000 people were paying for a Swedish music streaming service called Spotify, and Billie Eilish was finishing up second grade. It’s been a wild ride through the 10’s, largely soundtracked by EDM’s global boom into a multi-billion dollar industry. Ten years ago our culture was creeping out of South London basements and New York warehouses, and now we’re performing at the Olympics.

So now, as the single most important, historic, and certainly memorable decade dance music has ever seen draws to a close, we had to figure out a new way to break down how far the culture has come. One master list couldn’t possibly reflect the decade in review. In effort to properly recognize the remarkable collection of events that has brought us here, we’re tweaking our typical end-of-the-year model. Instead, we’re dividing the decade’s most deserving into a handful of unique categories.

In review of 2010 – 2019, the most important factors that shaped the decade were Artists of the Decade, Labels of the Decade, Albums of the Decade, and Most Impactful Moments of the Decade. Together, they comprise Dancing Astronaut’s decade-end collection. Introducing, The Big 100.


25. FYRE Festival Fiasco

We’ll always remember FYRE Festival, though, for more than the debacle it caused for the 1%’ers of festival attendance. The fiasco that left attendees stranded on a concrete beach in the middle of the Bahamas without food or shelter will go down as one of the biggest blunders in festival history—our generation’s Woodstock 99, or microcosmic version of it. But FYRE Festival will be remembered as a turning point for both festival events and influencer culture. The tumultuous last-minute dissolution of the event showed the gaping cracks in influencer marketing and sent a message to global festival organizers that sub-par events wouldn’t be tolerated anymore; nobody wants to be the next FYRE. As a result, the diluted middle of the festival circuit began to fold at the tail end of the decade. FYRE will likely have set the precedent for the next decade of festivals in that most of us are either looking for events with high production value and infrastructural organization, or tightly curated boutique events in aesthetically pleasing locations. But for now, we’re still dining out on the epic failure that was Billy McFarland and Ja Rule’s “greatest party that never was.”

24. Aphex Twin’s Return

Aphex Twin had already claimed his place in the upper echelons of electronic music before the turn of the millennium. Though he largely went radio silent after his 2001 double LP. Fast forward to this decade and it wasn’t necessarily surprising that Richard James, a deity of experimentalism, wasn’t a part of electronic music’s global commercialization. Though, when James did resurface in 2014 with the mind-bending Syro, his influence was immediately evident in the modern electronic landscape. A Grammy, a pair of EPs, a return to visual media, and a return to performing stateside, which culminated in his first Coachella showing in 11 years, made the second half of the decade a fun, twisted spiral down Aphex Twin’s rabbit hole.

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23. What So Not break up and Flume launches into the stratosphere

In 2015, What So Not was at the top of their game as Australia’s brightest exports began to leverage swelling popularity with American audiences. The pairing of Flume and Emoh seemed like two buddies carving out their shared creative vision—tracks like “The Quack” and “Jaguar” were breaking ground in new sonic territories and everyone was along for the ride. Though, Flume was already a breakout star in his own right, with a hugely successful debut album already under his belt. When the pair announced their split and Emoh would be taking creative control of the shared project, it allowed Flume the creative space he needed to propel himself into a once-in-a-generational talent with his sophomore follow up, Skin, and later his deeply ambitious mixtape. It was a big moment for dance music as the beloved duo went their separate ways, but ultimately, allowed Flume the creative launchpad he so desperately needed.

22. Madonna and Avicii at Ultra

During Avicii’s unforgettable 2012 Ultra set, he brought out pop’s undisputed queen, Madonna as a surprise guest during the performance. Her words would have been remembered as endearing when she said, “electronic music has been a part of my life since the beginning of my career, and I can honestly say a DJ saved my life,” had she not followed up a moment later asking the swelling crowd of ravers if anyone had “seen Molly?” *record scratch*

It wasn’t the greatest look for Madonna, or electronic culture at large, but in that moment it was remarkable to see our generation’s fastest rising star share the stage with the most dominate pop force of the last 50 years. —Farrell Sweeney

21. Gesaffelstein’s farewell at Coachella 2015

When Gesaffelstein announced his early retirement from live performances in 2015, it shocked the dance music community. It felt like the first time Michael Jordan called it quits. Following the success of his debut studio album from just two years before, Gesaffelstein was at the top of his game. Crowds would come in droves to see the French techno god chain smoke his way through sets, commanding the decks like a pastor at the pulpit. Then, just like that, it was announced that his festival-closing performance at Coachella’s Mohave tent in 2015 would signify the end. The farewell provided the kind of rousing and suspenseful ending that festival-goers yearn for in the final hours of such a momentous event.

The void where Gesaffelstein had stood was felt instantly, and never really subsided until his 2019 re-emergence. The four year hiatus proved to be fruitful as the Dark Prince of Techno returned with a highly conceptual live performance and sophomore album. With a Columbia Records deal now inked, fans can expect Gesaffelstein to remain active in the early part of the coming decade, though they’ll never take his presence for granted again.

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20. “Lean On” makes Spotify history

There was a lot of “fad” talk over the course of the decade, underscored by endless theorizing about the “EDM bubble.” Those conversations halted for a day in November 2015 when Major Lazer, DJ Snake, and MØ’s “Lean On” was named Spotify’s most streamed song of all time. It signaled that EDM was now to be understood as pop music, that there was no longer a line between the genres and that was the new precedent. It topped the charts in more than 20 countries, and spent 10 consecutive weeks in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Lean On” is now Spotify’s fourth most-streamed song of all time. Though, it boasts nearly three billion YouTube views and undoubtedly holds a place as one of the songs that defined the decade.

