The 2000s: A Decade of Electronic Dance Music

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The 2000s were a decade of electronic dance music, with a wide variety of sub-genres developing and becoming popular. This article looks at some of the most popular sub-genres and tracks of the 2000s.


The start of the new millennium was an exciting time for music. With the rise of Napster and other mp3 sharing sites, listening to and discovering music was easier than ever before. At the same time, a new genre was beginning to emerge: electronic dance music (EDM).

This decade saw the rise of some of EDM’s biggest stars, including Tiesto, David Guetta, and Skrillex. In addition to DJing, production techniques and technology evolved rapidly, giving birth to new subgenres like dubstep and trance.

The 2000s was a truly defining decade for EDM, and its influence can still be felt today. Here’s a closer look at some of the biggest moments in EDM during the 2000s.

The Early 2000s

The early 2000s was a decade that saw the rise of electronic dance music (EDM). This was a new type of music that was created using computers and synthesizers. This type of music quickly became popular with people all over the world. DJs and producers started to experiment with this new type of music and they created some of the most famous dance songs of all time.

The Rise of Electronic Dance Music

The early 2000s saw the rise of electronic dance music, with a particular focus on a subgenre known as “EDM.” This type of music was characterized by a heavy use of synthesizers, drum machines, and processed sounds. It often had a fast-paced, rhythmically repetitive style that was designed for dancing.

This new form of music became popular in nightclubs and on the radio. It also found its way into the mainstream pop realm, with artists like Madonna, Britney Spears, and Cher incorporating EDM elements into their work. The genre continued to grow in popularity throughout the decade, culminating in the massive success of films like “8 Mile” and “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” (both of which featured EDM soundtracks).

The Mainstreaming of Electronic Dance Music

In the early 2000s, electronic dance music began to enter the mainstream. Producers such as Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers had hits in the United Kingdom with songs like “Praise You” (1998) and “Block Rockin’ Beats” (1997) respectively, while The Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” (1997) was a controversial hit in many countries. In America, electronic dance music was more underground, with artists such as Moby and David Guetta achieving success with more pop-oriented songs like “Natural Blues” (2000) and “Just a Little More Love” (2002) respectively.

The increase in popularity of electronic dance music was also accompanied by increased public awareness of drug use within the genre. In particular, the use of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, became widespread at nightclubs and raves. This led to increased media coverage of the topic, which in turn led to more public concern about the potential risks of drug use.

Despite the potential risks, electronic dance music continued to grow in popularity throughout the early 2000s. By the middle of the decade, it had become one of the most popular genres of music in both Europe and America.

The Late 2000s

The late 2000s were a time of great change for electronic dance music. The genre had exploded in popularity and was now being played in clubs all over the world. The sound was also evolving, with new subgenres and styles emerging. In this article, we’ll take a look at the late 2000s and some of the biggest changes that happened in the world of EDM.

The Decline of Electronic Dance Music

In the late 2000s, electronic dance music began to decline in popularity. This was due to a number of factors, including the rise of other genres such as hip hop and EDM’s declining presence on the radio. Additionally, the 2008 financial crisis lead to a decrease in nightclub attendance, as people had less disposable income. As a result, many EDM artists and DJs lost their jobs, and some festivals were cancelled.

The late 2000s also saw the rise of streaming services such as Spotify, which made it easier for people to listen to music for free. This had a negative impact on EDM sales, as people were less likely to buy albums or go to concerts.

Despite the decline in popularity, electronic dance music continued to be popular in some areas, particularly in Europe. Additionally, some EDM artists achieved mainstream success, such as Avicii and Calvin Harris.

The Resurgence of Electronic Dance Music

It is impossible to talk about the 2000s without mentioning the resurgence of electronic dance music (EDM). In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a new generation of producers and DJs began to experiment with the sounds of house, techno, and other genres, resulting in a new type of EDM that would come to dominate the clubs and festivals around the world. This new sound was characterized by its use of synthesizers, drum machines, and sample-based beats, as well as its often-avant-garde style.

Over the next decade, EDM would become one of the most popular genres in the world, with artists like David Guetta, Deadmau5, and Skrillex becoming household names. The 2010s would see EDM continue to grow in popularity, with festivals like Tomorrowland becoming some of the biggest events in the world.


Electronic dance music took the world by storm in the 2000s. A new generation of music fans discovered the joys of going to clubs and raves and dancing the night away to thumping beats. EDM quickly became a global phenomenon, with superstar DJs playing sold-out shows in every corner of the globe.

The 2000s was a decade of huge progress for electronic dance music. Technology made it easier than ever for people to create and share their music, and new subgenres like dubstep and trance emerged. The 2010s have continued to be a boom time for EDM, with more and more people falling in love with this exciting and dynamic genre of music.

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