It’s a daunting task but we owe it to you to write about the best 50 songs of 2010. All countdowns are controversial, and you might disagree with some of the rankings but the Dancing Astronaut team got together and did our best job to represent your favorite songs of the year. We took many criteria into consideration such as reception on this blog, support from major DJs, success on Beatport, and of course quality of the song! We’ll post 10 songs a day until we get to #1 on New Years Eve. 2010 was an AMAZING year for electronic dance music. From all of us at Dancing Astronaut, N-joy!
41. Afrojack – Bangduck (Original Mix)
Many DJs had breakout years in 2010 but Afrojack rose to the top of the world this year. Last year he was an aspiring producer from the Netherlands who had a relatively small yet religious following. As he was starting to round the corner, he posted this studio preview of Bangduck on his Youtube page on January 13. The melodies, drum rhythms, and synths were far beyond Afrojack’s years and frankly far beyond most other people’s talent. With Bangduck, Afrojack showed the entire world that he was Dance Music’s Picasso when it came to pure creativity. During the week in March that Bangduck was finally released, you couldn’t go to any blog without seeing it – no matter what sub genre of dance music they blogged about.
42. Carte Blanche ft. Kid Sister – Do! Do! Do! (Laidback Luke Remix)
Laidback Luke creates dance floor rattling drops but his largest talent production-wise might be his incredible melodies. In his remixes, Laidback Luke takes a catchy vocal verse and surrounds it with vibrant drums and synth patterns that take it to a new level. Laidback Luke is certainly on his way to the Dancing Astronaut hall of fame and judging by how bad you guys want tickets to see him at Ruby Skye, you can’t possibly disagree.
43. Wolfgang Gartner & Mark Knight – Conscindo (Original Mix)
Two of 2010’s heavy hitters, Mark Knight and Wolfgang Gartner, teamed up to create this summer anthem. One of the early hits from the Miami 2010 WMC, the track was finally released in July and received strong support from the likes of Axwell, Tiesto, and many others. Watch out for the massive breakdowns, first at 2:00, then again at 3:20. Oddly enough, the track was actually named through an online contest. “Conscindo” means “tear to pieces” in Latin, which is exactly what both these producers did to dance floors all year.
44. Mohombi – Bumpy Ride (Chuckie Remix)
When Chuckie released Bumpy Ride it became clear that he was destined to stay at the top for a long time. Why? Chuckie had a breakout year in 2009 with massive hits like Let The Bass Kick in Miami Bitch, the Sexy Bitch Remix, and the One Love Remix. These tracks all had a common theme of hard hitting jungle drums and hypnotizing Dutch bleeps. Those songs will always be hits and don’t get old, but if Chuckie hadn’t changed up his style, then he would have gotten old. Bumpy Ride was a significant step forward in Chuckie’s production style. He added progressive house influenced sounds to the chorus and unleashed the biggest surprise with the drop… is that a dubstep wobble?!! This guy can do it all!
45. The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (AN21 & Max Vengeli booty)
Sometimes the best things are free. One of the largest DJ anthems of the summer was AN21 and Max Vangeli’s bootleg of Smack My Bitch Up. If you went to a house music festival that did not play this song over the summer then please sign up for the lottery right now because you have a predisposition for anomalies. These disciples of the Swedish House Mafia are on their way to success.
46. Avicii & Sebastien Drums – My Feelings For You (Original Mix)
Before releasing several notable masterpieces in 2010, Avicii and Sebastien Drums released My Feelings for You in March of 2010. This song was evidence of what was to come from Avicii, a young producer who can be compared to famous composers of the Romantic Era. My feelings for Avicii and Sebastien Drums have always been real.
47. Kaskade ft. Haley – Dynasty (Dada Life Remix)
Before producing some very popular originals in the second half of 2010, Dada Life was most known for their nasty electro remixes. This remix of Kaskade’s Dynasty is particularly impressive because they were able to blend the smooth and graceful style of Kaskade and Haley’s angelic vocals with one of their signature hard hitting aggressive drops. If you go to see a Dada Life performance (Together As One folks, a portion of the Dancing Astronaut crew will certainly be posted up at the Dada Life show) don’t expect a non-contact sport.
48. Sidney Samson – Fill U Up (Original Mix)
I consulted my thesaurus to help explain this one to you.
Enigma. Noun. “How it works is an enigma to me”: MYSTERY, puzzle, riddle, conundrum, paradox, problem, quandary; a closed book; informal poser.
Yes, the reception of this song is a total enigma to us at Dancing Astronaut. Many of us would have this song in our personal top 20 list. I have this song rated with 5 stars in my iTunes, an honor which I rarely bestow upon any song. This is the best song Sidney Samson has ever made IMO. It is an utter masterpiece. Every note is in the right place. One couldn’t possibly complain about any part of this song. Why then has it not gotten the attention it deserves? Beats me.
49. Benny Benassi ft. Kelis & APL & Jean-Baptiste – Spaceship (EDX Remix)
Benny prolonged his career with this song. He will still get gigs anywhere because he was one of the early champions of Electro House, but he hasn’t been producing tracks at the same rate he once did. Early this summer he showed that he’s still got it when he produced Spaceship. We may have published 3 different posts of Spaceship remixes and we could have posted more, but we figured we would never be able to keep up with this track at the rate it was getting remixed. While there were many excellent mixes of the track, including the original, the EDX mix stands out as the most refined in our minds. EDX, Benassi’s Italian countryman, reminds us what a perfectly produced Progressive House song sounds like.
50. Bart B More – Brap (Original Mix)
If you were one of the few who was fortunate enough to hear this track played out by the likes of Boys Noize, Laidback Luke, Crookers, or even Bart himself, then you know how epic this song is. The track is characterized by a lengthy buildup punctuated by a consistent “Brap!” leading up to one of the most massive baselines of the entire year. Brap was the highlight of an incredibly strong year for Bart B More. We at DA are expecting big things from the young Dutchman in 2011.