19. Kaskade’s crowd at Coachella

In April of 2015, Kaskade was the only electronic music artist to play on Coachella’s main stage. That year he represented electronic music in grand fashion when he broke festival records for the largest crowd in Coachella history. “This is certainly electronic music’s time,” Kaskade would tell Mashable in 2015, and considering his crowds trumped that of Drake, AC/DC, The Weeknd, and Tame Impala’s, suffice it to say he hit the nail on the head with the bold notion. —Farrell Sweeney

18. Jack Ü debut at Ultra

When Skrillex and Diplo took to the Ultra main stage together in 2014, most of the overarching impact of what was happening was lost on the crowd and global streaming audience as two of the world’s top DJs rained fire down on Miami. What would permeate from that performance was not just a larger-than-life pairing of two dance titans that would yield an album, a sold-out Madison Square Garden NYE run, and a slew of massive festival headlines. The Jack Ü project undoubtedly resurrected Justin Bieber‘s career and ultimately positions Diplo and Skrillex as the top pop producers of the decade with their hypnotic brand of fizzy, aggressively danceable electronic music.

Of course all good things must come to an end and after label red tape, an unsustainable touring itinerary, and perhaps even creative differences, Diplo and Skrillex went their separate ways in 2016. Though, the split doesn’t seem as acrimonious as JAY-Z and Kanye’s public falling out, so something tells us we likely haven’t seen the last of Jack Ü. —Bella Bagshaw

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17. Porter Robinson and Madeon finally join forces for ‘Shelter’

The Shelter tour encapsulated a truly unique live experience that will go down in the history books for electronic music. Madeon and Porter Robinson’s trajectories were so similar from the onset—two internet wunderkinds who each shared an affinity for video game culture and its intersection with music. Both would go on to become stars. So when the two finally joined forces for “Shelter,” we knew we were looking at something special. The collaboration was later accompanied with a short anime feature. The temporary pairing would climax with two scintillating shows at Madison Square Garden and Coachella. —Josh Hymowitz

16. SFX goes belly up

The newly relaunched SFX Entertainment had largely dominated the EDM gold rush by it’s IPO in 2013, swallowing major brand properties left and right behind the leadership of controversial entertainment mogul Robert Sillerman. The entertainment conglomerate would grab up TomorrowlandMysterylandBeatport, and more before tumultuous restructuring efforts would ultimately lead to filing for bankruptcy just two years later. The company would return once again in 2016 thanks to AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips, this time as LiveStyle, the group behind Destructo‘s AMF properties, Electric Zoo, and many more. Earlier this year, Sillerman died of throat cancer.

15. Gary Richards’ final HARD performance

In the ’90s Gary Richards was instrumental in the rise of the rave scene in Los Angeles. While fellow promoter Pasqualle Rotella was also carving out his own lane in LA at the time, the two were largely understood to be competitors rather than collaborators. This decade would bring Richards’ return to the electronic events circuit with the formation of his HARD events brand, which proved to be a monumentally successful alternative to Rotella’s fledging Insomniac branded events. Though, when Live Nation purchased HARD Events in 2012, it brought Rotella and Richards under the same banner, and ultimately, began the process of Richards’ departure from his own events property. After successfully branding summer and Halloween events, a mini-festival touring circuit, and a wildly successful cruise party, Richards would start from the ground up once again with the formation of his AMFAMFAMF events brand and a partnership with LiveStyle, formerly SFX, in 2018. Richards played one final sermon, as fans grew accustomed to calling his sets, at HARD Summer in 2017, marking the end of a momentous chapter for stateside dance events. —Bella Bagshaw

14. OWSLA goes on tour + Mothership Tour

Skrillex founded his OWSLA imprint in 2011, mainly so he could sign and help distribute music from fellow up-and-comers he had connected with online: a teen from North Carolina named Porter Robinson and a young Russian-German musician with an ear for crafting hits named ZEDD. The three would of course go on to define electronic music for the decade individually, but not before sharing a tour bus for a month, setting up a folding table at clubs across the country. Talk about a real “started from the bottom” moment.

This would lead to the unforgettable Mothership Tour of 2014 which saw Skrillex, now an electronic icon, deliver some of his most ambitious performances to date from the cockpit of a hydraulic, graffiti tagged, laser equipped spaceship. The tour was supported by What So Not, DJ Snake, and Milo & Otis, making for one of the most memorable affairs of the decade.

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13. Anna and Alison at EDC main stage

EDC Las Vegas’ 20th anniversary in 2016 was certainly one for the books. The event’s top highlight would go down as a historic showing from two of dance music’s most dominant leading ladies. Amid three days of electrifying sets, and celebrity guest appearances, Anna Lunoe became the first solo female act to ever play the festival’s main stage on Saturday, followed by Alison Wonderland taking the main stage the following day with her own raucous performance. It drew long-overdue attention to the gender gap in dance music and served as both a moment of triumph for the culture as well as a hard look in the mirror.

12. Carl Cox says farewell to Space Ibiza

For the better part of the decade, Space was consistently celebrated as the top club in the world. By all accounts, the storied venue was the crown jewel of Ibiza. All the while, Carl Cox reigned supreme as the club’s esteemed resident, rocking the club’s main room discoteca with fervor and passion for 15 years. The 2016 season marked the end of the club’s storied run and in turn Cox’s legendary stint as its ringleader. The live streamed closing party featured a head-spinning list of performers all stopping in for one final goodbye.

Since then, Cox has been instrumental in the institution’s restoration. Though, that season-ending party in 2016, with Cox spinning vinyl for the first time in more than a decade, reminded us that electronic dance music has its own hallowed grounds, and losing one such site was certainly a moment to remember.

