The Best Electronic Dance Music of 2020

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Check out our list of the best electronic dance music of 2020. From hard-hitting EDM bangers to feel-good house tracks, these are the tunes that defined the year.

What is Electronic Dance Music?

At its simplest, electronic dance music (EDM) is designed for dancing. It is made using electronic instruments and technology, and is often played in nightclubs, at festivals and on the radio.

EDM covers a wide range of styles, from the thumping basslines of dubstep and drum and bass to the more gentle sounds of house and trance.Within these genres there are subgenres and sub-subgenres, each with their own distinct sound.

Despite its reputation as being something of a niche genre, EDM has become increasingly popular in recent years, with some of the world’s biggest stars getting involved. In 2020, it is estimated that the EDM industry is worth $7.4 billion USD.

The Best Electronic Dance Music of 2020

Dance music has come a long way since the early days of disco. These days, there are all sorts of different sub-genres and sub-categories, and electronic dance music is no exception. If you’re looking for the best EDM of 2020, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll be counting down the top 10 best EDM tracks of the year.

Best Overall

1. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
2. Silk City, Dua Lipa – “Electricity”
3. The Black Eyed Peas – “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
4. Jax Jones, Years & Years – “Play”
5. David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin – “Say My Name”
6. Marshmello, Bastille – “Happier”
7. Meduza, Goodboys – “Piece Of Your Heart”
8. Billie Eilish – “bad guy”
9. Tiësto, Post Malone – “Jackie Chan”
10. Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)”

Best for Dancing

If you’re looking for music that will get you up and moving, look no further than this list of the best electronic dance music of 2020. From pulsing techno to driving house, these tracks will keep your feet moving all night long.

1. “Bodies” by Marea
2. “Jaku” by R plus 7
3. “Vectorial” by Voiski
4. “Maceration” by D1
5. “Quest” by Paranoid London
6. “Nebula” by Marco Faraone
7. “Reckless With Your Love (Tensnake Remix)” by Azari & III
8. “Be Together (feat. Oliver $)” by Claptone
9. “The Gettup (Jackmaster Remix)” by Eats Everything
10. “Girl, You’re So Cool (Catz ‘n Dogz Body Language Remix)” by Daniel Bortz

Best for Relaxing

If you’re looking for some new electronic dance music to help you relax, check out our list of the best EDM of 2020. From mellow and atmospheric tracks to upbeat and energetic bangers, there’s something for everyone on this list. So kick back, relax, and enjoy some of the best EDM of the year.

-Tilted by Petit Biscuit
-Oblivion by Madeon
-Us by Alison Wonderland feat. Valentino Khan
-About You by XXYYXX
-Paradise by ODESZA
-Divinity by Porter Robinson & Madeon

The Worst Electronic Dance Music of 2020

Electronic Dance Music, also known as EDM, has taken the world by storm in recent years. With its popularity continuing to grow, there is no shortage of new EDM tracks being released each year. 2020 was no different, with plenty of great new EDM tracks being released. However, there were also a fair share of terrible EDM tracks released this year. In this article, we’ll be counting down the worst EDM tracks of 2020.

Worst Overall

Here are the worst offenders in the genre, the songs that grated on our nerves and made us cringe. These are the worst electronic dance songs of 2020.

“In My Feelings” by Drake
This Drake song was everywhere this year, and for good reason: it’s terrible. The production is echoey and over-reverbed, the drop is uninspired, and Drake’s auto-tuned singing is painfully grating. This was one of the most popular songs of the year, but it’s also one of the worst.

“7 rings” by Ariana Grande
This Ariana Grande song is another one that was inescapable this year, and for good reason: it’s awful. The production is cheap-sounding and dated, Grande’s singing is auto-tuned to within an inch of its life, and the whole thing is just painfully unremarkable. This was one of the most popular songs of the year, but it’s also one of the worst.

“Old Town Road (Remix)” by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
This remix of Lil Nas X’s viral hit was released earlier this year, and it quickly became one of the most despised songs of 2020. The main problem with it is Billy Ray Cyrus’ truly awful rap verse, which sounds like it was written by a 10-year-old. It’s cringeworthy, embarrassing, and just plain bad.

These are the worst electronic dance songs of 2020. If you loved any of these songs, we can only assume that you have terrible taste in music.

Worst for Dancing

Look, we get it. You’re angry. You just spent the last year cooped up inside with nothing to do but listen to bad electronic dance music (EDM) and now you’re ready to take it out on the world. But before you go on another rampage, smashing windows and throwing speakers into oncoming traffic, please remember that not all EDM is created equal. Just like anything else in life, there is good EDM and there is bad EDM.

And in 2020, there was a lot of bad EDM.

Now, we’re not saying that all of the following tracks are objectively bad. In fact, some of them are quite good! But they are not good for dancing, and that’s what this list is about: the worst electronic dance music tracks of 2020 for dancing.

So go ahead, have a listen, and let us know which ones made you want to curl up into a ball and cry. We won’t judge you.

1. “Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen
2. “The Hum” by The Chainsmokers
3. “No Good” by KSHMR & Crossnaders feat. Micky Blue
4.”Bored to Death” by Blink-182
5.”Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye

Worst for Relaxing

You want to relax. You don’t want to think. You want to zone out. You wantbackground music that won’t make you think too much, that won’t distract you,that will just sort of… be there. It’s not that you don’t like EDM. It’s justthat sometimes, you need a break from the nonstop bass drops and mind-bendingmelodies. And that’s where we come in.

We’ve compiled a list of what we believe to be the worst EDMof 2020. This is not a list of the worst songs of 2020, or even the worstEDM songs of 2020. This is a list of entire EDM albums that we believe are Iikelyto send you into a state of extreme relaxation… or maybe just put you tosleep. So put on your comfiest pair of headphones, curl up in your favorite blanket,and hit play on any (or all) of these albums:

1) Deep Sleep Music: Calming Music for Relaxation and Stress Relief by AbsoluteCalm
2) Meditative Mind: Zen Meditation Music for Relaxation and Healing by RelaxingMusic
3) Soothing Sleep Music: Calming Music for Relaxation and Stress Relief by HealingMusic
4) Yoga Nidra Deep Sleep Meditation by Japdeep Singh
5) Pure Silence: 6 Hours of Relaxing Ambient Music by Jason Stephenson

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