Check out the list of the top electronic dance music of the year. These are the tracks that got us moving and shaking on the dance floor.
Defining Electronic Dance Music
Though it has been around for decades, electronic dance music, more commonly referred to as EDM, has only recently begun to explode in popularity. In the past few years, EDM has taken the world by storm, with massive festivals and legendary producers becoming household names. But what exactly is EDM?
What is electronic dance music?
Electronic dance music, also known as EDM, is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres produced largely for nightclubs, raves and festivals. EDM is generally produced for playback by 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, Skrillex, and Tiesto.
What are the different sub-genres of electronic dance music?
When it comes to electronic dance music, there are a lot of sub-genres to choose from. If you’re new to the EDM world, it can be hard to keep them all straight. Here’s a quick guide to some of the most popular sub-genres of EDM:
-House: House music is a genre that originated in the Chicago club scene in the early 1980s. It is characterized by a 4/4 time signature, deep basslines, andoften includes samples of disco or funk songs.
-Trance: Trance is a genre that is characterized by its hypnotic melodies and repetitive beats. It often builds up slowly over the course of a track, before climaxing in a huge drop.
-Techno: Techno is a very broad genre that can encompass anything from minimalistic tracks to more experimental sounds. It often has a dark and industrial vibe, and can be quite hard-hitting.
-Dubstep: Dubstep originated in the UK in the early 2000s, and is characterized by its wobbly basslines and half-time rhythms. It often features heavily distorted synths and drums, and has become hugely popular in recent years.
The Best Electronic Dance Music of the Year
The electronic dance music scene is always evolving, with new genres and sub-genres constantly emerging. This year saw the rise of a number of new artists, as well as the continued success of some of the scene’s biggest names. Here are the best electronic dance music tracks of the year.
The top three songs of the year
There are many great electronic dance songs that were released this year, but these are the three that really stood out.
“Get Up (Rattle)” by Bingo Players ft. Far East Movement: This song was an instant hit when it was released, and it’s still a popular song today. It’s catchy and upbeat, and it’s sure to get you up and dancing.
“Alive” by Krewella: This song is another catchy and upbeat track that is perfect for dancing. It has a great drop and a catchy chorus, making it one of the most popular songs of the year.
” Harlem Shake ” by Baauer: This song became a viral sensation when people started making videos of themselves dancing to it. It’s a great party song, and it’s sure to get everyone up and moving.
The top three albums of the year
2018 was another huge year for electronic dance music, with a plethora of artists releasing fantastic new music. Here are our picks for the three best albums of the year.
1. “A Moment Apart” by Odesza
This stunning album from US duo Odesza features a gorgeous blend of electronica, indie and pop, resulting in a truly unique and captivating sound. Highlights include the anthemic “Line of Sight” and the gorgeous “Higher Ground.”
2. “Shanti” by Viken Arman
Armenian-born producer Viken Arman’s debut album is a masterclass in modern electronic music, fusing traditional Armenian instrumentation with contemporary electronic production techniques. Standout tracks include the beautifully ethereal “Lullaby” and the pulsing title track “Shanti.”
3. “The Messenger” by Lavantion Geeza
Lavantion Geeza is a relatively unknown producer from France, but his debut album “The Messenger” is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s a perfect blend of techno, house and electronica, with each track bringing something new and exciting to the table. Highlights include the thumping opener “The Call” and the beautiful closer “Last Goodbye.”
The top three music festivals of the year
There are dozens of different music festivals that take place around the world each year, and it can be tough to narrow down which ones are worth attending. If you’re a fan of electronic dance music, though, these three festivals are definitely worth checking out.
1. The Tomorrowland Music Festival in Belgium is one of the biggest and best-known EDM festivals in the world. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people travel to Tomorrowland to see some of the biggest names in the EDM scene perform.
2. The Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas is another huge EDM festival that attracts people from all over the world. Electric Daisy is known for its massive stage production, which features elaborate set designs and pyrotechnics.
3. Ultra Music Festival in Miami is one of the most iconic EDM festivals thanks to its location in Miami’s beautiful Bayfront Park. Ultra is also known for its diverse lineup, which usually includes a mix of big-name headliners and up-and-coming artists.