11. Ultra Music Festival voted out of Bayfront Park

This decade was largely defined by Miami Music Week and the culminating Ultra Music Festival that capped the week off. Each year, dance music’s most jaw-dropping moments would take place at Bayfront Park, replete with fireworks and Miami’s skyline in the background. Bayfront became an inextricable component to Ultra’s appeal over the event’s 18-year stint at the venue. So when the commissioners of Miami voted unanimously against allowing the festival to be hosted at Bayfront Park in September of 2018, it felt not only as though the relationship between the festival and its host city had fractured, but it felt again as though dance music was losing another holy site. The 2019 edition of the festival was largely received as a disaster, though, the 2020 iteration will see Ultra’s return to Bayfront Park after some key legal maneuvering. It will set a new chapter in a fresh decade for the crown jewel of dance events. We couldn’t be more excited. —Farrell Sweeney

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10. Major Lazer performs Cuba

When Major Lazer performed a free show in Cuba in March of 2016, we knew we were witnessing history. It was the first time an American group would play for a Cuban audience after more than a 50-year embargo between the two nations. The result was remarkable. Nearly half a million Cubans came to watch Diplo, Walshy Fire, and Jillionaire make it clear that Peace is the Mission. For a group that prides themselves on bringing worldly influences to a global network of fans, Major Lazer certainly drove their point home on the shores of Havana that day.

09. Skrillex brings home the hardware

When Skrillex won three Grammys in 2012, it felt like we had arrived. Our generation’s newly defined rockstar archetype had emerged just two years prior, and when Sonny Moore brought home golden gramophones for best dance recording, best dance/electronic album, and best remixed recording (not to mention a nomination for best new artist), it was a hugely legitimizing moment for the genre. Moore would sweep the same three categories the following year, and grab two more Grammys before the decade’s end, establishing himself as one of the premier producers of our day, and our Artist of the Decade.

08. Resurgence of album format

Recent survey data may reflect otherwise, but from 2010 – 2019, as dance music found its footing in the pop landscape, so too did the album format, giving listeners a wide variety of electronic projects that were defined by a concept. It brought listeners from A to Z with specific chronological intent. Electronic albums weren’t new to the 2010s, though electronic music’s relationship to the album format seemed to strengthen over the decade more than it had before. It also allowed dance producers to wade into pop production with largely successful results. From deadmau5’s While(1<2) to The Chemical BrothersNo Geography, with Recess, Worlds, and so many highlights in between, electronic artists stepped beyond the comforts of lower-risk EPs and dove into album production with spirit during the ’10s.

07. Avicii’s ‘Levels’ takes over the world

In 2011, Avicii debuted “Levels” at Ultra Music Festival, and this moment would forever change the trajectory of the dance music industry and the career of Avicii himself. “Levels” took over the world. It played on repeat on major radio stations; it rang out at major sporting events and on TV shows; and it ignited an interest in dance music from the masses. The debut of “Levels” is the beginning of the mainstream’s growing interest in dance music, and the song’s unbelievable ubiquity marks one of the most pivotal moments in Avicii’s iconic career. —Farrell Sweeney

06. The loss of Keith Flint

After the loss of Avicii in April of 2018, dance music was forced to examine and console the loss of an icon. It galvanized the mental health conversation in the industry and shed light on the not-so-glamorous side of the globetrotting DJ life. Not a year later, on March 4, 2019 the community that was still processing those feelings took another massive blow when news broke that The Prodigy‘s legendary frontman Keith Flint had died. Both the group and Flint individually garnered so much respect from so many corners of the music world, that coping with Flint’s passing felt like reopening barely closed wounds. Despite being one of the darker moments of the decade, there’s not a shadow of a doubt that The Firestarter’s legacy will live on.

05. Swedish House Mafia breakup… and reunite

It is hard to believe that Swedish House Mafia was broken up for more years than they were together over the past decade when considering the impact they had on progressive house and the massive global following the group amassed during their time together. When the group called it quits in 2013, their farewell tour signaled an unforgettable milestone in dance music’s golden decade. The split had the Mafia divided on a personal level, riffs that took five years to close. It wasn’t exactly a shock when the trio reunited in the same place they said goodbye at Ultra Music Festival in 2018, though the moment was undoubtedly a triumph. It felt as though the entire global dance music community reunited for a singular moment to watch the Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello come back together to close down Ultra Music Festival’s 20th anniversary weekend. —Farrell Sweeney

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04. Electronic dance music reaches a billy

The global dance music industry hit an all time high of $7.4 billion in 2016, solidifying that, for better or worse, this decade has been the biggest, most profitable, and commercialized decade dance music has ever seen. The electronic music industry became the fifth highest grossing genre of music, a place the vast majority of us couldn’t say they saw coming at the onset of the decade. —Farrell Sweeney

03. The rise of digital streaming platforms

At the risk of stating an oversimplification, streaming changed the game in so many ways. Naturally it is where creative media was headed this decade, but the wide adoption of Spotify, and Apple’s purchase of Dr. Dre’s Beats empire, sparking the launch of Apple Music thereafter, signaled a major shift for artists, labels, and yes, even little dance blogs. Spotify essentially did what they set out to do during their first decade—effectively end online music piracy by providing a better alternative.

Now, firmly into the streaming era, we see both Apple and Spotify collecting millions of paid users per year, while taking the monopolized distribution power of labels out of their hands. Labels would catch-up to the digital streaming platforms eventually, but not before Spotify and Apple Music developed a new kind of exclusive and started building rosters of endorsed artists. DSPs changed the way awards were given, gave independent artists the ability to market themselves without a label-slanted deal, and gave music to the masses over the last decade.

02. The loss of Avicii

The wind was taken out of everyone’s sails on April 20, 2018 when we lost Avicii at just 28 years old. Receiving the news was a moment most dance music fans can’t forget. Perhaps because before that we didn’t have a Kurt Cobain or an Amy Winehouse. No Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison. No Prince. Avicii’s death was about dealing with the loss of an icon whose music is emblematic of dance music’s ascent from the historic underground and to the mainstream. Avicii had been public about the struggles he faced with touring and the lifestyle that came with being a DJ. His documentary exposed many issues that artists face, such as being pushed past mental and physical limits with press, travel, and touring alongside addiction issues. When Avicii died, the industry was forced to prioritize artists’ mental and physical health like it had neglected to do before. We didn’t just lose a superstar DJ that day, we lost an industry trailblazer, and the head of a movement. —Farrell Sweeney

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01. Daft Punk return with Random Access Memories

Daft Punk‘s return in 2013 was special, not only because the legendary French Androids had delivered their first LP in eight years with Random Access Memories, but because the album was legitimizing for electronic dance music in many ways. It came at the front half of EDM’s global boom, proving to the world that electronic dance music wasn’t just millennial festival fodder with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams, and Giorgio Morodor in tow. The record masterfully presented intelligent, disco-inspired sounds in with an incredibly fresh, modern perspective to audiences who were still trying to figure out if mainstream electronic music was…well, legit.

