Edm Party: 108 The Most Popular Electronic Dance Music Songs Of All Time


Table of Contents 01. Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child02. Armin van Buuren – Shivers03. Darude – Sandstorm04. Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing Feat. Florence Welch05. Lil Jon – Turn Down For What06. …

Electronic Dance Music

Electronic Dance Music (EDM). Electronic dance music is a relatively new term under which all genres of house, drum & bass, garage, techno, minimal techno, electro, and disco are summarized. In the meantime, EDM songs can be heard at every decent party, and it’s hard to imagine the singles charts without them. Electronic Dance Music has become more and more an essential part of pop music in the last few years.

Our playlist includes the most popular and commercially successful EDM songs of the last 30 years.

(At the end of the article, we have put together a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

The best EDM songs:

01. Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child

The first place on our list goes to the party anthem “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia. This hit is a piece of music that everyone who has turned on the radio in the last few years has heard before.

In Great Britain and Sweden, the guys from the Swedish House Mafia reached number 1 in the charts. In Germany, they won gold three times. “Don’t You Worry Child” is, for the time being, the last single of the Swedish trio, who performed the song for the first time in Milton Keynes, England, more than 60 years ago.

02. Armin van Buuren – Shivers

We award the silver medal in our list of the best EDM songs to Armin van Buuren’s top hit “Shivers.” This soulful and melancholy piece of music sends a shiver down our spine before sending us to the dance floor after an epic drop to let it all out for once.

Armin van Buuren wrote parts of the lyrics for this song himself and had them sung by singer Susana. Van Buuren himself calls “Shivers” an important and big step in his musical development. We can only agree.

03. Darude – Sandstorm

The song “Sandstorm” by Finnish DJ and producer Darude is one of those pieces of music that everyone, willingly or not, has heard before. Since its release in 1999, “Sandstorm” has become an absolute dance and techno hit and is a guarantee at festivals, clubs, and parties all over the world for good mood. Although the song is one of the classics today, the chart positions were never as massive as other hits on our list.

We therefore honor “Sandstorm” with a great 3rd place on our list of the best EDM hits of all time.

04. Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing Feat. Florence Welch

The combination of Florence Welch’s unique voice with the beats of star producer Calvin Harris makes Sweet Nothing a hit at every party. The catchy lyrics together with the driving music give this song its potential to dance to and Sing along. The track was first released on the album “18 Months”, for which Calvin Harris even received a Grammy and stayed on the charts worldwide for months.

Meanwhile, the song has been reused in remixes by many other well-known artists, such as Diplo and star DJ Tiesto.

05. Lil Jon – Turn Down For What

“Turn Down For What” is our number 5 greatest EDM hit of all time. For his breakthrough in the party and electronic scene, the musician Lil Jon, who is normally known for his southern raps, got DJ Snake on board as a producer and conquered the charts and the internet, almost by the way. Also because, or even though, the lyrics consist of only 2 phrases shouted by Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What” is an absolute hit at every party.

And not only do we love this song, in the USA, Jon And Snake got six times platinum with it so far and brought the phrase “Turn Down For What” on everyone’s lips.

06. Avicii – Levels

“Levels,” also known as “LE7ELS”, is the most successful song by Swedish star DJ Avicii and automatically triggers summer feelings in any listener. The lyrics are simple yet moving and are pushed forward by a progressive house beat. Etta James, an American singer, sings the song.

Both Avicci and James are already deceased. The song “Levels” both have created work for eternity, which stormed the charts in many countries and doubled in Germany. We say, “I got a feeling, yeah..”.

07. David Guetta – Titanium Feat. Sia

On position 7, we meet again David Guetta, whom we already know from another hit from our list of the greatest EDM hits of all time. As with “When Love Takes Over,” Guetta also enlists a world-class singer for “Titanium,” in this case Australian Sia.

Drawn by Sia’s stunning vocal performance and Guetta’s signature driving beats, “Titanium” reached #1 on the singles chart in the UK, and in Germany, the hit rose to #5. The success is hardly surprising since the French star DJ and other greats such as Giorgio Tuinfort and Afrojack worked on the song.

08. Flux Pavilion – I Can’t Stop

The song was already a massive hit in the dance scene, even before Kanye West and Jay-Z sampled it in their hit “Who Gon Stop Me.” The song was the breakthrough for the English DJ and producer Flux Pavilion, whose real name is Joshua Steele. “I Can’t Stop” is characterized by straightforward lyrics supported by a stomping beat and encourage passionate dancing and moving.

09. Tiesto – Adagio For Strings

9th place on our list of the best EDM songs of all time is occupied by our favorite track by Dutch star DJ Tiesto. For the song “Adagio For Strings,” he covered the original song by Samuel Barber. With such great success, he was even invited to the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games.

