Best Electronic Dance Music of 2016

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A look at the best Electronic Dance Music of 2016. These are the tracks that got us moving and got us through the year.


Electronic dance music (EDM), also known as dance music, club music, or simply dance, is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves and festivals. It is generally produced for playback by disc jockeys (DJs) who create seamless selections of tracks, called a mix, by segueing from one recording to another. EDM producers also perform their music live in a concert or festival setting in what is sometimes called a live PA. In Europe, EDM is more commonly called ‘dance music’, or simply ‘dance’.

Notable EDM artists include Avicii, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Tiƫsto, Hardwell and Armin van Buuren. While pop songs that incorporated electronica and modern dance elements started appearing in the mainstream by the late 1980s[2] and early 1990s,[3][4] mainstream EDM artists did not emerge until the early 2010s when American DJ-producers Skrillex and Porter Robinson began to achieve widespread popularity.[5] Join us as we countdown the best EDM songs of 2016.

Best Electronic Dance Music of 2016

Here are some of the best electronic dance music of 2016. These are the tracks that got us moving and shaking on the dance floor.

Best Overall Electronic Dance Album

The best overall electronic dance album of 2016 was Calvin Harris’s ” Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1.” The album, which features collaborations with a variety of artists including Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Khalid, and Ricky Reed, is a fun and upbeat collection of tracks that are perfect for any party.

Best Electronic Dance Song

The best electronic dance music of 2016 was a year of new beginnings, with fresh sounds and styles winning out over everything else. Among the winners were artists like Mura Masa, who brought his unique blend of hip-hop and electronic music to the mainstream, and Flume, who continued to revolutionize the way we think about dance music.

But it wasn’t all about the newcomers – veteran producer deadmau5 also had a great year, releasing his long-awaited album ‘W:/2016ALBUM/’ to critical acclaim.

Here are our picks for the best electronic dance music of 2016:

1. Flume – Never Be Like You
2. Mura Masa – Lovesick
3. deadmau5 – W:/2016ALBUM/
4. The Chainsmokers – Closer
5. Calvin Harris – My Way
6. Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive
7. Major Lazer – Lean On
8. Justin Bieber – Sorry (PURPOSE : The Movement)
9. The Weeknd – Starboy (featuring Daft Punk)
10. Alan Walker – Faded

Best New Artist in Electronic Dance Music

There was no shortage of great new music in 2016, with a wide range of artists making their mark on the electronic dance music scene. From established superstars to fresh new faces, these are the artists that we think made the biggest impact this year.

Best Electronic Dance Music Video

The best electronic dance music of 2016 can be hard to choose. With so many different artists and sub-genres, it’s difficult to boiling it down to just a few essential tracks. However, we’ve done our best to create a definitive list of the year’s best electronic dance music. From catchy pop hits to underground club anthems, these are the tracks that dominated 2016.


There’s no question that 2016 was a big year for electronic dance music. With so many different genres and sub-genres, it’s hard to keep track of all the great music that was released this year. But we’ve compiled a list of our favorite tracks of 2016, from big hits to underground bangers.

We’ve got everything from hard-hitting techno to melodic trance, so whatever your taste in EDM, you’re sure to find something you like on our list. And if you’re looking for something to get you moving on the dance floor, we’ve also included some of our favorite remixes and mashups of 2016. So turn up the volume and enjoy the best EDM of 2016!

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