Random Access Memories would remind everyone who the genre’s omniscient godfathers were, net the duo four Grammy Awards along the way, help guide vinyl’s resurgence selling the most units of the decade, and cement Daft Punk’s legacy all over again. Most of us have more than one fond memory with RAM, it largely informed the decade, and even if it proved to be Daft Punk’s last work, it might go down as the duo’s opus.

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Dancing Astronaut’s BIG 100—Top 25 Artists of the Decade

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2010 may as well have been a lifetime ago. At the breakneck pace by which dance music throttles through the stratosphere, the decade is ending in an entirely unrecognizable place from where it began. For context—ten years ago, Electric Daisy Carnival was held in Los Angeles, not Las Vegas, where the Los Angeles Rams now play. Only 250,000 people were paying for a Swedish music streaming service called Spotify, and Billie Eilish was finishing up second grade. It’s been a wild ride through the 10’s, largely soundtracked by EDM’s global boom into a multi-billion dollar industry. Ten years ago our culture was creeping out of South London basements and New York warehouses, and now we’re performing at the Olympics.

So now, as the single most important, historic, and certainly memorable decade dance music has ever seen draws to a close, we had to figure out a new way to break down how far the culture has come. One master list couldn’t possibly reflect the decade in review. In effort to properly recognize the remarkable collection of events that has brought us here, we’re tweaking our typical end-of-the-year model. Instead, we’re dividing the decade’s most deserving into a handful of unique categories.

In review of 2010 – 2019, the most important factors that shaped the decade were Artists of the Decade, Labels of the Decade, Albums of the Decade, and Most Impactful Moments of the Decade. Together, they comprise Dancing Astronaut’s decade-end collection. Introducing, The Big 100.


25. Richie Hawtin –

Among the greatest techno deities stands Richie Hawtin, watching another ultra successful decade shrink in his rearview mirror. Hawtin’s emphasis on the intersection of technology and his craft have made him one of the most dynamic minds in all of electronic music, from his CLOSE live show to the production of his own Model 1 mixer. He’s clocked two Essential Mixes in the last decade, hosted a beloved party series on Ibiza, hit a list of the most prestigious festivals and events across the world, performed unforgettable back-to-back sets with deadmau5, brought techno to the Guggenheim, and even resurrected his Plastikman alter ego. Electronic music went largely mainstream in the 10’s, but that didn’t stop Hawtin from holding it down for the underground with a firm, unrelenting grip.

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24. Bassnectar –

Lorin Ashton, better known to his loyal fans as Bassnectar, has spent the decade swallowing crowds with his proprietary blend of bass, punk rock, and electronica, with a fanbase perhaps best compared to the millennial generation’s Deadheads.

In the last ten years, the Bassnectar team has established themselves as an elite live entertainment group, capable of packing stadiums and festivals alike, from selling out Madison Square Garden for Bass Center VIII in 2014 to their homegrown, three-day, sold out, Deja Vroom Festival in Cancun. Selling out has become status quo for the project fronted by Ashton, whose decade-long staying power is fueled by the the ever-evolving bass landscape. Ten projects in ten years stamp a mark of prolific output from Ashton. From Divergent Spectrum (2011) to Unlimited (2016), the beloved king of bass claimed two No. 2 slots and three No. 1’s on Billboard’s US Dance Album charts. What’s more, Bassnectar has supported some of the most successful bass music innovators of the day such as G Jones, Eprom, ill Gates, while uplifting the likes of PEEKABOO, and more.— Chris Stack

23. Kygo –

Just as RL Grime did for trap and Flume did for future bass, tropical house’s moment in the sun during the middle of the decade can’t be discussed without crediting Kygo’s championing of the genre. The Norwegian hitmaker may even be the first real star of the streaming era, amassing a billion streams by 2015, just a year after his emergence, becoming the fastest artist on Spotify to achieve the benchmark. Behind his brand of sun-soaked poolside house, Kygo carved out his place in the decade’s top echelon, culminating in a historical performance at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony.

22. Anna Lunoe

Easily one of Australia’s brightest musical exports of the decade, Anna Lunoe firmly holds her place as one of dance music’s favorite curators while simultaneously rocking crowds as a triple threat producer, DJ, and singer. From her Beats 1 stint to appearances on Mad Decent, Fools Gold, Future Classic, and Ultra, Luney commands a certain sway among DJ circles while still maintaining her status as one of the most down-to-earth selectors in the game. In the summer of 2016, the Bass Drum Dealer made history alongside Alison Wonderland by becoming the first solo female DJs to perform on the main stage at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

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21. Noisia –

You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Well, in the case of Noisia, that couldn’t be more on the nose. In 2019, the seminal Dutch drum ‘n’ bass trio announced an impending split in 2020, exactly 20 years after their formation. Fear not, for a victory lap is in order for one of the most influential dance groups of all time—hitting major festivals and events next year for an extended farewell. The decade was ushered in by their debut studio album Split The Atom in 2010, they helped break Skrillex to the world, they did their part to put British hip-hop on the map well before grime took a hold of the cultural zeitgeist with I Am Legion alongside Foreign Beggars, and now, after a monumentally successful run, Noisia is ready to hang it up in search of new creative journeys. Though, as the decade draws to a close and bass music currently commands more sub-genres and new incoming talent than any other category of electronic music, Noisia’s impact on that can’t be understated.

