Top Electronic Dance Music of 2016

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A look at the top electronic dance music of 2016.


It’s that time of year again where we look back at the past twelve months and reflect on the music that’s gotten us through. 2016 was a big year for Electronic Dance Music, with plenty of new faces making waves in the scene and established acts continuing to dominate. Whether you’re a fan of energetic Electro House or mellow Chillout, there’s something for everyone in our list of the Top Electronic Dance Music of 2016. So without further ado, here are our top picks!

What is Electronic Dance Music?

Electronic Dance Music, or EDM as it is commonly called, is a type of music that is typically associated with nightclubs and rave culture. It is characterized by heavy basslines and synthesizer-generated melodies, and often has a fast tempo. EDM has its roots in the 1970s disco music scene, but has since evolved into its own distinct genre.

Some of the most popular subgenres of EDM include house, techno, trance, drum and bass, and dubstep. In recent years, EDM has become increasingly mainstream, with some of the largest music festivals in the world such as Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival featuring mostly electronic music on their lineups.

2016 was a big year for EDM, with several massive hits coming out of the genre. Below are some of the top electronic dance songs of 2016:

“This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
“Cold Water” by Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ
“Closer” by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
“Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber

The Best Electronic Dance Music of 2016

2016 was a great year for electronic dance music. Some amazing tracks were released this year, and we’ve put together a list of our favourites. So turn up the volume, and get ready to dance!

Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix is a Dutch DJ and electronic music producer. His song “Animals” was a hit in many countries in 2013. In 2016, his song “In the Name of Love” with Bebe Rexha was a top ten hit in several countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.

Alan Walker

Alan Walker is a Norwegian record producer and DJ, born in 1993. He is best known for his 2015 single “Faded”, which received platinum certifications in over 10 countries. Walker has released several other singles, including “Sing Me to Sleep” and “Alone”. In 2016, he released the album Different World.

The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and production duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. They started out by making remixes of popular songs before releasing their own original songs. Some of their most popular songs include “Closer”, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “Paris” and “Something Just Like This”. In 2016, they won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording with their song “Don’t Let Me Down”.


We have reached the end of 2016, and what a year it has been for electronic dance music! We have seen new artists emerge, old favorites return, and a plethora of great new music to enjoy. In this article, we take a look at the top 10 electronic dance tracks of 2016.

1. “Never Be Like You” by Flume feat. Kai
2. “StVersions” by Dirty South feat. ANIMA!”
3. “Tough Love” by Joey Beltram
4. “In The Name Of Love” by Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha
5. “Catch Fire” by The Chainsmokers feat. Daya
6. “No Money” by Galantis
7. “Cold Water” by Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ
8. “I Took A Pill In Ibiza (SeeB Remix)” by Mike Posner
9.”You Don’t Know Me” by Jax Jones feat. RAYE
10.”Alone No More” by Andrew Rayel feat….

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