Although nobody can pinpoint the origin of Electronic Dance Music or EDM as it is popularly referred to, many trace its origins back to the legendary Coachella set performed by the French electronic music duo Daft Punk in 2006.
Over the years EDM has become something more than just a musical genre.
It’s become a culture. With EDM becoming an international phenomenon, the music genre has been wholeheartedly embraced by the millennial generation.
Here’s a list of Top 10 EDM Songs that are a ‘must have’ on your playlist.
1. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (2010)
This song made the phrase ‘the drop’ an official term. Featuring an amalgam of old-school video game music with a touch of dub-step and an aggressive baseline, the song is considered to be a game-changer in the EDM scene.
2. Where Are Ü Now (2015)
Artist: Jack Ü feat. Justin Bieber
Skrillex and Diplo formed an EDM duo in 2013 called Jack Ü and introduced the world to the ‘dolphin’. The ‘dolphin’ is the term used to describe a song’s central hook, which is highlighted by a slippery processed vocal melody. The song also managed to rope in the pop sensation Justin Beiber, making it a red hot number.
3. Wake Me Up (2013)
A collaboration between Avicii, country singer Lee Ann Womack and Incubus lead guitarist Mike Einziger culminated into something that had never been witnessed in EDM before – a folk song with an electronic kick to it.
4. Turn Down for What (2014)
Artist: DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon
There’s nothing subtle about this song. From Lil Jon’s soaring vocals to the squealing-synth drop of DJ Snake and the weird and amazing music video for the song. Termed as DJ Snake’s breakout song, this one is definitely worth to listen to on full blast.
5. Closer (2016)
Artist: The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
This song serves as another great example of when EDM bled into the popular music scene. The fusion of the smooth vocals with the influx of compressed synth hits makes for an interesting and memorable romantic song.
6. We Found Love (2011)
Artist: Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
The song kind of documents Rihanna’s departure from her Rhythm and Blues roots and her arrival on the electronic dancehall circuit. The success of the song catapulted Calvin Harris further into the mainstream music scene.
7. Alone (2016)
This anti-bullying anthem created by Marshmello has a uniquely distinct feel to it. Set to a high school themed music video, this song marked the introduction of the masked phenomenon, Marshmello, to the big leagues.
8. Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat (2013)
Artist: Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr feat. Beardyman
This song is strictly meant for those who want to do nothing but dance. The abrasive synth squelches added by Calvin Harris in his remix of the song adds to the craziness of this aspirational parody song.
9. Lean On (2015)
Artist: Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ
What do you expect when the two biggest names in EDM come together? A perfect summer jam that features slip & slide voices coupled with juiced up harmonies. Featuring incredible vocals from MØ, this song is recommended for those who want to chill.
10. Without You (2011)
Artist: David Guetta feat. Usher
Marking one of the earliest collaborations between EDM and R&B, this song featured USHER coming together with the Euro superstar DJ David Guetta. Featuring a combination of R&B, EDM, Pop and electronic music, this song has definitely stood the test of time.