The mix of classic melodies and a driving Ibiza-style beat will set the mood at any party. The music magazine Mixmag declared “Adagio For Strings” the second-best dance song of all time. For us more than enough reason to include him in our Top 10!

10. Martin Garrix – Animals

Love it or hate it: hardly any EDM track has divided minds as much as Martin Garrix’s “Animals.” This is mainly due to the song’s massive success because, for months, it was impossible not to hear it somewhere at least once a day. The instrumental of “Animals” is as catchy as it is danceable and thus should not be missing at any party; the melody has 100% Earworm quality.

Even though Martin Garrix says he can’t listen to “Animals” anymore, it has earned its place 10 on our list.

11. Deadmau5 – Strobe

With “Strobe,” the Canadian producer and musician Deadmau5 landed probably his biggest hit so far. First released on Deadmau5’s studio album “For Lack Of A Better Name,” the initially tranquil, almost worn, song took the dance world by storm. The slow beginning is followed by a steadily rising beat, on which more and more soundtracks and melody lines build up, giving the song its flow without letting the feelings from the beginning of “Strobe” fade into the background.

At just over 10 minutes long, “Strobe” is one of the longer hits on our list, and every second of listening is worth it.

12. Armin van Buuren – Forver Is Ours Feat. Emma Hewitt

Revisiting our already familiar motif of graceful female vocals on a driving beat from a star producer, we give you Armin van Buuren and Emma Hewitt as number 12 on our list with “Forever is Ours.” Drawn by emotion, an almost unbearable fade, and a subsequent epic drop, it’s impossible not to hit the dance floor halfway through the song at the latest.

Armin van Buuren, the king of trance, started producing music at 14 and is now a regular headliner at major festivals.

13. Skrillex – Bangarang

The next song on the list of our greatest EDM hits of all time also brings a whole new subgenre with it. With its dissonant tones and noises, seemingly randomly crafted onto a relentlessly advancing beat, producer Skrillex landed an absolute hit and paved the way for dubstep into the mainstream.

However, the track is surprisingly danceable and has absolute recognition value. And we are not the only ones who like “Bangarang” in Australia; the song even reached platinum status. Today producer Skrillex belongs to the most successful DJs and regularly tours worldwide.

14. Alan Walker – Faded

Number 14 on our list is taken by the hit “Faded” by Norwegian DJ and producer Alan Walker, a song unsurpassed in feeling and recognition potential. Everybody who has turned on the radio in the last years has heard “Faded” and rightly so because, with positions 1 and 60 weeks in the German single charts, this song is an absolute hit.

This song is especially appreciated at parties for its sing-along qualities and is guaranteed to bring the mood to a boil.

15. Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On

This song is so catchy that it doesn’t need an introduction anymore. With one of the most addictive songs ever, Major Lazer and Snake took the charts by storm and stayed in the German single charts for 68 weeks.

The official music video has already reached more than 2 billion clicks on YouTube and thus plays in the league of the big ones. The song’s huge success is certainly due to its motion because everyone knows what to do when it says: “All We Need Is Somebody To Lean On.”

16. Hardwell – Spaceman

“Spaceman” is probably the track that got the career of star producer Hardwell rolling. Its catchy melody paired with Hardwell’s signature epic drops makes it impossible not to dance to “Spaceman.” During the 2012 and 2013 festival seasons, the song was omnipresent and contributed significantly to the success of the “I AM HARDWELL” tour.

Even without lyrics, the producer manages to transmit feelings in this song, and who said you could not sing along without lyrics?

17. Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix)

Known from the ultimate Party Movie “Project X,” The remixed version of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” by star producer Steve Aoki is a regular on every EDM hit list. Anyone who has heard the song live or in a club can tell you the huge dance potential.

And even people who think they have never heard the song can sing along with the lyrics after a short time.

18. Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

The name is a program. Of all of producer Daft Punk’s countless hits, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” is arguably the one with the most addictive potential. Even though this song doesn’t fit into the typical EDM and techno soundscape, it’s the creativity and unconventionality of Daft Punk that inspires us so much.

And not only us – countless artists have been inspired by the style of the French artist collective, founded in 1993. We like!

19. David Guetta – When Love Takes Over Feat Kelly Rowland

Also, in our number 19, the beats are completed by the voice of a star singer. In this case, the song was produced by French star DJ David Guetta and completed by the beautiful voice of Kelly Rowland. According to her statements, the singer had to cry after hearing the instrumental version of the song for the first time; after that, she agreed to collaborate with Guetta.

She also wrote the lyrics for “When Love Takes Over.” The song stayed for 36 weeks in the german single charts, so it’s no wonder that this is an absolute party hit.

20. Robert Miles – Children

This song is not only one of the biggest EDM hits but one of the biggest hits ever. Even though you might not immediately recognize the track’s name, there’s probably no one who hasn’t heard “Children” before. Its distinctive melody line paired with the whipping bass makes it a favorite of the masses and ensures a dance guarantee.

