It’s inevitable that countdowns will always spark controversy, that’s just the nature of the beast. Some tracks will be snubbed, some overlooked, and some ranked higher than you may have expected. We’ve already gone over our ranking criteria at length but despite our own self-imposed guidelines, 2012 proved to be more difficult to rank than years past. With the EDM explosion officially in full swing throughout the year, the sheer number of releases was mind numbing, and — consequently — nearly impossible to rank. There has been no greater challenge for the editors at Dancing Astronaut than creating the list of the Biggest Tracks of 2012.
30. Madeon – Finale (Original Mix)
The quality and range of Madeon’s work in 2012 has been nothing short of spectacular. Be it his remix of “Raise Your Weapon” or “Icarus,” it’s his acclaimed production talent that has earned a golden reputation for the neophyte. That talent is reflected in his biggest gem of the year, “Finale,” the production that has forced Madeon’s standards to the next level and solidified both him and the track a spot in our Top 50.
29. Dirty South & Alesso – City of Dreams (Original Mix)
Their well-documented Twitter dialogues have reflected a sense of brotherhood, but Dirty South and Alesso’s collaboration proved an even stronger bond in the studio. “City of Dreams” became an instant anthem after Dragan premiered it on American soil at EDC NY and it became a unanimous top track when released officially in August.
28. Sander Van Doorn – Nothing Inside (Original Mix)
Following his full length album which featured tracks like “Love is Darkness” and “Koko” in 2011, Sander van Doorn would top himself this year with a stand alone production. With vocals from Mayaeni, “Nothing Inside” became not only Sander’s pride of 2012, but also a worldwide favorite.
27. Showtek & Justin Prime – Cannonball (Original Mix)
Although only released last month, Showtek and Justin Prime’s collaboration “Cannonball” has exploded onto the scene as an instant rave favorite. A change in style for Showtek, their biggest production of 2012 captured the essence of festival music and was crafted to be blasted louder than most tracks can play.
26. Tiesto & Wolfgang Gartner – We Own The Night (Original Mix)
Tiesto’s Club Life Volume 2 Miami carried weight through 2012 with big room tracks such as his remixes of “Somebody That I Used To Know” and “Paradise,” but Tij’s grand offering is his Wolfgang Gartner collaboration, the frenetic party starter we’ve come to know and love as “We Own The Night.”
25. Miike Snow – The Wave (Thomas Gold Remix)
It’s no secret that Thomas Gold stood out this year with a barrage of Beatport charters and constant touring of the globe. While many have remixed Miike Snow productions such as Dirty South, Wolfgang Gartner, and more, Gold’s take on “The Wave” has been this year’s most notable, landing in countless DJ sets since its release on his own Axtone compilation.
24. Hot Chip – Flutes (Sasha Remix)
Welsh legend Sasha took the dance music world by storm with his remix of Hot Chip’s “Flutes,” sneaking his deep house production high into the ranks of the big room-dominant Beatport chart. Holding its own, “Flutes” proved Sasha’s elite status while making a stand against the mainstream EDM wave.
23. Martin Solveig – The Night Out (The Remixes)
Martin Solveig’s “The Night Out” was a hit on its own, but remixes from Madeon and A-Trak took it to the level of global recognition and its status as one of the year’s best. Packaged on both The Night Out EP and Smash, all versions of Martin’s production have been unavoidable this year, appealing to anyone and everyone.
22. Alesso feat. Matthew Koma – Years (Original Mix)
Setting the bar high in 2011 with one of the year’s biggest tracks in “Calling,” Alesso faced the challenged of matching his standards in 2012. It’s safe to say he executed properly with “Years,” his anthemic, big room production that has proved the Swede’s production talent as elite even before his 21st birthday.
21. Arty, Matisse & Sadko – Trio (Original Mix)
The Madison Square Garden debut of Arty, Matisse & Sadko’s “Trio” may have been last year, but when released this March earned our ‘Anthem Status’ stamp of approval. After garnering attention from Swedish House Mafia’s BBC1 take over, and his own Essential Mix, “Trio” became the catalyst of Arty’s rising career while putting the Russian duo of Matisse and Sadko on the map.