20. RL Grime –

There’s no talking about the last decade in electronic music without acknowledging trap music’s moment. In 2012, Henry Steinway was already enjoying a successful career as a DJ, known as Clockwork. But the moment he donned the RL Grime moniker and he and Salva laid their unforgettable spin on Kanye West’s “Mercy,” things changed forever. Not just for Steinway, but for electronic dance music as a whole. Trap, or rather, hip-hop’s emerging intersection with club music, would go on to fuel the next two years of electronic music’s meteoric rise, and firmly establish RL Grime as the genre’s forefather. His sound has changed considerably since his take on Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction,” and he’s become a label head in the latter part of the decade, championing a new wave of talent under the Sable Valley banner. This decade wouldn’t be what it was without RL Grime.

19. Mat Zo

Mat Zo has spent the decade keeping us guessing in the best possible ways. He’s been a chameleon of styles and genres, with a catalog that spans some of dance music’s finest imprints. Not to mention founding his own esteemed label by the middle of the decade, Mad Zoo. But while Zo has shared his affinities for trance, bass, electro, and drum ‘n’ bass in nearly equal measures over the last ten years, he’s also been a vocal critic of dance music’s shortcomings, generating a voraciously loyal fanbase in the process. His two studio albums, 2013’s Damage Control and 2016’s Self Assemble still deserved repeated plays as some of the most innovative works of the decade, and with allusions to a third LP sometime in the future, look for Mat Zo to continue commanding the respect he’s earned as a new decade unfolds.

18. Swedish House Mafia

One would be hard pressed to imagine electronic dance music in 2010 without “One” playing in their head. Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello acted as a critical authority in early 2010’s, ushering in dance music’s global invasion with a commanding presence. The Swedes transported their electro and progressive house sound across the Atlantic and in the process, issued a new rockstar archetype that had everyone from Miami to Ibiza rocking a black v-neck and skinny jeans. Every single release the group delivered touched the charts, including the likes of “Save the World” “Don’t You Worry Child,” both of which earned Grammy nominations. The Swedish supergroup’s impact was perhaps felt the most when, at the top of their game, they decided to call it quits on the Mafia life amid rising inter-group tensions and an unsustainable lifestyle. Their dissolution in 2013 was the first real massive victory lap EDM had ever seen; our parents would equate it to an Elton John or Kiss farewell stadium tour. The trio’s not-so-secret reformation in 2018 precisely exemplified their international notoriety when they took on closing duties at Ultra five years after they initially said goodbye. Between show cancellations and an absence of new music following their realignment, Swedish House Mafia’s final moments of the decade were undoubtedly less than ideal, but the new era only holds inklings of promise as they build upon their celebrated legacy. — Ross Goldenberg

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17. Above & Beyond

As trance legends, Above & Beyond have sustained themselves as one of dance music’s most beloved artists of the decade for a multitude of reasons. Despite their artistic evolution from their Oceanlab work to critically acclaimed Group Therapy and their more modern dance stylings, one defining characteristic has remained constant—an innate dedication to their community through the power of music. The group’s unmistakable synergy across their Group Therapy Radio program, live shows and musicality, the English dance outfit never cease to champion music in a way that unites their listeners through the boundaries of country lines and language. Above & Beyond’s proven longevity and ability to break down fans’ emotional pretenses and build them back up have made them an unstoppable force on the international dance circuit. What’s more—Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep have become mainstay brands for dance music fans across the globe, providing further evidence that the trio have undoubtedly earned a place among the top artists of the decade. — Jessica Mao

16. Eric Prydz

Eric Prydz makes our Top Artists of the Decade list not by riding the surging wave of any particular trend but by simply honing his own craft year after year which translate into some of the most technologically forward performances in the dance music space. The Prydz sound falls somewhere between the progressive and electro side of house music, but his exceptionally unique flavor profile, paired with a fervor for melodies that are as sophisticated as they are aurally pleasing has given the Swedish icon a signature sound all his own. Of course, Eric Prydz is a seasoned veteran of electronic music, but between his thriving alter-egos (like Pryda and Cirez D), set lists of largely unreleased tunes, and a live show as ambitious as anybody’s in the industry, it’s crazy to think that Eric Prydz’ best decades could still be ahead of him. — Josh Stewart

15. Gesaffelstein

It’s almost comical to think that a decade ago, Gesaffelstein was just in the zygotic stages of his career. Prior to 2010, Michel Lévy had but three releases to his pseudonym — obscure cuts which showed promise, but belied the magnitude of what was to come. Albeit, it’s unlikely that even Lévy himself could have imagined the heights his grandeur would reach by 2020. By reaching into the deepest chasms of musical possibilities, Gesaffelstein ascended to the pinnacle of a tower he himself built. His absence for most of the decade’s latter half was palpable, fraught by many imitators, but zero duplicators. To dub Gesaffelstein as the greatest artist of the century would only modestly stretch the limits of journalistic objectivity. As such, including him as one of the decade’s best is a no-brainer. Gesaffelstein’s unprecedented talents have proven to serve as a stark beacon across the barriers of dance music. His is a light so overwhelming in its grace, that it casts over all contenders a shadow as dark as his Vantablack armor. — Will McCarthy

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14. Calvin Harris –

Few artists took as much advantage of dance music’s crossover into pop culture as Calvin Harris. The Scottish hitmaker started the decade as an already firm force in dance music, going on to found Fly Eye Records at the onset of the decade. By the middle of it he was producing chart-topping hits with Rihanna and commanding the second largest headlining crowd Coachella had ever seen. By the tail end of the 10’s, Harris had a platinum plaque on his wall, working with Pharrell, Migos, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, and Ariana Grande, closing in one nearly $200 million in earnings. From a dollars perspective, 2010 – 2019 unquestionably belonged to Calvin Harris.

