EDM is probably one of the most controversial genres of popular music. And do not get me started on arguments about their perceived popularity. Its strongest advocates and stingiest critics can spend hours fighting over classifications, definitions, and other cultural implications of the term and the actual music. Talk about the death of EDM is just around the corner, and it might be timely to discuss “classics” and how certain tracks have defined the genre’s status.
Here are some of the iconic EDM tracks that any fan should know:
“Strings of Life” by Rhythim Is Rhythim (1987)
Probably one of the most essential EDM classics and surely one that is crucial to the development of the genre. Many fans and producers still go back to this track to mark standards. People may classify this as techno, given Derrick May’s pivotal role in the Detroit techno scene, but this is as much an EDM song. Even without a bassline, this hard-thumping track ruled the party.
“Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” by Skrillex (2010)
One of the most “hated” EDM artists ever, Sonny John Moore aka Skrillex, revamped (or for some irked critics, destroyed) the dubstep subgenre and subculture in Britain. The only way to describe dubstep in the hands of Skrillex is to affix the phrase “on steroids” to the term. But the complexity and energy of the rhythms can be interesting aspects of the track.
”Levels” by Avicii (2011)
This progressive house piece is on a completely different plane and easily one of the best tracks. It features a sample from “Something’s Got a Hold on Me,” with that scintillating Etta James vocals. The synth riffs are enough to blow your mind.
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