The Best Dance Electronic Music Artists

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We round up the best dance and electronic music artists of the year, including established acts like Disclosure and newcomers like Mura Masa.

What is Electronic Dance Music?

Electronic Dance Music is a term used to describe a wide variety of genres that emerged from the disco era in the 1970s. It is generally characterized by a heavy reliance on synthesizers and drum machines, and often features repetitive 4/4 beats. EDM is often used as a catch-all term for everything from house and techno to dubstep and drum and bass.

Defining the genre

Electronic dance music, also known as EDM, is a genre of music that is created using electronic devices. The music is often played in nightclubs and festivals, and it has become one of the most popular genres of music in recent years.

EDM is characterized by its fast tempo, often around 140 beats per minute, and its heavy use of electronic instruments and effects. The genre has its roots in disco and techno music, but it has since evolved to include a wide range of subgenres, including house, trance, drum and bass, dubstep, and trap.

EDM artists often use synthesizers, drum machines, and sequencers to create their music. Many EDM songs also feature samples from other songs or sounds from nature or everyday life. The genre is known for its powerful basslines and melodic hooks, which can create an addictive listening experience.

EDM has been dominated by male artists in recent years, but there are a growing number of female artists who are making their mark on the genre. Some of the most popular EDM artists right now include Avicii, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Marshmello, Skrillex, and Zedd.

The history of Electronic Dance Music

Electronic Dance Music, or EDM as it’s commonly called, is a type of music that was created for use in clubs and dance parties. The first electronic dance music was created in the 1970s by DJs who were looking for a way to make their music more exciting and to get people moving. They did this by adding new sounds and effects to existing songs, or by creating entirely new songs using electronic instruments.

EDM gained popularity in the 1980s with the rise of club culture, and it has continued to grow in popularity ever since. Today, EDM is one of the most popular genres of music in the world, and it is enjoyed by people of all ages.

There are many different sub-genres of EDM, but the most common are house, techno, trance, and dubstep. House music is characterized by a 4/4 beat and often includes samples of disco or funk tracks. Techno is a faster-paced type of EDM that often has a driving, industrial sound. Trance music is designed to create a feeling of euphoria and often features longue synth pads and infectious melodies. Dubstep is a newer genre that combines elements of electronica with hip-hop or reggae.

No matter what type of EDM you enjoy, there are sure to be artists that cater to your taste. Some of the most popular EDM artists include Calvin Harris, Avicii, Tiesto, Skrillex, Deadmau5, and Swedish House Mafia.

The Best Electronic Dance Music Artists

There are many different electronic dance music artists out there, but who are the best? This is a question that is often debated among music fans. In this article, we will take a look at some of the best electronic dance music artists and what makes them so great.


Consistently ranked as one of the best electronic dance music artists, Avicii is a Swedish producer and DJ who rose to prominence with his hit single “Wake Me Up.” Since then, he has released a number of chart-topping tracks, including “Hey Brother,” “Addicted to You,” and “Waiting for Love.” In addition to his solo work, Avicii has also worked with a number of other top EDM artists, including David Guetta, Alesso, and Laidback Luke.

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His musical style encompasses dance-pop, synth-pop, andelectronic music. He is known for his singles “We Found Love”, “This Is What You Came For”, “Summer”, and “My Way”. Harris has released five studio albums and received three Grammy Awards.

David Guetta

David Guetta is a French DJ, music programmer, record producer and songwriter. He has sold over nine million albums and thirty million singles worldwide. In 2011, Guetta was voted as the number one DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. In 2013, Billboard crowned “When Love Takes Over” as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time.

Guetta’s debut album, Just a Little More Love, was released in 2002. Later, he released Guetta Blaster (2004) and Pop Life (2007). His fourth studio album, One Love (2009), included the hit singles “When Love Takes Over” and “Gettin’ Over You”, both of which reached #1 in the United Kingdom, as well as the United States.

In 2010, Guetta released his fifth studio album Nothing but the Beat with songs like Titanium featuring Sia Apologize featuring Akon Without You featuring Usher She Wolf (Falling to Pieces) featuring SiaRepeat featuring Flo Rida Sweat (Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta) featuring Snoop Dogg Where Them Girls At featuring Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj Little Bad Girl featuring Taio Cruz & Ludacris Titanium (featuring Sia) [Funkagenda Remix] Sunshine featuing AviciiPlaying with My HeartRepeat [featuring Flo Rida][Radio Edit]She Wolf (Falling to Pieces) [featuring Sia][Radio Edit]Sweat[Snoop Dogg vs David Guetta][radio edit]Just One Last Time featuing Taped RaiWhere Them Girls At[featuring Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida]Turn Me On[featuring Nicki Minaj][radio edit}I Can Only Imagine[featuring Chris Brown & Lil WayneIt Takes Two – David Guetta & GlowInTheDarkI Just Wanna F**k – David Guetta feat T-PainNight Of Your Life – David Guetta feat Jennifer Hudson Titanium – David Guetta ft. Sia


Diplo, born Thomas Wesley Pentz, is an American DJ, producer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his work with the electronic dance music group Major Lazer and his 2013 solo album, “Random White Dude Be Everywhere.”

Diplo’s musical style is a mix of various genres, including electro house, dubstep, hip hop and trap. He has worked with a number of high-profile artists, including Justin Bieber, Usher,Beyoncé, Madonna and Chris Brown.


Skrillex is one of the most popular electronic dance music artists in the world. He has won numerous awards, including five Grammy Awards. His music is a mix of dubstep, electro house and rock. He has released four albums, including “Recess” and “Bangarang”.

The Future of Electronic Dance Music

Electronic Dance Music, or EDM for short, has taken the world by storm. In the past decade, EDM has gone from being a niche genre to being one of the most popular genres of music. There are a lot of different sub-genres of EDM, but the one thing that all of them have in common is that they are all incredibly catchy and make you want to dance.

The rise of EDM

EDM, or electronic dance music, has been around for decades, but it has only exploded in popularity in recent years. Thanks to the rise of streaming services and social media, EDM has gone from being a niche genre to one of the most popular genres in the world.

There are a lot of different subgenres of EDM, but the two most popular are house and dubstep. House music is characterized by its 4/4 beat and its use of samples, while dubstep is characterized by its heavy bass and drums.

Some of the most popular EDM artists right now include Marshmello, Illenium, The Chainsmokers, and Skrillex. These artists have all found massive success thanks to their catchy tunes and their ability to appeal to a wide range of fans.

EDM is here to stay, and it looks like it’s only going to become more popular in the years to come. If you’re looking for some good tunes to dance to, be sure to check out some of the artists mentioned above!

The popularity of EDM

The electronic dance music scene has exploded in popularity in recent years, with Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival becoming global phenomena. But what does the future hold for EDM?

Many experts believe that the genre is here to stay, and will only become more popular in the years to come. This is thanks to the increasing popularity of streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, which have made it easier than ever for people to discover new artists and listen to their favorite tunes.

What’s more, many of the world’s biggest pop stars are now incorporating elements of EDM into their music, which is helping to introduce the genre to even wider audiences. Justin Bieber, for instance, collaborated with Skrillex on his 2016 hit “Sorry,” while Diplo has worked with everyone from Madonna to Beyonce.

As the popularity of EDM continues to grow, we can expect to see even more mainstream crossover in the years to come. So if you’re not a fan of the genre yet, now might be the time to give it a try!

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