The line between dance music and pop is always a tough one to pinpoint. It encapsulates the established veterans, the one-hit wonders, and the underrated upstarts that seem to redefine the gap between the genres. We feel these songs are the best representation of where dance and pop meet–the hits that fans worldwide have memorized word-for-word, the tracks that DJs everywhere have used to instantly revive their crowds and keep energy levels high. NOTE: The below tracks were chosen by a LessThan3 staff vote, then ranked based on the number of YouTube plays of the track’s official video.
Galantis – You
Swedish production duo Galantis consisting of Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow and Linus Eklow of Style of Eye made their live debut together at Coachella 2014, only two weeks before their first official release. While new as a duo, Karlsson and Eklow have had their fair share of success in the pop sphere, having produced for Britney Spears and Icona Pop, respectively. You brings the talent of both producers together and features a custom made filter that combines a male and female voice for one unique vocal output. Grab your copy on Beatport here.
RAC feat. Matthew Koma – Cheap Sunglasses
With an acronym that originally stood for "Remix Artist Collective," describing a group of artists that DJed and produced together, the RAC project has since become the solo effort of Andre Anjos. Keeping the spirit of collectively created music alive, RAC’s album Strangers features a bevy of guest vocals, including Kele of Bloc Party, St. Lucia, Penguin Prison, and others. Cheap Sunglasses is the culmination of Anjos’ saccharine vision, complete with airy synths and catchy vocal lines, courtesy of Matthew Koma, that work inside the pop formula but and just outside the indie realm. Download your copy here.
Robyn & Röyksopp – Do It Again
Robyn & Röyksopp - Do It Again (Original Mix)
Pop-queen Robyn and Grammy-nominated Röyksopp came together this past year to create their own brand of magic on their collaborative EP Do It Again. The title track fluidly combines the nuanced finesse synonymous with Röyksopp alongside the poignant pop lyricism of Robyn for a beautiful new take on each artist’s familiar sound. Of their 2014 tour together the artists had this to say: "This doesn’t sound like Röyksopp featuring Robyn or Robyn produced by Röyksopp; it’s just something else entirely." You can download your copy of the EP here.
deadmau5 feat. Colleen D’Agostino – Seeya
Proving that he is still king of production, deadmau5 delves deep into seductive pop for the final track, Seeya, off his album while(1<2). Originally crafted from his 2010 production Seeya Next Tuesday, the mau5 asked former punk songstress Colleen D’Agostino to lend her vocals to this revisited and revamped version. The track is a sexy 111 bpm compared to his preferred 128-ish bpm, and features a disco guitar bassline that would make Daft Punk smile. Head to Beatport to download Seeya here.
Chet Faker – Gold
Riding the acclaim of his album Built On Glass, few artists can boast quite the rise to fame as Chet Faker. Appearing on the electronic radar after lending vocals to and co-producing Drop The Game alongside Flume, he continues to take audiences on soulful adventures through rich improvisational technique and genre-bending soundscapes. Gold is Faker at his bluesy, moody best and has a sexy music video to boot, featuring rollerblading babes riding the rhythm down a lonely desert highway. Download your copy here.
Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't With It) [Original Mix]
Canadian funk-lordz Chromeo have an unmatched knack for creating pithy lyrics, and Jealous (I Ain’t With It) is the epitome of that raunchy, yet groovy style. It’s the first track off their latest album White Women and keeps true to the disco revivalism found in their earlier hits Tenderoni and Night By Night. With no shortage of swagger and a mantra to keep things fun, this track is ready-made to have the crowd dancing well into the late night hours. Download your copy from Beatport here.
Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige – F For You
Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige - F For You (Original Mix)
Nearly re-writing the standards for electronic music with their album Settle, UK superduo Disclosure have scored a spot in this year’s chart with their re-worked version of F For You featuring Mary J. Blige. Their contagious future garage beats blend perfectly with Blige’s extended lyric phrases and R&B touch. It’s hard to improve on perfection, but Blige’s vocals take this instant classic to soaring new heights. Pick up your copy of the single here.
