Dec 30, 2011
The Top 15 Electro Tracks of 2011
Electro had a big surge in the past few years with the rise of fidget and Dutch house, but it was nothing like what we saw in 2011. Maybe it was the natural progression of 4/4 beats alongside the booming dubstep, or the boom that dance music is getting in the US, but it doesn’t really matter. Not only did 2011 rock for electro music, but the quality of tunes and artists who stepped up primed the EDM world for an even better 2012.
#15
Diplo & Oliver Twizt – GO (PeaceTreaty Remix)
Diplo & Oliver Twizt - GO (PeaceTreaty Remix) [Mad Decent]
We kick our list off with PeaceTreaty’s (pictured) smashing hot remix of Diplo and Oliver Twizt’s track GO. The production duo pretty much reinvented the track, turning it into one of the biggest electro-Dutch bangers this year. This tune has entire phrase of extended bass notes–you certainly can’t go wrong with that. Welcome to the countdown!
#14
Destructo – Technology (Original Mix)
Destructo - Technology (Original Mix) [Nitrus]
Generally, if it’s good enough for Boys Noize, it’s good enough for us. We took one look at him dropping Destructo’s (pictured) Technology at Berlin Festival 2011 and instantly knew it had earned a spot in this year’s list. Between the epic white noise, massive claps, and effortless kinetic riffs, this track is a straight up killer. This one might’ve gone a bit under the radar during the year, but when it does show up, it blows up.
#13
Ming & 2Beeps – The Nutz (Original Mix)
MING & 2Beeps - The Nutz (Original Mix) [Hood Famous]
Ming (pictured) & 2Beeps might be two relatively unknown artists, but this number 13 spot proves that it doesn’t take big names to bring huge talent. The Nutz starts with a bit of a medieval feel that quickly progresses into something funky, looming, and as DickRiculous put it, thrashing. Like many other stand-out tunes, The Nutz doesn’t follow the standard breakdown-drop-breakdown-drop format; it manages to be all over the place, all while remaining within the boundaries of smashingly groovy.
#12
John Dahlback – Kairo (Original Mix)
John Dahlback - Kairo (Original Mix) [Mutants]
House music veteran John Dahlback went on a string of Egypt-inspired releases early this year, unleashing a fresh new sound to the EDM scene with tracks like Farao, Sfinx, and crowning installment Kairo. Dahlback really hit the nail on the head with Kairo; he easily fuses the sounds of Egypt with modern EDM, giving us an anthemic, big room electro piece to be remembered.
#11
Zeds Dead – 1975 (Original Mix)
Zeds Dead - 1975 (Original Mix)
Although some might be surprised to see dubstep gurus Zeds Dead on this years electro list, when glancing at the formula that makes up 1975, it will quickly make sense. Not many tracks are going to get onto this list because of the vocals that accompany it, but it’s hard to overlook how stellar these turned out. The only reason the vocals are able to shine so well when they do is because of the track that ZD has built around them, and what a track it is. The bass roars oh-so-crisply and the piano buildups are just pure class.
#10
David Guetta ft. Sia – Titanium (Cazzette’s Ant Seeking Hamster Mix)
David Guetta feat Sia - Titanium (Cazzette's Ant Seeking Hamster Mix) [F*** Me I'm Famous]
Cazzette dominates everything about this remix of David Guetta’s Titanium, first by giving us the type of epic-yet-adapted dubstep breakdowns we expected out of 2011, then by overshadowing that amazing breakdown with an even more amazing drop. The best part of the remix is perhaps when it drops into spiraling triplets that just continue to dip, dip, and dip all the way to the 10 spot on this year’s electro chart.
#9
Dada Life – Kick Out The Epic Motherf*cker (Original Mix)
Dada Life - Kick Out the Epic Motherf*cker (Original Mix) [So Much Dada]
Over the years Dada Life has really honed their sound, creating buildups with much greater depth and execution as well as finely tweaking their beefy electro sound. Some would argue that nobody had a better year in 2011 than Dada Life, who released memorable tracks one after another all year long. They topped this year off with Kick Out The Epic Motherf*cker, a song that quickly went viral and straight to the hearts of millions. Dada’s ability to make a track rise and rise is unparalleled in this track–it also seems to be having the very same effect on the size of their fanbase.
#8
Afrojack & R3hab – Aces High (Prutataaa) (Original Mix)
Afrojack & R3hab - Aces High (Prutataaa) (Original Mix) [Wall]
Afrojack (pictured) has become one of those artists who has taken over control of his brand of music, allowing both him and his sound to leak into the most unexpected of places. 2011 was a great year for the Dutchman, who teamed up with rising star R3hab for this year’s #8 electro track, Aces High (Prutataaa). The song features signature Afrojack melodies, but where it really shines is the made-for-party drop which shows with an energetic baseline and perfectly fitting vocal sample. We feel particularly comfortable saying that we’ll be using an Afrotrack to help summarize 2012 when that time comes.
