In light of all the parties you are going to and will ever go to, here are some of the biggest dance tracks of their time so you know when to freak out when they’re dropped. These are the tracks that have been repeatedly sampled, remix and re-worked. You might have heard them at one point or another, in one form or another – unsure as to why everyone above the age of 25 was going crazy – here’s why.
Robin S. – Show Me Love (1993)
The house anthem. Push the BPM up to 128 and you have a house track that still sounds relevant even today.
Tiësto – Adagio for Strings (2005)
Tiësto’s cover of Samuel Barber’s original turned it from an orchestral composition into a trance track of Wagnerian proportions, cementing his rise as one of the worlds biggest DJs.
Snap! – Rhythm is a Dancer (1992)
Despite Eurotechno being seen as a dark period in the history of dance music, no one can deny the sheer number of earworms born of that time. Snap!’s mainstream hit being a case in point.
Armin Van Buuren – Burned with Desire (2003)
This has probably been played at least once at every ASOT. Haunting and melody, this set the standard for uplifting trance anthems.
Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400 (1999)
You’ve probably heard the ‘stadium chant remix’, which is pretty much the definitive version of this track. No value outside of the chorus, but what a chorus.
The Prodigy – Firestarter (1996)
Hard hitting and in-your face. The prototype for mainstream big-beat griminess. Makes you want to dance up a frenzy in dimly-lit warehouses filled with thousands of people.
Benni Benassi – Satisfaction (2002)
One of the best music videos ever. Surely you know this track.
The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl (1999)
I’ve asked dozens of club kids and few have heard of the Manchester duo. This is the song responsible much of your partying fun. Please listen to it.
Underworld – Born Slippy .NUXX (1996)
From an unknown b-side to being featured in the summer Olympics. Uplifting melodies and pounding industrial beats make a massive festival anthem.
Groove Armada – Superstylin’ (2001)
Played at EVERY catwalk event a decade ago. Haven’t heard anyone drop this in a long time, but still manages not to sound cheesy.
Fatboy Slim – Ya Mama (2001)
The track everyone knows as “Push the Tempo”. Which is what everyone should be doing anyway.
Daft Punk – One More Time
Nu-disco before nu-disco was cool. Autotune before autotune was cool. The track that makes you wish parties never ended.
Featured photo: ZoukOut 2013