Can you believe it, but we’re literally half way through 2012! In honor of this EDM Charts is doing its half year review. We go ahead and rank the top #10 EDM tracks of 2012.
King of the mountain thus far through 2012 is Gareth Emery. His massive single “Concrete Angel” is the thoroughbred of this years track thus far. The remix done by Irish DJ John O’Callaghan is audio bliss, as it blends in a higher energy, more trance like style.
Gareth Emery has been a beast thus far, pumping out other great tracks including “Tokyo” and “The Saga”. Let’s also give props to Christina Novelli, who provided the brilliant and touching vocals on top of the instrumental. Watch out, as Emery may crack the DJMag Top #10 this year.
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At #2 we bring you the biggest sleeper of 2012. Ken Loi isn’t a new name to the industry, as he has put out countless high-quality bootlegs, mashups and remixes. “All It Takes” is a fascinating production, and progressive house at its finest. It has a chill feel to it, yet great energy is created near the chorus.
Let’s not forget to mention vocalist Zashanell’s great addition to the track. She adds soul and flavor, and is a name to surely watch. Keep an eye out for both of these artists, as they’re sure to make headway, whether it be via Tiesto and his label Musical Freedom, or on their own shoulders.
While it is sad to see Swedish House Mafia go their separate ways, they sure went out with a bang, with their latest and greatest single being “Greyhound”. Packed with energy and the epic theme song to a brilliant Absolute Vodka campaign, this addictive track was able to not only climb Beatport’s charts, but in addition Billboard.
Greyhound is an excellent example of an artist/group pushing EDM on the commercial scene. These guys never sold out, yet got the modern public exposed to some great new music.
Dutch labelmates, Tiesto and Showtek check in at #4 on the half year countdown. It is hard to think of another track that packs as much punch as this one. This isn’t the first time these two have collaborated; remember “Maximal Crazy”?
It is rather interesting following Tiesto somewhat reinventing himself. He has essentially left the trance circuit and is now in the realm of electro house and some progressive house. Whatever he is doing is surely working, just look at his success thus far in 2012 with singles and Club Life Vol. 2: Miami.
For the fifth spot we have the dangerous duo of David Guetta and Nicky Romero. “Metropolis” is a rip roaring track that was initially premiered at Ultra Music Festival Miami during Guetta’s set. It is some vicious electro house, combined with an unbelievable piano riff.
For Guetta haters out there, this is a great comeback. For Romero lovers, this is just another step in direction of his stardom and creativity. Let’s hope those two collaborate again in the near future!
Look at the title of this song. It speaks for itself; Afrojack can’t be stopped. He’s a super human. He produces one hit after another, while at the same time dazzling crowds while indulging on a .750 of Grey Goose and pack of Marlboro Reds.
This is an example of a brilliant collaboration. Shermanology add just the right touch of soul and creativity to make the track unique and genuine. This is another EDM track that helped push the genre to those not as accustomed to the scene.
Pryda, Prydz, Cirez D…it really doesn’t matter what you call him. This Swede produced a monster this spring with “Allein”. It is progressive house at its finest.
The instrumental is addictive and the loop is killer. Pryda always finds away to do something a little bit different from the mainstream. It definitely is, as it relies more on technically refined skills then more commonly found sounds.
Porter Robinson ventures away from his usual dubstep and electro house to produce a great progressive house track in “Language”. It is a marvelous first take on doing something new and different for him.
One great part of the track is the vocals. They are airy and refreshing. “Language” has been featured on countless radio shows and was even recently showcased as the theme song to the follow up video to EDC Las Vegas.
Dutch legend Sander van Doorn takes over the #9 spot. His single “Chasin’” is high energy instrumental. It is somewhat reminiscent of his huge hit in 2011 of “Koko”. While very different in style, both tracks show very little need for vocals.
Sander van Doorn is great in both the studio as well as live. The EDM Charts crew was lucky enough to catch him live at EPIC in downtown Minneapolis this fall, where the tore the roof of the joint.
At the 10 spot is young DJ/Producer Zedd with his latest single “Spectrum” featuring Matthew Koma on vocals. It is a bit of changeup for Zedd style wise as this one is bit more poppy. However, it quite the procurement of styles, equivalent to a bag of potpourri.
Zedd has been pumping out hits like a mad man as of recently. Each one unique as the next. Most fans would agree that they can’t wait until Zedd produces his first complete album chalk full of tracks.