Jan 09, 2013
The Top 15 Trap Tracks Of 2012
The rise of trap music from the underground to mass appeal is quite fascinating. With its roots in Dirty South rap, trap was already a familiar sound with the youth of America and as it grew more popular we saw it mingle with other EDM genres like moombahton, big room house, and even hardstyle. This chart showcases the genre’s leading pioneers that carved out its evolution in 2012.
deadmau5 & Kaskade – Trap For Me (Van Toth Remix)
Deadmau5 & Kaskade - Trap For Me (Van Toth Remix)

Kicking off our chart and revealing the lighter, deeper side of trap’s potential is Van Toth’s relaxing take on Move For Me by deadmau5 and Kaskade. Humorously nicknamed “the ghetto version" by some, this edit has well-produced strings and percussion that effortlessly blends with the original sample. Miami’s Van Toth certainly knew what he was doing when he was experimenting with this progressive house classic.

At Dawn We Rage – The Fall (Original Mix)
At Dawn We Rage - The Fall (Original Mix) [Simplify]

The Fall by At Dawn We Rage is one of the most unique trap tunes out there; it’s a remarkable fusion of acoustic guitars, soothing voice samples, and even elements of trance. A sincere harmony flows throughout this masterpiece, making it undoubtedly one of the year’s most underrated gems.

Bro Safari feat Notorious B.I.G. – Scumbag (Original Mix)
Bro Safari feat Notorious B.I.G. - Scumbag (Original Mix)

Bro Safari
has seen plenty of success with moombahton, and he scored big when he moved into the trap game with his tune Scumbag. This track scores its mean attitude with an excellent sample from Suicidal Thoughts by Biggie Smalls. It doesn’t let up, it doesn’t play nice, and it will probably start a few fights.

Calvin Harris feat Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)
Calvin Harris feat Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)

Diplo spun plenty of trap music in 2012 and in doing so caused a twerking epidemic around the globe. The king of Mad Decent teamed up with Grandtheft and transformed Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris and Florence Welch into a soulful trap hit. Their version establishes a sharp contrast between her passionate voice and the chaos in the drops.

Flosstradamus – Details (Original Mix)
Flosstradamus - DETAILS (Original Mix)

Hard as nails, the Flosstradamus XO series rocked the planet with nine room-shaking trap remixes of hardstyle tracks. Definitely one of the hardest tracks in the free compilations had to be Details, a tune that samples Acoustic Detail by Ambassador Inc. With what can only be described as relentless, digitalized brutality, this unruly beast was born to set off mosh pits.

Kill The Noise – Roots (Brillz Remix)
Kill The Noise - Roots (Brillz Remix) [Slow Roast]

Breaking into the Top 10 we have the volatile Brillz remix of Roots by Kill The Noise. Although it may begin with a calming jungle sounds and strings, it changes its tone quickly and starts to bang hard. Ripping and roaring the whole way through, this monster track overflows with speaker-rattling energy, so be sure to crank the volume up.

Benny Benassi – Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)
Benny Benassi - Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)

RL Grime tackled one of the most remixed classics ever, Satisfaction by Benny Benassi, and totally nailed it. Not only that, this official remix also became the first trap tune to climb into the Top 10 chart on Beatport. Complete with air horns blaring as the finishing touch, this sexy beast is guaranteed to send any wild party to the next level.

Eprom – Regis Chillbin (Original Mix)
Eprom - Regis Chillbin (Original Mix) [Rwina]

The production value of Eprom’s Regis Chillbin is simply astonishing. Just like a living creature, it breathes and behaves unexpectedly. The detail is so finely polished; everything from the crisp percussion to the variety of electronic sounds makes it clear that he was pulling from a very personalized production palette.

TNGHT – Bugg’n (Original Mix)
TNGHT - Bugg'n (Original Mix) [Warp]

Hudson Mohawke and Lunice joined forces in 2012 to produce under the name TNGHT. Their teamwork bore some very creative fruits including Bugg’n, a magnificent experiment that features pipes being struck like drums and a baby sample you may recognize from Are You That Somebody? by Aaliyah. It’s not as in your face as a lot of trap, but it demonstrates rich texture and character.

Hardwell – Spaceman (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)
Hardwell - Spaceman (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)

Carnage’s monstrous remix of Spaceman by Hardwell annihilated clubs and arenas alike. In fact, it got so spectacularly popular that even Tiesto himself was dropping at his massive mainstage sets at Stereosonic in Australia and also on his Club Life College Tour. This LA producer has earned the world’s attention.

Dillon Francis – Masta Blasta (The Rebirth)
Dillon Francis - Masta Blasta (The Rebirth) [Mad Decent]

Cracking the Top 5 comes the loveable Dillon Francis and the trap version of his moombahton tune Masta Blasta. The highs here are especially pronounced and the earth-shaking kickdrums make this one hell of a party starter. Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out the hilarious music video.

Birdy Nam Nam – Goin’ In (Skrillex Goin’ Down Remix)
Birdy Nam Nam - Goin' In (Skrillex Goin' Down Mix) [OWSLA]

Skrillex is maybe most famous for his hard dubstep style, but he’s dabbled in loads of different genres. In 2012, he joined in on the fun and experimented with trap by remixing Goin’ In by French turntablist group Birdy Nam Nam. Although trap is generally not very melodic, Skrillex is well-known for his melodies, and this Goin’ Down remix has plenty. The highlight here the thuggish voice sample just before the furious drop; it gives the tune a mean edge and that sets it up perfectly for the plunge into bass.

Baauer – Harlem Shake (Original Mix)
Baauer - Harlem Shake (Original Mix) [Mad Decent]

Baauer’s signature track Harlem Shake quickly became a trap anthem and earned him an enormous following. This jam explodes on the drop with a boatload of mayhem and bass growls–just some of the fine details that make it simply irresistible. Baauer is a true pioneer whose flavor of trap has influenced many other producers in the genre.

Kanye West – Mercy (RL Grime & Salva Remix)
Kanye West - Mercy (RL Grime & Salva Remix)

Clockwork’s side project RL Grime skyrocketed with the release of his Mercy bootleg that he co-produced with his pal Salva. It’s responsible for armies of new trap fans simply by blowing the roof off every club it was played in. Why’s it work so well? It’s all about the profound contrast between its soaring highs and swooping lows. RL Grime really nailed the sweet spot that makes its drop so dangerously powerful.

Major Lazer – Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)
Major Lazer - Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)

Chicago #hoodieboyz Flosstradamus are arguably the tip of the spear in the trap revolution. Their baby-making remix of Original Don by Major Lazer sparked up the genre’s surging popularity last January and earned millions of views on YouTube. Even the trap music mottos like “run the trap" and “damn son, where’d you find this?" were heavily popularized by this track. Congratulations to Flosstradamus for earning our #1 spot!