Mixmag readers name The 50 Greatest Dance Tracks Of All Time

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What is the most iconic, enduring, game-changing record in the history of dance music? That’s the big question that long-running UK magazine Mixmag put to its readers in its most recent poll. After pulling all the votes together, the results are in, and the top 50 would certainly make for a fun party playlist. The 2000s are represented by names like Soulwax, Justice, Ame, Noir And Haze with Solomun, Swedish House Mafia and Paul and Fritz Kalkbrenner, but it’s no surprise to see the ‘90s leading the way.

Beginning with Darude’s Sandstorm at #50, there are timeless entries from A Guy Called Gerald, Josh Wink, Robin S, Moby, New Order and the late, great Donna Summer with I Feel Love. If you’re heading to Future Music Festival, you’ll be seeing a few of the list leaders very soon, like Richie Hawtin (repped here with his Spastik classic), Avicii and of course The Prodigy with multiple entries. It’s no surprise to see a roll-call of the enduring electronic live acts – The Prodigy, Aphex Twin, Massive Attack, Faithless, Orbital, the Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Underworld and co. – represented, along with DJ-producers like Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Laurent Garnier, Sasha and PvD. But who’s #1? Get scrolling, and let the picking-apart begin…

The 50 Greatest Dance Tracks Of All Time, as voted by Mixmag readers:

50. Darude ‘Sandstorm’ [16 Inch Records], 1999
49. Age Of Love ‘Age Of Love’ [Diki], 1990
48. Chase & Status ‘Blind Faith’ [Ram], 2011
47. Jaydee ‘Plastic Dreams’ [R&S], 1992
46. Soulwax ‘NY Excuse’ [Pias], 2005
45. Josh Wink ‘Higher State’ [Strictly Rhythm], 1995
44. Groove Armada ‘Superstylin’ [Pepper], 2001
43. Frankie Knuckles/ Jamie Principle ‘Your Love’ [Persona], 1986
42. A Guy Called Gerald ‘Voodoo Ray’ [Rham!], 1988
41. LCD Soundsystem ‘Losing My Edge’ [DFA], 2002
40. Âme ‘Rej’ [Defected], 2006
39. Armand Van Helden ‘U Don’t Know Me’, [Armed], 1999
38. Justice ‘Phantom Pt 2’ [Ed Banger], 2007
37. Massive Attack ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ [Virgin], 1991
36. Noir And Haze ‘Around (Solomun remix)’ [Noir Music], 2011
35. The Future Sound Of London, ‘Papua New Guinea’ [Jumpin’ & Pumpin’ Records], 1991
34. Robin S ‘Show Me Love’ [Champion], 1993
33. Aphex Twin ‘Window Licker’ [Warp], 1999
32. Moby ‘Go’ [Outer Rhythm], 1991
31. Orbital ‘Chime’ [FFRR], 1990
30. Goldie ‘Inner City Life’ [FFRR], 1995
29. Larent Garnier ‘Man With The Red Face’ [F Communications], 2000
28. Rythim Is Rythim ‘Strings Of Life’ [Transmat], 1987
27. Benny Benassi ‘Satisfaction’ [D:vision], 2002
26. The Aztec Mystic ‘Knights Of The Jaguar’ [Underground Resistance], 1999
25. The Prodigy ‘Firestarter’ [XL], 1996
24. deadmau5 featuring Kaskade ‘I Remember’ [Mau5trap], 2008
23. Energy 52 ‘Café Del Mar’ [Eye Q/], 1993
22. The Prodigy ‘Out Of Space’ [XL], 1992
21. Above & Beyond ‘Sun & Moon’ [Anjunabeats], 2011
20. David Guetta ‘A Little More Love’ [Ultralab], 2001
19. Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’ [Casablanca/GTO], 1977
18. New Order ‘Blue Monday’ [Factory], 1983
17. Swedish House Mafia ‘One (Your Name)’ [Polydor], 2010
16. Avicii ‘Levels’ [Universal], 2011
15. Daft Punk ‘Around The World’ [Virgin], 1997
14. Paul & Fritz Kalkbrenner ‘Sky And Sand’ [BPitch Control], 2009
13. Armin van Buuren feat Nadia Ali ‘Feels So Good’ [Armind], 2011
12. Silence (Tiesto remix) ‘Delerium’ [nettwerk], 1999
11. The Chemical Brothers ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’ [Freestyle Dust/Virgin], 1999
10. Fatboy Slim ‘Right Here, Right Now’ [Skint], 1999

