House music has continued to soar in popularity in 2012, and as a result of all the competition, the bar for quality continues to rise. As always, the best producers have met the challenge and come out on top, and LessThan3 has you covered with our selection of the Top 15 house tracks that made you jump and shout all year long.
,Tujamo & Plastik Funk – WHO (Original Mix)
Tujamo & Plastik Funk - Who (Original Mix) [Tiger]
There’s some impressive talent emerging from Germany these days, and this includes rising producer Matthias Richter, better known as Tujamo
. This year, he teamed up with Plastik Funk to put out a a monster track called WHO
–a beast of a tune with a tribal bassline guaranteed to excite everyone’s primal instincts.
,Jacob Van Hage & Saint Liz – Voodoo (Original Mix)
Jacob van Hage & Saint Liz - Voodoo (Original Mix) [Spinnin']
Last year Jacob van Hage
unleashed pure havoc upon the masses with his unruly banger Convoi
. This time around, the prince of darkness continued his campaign of destruction with Voodoo
, a track that easily decimates dancefloors with a barrage of relentless, techy synths. Jacob is blowing up fast, so be sure to keep an eye on his upcoming productions.
Deniz Koyu – Bong (Original Mix)
Deniz Koyu - Bong (Original Mix) [Refune]
Chances are if you went a festival with house music this year, you probably heard Bong
by Germany’s Deniz Koyu
. The trumpet-blasting producer made huge headway last year with Tung!
, and this year he kept that momentum going with Bong
. There’s a bright future ahead for this protégé of Fedde le Grand
as he continues to score big-ticket bookings across the US and around the world.
,Antillas feat Fiora – Damaged (Main Mix)
Antillas feat Fiora - Damaged (Main Mix) [Zouk]
Not just another pretty face, Berlin’s Fiora commands a beautiful voice that stole our hearts this year on her Antillas collaboration, Damaged. This big room hit charges forward with unstoppable energy, with the rhythm of her vocals making it irresistibly catchy. Fiora is a promising new voice in the EDM world, so be sure to give a listen to more of her songs like Oxygen with Moguai and, more recently, Deep In The Night with trance star Markus Schulz.
Wolfgang Gartner – Redline (Original Mix)
Wolfgang Gartner - Redline (Original Mix) [Ultra]
Although he’s perhaps best known for his smashing electro house, the enormously talented Wolfgang Gartner
has demonstrated that he can nail any style. This time around, he played with cheerful, big room sounds to produce Redline
. Tremendously catchy, this addicting piece has arguably one of the strongest hooks of the year and is sure to stand out in any set.
Sander van Doorn feat Mayaeni – Nothing Inside (Original Mix)
Sander van Doorn feat Mayaeni - Nothing Inside (Original Mix) [Spinnin']
Miami holds much Sander van Doorn, who every year produces something wonderful to premiere at Ultra Music Festival
. Last year he hit it big with Koko
, and this time around he opened his A State Of Trance 550
stage set by debuting Nothing Inside
with Mayaeni singing live on stage (video here
). Boasting a magnificently graceful breakdown, this soulful track definitely leaves a strong impression on anyone who hears it.
Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash – Reload (Original Mix)
Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash - Reload (Original Mix) [Refune]
(pictured) and Tommy Trash
teamed up to produce one of the most epic tunes of 2012, Reload
on Refune Records
. Its simple melodies and massive strings drive the momentum of the track, and with every drop it elevates to a higher plane of uplifting energy. For Ingrosso, It’s a terrific follow up to last year’s Calling
Nari & Milani – Atom (Original Mix)
Nari & Milani - Atom (Original Mix) [Size]
Italian duo Nari & Milani
gave new meaning to the word “destructive" with their smash hit Atom
on Steve Angello’s Size Records
. Doing what Sandro Silva
and Quintino’s Epic
did to 2011, this roller coaster of a track will set off even the most stubborn dancefloors.
Dirty South & Alesso feat Ruben Haze – City Of Dreams (Original Mix)
Dirty South & Alesso feat Ruben Haze - City Of Dreams (Original Mix) [Phazing]
The combined uplifting talents of Dirty South
(pictured) and Alesso
gave us a big room gem this year in City Of Dreams
. Both all-star producers have their fair share of vocal anthems, but this tune undoubtedly takes the cake for its sweet lyrics, shining melodies, and euphoric climax. Dirty South was so proud that he even named his recent North American tour after it.
,Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix)
Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat Georgi Kay - In My Mind (Axwell Remix) [Axtone]
version of In My Mind
blasted out over nearly every mainstage performance this year with its fine balance between harmonic breakdowns and explosive drops. Georgi Kay’s
wonderfully gentle vocals add even more catchy flavor to the already unforgettable track.
Avicii – Silhouettes (Original Mix)
Avicii - Silhouettes (Original Mix) [LE7ELS]
piano house hit Silhouettes
has probably gotten stuck in all of our heads at one point or another this year. Its gentle, proggy breakdowns make for easy listening and, much like Seek Bromance
, its chorus launches off in the silkiest of manners. Be sure to watch the controversial music video
about transgender surgery if you haven’t caught it yet.
,David Guetta feat Sia – She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) (Extended Mix)
David Guetta feat Sia - She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) (Extended Mix) [What A Music]
David Guetta’s She Wolf
is just about as big as it gets for popular dance music with nearly 60 million views for its music video on YouTube
alone. Building upon the success of previous hits Titanium
and Wild One Two
, this tag team hit the target once again with this emotive track.
Swedish House Mafia feat John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child (Extended Mix)
Swedish House Mafia feat John Martin - Don't You Worry Child (Radio Edit) [EMI]
After going hard with Greyhound
, the Swedish House Mafia
decided to give us a taste of their softer side with Don’t You Worry Child
, which lands at #3. The touching vocal tune is sure to brighten up any set with John Martin’s reassuring voice and its peaceful breakdown. With the announcement of the trio’s One Last Tour
, there are only a few more opportunities to see them drop this baby live, including their final stop
at Ultra Music Festival
Zedd feat Matthew Koma – Spectrum (Original Mix)
Zedd feat Matthew Koma - Spectrum (Extended Mix) [Interscope]
It sure has been a good year for musical prodigy Zedd
! He released his magnificent Clarity
album on Interscope
and swept dancefloors earlier this year with lead single Spectrum
. The production here is simply outstanding; the beats and melodies run remarkably well with Matthew Koma’s
crisp voice. Be sure to also check out the many excellent remixes
Porter Robinson – Language (Original Mix)
Porter Robinson - Language (Original Mix) [Big Beat]
Porter Robinson also had an extremely successful year, playing the mainstage at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas
and also touring with Identity Festival
across the USA. Last year he set the stakes pretty high with his Spitfire
EP on OWSLA
. It’s definitely not an easy feat to top that success, but Porter came through and blew us all away again his beautifully rich anthem, Language
. Anywhere this sincere, emotional track got played saw huge crowds singing their hearts out. Porter also made sure that its music video
would be of the same caliber and he chose well when he went with director Jonathan Desbiens. Congratulations to Porter for landing the #1 spot in our 2012 house chart!