The Top Electronic Dance Songs of 2016

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A look at the top electronic dance songs of 2016. These are the songs that got us moving on the dance floor.

What is Electronic Dance Music?

Electronic dance music is a genre of music that is created for the purpose of being danced to by people at nightclubs, festivals, and other events. It is usually produced by DJs and producers who create remixes or tracks that are intended to be played at these events. The music is often characterized by its use of synthesizers, drum machines, and other electronic instruments, as well as its high-energy rhythms and melodies.

The Top 10 Electronic Dance Songs of 2016

Electronic dance music has taken the world by storm and 2016 was no exception. With so many amazing songs released this year, it was hard to narrow it down to just 10, but we’ve done it. Here are the top 10 electronic dance songs of 2016.

“#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers

“#SELFIE” is a song recorded by American electronic duo The Chainsmokers. It was written by Andrew Taggart, Ashley Frangipane, James Boyd and written by Emily Warren. The song debuted at number ninety-six on the Billboard Hot 100 and ultimately peaked at number sixteen. It is the group’s highest charting single in the United States to date and was certified double platinum in August 2016.

“Animals” by Martin Garrix

“Animals” is a song released by Dutch DJ and record producer Martin Garrix on 17 June 2013. The song quickly became popular, peaking at number one in Belgium and Denmark, and number three in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In 2014, it was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.

The song is an instrumental dance track with a Dutch house style. It features a ” catchy ” drop with pounding bassline and synth stabs. The main chord progression consists of E minor , C major 7th , D sus2 , F# min7th .

“Animals” was first previewed by Garrix during Ultra Music Festival in March 2013. The song was released on 17 June 2013 as a digital download on iTunes. A day later, it was uploaded to YouTube and aired on Dutch television station TMF .

The official music video for “Animals” was uploaded to Garrix’s YouTube channel on 2 September 2013. It features footage of various live performances by Garrix during Summerburst and Ultra Music Festival . As of March 2019, the video has received over 970 million views.

“Tsunami (Jump)” by DVBBS and Borgeous

Tsunami (Jump) is a song by Canadian electronic music duo DVBBS and American DJ duo Borgeous. It was released on January 7, 2014, as a single from their collaborative extended play (EP), TSUNAMI (Borgeous and DVBBS). The song became DVBBS’s and Borgeous’s commercial breakthrough, reaching number one in Australia, Denmark, Greece, the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand, as well as charting in several other countries.

“Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon

“Turn Down for What” is a song by French electronic duo DJ Snake and American rapper Lil Jon released on December 18, 2013. The song and its accompanying music video went viral in early 2014. An accompanying dance trend also went viral. It has been described as “the Internet’s favorite song”, with several remixes and parodies being made of the song and the video.

“I Got U” by Duke Dumont

“I Got U” is a song by British record producer Duke Dumont, featuring vocals from English singer Jax Jones. It was released on 18 March 2014 by Blasé Boys Club and Virgin EMI, serving as the second single from Dumont’s debut studio album, For Club Play Only (Part 1) (2014). In 2015, a remix of the track by American electronic duo Tchami was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.

The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, while becoming a top-ten hit in several other countries including Australia, Canada and Denmark. The official music video for “I Got U” was directed by Ben Wolin and premiered on Dumont’s YouTube channel on 11 March 2014.

“Wake Me Up” by Avicii

“Wake Me Up” is a song by Swedish DJ and producer Avicii, released as the lead single from his debut studio album True. The track was written by Avicii, Mike Einziger, and Aloe Blacc. It peaked at number one in almost 20 countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Sweden, and the United States. The single was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

The song samples the folktune “Three Little Birds” performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers; that band’s bassist Aston Barrett is credited as a co-writer of “Wake Me Up”, along with his son Dwayne Angola Barrett. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Blacc said of the song: “”‘Wake Me Up’ was something that happened organically between [Avicii] and I; he had sent me some ideas and we just vibed off each other.”

The song’s music video was directed by Rich Lee, who had previously directed videos for Eminem and Linkin Park. It features computer-generated imagery of a far-flung future in which people have implanted technology into their bodies to interact with their surroundings. On 30 August 2013, Avicii premiering Wake Me Up at Pacha nightclub in Ibiza on Future Music Festival Asia’s stage in Kuala Lumpur

“La La La” by Naughty Boy

Taking the top spot on our list of the best electronic dance songs of 2016 is “La La La” by Naughty Boy. The song was released in May of 2016 and features vocals from Sam Smith. “La La La” is a catchy, feel-good song that is perfect for any summer party or dancefloor.

Coming in at number two is “Lean On” by Major Lazer and DJ Snake. The song, which was released in March of 2016, features vocals from Danish singer MØ. “Lean On” is a tropical house track with a catchy hook and an infectious beat.

Rounding out the top three is “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers. The song, which features vocals from Daya, was released in April of 2016 and quickly became a radio and club staple. “Don’t Let Me Down” has a driving bassline and a thumping beat that will keep you moving all night long.

Other notable electronic dance songs of 2016 include “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” by Mike Posner, “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony, and “Never Be Like You” by Flume.

“Summer” by Calvin Harris

2016 was a great year for electronic dance music, with hits coming from both mainstream and underground artists. Here are our picks for the top 10 electronic dance songs of the year.

“Summer” by Calvin Harris was one of the biggest hits of the year, topping charts in several countries. The infectious track features Harris’ signature sound, with a catchy melody and a pounding bassline.

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day was another massive hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song features a driving electronic beat, with guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong adding some grunge-inspired riffs to the mix.

“Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers feat. Daya was another huge track, reaching #3 on the Hot 100 chart. The song features a catchy synth hook and Daya’s emotive vocals, which combine to create an infectious dance track.

“This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna was another massive hit, reaching #1 in several countries. The song features a driving house beat and Rihanna’s seductive vocals, which combine to create a summer anthem.

Other notable tracks include:

“I Took a Pill in Ibiza” by Mike Posner, “No More Sad Songs” by Little Mix feat. Machine Gun Kelly, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake, “Work from Home” by Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign, “Cold Water” by Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ, “Needed Me” by Rihanna

“This Is What It Feels Like” by Armin van Buuren

This is What It Feels Like is a song by Dutch DJ and record producer Armin van Buuren. It was released on 29 April 2013 as the first single from his fifth studio album Intense. The song features Trevor Guthrie on vocals. This is What It Feels Like peaked at number one in Austria, Germany, Lebanon, the Netherlands and Switzerland, and number two in Belgium and Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs in the United States. In 2014, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.

“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk

“Get Lucky” is a single by French DJs Daft Punk, featuring vocals from American singer Pharrell Williams and co-writing from Nile Rodgers. It is the lead single from Daft Punk’s fourth studio album, Random Access Memories. The song reached number one in several countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The song’s music video was directed by Daft Punk and Nathalie HERBINER. The video features Williams singing and dancing alongside various background dancers with various retro-futuristic visual effects throughout.

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