9. Sasha ‘Xpander’ [deconstruction/BMG], 1999

8. PVD ‘For An Angel’ [Deviant Records], 1998

7. Plastikman ‘Spastik’ [Novamute], 1993
6. Stardust ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ [Roulé], 1998

5. Faithless ‘Insomnia’ [Cheeky], 1995

4. Underworld ‘Born Slippy’ [Junior Boys Own], 1995

3. The Prodigy ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ [XL], 1997

2. Tiesto ‘Adagio For Strings’ [Independance], 2004

1. Daft Punk ‘One More Time’ [Virgin, 2000]

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ToyBox

ToyBox said on the 17th Feb, 2013

err... could think of a few better ones that should be in there....

andosound

andosound said on the 17th Feb, 2013

17. Swedish House Mafia %u2018One (Your Name)%u2019 [Polydor], 2010
16. Avicii %u2018Levels%u2019 [Universal], 2011

That right there says this isn't to be taken seriously.

skware

skware said on the 17th Feb, 2013

By year:

19. Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’ [Casablanca/GTO], 1977
18. New Order ‘Blue Monday’ [Factory], 1983
43. Frankie Knuckles/ Jamie Principle ‘Your Love’ [Persona], 1986
28. Rythim Is Rythim ‘Strings Of Life’ [Transmat], 1987
42. A Guy Called Gerald ‘Voodoo Ray’ [Rham!], 1988
31. Orbital ‘Chime’ [FFRR], 1990
49. Age Of Love ‘Age Of Love’ [Diki], 1990
32. Moby ‘Go’ [Outer Rhythm], 1991
35. The Future Sound Of London ‘Papua New Guinea’ [Jumpin’ & Pumpin’ Records], 1991
37. Massive Attack ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ [Virgin], 1991
22. The Prodigy ‘Out Of Space’ [XL], 1992
47. Jaydee ‘Plastic Dreams’ [R&S], 1992
23. Energy 52 ‘Café Del Mar’ [Eye Q/], 1993
34. Robin S ‘Show Me Love’ [Champion], 1993
7. Plastikman ‘Spastik’ [Novamute], 1993
30. Goldie ‘Inner City Life’ [FFRR], 1995
4. Underworld ‘Born Slippy’ [Junior Boys Own], 1995

45. Josh Wink ‘Higher State’ [Strictly Rhythm], 1995
5. Faithless ‘Insomnia’ [Cheeky], 1995

25. The Prodigy ‘Firestarter’ [XL], 1996
15. Daft Punk ‘Around The World’ [Virgin], 1997
3. The Prodigy ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ [XL], 1997

6. Stardust ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ [Roulé], 1998

8. PVD ‘For An Angel’ [Deviant Records], 1998

10. Fatboy Slim ‘Right Here Right Now’ [Skint], 1999

11. The Chemical Brothers ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’ [Freestyle Dust/Virgin], 1999
12. Silence (Tiesto remix) ‘Delerium’ [nettwerk], 1999
26. The Aztec Mystic ‘Knights Of The Jaguar’ [Underground Resistance], 1999
33. Aphex Twin ‘Window Licker’ [Warp], 1999
39. Armand Van Helden ‘U Don’t Know Me’ [Armed], 1999
50. Darude ‘Sandstorm’ [16 Inch Records], 1999
9. Sasha ‘Xpander’ [deconstruction/BMG], 1999

1. Daft Punk ‘One More Time’ [Virgin], 2000
29. Larent Garnier ‘Man With The Red Face’ [F Communications], 2000
20. David Guetta ‘A Little More Love’ [Ultralab], 2001
44. Groove Armada ‘Superstylin’ [Pepper], 2001
27. Benny Benassi ‘Satisfaction’ [D:vision], 2002
41. LCD Soundsystem ‘Losing My Edge’ [DFA], 2002
2. Tiesto ‘Adagio For Strings’ [Independance], 2004