13. Daft Punk –

Even as the entertainment industry’s most elusive creators, Daft Punk’s impact can be felt all over the decade. From their contribution to Disney’s Tron: Legacy to producing for the decade’s most dominant R&B force, the Android keep an omniscient eye over the ever-evolving music landscape. And each time they drop in, whatever they offer feels so new and fresh, it proves that Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter command a level of influence unknown to any other musical artist today. Their signing to Columbia Records and subsequent critically lauded 2013 comeback LP, Random Access Memories, was one of the biggest releases of the decade, and while there’s never any promise the two knighted French visionaries will ever have more to offer, we take comfort in knowing they’re never really that far away.

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12. Claude VonStroke

Claude VonStroke‘s band of rump-shaking house aficionados were happy holding down their lane, representing the bay area with their looney, groovy brand of club music. But as house music splintered throughout the decade into sub-genres and movements, San Francisco’s Dirtybird Players rose to the top of their respective game behind the papa bear leadership of VonStroke. Now, as a momentous decade for Claude nears its conclusion, the man who started out hosting barbecues in the park with nothing more than friends, a sound system, and delicious grilled meats has become an accomplished events curator behind the ultra-successful BBQ and Campout events that represent the label’s humble beginnings. Now, Dirtybird and their brand of zany, fun-loving house music chugs into the next decade, their ethos being more of a movement, or even a family now, than a record label and its fanbase. It wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s favorite camp counselor, and for that Claude VonStroke easily places among the greatest artists of this decade.

11. ZEDD –

ZEDD‘s near-singlehanded blurring of the pop and EDM lines made this an unforgettable decade for the Russian-German DJ/producer. Starting out as one of Skrillex’s earliest protégés, ZEDD carved out an incredibly prosperous decade, ending it as one of the highest paid DJs in the world year-over-year clocking well over a $100 million over the last five years behind massive streaming numbers and a dominating track record of marquee Vegas residencies. He covered Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 issue in 2017 after two ultra-successful LPs: True Colors (2016) and Clarity (2014), that peaked at No. 2 and No. 1 respectively on the US dance charts. Furthermore, the classically trained musician helped champion the likes of Alessia Cara, Maren Morris, Grey, Ariana Grande and more as his steep ascent to pop music’s top echelon continued to trend upward. ZEDD continues to help bridge the gap between pop production and EDM, and with a new decade set to unfold, he’s primed to write his trajectory through 2020 and beyond.

10. Justice –

Despite an aversion to the fanfare and celebrity that being global superstar DJs entails, Justice quietly, authoritatively defined the decade behind their characteristically stoic French cool. Before 2010, the duo was instrumental in laying the groundwork for dance music’s global takeover with material like “We Are Your Friends” and “D.A.N.C.E.,” but with 2011’s Audio Video Disco, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay went from multi-faceted creatives to electronic music icons. The record led to a headlining Coachella set in 2012 and a live album, Access All Arenas the following year. By the end of the decade, the pair had enjoyed a relative hiatus and come back with Woman, a Grammy-winning Woman Worldwide live record, and a return to visual media with IRIS: A Space Opera by Justice. The pair’s French disco and house roots bled into harder club sounds, cinematic progressive rock, metal, and more. When they re-emerge in the next decade, expect their influence to be as profound as ever, even if it takes a different shape entirely.

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09. Dillon Francis –

Dillon Francis’ inclusion on this list may come as a surprise, though, when factoring in the fact that he might be EDM’s first crossover pop culture star speaks volumes to his impact on the decade. Francis, Dancing Astronaut‘s Artist of the Year in 2018, started the 10’s as a festival undercard act; a goofy white kid messing around with the burgeoning Latin-influenced moombahton that Dave Nada was credited with creating around the time. Ten years later and Francis is back to championing Latin sounds, even scoring a Latin Grammy nomination on the way, but not before he went full circle with a highly publicized Columbia Records deal and subsequent move to independent status. He delivered a full-length studio record, a handful of mixtapes, and a jump to TV to boot. Francis may have been among the first DJs to master branding oneself, and as the decade reaches a wrap, he’s undoubtedly done his part to earn a designation as one of the most impactful artists in dance music today.

08. Boys Noize

A decade can seem to be an eternity in the lifespan of electronic music, but Alex Ridha’s musical journey began long before 10 years ago. Since the latter aughts, Boys Noize has been one of the most formidable figures in the adjacent realms of electro, techno, and acid house. In both his music and his live shows, the Berliner savant has set himself apart from the crowd with an unforgiving energy. From Power to Mayday and beyond, Boys Noize has packed sonic punch after punch with a punk-infused clamor that makes Sid Vicious seem more like Sid Rather Polite. Of course, Ridha’s musical output is by no means limited to his Boys Noize oeuvre. Perhaps no one else in dance music’s history has had a keener eye for recruiting collaborators. In his pairings, Ridha is a legend thrice over — alongside Skrillex, Mr. Oizo, and Chilly Gonzales,  he’s headlined festivals, and created some of the most delightfully aggressive, utterly bizarre, and mystically soothing songs of the electronic music zeitgeist. Indeed, Dog Blood, Handbraekes, and Octave Minds could all reasonably be considered among the best acts of the decade in their own rights. 

Most recently, Ridha has begun a crossover into the deeper house and techno scene with his ELAX alias, apparently vying for a fifth spot in the proverbial dancehall of fame. And, as 2020 ushers in the 15th anniversary of his Boysnoize Records imprint, there is little doubt that his continued contributions to the field will earn him countless more. — Will McCarthy

07. A-Trak –

Few have done more to bridge the gap between DJ culture and hip-hop than Brooklyn’s Alain Macklovitch, better known as A-Trak. Considering house music and hip-hop’s origins are about as close as Isaac and Ishmael’s, its surprising that nobody has ever stood so firmly on both sides of the fence as Fool’s Gold Records’ co-founder. In a previous life he served as Kanye West’s touring DJ. In the years between 2010 – 2019, A-Trak successfully ran one of dance music’s most in-demand labels, branded events offshoots, dabbled in fashion, founded an awards contest to keep turntablism alive, and creatively bounced between electro, trap, disco, house, and hip-hop with the likes of Young Thug, Baauer, Dillon Francis, GTA, and more.

