2010 was a defining year for electro house. Never before has the genre been so closely integrated with the culture of today’s youth. What were the big songs that defined the year, though? Which tracks really took the electro sound to the next level? Step inside for a closer look.
Sandro Silva – Told Ya (Apster Remix)
Sandro Silva - Told Ya (Apster Remix) [Dim Mak]
Called one of the best new names in electro by none other than Laidback Luke, Sandro Silva’s Told Ya kicks off our countdown with a flare for the Arabic and Latino. Synth melodies that sound like a snake charmer’s song pair with a nasal Spanish chant in this track to bring music-lovers of all kinds to the dancefloor. The best thing about this track, though? It doesn’t sound like any other electro house track released in 2010–not the easiest feat in a year dominated by the sounds of electro.
Donovans – Undertaker (Original Mix)
Donovans - Undertaker (Original Mix) [Cheap Thrills]
The duo known as Donovans have created the never-ending buildup in their tech-electro banger Undertaker (not to be confused with the Wolfgang Gartner track), which is checking in at 14. The timeless question of how to keep energy high throughout every second of a track has been answered with this tune, which uses a perpetually rising pitch to keep dancers and DJs alike on their toes. Don’t be surprised to hear non-electro DJs playing Undertaker; it’s just that kind of track.
Tiesto vs Diplo – C’mon (Original Mix)
Tiesto vs Diplo - C'mon (Original Mix)
Tiesto’s trancey synths pair with Diplo’s penchant for heavy bass in our thirteenth track, C’mon. Taking a page from Steve Aoki’s book by adding some random angry yells, the unlikely pair have created a track that could be considered the “fist-pumper" of our chart. Diplo and Tiesto have been doing many pairings with artists that you wouldn’t necessarily expect lately, so it’s nice to see that their shared desire for collaboration has culminated in a track like C’mon.
Wolfgang Gartner – Undertaker (Original Mix)
Wolfgang Gartner - Undertaker (Original Mix) [Kindergarten]
Our second track by the name of Undertaker comes from the Texas-based sensation Wolfgang Gartner. This track sparked a new wave of electro sounds built off of a drop that almost seems like a blended amalgamation of synth effects in random, yet precise order. Joined by producers like Skrillex and Porter Robinson, Wolfgang has popularized a sound that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon, so sit back and listen–Undertaker and its spawn are here to stay.
Mikix The Cat – Girls (Original Mix)
Mikix The Cat - Girls (Original Mix) [Trouble & Bass]
French Trouble & Bass-man Mikix The Cat has been producing raw, tribal electro for a few years now, but he really hit the nail on the head with our number 11 track, Girls. Half of the title of his newest EP Girls Keep On Wondering, Girls combines hard techno and electro sounds in a way that makes you want to get down and dirty. A repeating rhythmic pattern is paired with different synths and percussion sounds throughout the track to keep things interesting for the listener. Up-and-coming electro producers could learn a thing or two from this feisty feline.
Swedish House Mafia – One (Original Mix)
Swedish House Mafia - One (Original Mix) [New State]
Kicking off the top ten is the track that even your mother has heard–One by the ubiquitous Swedish House Mafia. Premiered at Ultra Music Festival in March, this track has taken off at the speed of light ever since. More recently, Usher showed up onstage with SHM at the American Music Awards doing a mash-up between One, Miami 2 Ibiza, and DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love, so to say this track has received a lot of publicity is quite the understatement. Whether you like the oversaturation or not, that unmistakable buildup and massive drop are gonna be around for a while–in clubs and frat houses alike.
Nari & Milani & Cristian Marchi ft. Luciana – I Got My Eye On You (Chuckie Remix)
Nari & Milani & Cristian Marchi feat Luciana - I Got My Eye On You (Chuckie Remix) [Rise]
Arguably the most innovative producer in the Dirty Dutch scene, Chuckie clocks in at 9 with his remix of I Got My Eye On You. While many producers have allowed the Dirty Dutch subgenre to grow stagnant, Chuckie has shown us with tracks like this that he is going to continue to advance the sound that defined the electro scene of 2010. How does he do this? With innovative melodic sections interwoven with everyone’s favorite bendy synth sounds in the drop. Chuckie has set himself up for greatness in 2011; look for many exciting collaborations with the Dutch producer to come down the pike.
Porter Robinson & Lazy Rich ft. Sue Cho – Hello (Original Mix)
Porter Robinson & Lazy Rich feat Sue Cho - Hello (Original Mix) [Big Fish]
East meets West meets Canada in our number 8 track Hello, which can be described as nothing less than a collaboration of epic proportions. Eighteen year-old North Carolina producer Porter Robinson knew what he was doing when he chose to work with Vancouver-based Lazy Rich, and vice versa. Their sounds came together in a way that complemented each other to a tee–a perfect marriage of Porter’s glitchy leanings and Lazy Rich’s heavy electro and tech sounds. Add to that a heartfelt vocal from LA’s vocal darling Sue Cho, and we have ourselves a hit.
