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WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: MARCH 2013, VOL. 97

25 Mar

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March Madness is here! Afrojack celebrates Ultra Music Festival with some “guitar”. Shogun bring trance to the table with a “drop”. Jochen Miller takes us to the top with “Attic”.

1. AFROJACK “AIR GUITAR (ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL ANTHEM” [ORIGINAL MIX] (ULTRA) Release Date: 2013-3-12edmcharts_afrojack

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: ELECTRO HOUSE

Origin: HOLLAND

Description: Afrojack is finally starting to heat up once again, this time with the theme song of Ultra Music Festival 15. It was a heck of a festival, and Afrojack didn’t disappoint. This hardened electro house track hits deep and and has a heart pulsing beat to it. Afrojack’s tracks are typically rather rowdy and then one will get any crowd going. Watch out for 2012 Afrojack fans!

Reminds Us Of: “‘Lionheart” – Afrojack

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WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: NOVEMBER 2012, VOL. 77

10 Nov

Winter’s coming! Betsie Larkin gets us ready to hit “play” with some classic trance. Afrojack welcomes a new lady to his archives. R3hab encourages us to live for the “city”!

1. BETSIE LARKIN, GABRIEL & DRESDEN “PLAY IT BACK” [ORIGINAL MIX] (ORGANIZED NATURE) Release Date: 2012-11-05

Rating★★★★

Genre: Trance

Origin: USA

Description: Betsie Larkin and Gabriel & Dresden team up for a great trance track to take the top spot this week! Larkin accelerates the track to another level thanks to her top #10 talent voice. Gabriel & Dresden offer an instrumental that has periods of mellow flow followed up by an excellent build that captures the moment. The filters applied to vocals also add to the aura of the single, that is unique and festival ready.

Reminds Us Of: “Obvious” – Lange, Betsie Larkin

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WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: JULY 2012, VOL. 61

23 Jul

In case you’re wondering the EDM Charts crew made it back in one piece from Global Dance Festival in Denver. This week Afrojack “rocks the house”! Fedde Le Grand and Nicky Romero create “sparks” on their newest collaboration. Dash Berlin steals our “hearts” with a trance banger.
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WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: HALF YEAR SPECIAL TOP #10 OF 2012

28 Jun

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.
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TOP 5 SETS FROM ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012

26 Mar

Ultra Music Festival 2012 was an absolute masterpiece. Unbelievable artists, unbelievable moments. Keep reading to find out EDM Charts’ official take on the top #5 sets at UMF. Continue reading

TOP UPCOMING RELEASES OF THE DAY (PREVIEWS) | FEB. 23, 2012

23 Feb

Upcoming previews and releases by Starkillers & Dmitry KO, Tiesto & Mark Knight, Tocadisco, Karmin, Catz ‘N Dogz, Felix Cartal, and Pendulum & Afrojack.

Starkillers & Dmitry KO – ‘Light It Up’ (Michael Woods Remix) [PREVIEW]


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WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: FEBRUARY 2012, VOL. 37

2 Feb

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: FEBRUARY 2012, VOL. 37

This week’s chart not only displays a wide breadth of genres but also shows us the global effect of EDM. The pride of Egypt, Aly & Fila, produce a trance anthem. Dirty Dutch star Afrojack partners with Shermanology for a banger . Newcomers Space Rockerz feature Ellie Lawson for a track that isn’t “So Out Of Reach” of being a breakthrough. Continue reading

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: SPECIAL YEAR END TOP 20 COUNTDOWN

28 Dec

This is a special entry as we count down this year’s finest EDM hits of the year. 2011 was packed full of energy with great new albums from names we trust and smashing new singles from fresh faces to the scene.

Enjoy this countdown as you take in a great new year in 2012!