46. Soulwax ‘NY Excuse’ [Pias], 2005
40. Âme ‘Rej’ [Defected], 2006
38. Justice ‘Phantom Pt 2’ [Ed Banger], 2007
24. deadmau5 featuring Kaskade ‘I Remember’ [Mau5trap], 2008
14. Paul & Fritz Kalkbrenner ‘Sky And Sand’ [BPitch Control], 2009
17. Swedish House Mafia ‘One (Your Name)’ [Polydor], 2010
13. Armin van Buuren feat Nadia Ali ‘Feels So Good’ [Armind], 2011
16. Avicii ‘Levels’ [Universal], 2011
21. Above & Beyond ‘Sun & Moon’ [Anjunabeats], 2011
36. Noir And Haze ‘Around (Solomun remix)’ [Noir Music], 2011
48. Chase & Status ‘Blind Faith’ [Ram], 2011

a2thetack

a2thetack said on the 17th Feb, 2013

Levels at number 16......i'm outta here

dazza_b

dazza_b said on the 17th Feb, 2013

"Mixmag readers incorrectly name The 50 Greatest Dance Tracks Of All Time"
I fixed the title of the article.

wheelo007

wheelo007 said on the 17th Feb, 2013

How very predictable. Doesn't say a lot about Mixmag readers.

m_xt

m_xt said on the 17th Feb, 2013

Mixmag seems to have more pages devoted to fashion and club pics then anything else.

Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn said on the 17th Feb, 2013

became a joke when it got to no.20, and downhill from there

DTrancer

DTrancer said on the 17th Feb, 2013

Lets do an inthemix poll and see what happens

Saliki

Saliki said on the 17th Feb, 2013

If we did an InTheMix poll, I imagine it would be pretty much the same. With the 44000+ people all over australia taking part in the poll as inthemix facebook fans - all them on top of the 80 people who regularly comment on these forums.

mikeblades

mikeblades said on the 18th Feb, 2013

Whenever someone releases a ""top whatever"" list you always get those who agree and those that don't.....If you don't agree with the list, who cares. Move on with your life. The list is not affecting you in any way. HATERS ALWAYS GOTTA HATE

josh_goods

josh_goods said on the 18th Feb, 2013

^^ ur an idiot... a lot of decisions, money and opportunities are dictated by polls and other public surveys. 'haters always gonna hate' ? wtf is wrong with u? who speaks that way ?

twistedbydesign

twistedbydesign said on the 18th Feb, 2013

Bad mixmag.
Very bad mixmag.

baseade

baseade said on the 19th Feb, 2013

mixmag used to be such an awesome mag, i bought it religiously along with ministry back from about 1998-2005. I stopped reading at Darude Sandstorm, a la the first tune. Although i debated with BInary Finary recently the tune as they dropped it at a trance event in Sydney and they claimed it still has touch. Hmmmm

Sasha and Maria - Be as one
Spirits - Dont bring me down
Chicane - Saltwater
Underworld - Dark & Long
Corina - Music is moving
Tony de vit - i dont care/the dawn
Chakra - Home

just off the top of my head to name a few!!

Weinertron

Weinertron said on the 19th Feb, 2013

Well, it's pretty safe to ignore most of the stuff post 2005.. only time will tell if they will still be fondly remembered as dance classics. Aside from that, no major surprises in the list.

Although, I must say that 3 Prodigy tracks is a bit overkill. Maybe they should've just stuck with the highest entry...? Also, Come to Daddy > Windowlicker and Da Funk > One More Time by far.

List ain't so bad really. Really should have included Murder Was The Bass but meh, cannae win em all

Mickstah

Mickstah said on the 19th Feb, 2013

Fairly decent list of huge classics IMO (ignoring a few anomalies of course!) but it's to be expected of the monthly UK dance music bible MIXMAG.

bussyboy

bussyboy said on the 6th Mar, 2013

I didn't know the monthly UK dance music bible MIXMAG still existed - I need to get down to the local newsagent!