The Top Electronic Dance Music Songs of 2021

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Looking for the best electronic dance music songs of 2021? Look no further than our top picks. From stadium-filling anthems to future bass bangers, these are the tunes that will get you moving.

What is Electronic Dance Music?

Electronic Dance Music, also known as EDM, is a genre of music that is typically produced by DJs and producers using electronic equipment. This type of music has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among younger people. EDM songs often have a fast tempo and include elements of house, techno, trance, and other genres.

The History of Electronic Dance Music

Electronic dance music, or EDM as it’s commonly called, has been around for decades. It first rose to popularity in the early 1990s with the release of famous tracks like “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer and “Strings of Life” by Derrick May.

EDM is a type of music that is produced electronically, with the use of instruments and software. It is typically characterized by a fast tempo, repetitive beats, and synthesized sounds.

In the early 2000s, EDM saw a resurgence in popularity, thanks in part to the rise of social media and streaming platforms like SoundCloud. Artists like Avicii, Tiƫsto, and Skrillex helped bring EDM to new audiences around the world.

Today, EDM is one of the most popular genres of music. It’s enjoyed by people of all ages and continues to evolve and change with each passing year.

The Top Electronic Dance Music Songs of 2021

“In the Party” by DJ Khaled

This appropriate bop opens with the lines, “another one/DJ Khaled.” It’s clear from the start that this will be a feel-good anthem celebrating life, love, and adventure. The music video features appearances from A-list celebrities like Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Durk, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Justin Bieber, and Quavo. The high-powered track is perfect for any pre-game or party.

“Rave” by Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris’ “Rave” is one of the top electronic dance music songs of 2021. The song was released in May of 2021 and has quickly become a favorite among EDM fans. “Rave” is a upbeat, high-energy track that is perfect for dancing and having fun. The song features a catchy melody and infectious beats that will keep you moving all night long.

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” is a song by American singer Whitney Houston, released as the first single from her second studio album, Whitney. The song was written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam and produced by Narada Michael Walden. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” is a dance-pop and disco song which was described as a “feel-good” record by AllMusic’s Rod gelotte.

The single became Houston’s fourth number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and remained at the top for two weeks; it was preceded by “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” and followed by “So Emotional”. On other Billboard charts, it topped the Hot Dance Club Play for one week. The accompanying music video features Houston dancing with children and at a masquerade ball.

The single received generally positive reviews from music critics who praised its production and catchiness. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 30th Grammy Awards, while also receiving nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It was ranked number 500 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

“Levels” by Avicii

“Levels” is a song by Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, released as the sixth single from his debut studio album, True. The song was written by Avicii, Mike Einziger of Incubus, and Ash Pournouri. It samples Etta James’s 1962 song “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”. Critical reception towards “Levels” was positive, with many critics citing it as a stand-out track from True and praising Avicii for his production on the song. Commercially, the song was a success; it peaked at number one in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Norway Poland, Portugal Slovakia and Switzerland while also becoming a top-ten hit in Austria , Canada , Croatia , France , Greece , Lithuania , Luxembourg , New Zealand , Slovakia , Spain , Sweden , United Kingdom and the United States.

“Don’t Stop the Party” by The Black Eyed Peas

If you’re looking for a party anthem to help get your year started off right, look no further than “Don’t Stop the Party” by The Black Eyed Peas. This high-energy tune is sure to get you moving, and with its catchy chorus, it’s sure to be stuck in your head for days to come.

The Future of Electronic Dance Music

With the world in such a state of flux, it’s hard to predict what the future of electronic dance music will hold.

However, there are a few things we can be sure of. Firstly, that the popularity of EDM shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. With global stars like Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers headlining some of the world’s biggest music festivals, it’s clear that EDM is here to stay.

Secondly, we can expect to see even more genre-defying music being released in the coming years. With producers and DJs becoming ever more experimental, we’re likely to see even more hybrid genres emerging.

Finally, we can be sure that the global reach of EDM will continue to grow. With more and more countries hosting major electronic music festivals, it’s clear that the genre has truly gone global.

So whatever the future holds for electronic dance music, one thing is for sure: it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before.

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