1. ABOVE & BEYOND, RICHARD BEDFORD “SUN & MOON” (ORIGINAL MIX) [ULTRA]

Release Date: 2011-04-17

Jono, Tony and Paavo kicked 2011 off right with their massive, genre blurring single “Sun & Moon”. It is not only an amazing tracking from instrumental all the way to vocals with Richard Bedford, but this single combined with all of the other songs on their album “Group Therapy” have done wonders for the EDM movement. This single is filled with passion and emotion that only A&B know how to convey through their skillful conducting. The heart-wrenching vocals are so well written; definitely poetry at its finest. This powerful track is merely a glimspe at where the EDM genre (trance/progressive house to be specific) can and should aim for.

http://www.beatport.com/track/sun-and-moon-feat-richard-bedford-club-mix/1763820

2. ALY, FILA, JWAYDAN “WE CONTROL THE SUNLIGHT” (ORIGINAL MIX) [FUTURE SOUND OF EGYPT]

Release Date: 2011-07-04

What we have here is simply put, the finest pure vocal trance track of the year. Aly & Fila continue to increase their skill set and advance with the trance world. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have a solid connection with Armin van Buuren via the Armada label. Jwaydan makes an excellent appearance on the single. Her voice is pure bliss while haunting at the same time. After the vocal chorus, the instrumental buildup is then combined with a massive drop. I don’t think you could really come across a much bigger song specifically for a festival than this one for trance fans. Aly & Fila are a DJ duo that will keep rising. Their Future Sounds of Egypt podcast is great as well; make sure to subscribe.

http://www.beatport.com/track/we-control-the-sunlight-feat-jwaydan-original-mix/2006016

3. AVICII “LEVELS” (ORIGINAL MIX) [LE7ELS]

Release Date: 2011-11-01

Say hello to the hottest DJ on the planet right now, Avicii. Call him what you want; Avicii, Tim Berg, Tom Hangs; it does not matter what alias you use. He just turned 22 this fall and is achieving what most could only dream of. Levels has now gathered somewhat of a cult following around it, being that unfortunately the likes of Flo Rida have copycatted the effort for worthless iTunes play at college bars. It is important to give credit to the genius behind the a capella, soul singer Etta James. The vocals integrated with a genius instrumental do create progressive house magic. This song was a lock down track on most DJs setlists throughout 2011. I think this track only hints at the talent that lies down the road for this young Swede.

http://www.beatport.com/track/levels-original-mix/3059880

4. MAT ZO, ARTY “REBOUND” (ORIGINAL MIX) [ANJUNABEATS]

Release Date: 2011-04-18

Anjunabeats not only captures amazing talent under their massive label, but they do a great job promoting their music. Rebound is the best pure instrumental trance track of 2011. I think it is important to note these two amazing DJs. Mat Zo is 21. Arty is 22. Their age combined is less than that of famed DJ Benny Benassi; that’s ridiculous. The complexity and layering of the track is remarkable. The buildup combined with the looping is effortless. This is what Anjunabeats is all about. You take the best talent in the world and produce the smoothest engineered tracks out there. It is important to note how the track received rave reviews from competitor Armin van Buuren.

http://www.beatport.com/track/rebound-original-mix/1839852

5. FEDDE LE GRAND “SO MUCH LOVE” (ORIGINAL MIX) [TOOLROOM RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-08-26

What an absolutely massive year for Fedde le Grand, yet I feel nobody noticed. This will more than likely be the headline track that everyone remembers from Fedde in 2011, but lets not forget some of his other electro bangers with Control Room, Metrum and Autosave. His remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise” is stellar as well. “So Much Love” is such an uplifting track. It just makes you feel good. The original song “So Much Love To Give” by Thomas Bangalter and DJ Falcon was carefully resculpted under the keen eye of Fedde into a huge summer progressive house hit. This single not only dominated sets but Beatport as well. This was a year of renaissance for Fedde, showing why he’s a top 25 DJ in the world.

http://www.beatport.com/track/so-much-love-original-club-mix/2439233

6. ARTY “AROUND THE WORLD” (ORIGINAL MIX) [ANJUNABEATS]

Release Date: 2011-07-04

Congratulations young Russian Arty, you’re already on the list twice! “Around the World” literally made the world ask this year: Has progressive house and trance now become one?

