The 50 Best EDM Songs of 2012
50. Nari & Milani – “Atom” (Original Mix)
Notably made famous by the Swedish House Mafia at their Madison Square Garden debut show, ‘Atom’ was one of the most highly coveted songs throughout the year from clubs, to live shows, to large scale festivals. The duo of Nari & Milani have made their mark upon EDM
49. Quintino & Sandro Silva – “Epic”
I’m pretty sure the name says it all for this Musical Freedom release that’s already gone platinum. Quintino and Sandro Silva link up for a track of epic proportions.
48. Hot Chip – Flutes (Sasha Remix)
The don of techno music keeps his name relevant with a massive release of Hot Chip’s anthem ‘Flutes’.
47. Eric Prydz – “Allein”
Notably one of the biggest names in dance music, Eric Prydz re-emerged this year with a tour and double CD. His chanting anthem ‘Allein’ became the standout track from this collection.
46. Qulinez – Troll (Original Mix)
Signed to Steve Angello’s Size Records, Qulinez made their mark on EDM with their inaguaral release of Troll. The track was played everywhere and was edited consistently.
45. Deadmau5 – The Veldt
Inspired by deceased sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, this track showcases Dedamau5’s supreme production abilities which pair perfectly with Chris James’ vocals.
44. Tiesto & Wolfgang Gartner – We Own The Night (Original Mix)
With great vocals from Luciana, classic Wolfgang electro synths and Tiesto’s unmistakable breakdown, this song was guaranteed to be a smash hit.
43. Mat Zo – It's Yours
Transcending genres constantly, Mat Zo’s Bipolar EP held this gem. Starting off as a deep house tune and quickly gravitating to progressive – Mat Zo continues to chart his own path
42. Tommy Trash – Cascade
Tommy Trash had a huge year in 2012 and “Cascade” was one of the highlights. While this featured the standard Tommy Trash sounds such as kick drums, synths and a big room melody, the beauty of this track was that it added in a progressive element that made this an instant classic.
41. Justice – New Lands (A-Trak Remix)
Justice’s “New Lands” in itself was a fantastic track, that being said A-Trak somehow was able to make it even bigger than it already was thanks to the addition of some drums and an insane synth line.
40. Coldplay – Charlie Brown (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
As a three-time Grammy winner, Jacques Lu Cont never fails to disappoint his fans. In his remix of “Charlie Brown” he presents us with some insane electro combined with a smooth melody that makes this song infectious.
39. TEED – Household Goods (Original Mix)
How do you even describe TEED? Household Goods is the best description for his extremely eclectic production style.
38. Deniz Koyu – Bong
Following in the footsteps of “Tung”, “Bong” was certainly an essential tune throughout this year. It featured Koyu’s signature blaring horns and melodic melody over a sensational baseline that guaranteed to make everyone start moving.
37. Miike Snow – Devil's Work (Dirty South Remix)
It seems as though every song on Miike Snow’s newest album, “Happy to You”, received the remix treatment this year. Dirty South’s remix of “Devil’s Work” was definitely the standout remix from the album, as it was heard at nearly every major festival and in all the clubs throughout 2012.
36. The Killers – Runaway (Pierce Fulton Remix)
20 =-year old recent Brooklyn native Pierce Fulton made a huge mark on the EDM world this year with multiple releases but his remix of The Killers ‘Runaway’ was a breakout hit for him.
35. Madeon – The City
With a very unique sound, Madeon made a huge splash this year with a bunch of releases. The vocals within this track pair so perfectly with his French nu disco sound that it had to be one of the top songs of 2012.
34. Tiesto & Showtek – Hell Yeah
Despite being completely opposite when it comes to what these two produce in the studio, something special happened when Tiesto and Showtek collaborated on this one.
33. Arty, Matisse & Sadko – Trio (Original Mix)
As one of the youngest artists within the EDM circuit, Arty has managed to release a bunch of huge tracks in 2012. Collaborating with two fellow Russians, “Trio” maintains that up-beat energy we’ve come to love from Arty while keeping the perfect balance between Trance and Progressive.
32. Kaskade – Turn It Down (Deniz Koyu)
Rebecca & Fiona’s airy vocals and Kaskade’s smooth synths already were something special, but Koyu adds just the right elements to take this song to the next level. He manages to transform a mellower track into a high energy, party song.
31. Disclosure – What's In Your Head
With UK garage house on the rise the duo of Guy and Howard Lawrence, who make up Disclosure, will surely be a force to be reckoned with in 2013. Showcasing the more relaxed side of EDM, “What’s in Your Head” has an essence of soul that made it a standout track this year.
30. Hard Rock Sofa – Quasar (Original Mix)
A huge release on Axwell’s Axtone Records, “Quasar” solidified the fact that Hard Rock Sofa will be a major staple within house music for years to come. Premiered by Swedish House Mafia at Madison Square Garden, people were mesmerized when this insane drop started pumping through the speakers.
