Top Electronic Music of 2012

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A list of the top electronic songs of 2012.


As the year comes to a close, we’ve rounded up our favorite electronic tracks of 2012. These are the tunes that got us moving, that inspired us, and that we just can’t get enough of. From huge club anthems to gorgeous ambient pieces, there’s something here for every taste. So crank up the volume and enjoy!

Top Ten List

The year 2012 was a big one for electronic music. A lot of different artists and groups released great music this year, and it was hard to keep track of it all. Here are our top ten favorite electronic tracks of 2012.


1. Skrillex – “Bangarang”
2. Skrillex & Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – “Make It Bun Dem”
3. Calvin Harris – “Sweet Nothing” (Feat. Florence Welch)
4. Baauer – “Harlem Shake”
5. Icona Pop – “I Love It” (Feat. Charli XCX)
6. – “Scream & Shout” (Feat. Britney Spears)
7. Benny Benassi – “Cinema” (Feat. Gary Go)
8. Rihanna – “Diamonds”
9. Swedish House Mafia – “Don’t You Worry Child” (Feat. John Martin)
10.Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop” (Feat. Wanz)


1. “Professional Griefers”
2. “The Veldt”
3. “Maths”
4. “Failbait”
5. “Telemiscommunications”
6. “Closer”
7. “Sleepless”
8. “October”
9. “Arguru”
10. “ctl+alt+delete”


Avicii, born Tim Bergling, is a Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer. His debut studio album, True, was released in 2013 and featured the singles “Wake Me Up” and “You Make Me”. He is best known for his work with electronic music and has collaborated with numerous artists, including Madonna, Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz, Robyn, Tiësto and Calvin Harris. In 2012, Avicii was ranked 3rd on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid DJs.

Calvin Harris
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris rose to prominence with his fourth studio album, 18 Months (2012), which contained the singles “We’ll Be Coming Back”, “Sweet Nothing”, “I Need Your Love”, “Drinking from the Bottle”, and “Thinking About You”. The album topped charts in the UK and Ireland. In 2013, Harris was ranked second on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid DJs.

Robbert van de Corput (born 7 January 1988), better known by his stage name Hardwell, is a Dutch big room house and electro house DJ and music producer. He is the founder of Revealed Recordings. His first CD was released when he was just 16 years old. He has played at various clubs including Qlimax – 2008 & 2010 as an official ambassador.[citation needed] In April 2013 he did a live set at Ultra Music Festival in Miami to a record crowd of 55 thousand people.[citation needed] In 2013 he also received an award for being voted #1 in DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll.[citation needed]

Martin Garrix
Martijn Gerard Garritsen (born 14 May 1996), better known by his stage name Martin Garrix is a Dutch DJ/producer signed to Spinnin’ Records.[3][4] Garrix became widely known after his single “Animals” was released on 16 June 2013[5] which peaked at number one in several countries including Belgium,[6][7] France,[8][9][10] The Netherlands[11][12] United Kingdom,[13][14] Denmark[15], Poland[16], Greece [17], Israel [18], Serbia [19], Australia [20], New Zealand [21], Canada [22], Turkey [] and Portugal [24]. Animals was a commercial success worldwide; it peaked within the top ten of several charts while becomingnumber one overall across many others as well as being certified multi platinum in a number of countries such as Denmark,[25][26] Italy [] France,[27][28] Sweden,[29][30] Poland [] Wallonia [] Flanders[] Romania[] United Kingdom[] Gold certifications 8× Platinum (New Zealand)[32], 6× Platinum (Australia), 5× Platinum (France)[33], 4× Platinum 一般的、普通的(Canada)[35], Diamond (Belgium), 4× Platinum 一般的、普通的(Italy)[36]. Double Platinum 持续热卖两周年(Denmark), 3× Platinum 大获成功(Poland), 3xPlatinum 大获成功(Romania)and 2× Platinum 双倍白金(Sweden). The track also reached number one on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart in the United States where it stayed for six weeks making it one of only two songs to ever do so along with Daft Punk’s “One More Time”.

Swedish House Mafia

2012 was a massive year for Swedish House Mafia. They headlined several of the world’s biggest music festivals, including Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, and Electric Daisy Carnival. They released their first and only studio album, “Until Now”, which topped the charts in several countries. And they announced their retirement from touring, making 2012 the last year that fans would be able to see them perform live.

Here are the ten best Swedish House Mafia songs of 2012:

10. ” Greyhound ”
9. ” Don’t You Worry Child (feat. John Martin) ”
8. ” Antidote (vs. Knife Party) ”
7. ” Miami 2 Ibiza (feat. Tinie Tempah) ”
6. ” One (Your Name) (feat. Pharrell) ”
5. ” Save the World (feat. John Martin) ”
4. ” Apollo (feat. Pharrell)
3. ” Get Dumb
2. ” I Found U (feat.”

David Guetta

1. David Guetta- “Titanium”
2. Avicii- ” Levels”
3. Swedish House Mafia- “Don’t You Worry Child”
4. Calvin Harris- “Feel So Close”
5. Zedd- “Clarity”
6. Daft Punk- “Get Lucky”
7. Martin Garrix- “Animals”
8. Afrojack- “As Your Friend”
9. Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo- “Boneless”
10. Armin van Buuren- “This Is What It Feels Like”


1. Tiësto – “Work Hard, Play Hard”
2. Calvin Harris – “Feel So Close”
3. Avicii – “Levels”
4. Swedish House Mafia – ” Greyhound”
5. Skrillex – “Bangarang”
6. Nero – “Promises”
7. deadmau5 – “The Veldt”
8. Kaskade – “Atmosphere”
9. Porter Robinson – “Language”
10. Madeon – “Icarus”

Armin van Buuren

Armin van Buuren ranked #5 in 2012.


1. Afrojack – “Can’t Stop Me”
2. Calvin Harris – “Feel So Close”
3. Avicii – “Levels”
4. Swedish House Mafia – “Don’t You Worry Child”
5. Zedd – “Clarity”
6. Nervo – “You’re Gonna Love Again”
7. Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash – “Reload”
8. Axwell ^ Ingrosso – “We Come, We Rave, We Love”
9. Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Sander van Doorn – “Project T”
10. Arty, Chris James – “Together We Are”

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His debut album I Created Disco was released in June 2007 and it contained the top-ten singles “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls”. Harris rose to prominence with the release of his third studio album 18 Months in October 2012. Topping the UK charts, the album became his first to chart on the US Billboard 200 chart. 18 Months featured the singles “Bounce”, “Feel So Close”, “Let’s Go”, “Sweet Nothing”, and “Drinking from the Bottle”. The latter two reached number one in the UK.

Porter Robinson

1. “Language”
2. “Unison”
3. “Easy”
4. “The State”
5. “Hype Up”
6. “Divinity”
7. “Sad Machine”
8. “Flicker”
9. “Polygon Dust”
10. “Sea of Voices”


In order to wrap up this year-end review of the top electronic music of 2012, we’d like to offer our own thoughts on the state of the genre. It seems that every year, electronic music gets bigger and bigger, with new artists and new sub-genres emerging all the time. This year was no different, with a host of new producers and DJs making their mark on the scene.

That being said, we feel that 2012 was a bit of a transitional year for electronic music. We saw a lot of artists moving away from the big-room, festival-friendly sound that has dominated in recent years, and exploring new territory. This is something we’re very excited about, and we believe it points to even more innovative and exciting music in the years to come.

Thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoy our Top Electronic Music of 2012!

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