http://www.beatport.com/track/around-the-world-original-mix/2013720

7. JOHN O’CALLAGHAN, BETSIE LARKIN “SAVE THIS MOMENT” (GARETH EMERY REMIX)[CAPTIVATING SOUNDS ARMADA]

Release Date: 2011-04-11

Betsie Larkin wins vocalist of the year from this track alone. O’Callaghan combines forces with Emery to rework the original production to create an energetic yet deep track.

http://www.beatport.com/track/save-this-moment-gareth-emery-remix/1836295

8. DIRTY SOUTH, THOMAS GOLD, KATE ELSWORTH “ALIVE” (ORIGINAL MIX) [PHAZING]

Release Date: 2011-07-25

Dirty South teams with German producer Thomas Gold to produce the EDM summer hit of 2011. Huge buildups combined with Elsworth’s sleek vocals make for a sure-fire floor-filler.

http://www.beatport.com/track/alive-feat-kate-elsworth-original-mix/2061542

9. ARMIN VAN BUUREN, LAURA V “DROWNING” (AVICII REMIX) [ARMIND]

Release Date: 2011-02-25

Van Buuren, the true #1 DJ in the world, finally breaks into the countdown at #8. The rework with Avicii is powerful and helps highlight Laura V to produce a likeable track from the “Mirage” album.

http://www.beatport.com/track/drowning-feat-laura-v-avicii-remix/1743029

10. SEBASTIAN INGROSSO, ALESSO “CALLING” (ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MIX) [REFUNE RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-08-31

I’m calling it now but next year Alesso will be this year’s Avicii. Young Swede Alesso teams with Ingrosso from Swedish House Mafia making a track pumped full of caffeine, energy and flow.

http://www.beatport.com/track/calling-original-instrumental-mix/2446745

11. DIGITALISM “CIRCLES” (ERIC PRYDZ MIX) [PRYDA FRIENDS]

Release Date: 2011-10-24

What can I say other than it is the year of Sweden in the EDM scene. Prydz remixes his own talent, Digitalism, and shows us why he’s the original DJ out of the Kingdom of Sweden.

http://www.beatport.com/track/circles-eric-prydz-remix/3029391

12. FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE “YOU’VE GOT THE LOVE” (MARK KNIGHT REMIX)[TOOLROOM RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-06-13

This song absolutely annihilated Beatport this summer. This is a genius combination of raw indie talent from Florence and the Machine melded with Mark Knight’s ingenuity.

http://www.beatport.com/track/youve-got-the-love-mark-knight-remix/1964757

13. MARK KNIGHT, TIESTO, DINO “BEAUTIFUL WORLD” (ORIGINAL MIX) [TOOLROOM RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-03-21

Did I mention other than Anjuanbeats, Toolroom Records dominated the EDM scene in 2011? Tiesto bring his trance prowess to the table with Mark Knight to produce a deep and meaningful hit.

http://www.beatport.com/track/beautiful-world-feat-dino-original-club-mix/1781599

14. GARETH EMERY, ASHLEY WALLBRIDGE “MANSION” (ORIGINAL MIX) [GARUDA]

Release Date: 2011-09-05

“Mansion” is pure trance at its finest. Eerie chords combined with repetitive looping make for a powerful and strong effort by the up and coming Brit DJ.

http://www.beatport.com/track/mansion-original-mix/2668412

15. TIESTO “MAXIMAL CRAZY” (ORIGINAL MIX) [MUSICAL FREEDOM]

Release Date: 2011-09-05

Tiesto decides to venture down a new path, going electro house with “Maximal Crazy”. The title is self descriptive; crazy, energetic and euphoric.

http://www.beatport.com/track/maximal-crazy-original-mix/2447599

16. AFROJACK, DIMITRI VEGAS, LIKE MIKE, NERVO “THE WAY WE SEE THE WORLD” (TOMORROWLAND ANTHEM AFROJACK VOCAL EDIT) [SPINNIN BUNDLES]

