By: Andy Hermann
TNS Sofres via Wikimedia Commons Daft Punk made the list one and a half times. Some of you probably know what we mean by that.
Electronic dance music, or EDM as it's somewhat controversially called these days, has existed in one form or another since the advent of the first drum machine. Of the millions of electronic tracks produced since, these 20 represent the best of the best, as determined by the Weekly's meticulous but highly unscientific Department of Chair Dancing and Raver Education (DOCDARE).
DOCDARE judged thousands (OK, hundreds -- budget cuts, yo) of classic dance music tracks based on such criteria as popularity, trend-setting, influence, timelessness, general awesomeness and the frequency with which snippets of them are still dropped by big-name, mainstream DJs in an effort to prove they're, like, totally legit and not just in it for the Rihanna remix cash. We tried to represent all eras, including the present, because some tracks are just instant classics. We tried to represent a mix of genres but failed because we're house heads and won't apologize for it. Don't worry, though -- there's lots of techno on the list, too, and maybe even some dubstep. (Don't say we didn't warn you.)
Are these really the 20 best dance music tracks of all time? Maybe. Maybe not. But we can guarantee this: If you're an EDM DJ, you can drop any one of these tunes into your set and make someone's night.More »