#7
NAPT – Bass (Original Mix)
NAPT - Bass (Original Mix) [Red Sugar]
N-Funk pioneers NAPT have been on one helluva ride since they launched in ’09. Their mid-2011 track Bass doesn’t try to be anything too out of the ordinary, but instead manages to further clean up the complextro formula using the highest of production values. The track’s deep, swooping baseline is the perfect contrast to the running synths that tend to pickup throughout the song. The one aspect of Bass that brings it to a level rarely seen today is the deluxe tribal beat that arrives in the latter part of the drop.
#6
David Guetta – Glasgow (Original Mix)
David Guetta - Glasgow (Original Mix)
David Guetta: apparently the most loved and hated man in dance music today. However you feel about him, the Frenchman is producing some killer tracks these days. The first disc of his 2-part album from earlier this year highlighted his talents alongside some of today’s (and yesterday’s) mainstream singers, while the second disc (and arguably more impressive) properly allowed the house vet to stand alone. His track Glasgow reinvented itself all the way to #6 on this year’s Electro chart with an acid house sound that is unique, but reminiscent, retro but fresh.
#5
Lazy Rich – Better Wipe That Up (Original Mix)
Lazy Rich - Better Wipe That Up (Original Mix) [Big Fish]
Lazy Rich continued to soar alongside his label Big Fish Recordings this year, landing his electro dominator Better Wipe That Up at #5 on this year’s list. The longest track on the chart, this tune covers a ton of ground, first guising itself as a big room house track before dropping into some classy, bass-driven beats. One style doesn’t overshadow the other here; instead they complement one another, creating a well-rounded peak hours banger.
#4
Crookers feat Carli – Dr. Gonzo’s Anthem (Original Mix)
Crookers feat Carli - Dr. Gonzo's Anthem (Original Mix) [Mad Decent]
After hitting it big with their remix of David Guetta’s Sexy Lady two years ago, people were beginning to wonder what happened to the Crookers in 2011. The Italian duo sufficiently answered everybody’s questions this October with the release of their bonkers 2011 LP Dr. Gonzo. Leading the pack of tracks was Dr. Gonzo’s Anthem, a song that is determined to go against all the rules. Everything about Dr. Gonzo’s Anthem stands out in a live setting, especially that death-defying drop.
#3
Kill The Noise – Deal With It (Original Mix)
Kill The Noise - Deal With It (Original Mix) [OWSLA]
Between his high-octane remix of Porter Robinson’s Spitfire and his four-minute showcase on KOAN Sound’s latest EP, Kill The Noise has been on fire this past year. His EP dropped just before Thanksgiving, and it redefined the way most people think of KTN as an artist. Although the EP is packed with songs you need to hear, Deal With It stands out as the clear winner with its sophisticated brand of electro. It’s one that really takes the contemporary complextro formula and applies it to the most upper-tier echelon of production that has begun to truly dominate dance music. Looking at his deep background in bass music as Ewon, it’s no surprise that Kill The Noise is able to bring this level of finesse to modern EDM.
#2
Feed Me – Pink Lady (Original Mix)
Feed Me - Pink Lady (Original Mix Edit) [Mau5trap]
When Feed Me went on his big adventure last year, it was incredibly apparent that Spor’s bassy brother was here to stay. We were fed a bunch of sick Feed Me tunes this year, but it was Pink Lady that stole


Knife Party stepped into a highly competitive music scene and straight up murdered it this year. The duo is made up of Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, two members of Pendulum, who took what they knew, compared it to what they saw, and made something that everyone needs to hear. Internet Friends stands tall as the #1 electro song of the year, simultaneously summing up what was hot in 2011 and telling us what to expect in days to come, all while applying the beyond-belief production powers of the Pendulum bass crew. A year ago this group didn’t exist; now they’re at the top of dance music. Where they can go and what they’ll do from here is barely up to speculation at this point, but you can bet your bottom dollar it will be violent.

#1
Knife Party – Internet Friends (Original Mix)
Knife Party - Internet Friends (Original Mix)
Knife Party stepped into a highly competitive music scene and straight up murdered it this year. The duo is made up of Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, two members of Pendulum, who took what they knew, compared it to what they saw, and made something that everyone needs to hear. Internet Friends stands tall as the #1 electro song of the year, simultaneously summing up what was hot in 2011 and telling us what to expect in days to come, all while applying the beyond-belief production powers of the Pendulum bass crew. A year ago this group didn’t exist; now they’re at the top of dance music. Where they can go and what they’ll do from here is barely up to speculation at this point, but you can bet your bottom dollar it will be violent.
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