Release Date: 2011-09-16

This surely goes down as the biggest group collaboration of the year with Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and the Aussie girls NERVO. The beat is killer with tight fast-paced production that’s hard hitting to the core.

http://www.beatport.com/track/the-way-we-see-the-world-tomorrowland-anthem-afrojack-vocal-edit/2713598

17. MARKUS SCHULZ, JOCHEN MILLER “ROTUNDA” (ORIGINAL MIX) [COLDHARBOUR RECORDINGS]

Release Date: 2011-05-02

Rotunda makes for a pure Markus Schulz anthem in this effort. Miller & Schulz combine for a high BPM trance track that makes us feel like we’re in the middle of a concert in Eastern Europe.

http://www.beatport.com/track/rotunda-original-mix/1876844

18. SANDER VAN DOORN “KOKO” (ORIGINAL MIX) [DOORN RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-04-25

2011 was a breakout year for Van Doorn with his album Eleve11. Koko is easily the most eclectic track of the year, combining pan flutes with pounding synths and beats.

http://www.beatport.com/track/koko-original-mix/1843202

19. MORD FUSTANG “LICK THE RAINBOW” (ORIGINAL MIX) [PLASMAPOOL]

Release Date: 2011-04-11

It’s unbelievable that this kid is 20 years old and is making genre blurring music. This track has a lot of “wobble” and was the lead track for electro house in 2011.

http://www.beatport.com/track/lick-the-rainbow-original-mix/1834862

20. MICHAEL CALFAN “RESURRECTION” (AXWELL’S RECUT CLUB VERSION) [AXTONE RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-11-21

Get out of the way David Guetta, this Frenchman is for real. Calfan hooks up with Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell to make a vibing progressive house hit.

http://www.beatport.com/track/resurrection-axwells-recut-club-version/3079180

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: NOVEMBER 2011, VOL. 27

16 Nov

1. JOHN DÄHLBACK, ERIK HASSLE “ONE LAST RIDE” [TOMMY TRASH REMIX] (Mutants)

Release Date: 2011-10-11

The Swedish take over continues (even the vocalist Hassle is from Katrineholdm, Sweden). Dählback smashes this one out of the ballpark. This remix is an insanely ridiculous energetic track considering how vocal heavy it is. I recently heard this debut on Sander van Doorn’s “Identity” podcast. I love how the plucking beat blends with the rapid twisting of “dubsteppish” tones, that essentially represent an electric guitar on steroids. This track will easily work in the club and/or festival.

 http://www.beatport.com/track/one-last-ride-feat-erik-hassle-tommy-trash-remix/2677091

2. AFROJACK “LIONHEART” [ORIGINAL MIX] (WALL RECORDINGS)

Release Date: 2011-11-07

Afrojack stays put at #2 on this week’s countdown. Talk about some massive basslines! What we have here is what represent modern day electro house. This track is punch in style and dirty dutch to the core. One suggestion: Don’t find yourself in a mosh pit with this one.

http://www.beatport.com/track/lionheart-original-mix/3075503

3. GARETH EMERY, MARK FRISCH “INTO THE LIGHT” [BENJAMIN BATES REMIX] (GARUDA)

Release Date: 2011-11-14

This is an unbelievable remix off the “Northern Lights” album. I’ve personally never come across Benjamin Bates; but I can say he has blown me away with his obvious skill. This remix should garner widespread appeal as it has taken a trance track and added elements to make it a progressive house track. The portion of the track with the church organ is great, as it gives great focus to the inner soul of the song. This has festival written all over it. Emery yet again proves why he’s a top 20 DJ.

http://www.beatport.com/track/into-the-light-feat-mark-frisch-benjamin-bates-remix/3072053