29. Sebastian Ingrosso and Tommy Trash – Reload (Original Mix)
With Sebastian Ingrosso and Tommy Trash together on a track, something magical was sure to be produced. The progression of this song is what makes it such a standout, and having only been released in September there is no doubt in my mind this song will continue to be played throughout 2013.
28. Miike Snow – Paddling Out (Wolfgang Gartner Remix)
Releasing yet another chart topping album, Miike Snow had their tracks remixed by the biggest in the game but Wolfgang’s remix of ‘Paddling Out’ took the cake
27. Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Joris Voorn Edit)
You can’t make a Top 50 list and not include the chilled out, tech styling’s of Joris Voorn. He takes the mundane vocals of Lana Del Ray, tweaks it in only the way he can, and adds a subtle bassline that gives the track just what it needed.
26. Zedd – Spectrum
The build up within “Spectrum” combined with Matthew Koma’s vocals makes this track one of those songs that you can actually feel as you listen to it. Once that build up has done its job at drawing you in, the drop makes sure to give you that electro house sound love from Zedd.
25. Afrojack – Annie’s Theme
Just when I thought Afrojack was washed up, his most recent release proves that there still is some fuel in the tank.
24. Thomas Gold – Sing2Me (Original Mix)
Latest Axtone signee, Thomas Gold puts his stamp on 2012 with his original tune, Sing2Me.
23. Michael Brun & Dirty South – Rift
One of the most anticipated tracks of 2012, “Rift” was finally released and proves that Michael Brun and Dirty South are a tremendous production duo.
22. David Guetta & Nicky Romero – Metropolis (Original Mix)
Despite my feelings on Guetta, his collaboration with Nicky Romero was a huge song of 2012 and cannot go unnoticed. Starting with heavy, hard hitting synths this track builds ontop of a stellar bassline.
21. John Dahlback – Start Lovin' You (Original Mix)
Classic R&B samples make this John Dahlback tune worthy of landing on the list.
20. Hardwell & Showtek – How We Do (Original Mix)
One of the youngest in the game, Dutch standout Hardwell links up with Showtek for a track of epic proportions.
19. Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas vs Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Phat Brahms
With a stellar lineup of Dim Mak soldiers, Phat Brahms is the perfect combination of Dutch, electro and dubstep.
18, Max Vangeli & AN21 – Bombs Over Capitals
With a new album under their belt, this Julie McKnight collaboration became the standout hit for Max Vaneglli and AN21’s latest album.
17. Sander van Doorn – Chasin’
You can’t form a Top 50 ANYTHING list without including a new tune from SVD.
16. Porter Robinson – Language (Original Mix)
The young US native took the nation by storm with his most recent single and tour with the same name.
15. Baauer – “Harlem Shake”
Trap music took EDM by storm this year and Bauuer became one of the first ones to usher the genre in.
14. Kaskade – Llove (Dada Life Remix)
Continuing his trend of being one of the US’s top producers, Kaskade’s ‘Fire & Ice’ album was sensational, while Dada Life added their own touch to one of it’s main singles
13. John Dahlback – Get Wild (Original Mix)
With a string of consistently great releases, Dahlback linked up with Laidback Luke to drop ‘Get Wild’ on LBL’s Mixmash Records.
12. Dubvision – All By Myself (Original Mix)
Groovy vocals with a phenomenal beat make this Dubvision tracks one of the best of the year.
11. Cedric Gervais – Molly (Quintino Remix)
Controversial because of the song title, Molly was heard in clubs across the world and nothing put a bigger imprint on it than Quintino’s remix.
10. Knife Party – Internet Friends
After Pendulum broke up, fans clinged to the hope and progress of Knife Party and ‘Internet Friends’ showcase their grungier side of their production.
9. Coldplay – Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix)
Fedde Le Grand encapsulates the Coldplay vocals with their remix of ‘Paradise’.
8. Harvard Bass & Bart B More – Pari
Longtime friends Harvard Bass & Bart B More get together for ‘Pari’ which is a term that they came up with as an alternative for ‘party’
7. Afrojack & Shermanology – Can't Stop Me Now (Original Mix)
The entrancing vocals of the Sherman family (aka Shermanology) helped Afrojack achieve a new sound with this vocal smash.
6. Gregor Salto – Azumba
Dutch house is alive and well as long as Gregor Salto continues putting hits out like this one.
5. Wolfgang Gartner – Girl on Girl
Having been silent on the production side for quite sometime, Joey Youngman dropped his Girl on Girl EP, and this track stood out.
4. Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo – Let's Go
Although some see Calvin as a totally mainstream, pop producer – there is no denying the passion evoked from this track with Ne-Yo’s crooner vocals over top.
3. Audien – Eventide
Anjunabeats prodigy Audien comes on the scene with a phenomenal upbeat release that emphatically describes his production talent.
2. Fedde Le Grand & Nicky Romero feat. Matthew Koma – Sparks
The relenteless vocals of Matthew Koma help this Fedde / Nicky Romero collaboration to transcend the charts.
1. Dada Life — Rolling Stone T-Shirt (Cazette Remix)
Cazette make their mark on the dubstep world with a massive remix of one of Dada Life’s biggest hits.