When you look at back at 2013 it’s clear that Nicky Romero, Krewella, and Vicetone all had an incredible year. We were hard-pressed to choose between the Beatport-topping original mix and this explosive remix, but in the end we decided to go with Ruben & Victor’s version. Take everything you loved about the original and then turn the energy level up to “11". A year ago they were relatively unknown. Next year? Watch out.
This New Jersey-based trio first popped onto our radar with the Madeon-esque Overtime in early 2013, and since then they’ve done nothing but impress. Fast forward to now and they have produced Krewella’s Live For The Night single and dropped their own fantastic EP. Blending catchy pop choruses with big room beats, the boys managed to land the #1 spot on Billboard Dance Radio with their smash hit, Take Me Home. Who would have thought a pop-punk band would take the EDM world by storm?
The eclectic and outspoken Mat Zo can pretty well crush any kind of track he wants, and if you don’t believe us, check out his genre-bending debut album, Damage Control. The highlight of the album is unquestionably Lucid Dreams, an elegant and exquisite progressive anthem that really showcases his talent and panache. It also features throwback vocals from his old D&B alias MRSA, a great touch for long-time listeners. It’s a song that’s meant to be heard in a big crowd, so head here to grab tickets to his current world tour.
If you’re looking for some “oomph" in your big room, you need look no further. This massive collaboration between W&W and Ummet Ozcan features relentless drops, in-your-face synths, and that signature Dutch big room sound that festival crowds cannot get enough of. Have you cracked the code?
“Massive" might be the understatement of the century for Tsunami. Powerhouse drums, stampeding synths, and a sing-song build make for one of the most memorable tracks of the year. Unless you were living under a rock during the summer festival season, chances are you heard it in numerous main stage sets, and chances are you freaking loved it.
When Avicii debuted his electronic-country amalgamation at Ultra Music Festival last March, everyone was laughing. When we finally heard the finished product most of us realized, “Hey, this is actually pretty good!" 165,000,000 radio plays later (all numbers approximate), it has become one of the biggest songs of the year. The reason? Aloe Blacc’s infectious vocals and Avicii’s easily digestible and highly memorable sounds. “So wake me up when it’s all over. When I’m wiser and I’m older…" aaaand we’re hooked again.
It ain’t a party without Arty! Words to live by, if ever there were any. Born Artyom Stolyarov, the 24-year-old Russian has risen from a small-time producer on Anjunabeats to one of the biggest artists in the industry. He released a slew of hits in 2013 such as Together We Are and Flashback, but none were bigger than Grand Finale. Arty’s exceptional piano work and maturation as an artist are on full display with this banger. Party on, Arty.
The newly-crowned #1 DJ in the World has had a monstrous year, and as such we had a very hard time including only one of his tracks on this list. Featuring the awe-inspiring vocals of Amba Shepherd, best known for her work on Porter Robinson’s Spitfire EP, Apollo contains everything you have come to know and love about Hardwell–euphoric melodies, beautiful synths, and elements of both progressive house and electro. Long live the king.
If ever there were a sing-song tearjerker to get the crowd on their feet, this would be it. Whether you’re a OneRepublic fan or not, you can’t deny that Alesso’s remix is out of this world. It’s catchy, it’s radio-friendly, and it’s undeniably emotional–everything one needs to have a big-time hit. If you happen to see one of us grab a tissue when this hits the speakers, don’t tell anyone.
This should probably come as a surprise to exactly none of you, but Armin van Buuren is good. Like, really, really good. 2013 has been yet another mammoth year for the EDM titan–he celebrated ASOT 600 at Madison Square Garden, launched yet another world tour, and dropped Intense, his fifth studio album. This Is What It Feels Like, the lead single off the album, is signature Armin–warm, inviting vocals, massive, euphoric builds, and just a hell of a good time. Nearly 20 years after his first release, Blue Fear, hit the airwaves, the talented Dutchman is still going strong. Here’s to another 20 years, Armin.
Say what you want about his recent foray into big room progressive, but it’s hard to deny that Tiesto knows how to make hits. None were bigger this year than Paradise, his collaboration with Hardwell’s BFF, Dyro. Boasting an unforgettable melody and incredible sub-bass, Paradise is, put simply, a progressive masterpiece. It also served as the opener for the majority of his colossal sets, enthralling thousands of fans across the globe.
Best known for the face-melting collection of dubstep, moombahton, and electro, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, aka Knife Party, aka two-thirds of Pendulum, flipped the EDM world on its head with the release of LRAD, the final track on their Haunted House EP. Inspired by songs like Sandro Silva & Quintino’s Epic and Showtek & Justin Prime’s Cannonball, LRAD is a big, bad tune equally at home in a club, a stadium, or a festival.
Released in early February, the runaway success of Wakanda spawned numerous emulators and copycats and served to launch Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike into the upper stratosphere of the EDM world. “Tribal" is the word here–the chants, the drop, the bass kicks, everything hearkens back to the fictional nation in the Marvel Universe. Often imitated but never duplicated, Wakanda is one of the signature songs of big room this year.
Almost a full year later and we still can’t get Easy out of our collective heads. Crisp, clean, groovy, uplifting, feel-good, amazing–take your pick of the litter, because this song is all that and more. We’ve seen zilch from PR since the release of Easy, but don’t worry, a full album is on the way.
Surprise! OK, maybe not. While Helen Of Troy may have been “the face that launch’d a thousand ships", Martin Garrix’s Animals was the song that launched a thousand imitators and a thousand more remixes. Not only does Animals currently sit at 83 million plays on YouTube, it has also helped Martin become the youngest producer ever to hit the #1 spot on Beatport. Last we heard, Tiesto himself wanted to do a collaboration. Not bad for a 17-year-old, eh? Congratulations to Mr. Garrix!