During the decade where ten new DJs cropped up every day, A-Trak spent the last ten years reminding us why “real DJing” is so important while putting on a continuous masterclass in what that actually looks like.

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06. Flume

It would be a stretch to imagine that Flume had pictured back in 2010 where he would be in 2020. In 2011, Harley Streten was an unknown bedroom producer in Australia with dreams of grandeur. A pairing with friend Emoh Instead brought about What So Not, and by 2012, Streten had released a self-titled LP under his own Flume moniker. What happened next would change the course of dance music for the decade. At the top of their joint game, What So Not split with Emoh taking the reigns on the project himself. Flume would go on to follow up with a sophomore studio LP in 2016 that netted him his first Grammy the following year. Following Flume and Skin‘s respective successes would have been a tall order, but after a deserved hiatus, Flume capped the decade with some of his most ambitious works to date, proving that perhaps Streten is a once-in-a-generation talent whose mind and scope of capabilities as a producer largely overshadows electronic dance music’s confines.

He’s the father of future bass, a genre that’s captivated the masses in the latter part of the decade, formulating his own sound that’s gone on to be duplicated innumerable times since his emergence. All the while, he managed to work with an incredible cast of collaborators that includes Beck, Lorde, AlunaGeorge, Raekwon, Vic Mensa, Vince Staples, Andrew Wyatt, and SOHPIE. Flume’s dance between brash experimentalism and forward-thinking that still incorporates massive mainstream appeal make him an easy contender for Artist of the Decade.

05. Porter Robinson –

It isn’t too farfetched to postulate that by the end of his career, Porter Robinson will have been one of the most influential dance artists of all time. In his first decade as an electronic music superstar, the North Carolina-born Robinson went from wide-eyed bedroom producer with a serious anime fascination and an ear for how 8-bit video game music could inspire an entire generation of kids to one of the most brilliant minds electronic music has ever seen. That’s to say nothing of his Grammy-nominated side project Virtual Self.

But the metamorphosis from the 19-year-old that made complextro hits like “Language” to the forward-thinker than brought us his opus on the emotional, conceptual Worlds two years later was one of deep introspection. With a throttling ascent to DJ stardom alongside ZEDD and Skrillex on the first Mothership Tour came a halting realization of EDM’s confines, and only after breaking down that barrier for himself was Robinson able to emerge even more focused and driven on making something that matters. Five years after Worlds, there’s no doubt it was one of the most important albums of the last ten years, cementing Porter Robinson’s place among the top DJs of the decade.

04. Avicii –

For better or worse, 2010 – 2019’s most memorable moments can be quantified by the moves of the late, great Avicii. His name was synonymous with dance music’s light speed rise to popularity over the last ten years. From the global ubiquity of “Levels” to his tragic death on April 20, 2018 with so many moments both bright and interminably dark in between, Avicii simply defined electronic dance music. There isn’t much to say about Tim Bergling’s legacy that hasn’t been said over the last year and a half since his passing, but suffice it to say that dance music would not be where it is today without the “Wake Me Up” producer. Moreover, wherever it winds up being 10 years from now will surely bear the mark of his influence too. Rest in peace, Avicii.

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03. Deadmau5 –

Think about dance music like a family tree for a moment. Picture the deadmau5 family tree, so to speak, over the course of this last decade. It starts with Skrillex just before “Scary Monsters” and runs all the way down to current torch carriers like REZZ and the next generation of dance minds like Rinzen. Then think about the branches of that tree—who else came as a result of Skrillex, REZZ, and others going on to stardom? deadmau5’s impact in dance music is simply inescapable. Since the release of his Grammy-nominated 4×4=12 in December of 2010, the Mau5 has spent the decade pushing the technological boundaries of music creation and performance forward. All while beefing with Disney, scoring films for Netflix, scooping up four Grammy and six Juno nods, successfully running one of the greatest labels in dance music, and in his free time adopting the power of live streaming to give fans an intimate inside look at his processes. Today’s global dance music industry has been undoubtedly shaped for better or worse by Joel Zimmerman, making him a shoe-in for one of the top artists of the decade.

02. Diplo –

To adequately cover Diplo’s contribution to the culture over this last decade would take a dissertation. Love him or hate him, Diplo has soundtracked the decade—there’s no two ways about it. From Major Lazer to Jack Ü, with LSD, Silk City, and not one but two successful solo projects in tow, to say Wesley Pentz is the busiest man in music would be a pitiful understatement. And that would be to say nothing of launching three successful labels in the last decade. He’s brought sounds from all over the world to the masses, from the Afro-Caribbean to country western, while still managing to proctor some of the most consumed pieces of media in human history on the mainstream front. From Beyoncé to the NFL, one can’t open their cell phone or turn on the television today without being more than two degrees of separation from something Diplo is up to. Yet somehow, the next decade is likely to promise even more from Blondre 3000, and we can’t wait to see it materialize.

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01. Skrillex

This may have been the easiest placing on this list. There simply wouldn’t be a decade in dance music to talk about without Skrillex. The Recess producer’s trajectory to the top of electronic music, and thereafter, is really reflective of dance music’s global expansion over the course of the decade, isn’t it? The parallels between the two journeys are clear, but the examination of their intersections proves unequivocally how instrumental Skrillex was in transforming dance music to the global enterprise it is today. Sold out Mothership tours, scoring for Disney, working alongside Mariah Carey, FKA Twigs, Rick Ross, Chance The Rapper, Kelsey Lu, Justin Bieber, and so many more in between, the sum of Skrillex’s work over the last ten years far outweighs the individual parts, of which there are too many to count. He went from stage-diving dubstep kid, proctoring the most aggressive sounds American audiences had ever heard, to esteemed dance music producer, successfully running a label that for most of the decade promised electronic music’s fiercest works. Then somehow, without a shift in momentum, Moore took his stardom to the top of the pops, all while maintaining a humility that has forced us to change our collective notion of celebrity.