Harry Romero, Alexander Technique & Junior Sanchez ft. Shawnee Taylor – Where You Are (Original Mix)
Harry Romero & Junior Sanchez & Alexander Technique feat Shawnee Taylor - Where You Are (Original Mix) [Size]
Released on Steve Angello’s Size Records, this conglomeration of house talent lands at 7 on our chart, but not before it became the longest-running #1 single on Beatport in 2010, and with good reason–the classic house influences in this track along with diva-esque vocals from Shawnee Taylor (pictured) make Where You Are a track with widespread international appeal. Supported by everyone from David Guetta to Erick Morillo, you’d be hard-pressed to avoid this song in today’s house sets.
Wolfgang Gartner & Deadmau5 – Animal Rights (Original Mix)
Wolfgang Gartner & Deadmau5 - Animal Rights (Original Mix) [Mau5trap]
No EDM chart is complete without a little appearance from the mau5, and he shows up at number 6 along with another animal–Wolfgang Gartner, making his second appearance on our chart. Coyly titled Animal Rights, Deadmau5’s unique, unmistakable sounds that reminds the listener of a computer gone rogue combine with Wolfgang’s special glitchy rhythms. The melodies come together perfectly to give us a track that almost has a funk groove. And who doesn’t love funk?
Congorock – Babylon (Original Mix)
Congorock feat Mr. Lexx - Babylon (Original Mix)
Just cracking the top five is everyone’s favorite electro-tribal track of the year, Babylon, by Italian newcomer Congorock. The syncopated rhythms present throughout the song make it very difficult to not sway your hips salsa-style. DJs quickly picked up on this, as this song was darn near close to being the unofficial anthem of Electric Daisy Carnival 2010 in LA. Even if the island rhythms don’t do it for you, the overwhelming grind synth that comes in at the drop will surely do you in.
Afrojack ft. Eva Simons – Take Over Control (Original Mix)
Afrojack feat Eva Simons - Take Over Control (Original Mix) [Wall]
Perhaps the poppiest of the tracks on our countdown, Take Over Control pairs Dirty Dutchman Afrojack with the exquisite vocal stylings of Eva Simons to create the first Dirty Dutch track that can truly be described as beautiful. A perfect vocal melody offsets the progressive-sounding intro, but don’t get too comfortable–the drop really packs a wallop, and is clearly the handiwork of Afrojack. Take Over Control has been circulating on the outskirts of pop radio for a while, so don’t be surprised if you hear your favorite soccer mom jamming to its beats at some point in the future.
Steve Angello – KNAS (Original Mix)
Steve Angello - KNAS (Original Mix) [Size]
Steve Angello makes a second appearance on our chart, but this time it’s just him and not his Swedish House Mafia cohorts. KNAS sports an incredibly addictive drop that makes you want to hear it over and over again, and you’re in luck if you feel that way–the track is unquestionably one of the most played tracks of the year in any genre of EDM, whether it be the original or one of a myriad of remixes. Originally a loop that Angello would throw in some of his sets, he was wise to make it a full track, as it made the name Steve Angello even bigger than it was before.
Chuckie & Hardwell feat Ambush – Move It 2 The Drum (Original Mix)
Chuckie & Hardwell feat Ambush - Move It 2 The Drum (Original Mix)
Chuckie is lucky enough to be the last of the electro artists to have multiple appearances on our chart, but I’m not sure that any electro house producer is more deserving. Ever the innovator, Chuckie teamed up with electro-tech producer Hardwell and out came Move It 2 The Drum, a track that is part hip hop, part electro, part techno, and an all-around banger to say the least. The club appeal of this track is immediately evident–it really makes you want to get down and dance dirty, so make sure you’re around close friends when this track comes on.
Wynter Gordon – Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix)
Wynter Gordon - Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix)
Well, ladies and gentlemen, here it is–the number 1 electro house track of 2010. Dirty Talk practically made itself number 1, as it was damn near the first song posted on LessThan3, and the hip hop sensibilities combined with Laidback Luke’s Midas touch make this track innovative enough, sexy enough, and appealing enough to make it the number 1 electro track of the year. The success of Dirty Talk is undoubtedly due to Laidback Luke’s prowess; it is probably safe to say that Laidback Luke is the Armin van Buuren of electro house at this point. So go ahead, press play and dance–and think about all the times you fell in love with EDM this year.