4. ALESSO “RAISE YOUR HEAD” [ORIGINAL MIX] (REFUNE RECORDS)

Release Date: 2011-11-16

Alesso is killing it in 2011! If it wasn’t for Avicii, Alesso would be the top newcomer of the year (for progressive house; Arty for trance). This track is actually shockingly a bit more on the dark side, with an element of evil to it. It works great, mixed with huge bass hits, and an electronic loop to kill for. Like I predicted last Spring, Alesso is here to stay and will be a top 30 DJ before you know it.

http://www.beatport.com/release/raise-your-head/831293

5. CHRIS LAKE ”SUNDOWN” [ORIGINAL MIX] (ULTRA)

Release Date: 2011-11-15

Featured recently as Pete Tong’s Essential Tune, “Sundown” is a stellar vocal progressive house track. A great beat mixed with some nice guitar. This is definitely a change up in style for Lake, as he often times nearly resembles deadmau5’s deep tracks. This track is similar in style to modern day Morgan Page. Great hit that you need to download.

http://www.beatport.com/release/sundown/832807

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: NOVEMBER 2011, VOL. 26

9 Nov

1. KASKADE, SKRILLEX “LICK IT” [ORIGINAL MIX] (ULTRA)

Release Date: 2011-11-08

Well, what do we have here? Ah yes, a massive collaboration between Kaskade & Skrillex, on Kaskade’s new album “Fire & Ice”. Simply put, Progressive House meets Dubstep. The best part about the track is the energy behind it. Massive basslines manufactured by Skrillex are smoothly engineered over an instrumental loop by Kaskade. This will surely rock many concerts over this winter.

http://www.beatport.com/track/lick-it-original-mix/3034113

2. AFROJACK “LIONHEART” [ORIGINAL MIX] (WALL RECORDINGS)

Release Date: 2011-11-07

Afrojack’s newest single is a massive electro-banger, full of funky electronic quirks and tons of bass. Yes, this is the style that we all attribute to the Dutch sensation Afrojack. Having already been picked up on by Pete Tong’s Essential Tune, this track will soon be on the tracklist for many podcasts.

http://www.beatport.com/track/lionheart-original-mix/3075503

3. DADA LIFE “HAPPY VIOLENCE” [VOCAL EXTENDED MIX] (SO MUCH DADA)

Release Date: 2011-10-31

Dada Life’s “Happy Violence” stays in the top #5 for another week. I swear these guys come up with some of the most unique electronic sounds. They must spend a massive time toying around with their MIDI controller and Ableton Live. Fear the DADA!

http://www.beatport.com/track/happy-violence-vocal-extended-mix/3045194

4. ABOVE & BEYOND, MIGUEL BOSE “SEA LO QUE SEA SERA” [MYON & SHANE 54 SUMMER OF LOVE MIX] (ANJUNABEATS)

Release Date: 2011-10-23

There isn’t a track out there that defines “global” more than A&B’s new single. First off the vocals are done entirely in Spanish by Miguel Bose. Second, the instrumental has that chill tranquil sound that only A&B can produce. In case you’re wondering the title translates to “Whatever Will Be, Will Be”…or in my tongue “It Is What It Is”.

http://www.beatport.com/track/sea-lo-que-sea-sera-feat-miguel-bose-myon-and-shane-54-summer-of-love-mix/3018615

5. HEATBEAT ”ROSES NEVER CRY” [ORIGINAL MIX] (SOUNDPIERCING [ARMADA])

Release Date: 2011-10-03

This is the first time Heatbeat has graced my top #5. It also is the first time an Argentian DJ has made the list (they’re actually a duo made up of Agustin Servente and Matias Faint). What a great trance hit we have here. A melodic intro that’s integrated into a pounding bassline harmonized over by some graceful female vocals. I give many props to Armada’s R&D for finding these guys.

http://www.beatport.com/track/roses-never-cry-original-mix/2994360

I would like to end this entry by stating, for those who are wondering, that yes Avicii “levels” is not on this week’s list and will not be on any future ones. It was in the top #5 in the beginning of summer. You probably have noticed it “topping” the charts now. The reason being is that it finally was legally released by his new label LE7ELS. Enjoy this week’s list!

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