Zedd feat. Miriam Bryant & Matthew Koma – Find You
Electro prodigy Zedd added another accolade to his list of achievements this past summer after scoring a spot on the soundtrack of the blockbuster movie Divergent with his track Find You. The track features the vocals of Miriam Bryant and Matthew Koma, whose vocals are also featured in RAC’s Cheap Sunglasses at the #14 position on our chart. Zedd maintains his dominance with this production and keeps the focus on assertive piano stabs and progressive synth lifts. You can find the single on Beatport here.
Gorgon City feat. MNEK – Ready For Your Love
With their name alongside heavyweights like John Newman, Rudimental, and Clean Bandit, Gorgon City have definitely earned their rank in Black Butter Records’ all-star roster with their debut album, Sirens, and hit single Ready For Your Love. Known individually under their DJ aliases Foamo and RackNRuin, together the two have modernized the house genre with their soulful interpretation bleeding with smooth basslines. This song is made complete with the seductive vocal talent of rising star MNEK and is a bona fide dancefloor annihilator. Grab your copy here.
Sam Smith – Money On My Mind
Sam Smith - Money On My Mind (Original Mix)
Following his unforgettable vocal role in Disclosure’s classic Latch, Sam Smith has since gone on to create insurmountable fame for his heartbreaking lyricism, earning himself six Grammy nominations along the way. Money On My Mind takes an optimistic approach to his quick rise to stardom–he’s not in this career for the money and his devotion to his craft makes that easy to see. Download your copy here.
Tiesto – Red Lights
Tiesto - Red Lights (Original Mix)
Red Lights demonstrates Tiesto’s versatility by integrating both acoustic and electronic elements for a playfully upbeat final product. Enjoying global success, the track peaked on The Billboard Hot 100 at #56 while soaring to an impressive #2 spot on the “Hot Dance Club Songs" chart. Quite fittingly, the accompanying music video features the conclusion of two girls’ Vegas adventure at a Tiesto show. Claim your copy of the single here.
Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne – My Love
Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne - My Love (Original Mix)
An infinitely looped DJ favorite, Route 94’s My Love took the world by surprise this past year with its insanely striking vocal hook and richly irresistible bassline. Beginning his career in dubstep under the name Dream, Rowan Tyler Jones has since embraced his new fortune with his deep house persona Route 94. With impeccable production alongside Jess Glynne’s voice, the track topped charts across the globe and drew in fans both electronically inclined and otherwise. Grab your copy here.
Kiesza – Hideaway
Kiesza - Hideaway (Original Mix)
Honing in on her love for ‘90s dance music, Kiesza’s hit Hideaway became an overnight sensation with its electropop vitality fused with a classic house foundation. Her powerful vocals have since gained the attention of Diplo and Skrillex who have featured her on their latest Jack U production, Take U There, which only propelled her career further into the limelight. The feisty companion video will make you wish your every waking moment was a choreographed dance through the streets. Download your copy here.
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – Rather Be
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne - Rather Be (Original Mix)
Combining their classical background with funky electronic sensibilities, multi-instrumentalists Clean Bandit received their big break this past year for their collaborative piece with Jess Glynne, Rather Be. The playful fourth single from their album New Eyes went viral on YouTube, with over 200 million views of the official video, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. It’s been a fairytale year for the group and for Jess Glynne, whose vocals were also used on Route 94’s My Love, both tunes of which were #1 hits in the UK. Get your copy here.
Calvin Harris – Summer
Having produced for Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, and multiple top 10 singles for himself, Calvin Harris is no novice when it comes to traversing the realm of pop and dance with expertise. Originally taking a break from singing lead vocals on his own tracks, he returned to the mic on Summer to remind fans of his multi-faceted talent not only as a producer, but as a singer/songwriter as well. It’s a sultry reminder of warmer climes, and with over 300 million views of the official video, it is our pick for the #1 pop/dance track of 2014. Grab your download here.