If you love to move your body, or simply like an energetic and hypnotic beat, then chances are that you’re often seeking out the best EDM songs available. So in this article, we’re going to provide you with a list of our absolute favorite EDM songs, with the hope that you’ll add one or two of them to your playlist rotation.
Best EDM Songs You’ll Love
Let’s begin with a song by Avicii.
Levels by Avicii
“Levels” is one of those songs that instantly forces you into an infectious dance, giving you a euphoric feeling. Fans of EDM are familiar with Avicii’s way to lure his listeners and get them wanting to get up and dance. something is amazing about the pounding 4×4 beat, the way it gradually faded to the vocals of Etta James’ “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” lyrics. This is a great EDM song and many fans attribute this Avicii song to turning them onto the EDM scene.
I think what makes this song so great, aside from the actual awesomeness of the song, is how wholesome Avicii was as a person. Jessica Pressler from GQ Magazine interviewed Avicii, who said,, “I love DJing, I do, I love everything that comes with it.”
Listening to this song is always like walking into a time machine; I’m instantly taken back to the first time that I heard it at a local music festival. There was not a person in the crowd that was not moving to the music, you could feel the beat in the air; the beat was phenomenal coming off of those big speakers. Aside from parties where you want everyone to have a good time and dance, this is a great song for just listening to, to escape.
Tokyo Drift by Teriyaki Boyz
The Teriyaki Boyz is a Japanese group that is made up of rappers and DJs, who many may recognize from the soundtrack for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Besides being featured in a huge box office movie, this song was also produced by the Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo), making even more people excited to hear this song. The group has not been active since 2009, but luckily, they gave us this great hit before they stopped.
The famous sound at the beginning of the song is a sample of a gamelan, an instrument that typically includes bronze percussion instruments. Together, with a beat added and the renowned hook being introduced, it pulls you into the song. This song is a great throwback song or something to listen to if you need to get into a good mood. It’s almost impossible to listen to this song and not sing along with the hook.
Bad Karma by Axel Thesleff
Bad Karma is almost seven minutes of incredible drops and creative beats that grab the listener and keep you hooked. When listening to this song, it’s hard not to get lost in the music and wonder where the last seven minutes went.
This track features scarce lyrics, spoken in Punjabi, that translate to, “don’t keep on wanting money, people have loads and they’re never happy.” This phrase is repeated a couple of times during the song but worked beautifully to accompany the great beat that just takes you to another dimension. This song is very upbeat, but peaceful at the same time. It’s a great song to listen to while relaxing.
Eyes On Fire by Blue Foundation (Zeds Dead Remix)
Blue Foundation is a great Danish band that shook Twilight fans with their song “Eyes On Fire.” When Twilight was first released, it had a huge cult following, with many fans instantly being obsessed with this song. It should be noted that this song did come out before the Twilight movie and doesn’t revolve around the series at all; it just fits perfectly for the scene in the movie. This major feature allowed Blue Foundation to embrace the underground and alternative mainstream media, all at once.
“Eyes On Fire” features a slow tempo beat and snare from the drums, and a luring guitar riff that just sucks you into it. The opening guitar rhythm features a note that rings at the end and is repeated during the whole song with slight chord changes.
The beauty of this song is how the guitar, drums, and vocals all complement each other and sound so inviting. I consider this song a darker EDM song, when you think of EDM and boosted bass, this is not your typical music festival song. I typically would listen to this song on a cold, rainy day when it’s gloomy outside.
Tsunami by DVBBS & Borgeous
The Canadian duo DVBBS and American DJ Borgeous went all out on this great song. The original version of this song, released in 2013, only contained the instrumentals and was huge at festivals. In early 2014, the “Tsunami (Jump)” version included the British rapper Tinie Tempah for the vocal mix.
Both versions of this song are spectacular; with the original instrumental version being huge at festivals, and the vocal mix being big at clubs and parties. Billboard magazine called this song, “the most played tune at [2013’s] Tomorrowland”, which was a huge Belgian electronic music festival.