But for a screamed-out punk from LA just trying to find his next creative outlet to transform into the undisputed king of popular music has been a remarkable journey to watch, cover, and enjoy. And yet somehow, the closing of the decade only seems to mark the end of the foreword in Skrillex’s book.

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Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ named highest-charting dance track of decade

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Avicii continues his legacy with his seminal track, “Wake Me Up” being named the highest charting dance track of the decade. Released in 2013, the track peaked at No. 1 in 22 countries upon its release. Featuring vocals from Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up” was the lead single from the late Swedish producer’s debut studio album True.

“Wake Me Up” holds the No. 13 position on the official UK Top 100 Singles Chart. Avicii is among other prominent dance acts including Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Daft Punk, The Chainsmokers, and Major Lazer that appear on the top chart.

Avicii’s lasting contribution to dance music has continued to be passed on by friends, family, and members of the community alike. The Avicii Vector game was officially launched earlier this month and features 25 of his tracks. The Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness took place in Stockholm on Dec. 5 and saw 55,000 in attendance for a celebration of the late artist’s life and memory. A tribute concert version of Avicii’s posthumous track, “Fades Away” was officially released earlier this week.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Avicii Invector game launches in his memory

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Avicii’s dream and vision to spread positivity and joy through music has been carried on by friends, family, and colleagues, with yet another one of the artist’s unfinished projects coming to final fruition.

First hitting gamer radar’s in 2015, Avicii’s Invector game has officially launched on Xbox One, PlayStation4, PC platforms, and will be available on Nintendo switch in 2020. The game features 25 of the prolific artists’ tracks. Players navigate through different landscapes to the beat of the music.

Tim’s father, Klas Bergling, has been a strong advocate in carrying on his son’s legacy. Knowing how much Tim’s art meant to people around the world, Bergling recently said he hopes that “this rhythm game – with more than two dozen of Tim’s songs – will give joy to his fans.”

All of the game’s net proceeds will be donated to The Tim Bergling Foundation, which aims to strike the stigma surrounding discussions of mental health and recognizing suicide as a global health emergency. Tim’s devotion to his art and his fans lives on in many ways, and Avicii’s Invector is another way to honor the late artists’ life mission.

Avicii’s father gives emotionally charged tribute concert interview

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Just before Avicii‘s equally plaintive and celebratory tribute concert in his hometown of Stockholm last week, his father sat down to speak a bit about his son and planning the enormous undertaking at the Friends Arena.

Klas Bergling (Avicii’s father) gave the interview to Sweden-held TV4. In the sit-down, Bergling discusses his son’s nascent anxieties as an adolescent, the impact his rise to fame had on his son, and even touches on his own difficult relationship he has with hearing his son’s music. He also describes intimate moments on tour, having to confront his son’s dependency on painkillers prescribed for pancreatitis, and Tim’s subsequent road to recovery outside of the limelight.

He describes his son as seeming to have never lost his “strong, fighting spirit.”

The concert, produced by the Klas Bergling-started foundation erected in his son’s name, will disperse the proceeds from the event to organizations that address mental health or work towards suicide prevention. Industry icons Adam Lambert, Rita Ora, and David Guetta were among to multitude of special guests in attendance to pay tribute to Avicii, the late, watershed force in securing electronic music’s widespread embrace.

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Fans and stars show continuous support for Avicii in touching tribute concert

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The Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden was filled to the brim on the evening of Dec. 5 as fans, friends, and fellow musicians celebrated the life of Avicii. Avicii’s death shocked the world last year, and sparked an important conversation about the significance of mental health and the dangers that come with a heavy touring schedule in the music industry.

The concert opened with an emotional performance from “Without You” collaborator Sandro Cavazzo. The lyrics from this song, “I’ve gotta learn how to love without you” have become a eulogy for the talented musician. The tribute progressed with a healthy balance of both celebration and commemoration, led by friends of Avicii such as Adam Lambert, Michelle Gonzalez, Kygo, Dimitri Vegas, Aloe Blacc, and more.

The pinnacle of the powerful night was a gorgeous 30-piece orchestral performance of “Lonely Together” that Avicii’s father said was one of his son’s biggest dreams. Backed by beautiful lights and roaring pyrotechnics, the performance truly encapsulated the loving spirit of Avicii that touched so many.

The event was put on by the Tim Bergling Foundation, created posthumously to advocate for mental health awareness internationally in honor of Avicii’s passing.

To learn more and to donate, visit their website here.

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The tribute concert version of Avicii’s ‘Fades Away’ surfaces

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Now that the Tim Bergling Foundation has concluded the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness, the industry is reeling from the emotional performances put on by a 30-piece band and multitude of singers from his biggest releases, including Aloe Blacc, Adam Lambert, Rita Ora, and more. The tribute concert version of “Fades Away” featuring Costa Rican singer MishCatt now steps into the spotlight as a source of affecting reverie.

“Fades Away” is the final song on Avicii’s posthumous album release, TIM. The original version of “Fades Away” features vocals by Swedish singer/songwriter, Noonie Bao. MishCatt re-recorded “Fades Away,” performing the single accordingly at the Tribute Concert. The track is the product of a collaborative all-star cast of producers, including Carl Falk, Joe Janiak and Joakim Berg, and Tim Bergling himself of course.

Berg speaks in an official release about the making of the original studio cut at Avicii’s side.

He states, “It may now come across as a sad song, but for us in the studio, writing it, we felt it was uplifting and light hearted. We wrote it in a bright mode, sort of carefree, and there were lots of laughing and joking, so for me ‘Fades Away’ will always be a positive song, a simple message about accepting changes, the passing of time and making the best of what you have.”

Produced by The Tim Bergling Foundation, all net profits from the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness are going to supporting organizations which address mental health needs and suicide prevention for young people. The 55,000 seats at Friends Arena sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale in September.

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