Released in 1996, the song has been played up and down in techno clubs worldwide ever since. Robert Miles’ biggest hit, “Children,” charted at #1 in 12 countries, more than enough for us to include it in the list of greatest EDM hits of all time.

Ranks 21-108 of the best EDM party and club songs of all time:

Each song is linked to its music video via the title.

Place: Listen: Performer: Year:
21. One Swedish House Mafia 2010
22. Praise You Fatboy Slim 1999
23. Call on Me Eric Prydz 2004
24. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites Skrillex 2010
25. One More Time Daft Punk 2000
26. Spectrum Zedd 2012
27. Music Sounds Better With You Stardust 1998
28. Smack My Bitch Up The Prodigy 1997
29. Harlem Shake Baauer 2012
30. Everytime We Touch Cascada 2007
31. Move for Me Kaskade & Deadmau5 2008
32. Infinity Guru Josh Project 2008
33. Silence Delerium 1999
34. Lethal Industry Tiesto 2001
35. Show Me Love Robin S. 1990
36. The Rockafeller Skank Fatboy Slim 1998
37. Hey Boy, Hey Girl Chemical Brothers 1999
38. First of the Year Skrillex 2011
39. We Found Love Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris 2011
40. Born Slippy Underworld 1996
41. Clarity Zedd 2012
42. Sun & Moon Above and Beyond 2011
43. Calabria Rune RK 2003
44. Fade Into Darkness Avicii 2011
45. Meet Her at The Love Parade De Hool 1997
46. Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack 1991
47. Dubuasca Bassnectar 2004
48. Love$ick Mura Masa ft. A$AP Rocky 2016
49. Starboy The Weeknd 2016
50. Around the World Daft Punk 1997
51. Purple Lamborghini Skrillex & Rick Ross 2016
52. Lola’s Theme The Shapeshifters 2004
53. Rapture iiO 2001
54. Calling (Lose My Mind) Ingrosso & Alesso 2012
55. Bonfire Knife Party 2012
56. Radioactivity Kraftwerk 1975
57. Wiee Martin Garrix feat. Mesto 2016
58. Insomnia Faithless 1995
59. Leave The World Behind Swedish House Mafia 2009
60. Get Lucky Daft Punk 2013
61. Café del Mar Energy 52 1993
62. Pjanoo Eric Prydz 2008
63. Cream Federico Franchi 2007
64. As The Rush Comes Motorcycle 2004
65. Kernkraft 400 Zombie Nation 1999
66. Better Off Alone Alice Deejay 1998
67. Latch Disclosure ft. Sam Smith 2012
68. Summit Skrillex 2011
69. Block Rockin’ Beats The Chemical Brothers 1997
70. Cry Bingo Players 2016
71. Wake Me Up Avicii 2013
72. Where’s Your Head At Basement Jaxx 2001
73. D.A.N.C.E. Justice 2007
74. I Remember Deadmau5 & Kaskade 2008
75. Firestarter The Prodigy 1996
76. Porcelain Moby 2000
77. We Are All Made of Stars Moby 2002
78. Breathe The Prodigy 1996
79. When Love Takes Over David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland 2009
80. Kid A Radiohead 2000
81. Toca’s Miracle Fragma 2000
82. Gold Dust DJ Fresh 2010
83. Ghosts N’ Stuff Deadmau5 2009
84. My Way Calvin Harris 2016
85. Busy Child The Crystal Method 1997
86. Autobahn Kraftwerk 1974
87. We Are Your Friends Justice vs. Simians 2006
88. Paradise Benny Benassi & Chris Brown 2016
89. Star Guitar Chemical Brothers 2002
90. Sky And Sand Fritz and Paul Kalkbrenner 2008
91. Empty Streets Late Night Alumni 2005
92. I See You Baby Groove Armada 1999
93. For An Angel PVD 1994
94. Days Go By Dirty Vegas 2001
95. Faded ZHU 2014
96. Ya Mama Fatboy Slim 2001
97. The Island Pendulum 2010
98. Pon De Floor Major Lazer 2009
99. What is Love Haddaway 1993
100. Satisfaction Benny Benassi 2003
101. I Got A Feeling The Black Eyed Peas 2009
102. Technologic Daft Punk 2005
103. I’m Not Alone Calvin Harris 2009
104. Lady (Hear Me Tonight) Modjo 2000
105. Seek Bromance Tim Berg 2010
106. At Night Dave Spoon 2006
107. Pacha On Acid Afrojack 2010
108. Epic Sandro Silva & Quintino 2011

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We hope you enjoyed our list of the greatest EDM hits of all time, and maybe we could make you aware of some great music you didn’t know about before. Thanks for stopping by and Dance On!

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