I look at the title of this song as a warning for the progression of the song itself. At first, you have a steady heart-beat-like beat, that eventually starts to speed up. Once the suspense is building up there is a huge bass drop shortly after the one and two-minute mark and the tempo speeds up again, while still keeping that beat, driving the song.
Tsunami’s hit fast and can vary on their warnings, this song does the same thing with its incredible beat and musical changes. I love listening to the original version with just the instrumentals because you can create your own meaning and interpret the song how you want to. This is a great song for festivals and parties where you want people to be dancing and moving.
Cinema by Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go
Benny Benassi is an Italian DJ and electro house music producer. “Cinema” is often referred to as Benny Benassi’s most popular and best work of art. The lyrics are very fun and easy to sing along to. Anytime I have listened to this song, it has always managed to put a smile on my face and put me in a great mood. There are multiple versions of “Cinema” with the most popular remix being the Skrillex and Laidback Luke versions.
Both the original and Skrillex version of this song has been frequently played at festivals and clubs. I think “Cinema” is an interesting and attractive song, especially for those that are new to EDM music. The lyrics are very appealing with the line, “you are a cinema, I could watch you forever” being very hard to ignore while listening.
The overall feel and beat to this song are very easy to dance to and both Benny and Gary Go did a fantastic job blending the lyrics with the EDM-style beats and instrumentals.
Bangarang by Skrillex ft. Sirah
Skrillex, Sonny John Moore, is an American DJ and music producer who has been a huge part of the EDM community. “Bangarang” is the song that helped pull Skrillex to the top of the ladder, taking influences from several other EDM artists.
This song is an energized dubstep that contains chopped vocals from Sirah. When Skrillex first dropped “Bangarang” there wasn’t a better time to be alive for the EDM community; this was a widely popular track, even with people not familiar with the EDM scene.
The beat starts with constant shots that provide an edgier EDM sound compared to the standard computer-created sound. This is the perfect song to just crank up the volume to and let the bass do all of the talking. From the “shout to all my lost boys” vocals and the guitar in the intro, to the heavy bass drop, “Bangarang” doesn’t disappoint.
This song is what helped people to get a love for extremely deep bass music and Dubstep. If you are looking for an extremely bass-driven song and something to make you feel like you’re living in a subwoofer, look no further than this.
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Wake Me Up by Avicii
The Swedish DJ, Avicii, made another worldwide smash with his hit “Wake Me Up.” This song is a unique variant of EDM and features an acoustic and organic sound, with the classic EDM beats, tempos, and drops. The sound of “Wake Me Up” is phenomenal, but the true love for the song comes from the lyrics that are appealing to people from all ages and walks of life.
Unlike the traditional EDM music that has dirty drops and super intense builds, this song features banjos and kazoos with great vocals from Aloe Blacc and Incubus guitarist Michael Einziger. Unlike your typical underground EDM music, this Avicii hit was made famous on the radio, with an overwhelming majority of listeners loving the unique sound of an Avicii song.
Besides this EDM song sounding different, I love it because Avicii was bold enough to try something different. This is a great song to listen to for any occasion, I typically will listen to it when I need a pick-me-up song.
I Remember by Deadmau5 & Kaskade
Canadian composer Deadmau5 and American DJ Kaskade dropped “I Remember” back in 2008, and it has only grown in popularity since then. There is always at least one song from any artist that hooks you as a fan, when I first heard “I Remember” I was immediately hooked. It’s crazy how this song can make me “remember” a dreamy sense of nostalgia that I can not particularly pinpoint to anything. What I love about this song is if you are feeling down, you can put this song on and allow it to put you into a state of mind where everything just seems clearer.
This song has a way of connecting people from all different walks of life and makes it a great piece of music. My favorite part of the song is Haley Gibby’s vocals blending effortlessly with the whizzing synths and a thumping kick. From the beginning, there is a steady beat and underlying melodies that take you away and slowly ground you when the beat picks up and changes. Even though Deadmau5 and Kaskade may seem like an unusual collaboration, they merged the best of both worlds to give us this amazing track.
Animals by Martin Garrix
Martin Garrix is a phenomenal Dutch DJ that has awed the EDM world with this song. When released in 2013, this song blew up overnight and invited new listeners into the world of EDM. Before recording Animals, Martin was not getting much attention, after “Animals” that all changed. In an interview with GQ Magazine Martin said, “I was making all my music in my bedroom at my parents’ house and when I made ‘Animals’ I had no idea what was about to happen.”
Not only did this song spark a huge EDM movement, but it was also a unique sound that few people have heard before. The opening high-toned beat quickly drops to a lower techno sound that fades into an upbeat melody. My favorite thing about “Animals” is that the sounds keep changing, there is no boring repetition, and it’s constantly new and exciting to hear what is next. This song is perfect for music festivals, dancing, and just for an all-around great time.
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Clarity by Zedd ft. Foxes
The underlining message that Zedd and Foxes are trying to convey with “Clarity” is that two lovers are aware their relationship is doomed to fail, but attempt to try it anyway. This song won Zedd and Foxes a Grammy Award, right at the start of Foxes’ career. In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer Foxes said, “I’ve just been writing in a bedroom, and I’m suddenly in LA holding a Grammy! I don’t really know how to deal with this!” This song created a lot of pressure for Foxes to make her songs live up to that level of greatness; ultimately making her go on a 4-year break. However, Zedd has continued to create some great music for the EDM community.
“Clarity” features love-struck lyrics and a beautiful sound with ever-changing beats and tempos. There is also a great bass drop and techno-like bass booming towards the end. Every time I listen to this song I notice how every single beat, snare, and synth squeal was meticulously placed, for a stunning outcome. This song is perfect for live performances and festivals due to how easy it is to get captivated during the build and drop on this song.
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Tremor by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ft. Martin Garrix
When you see some huge names like DVLM and Martin Garrix on the same song together, you know it’s going to be great. “Tremor” became the official anthem of Sensation White’s 2014, an indoor EDM event that originated in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This song is still played at festivals today, where you can commonly hear the crowd chanting the drop’s main melody.
There are so many different versions of “Tremor” that it’s somewhat hard to keep up with them all, and some people find that the song is overplayed at festivals. However, the unique melody, bass, drop, and sound that this song produces is what makes it a timeless EDM hit that is sure to get you dancing along with its beat.
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Blah Blah Blah by Armin Van Buuren
“Blah Blah Blah” is a very catchy song that I can’t stop listening to. There is a common theory that Armin made this song as a meme and is trolling the EDM community. Whether or not this song is a meme, it’s very hard to get it out of your head after listening to the full song. “Blah Blah Blah” is a cheery mood-lifting song that is very intense and a great song to be played at festivals. The intro starts with a cheerful child’s voice for the vocals that loop until the drop starts.
My favorite thing about the drop is that it kicks with snapping triplets and a top-kick for the baseline. I also enjoy the unique use of scarce vocals being played in addition to the drop. But my favorite part of this song is the piano that is brought in during the second half of the song, it just sounds dreamy.
The piano eventually diminishes to the drop synths and introduces the drop again. Every time I hear this song, I instantly get taken back to the first time I heard it at a local EDM festival; it was pretty clear that this was a great song that was also unique compared to what was typically played at festivals.
The best thing about EDM music is that it is such a wide genre, that anyone can find a song they like. Some people are all about their EDM music only featuring instrumentals with constant drops and fast-paced beats. Others like to have some lyrics that they can relate to or sing along with. Both options are perfectly fine and what makes EDM such a great genre.
Artists like Skrillex, Avicii, Martin Garrix, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have some of the best EDM songs that contain great beats and uplifting music. Whether you are looking for rave music, festival music, or just music to dance to, any of these songs are sure to get you dancing.
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