(Yahoo!) - Yahoo! Music put together a list of the biggest albums and tracks that melted the dance floor in 2012. Check out who made their list this year:
Top 10 Dance Music Albums of 2012
10) Steve Aoki – "Wonderland"
Aoki's been at it for a long time and is finally getting the worldwide notice he deserves. With stellar tracks including "Ladi Dadi" (Wynter Gordon) and "Livin' My Love" (feat. LMFAO & NERVO), Aoki kicks off my list this year. He's got a Best Electronic/Dance Album Grammy nom to back it up.
9) Skrillex – "Bangarang" (EP)
It would be a huge mistake not to include Skrillex on this list, especially after he cleaned up at the 2012 Grammys. And yes, "Bangarang" really came out at the very end of 2011, but the truth is, Skrillex has developed musically in 2012.
8) "Mash Of The Titans" (compiled by Panos T)
You can't buy this EDM mash-up compilation anywhere. It's completely bootlegged...it's also completely incredible. It's simply a must that you seek it out on your own.
7) Ferry Corsten – "WKND"
The Dutch big-room invasion at it's best. Corsten has the experience and history to know how to produce great music, which will last beyond the next big festival. This album's got staying power.
6) Tiesto – "Club Life: Volume Two Miami"
There's a reason why Tiesto is always at the top of the "Best DJ" lists. Just listen to his remixes and productions from 2012. From Coldplay's "Paradise" to the Naked & Famous' "Young Blood," he knocks it out of the park yet again.
5) Diplo – "Express Yourself" (EP)
The best thing about Diplo is that he produces music that combines various influences to create a sound that is like no one else. This 6-track EP proves his talent, case in point.
4) Deadmau5 – > album title goes here <
Despite Deadmau5's very controversial year (his war vs. raver culture, his war vs. Madonna, THAT Rolling Stone cover article), Joel Zimmerman still produces great music. When everyone was "zigging" in 2012, he "zagged" with "The Veldt" (feat. Chris James), one of the most sonically beautiful masterpieces in electronic music to come along in years.
3) Swedish House Mafia – "Until Now"
The boys are getting ready to say goodbye is a supergroup creating an exorbitant amount of buzz. But when you listen to the songs compiled on the Deluxe Edition of "Until Now," all the hype becomes justified.
2) Calvin Harris – "18 Months"
The mainstream didn't really know Calvin until a little song came along called "We Found Love" in late 2011, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Hit after hit followed throughout the year – "Feels So Close," "Let's Go" (feat. Ne-Yo), "Sweet Nothing" (feat. Florence Welch) – by the time "18 Months" came out, some fans felt they had heard most of the tracks that were going to be on the album already. Cue "I Need Your Love" (feat. Ellie Goulding) and the album's real hidden gem, "Thinking About You" (feat. Ayah Marar). Is there anything Calvin couldn't do in 2012?
1) Zedd – "Clarity"
If there's an album that sums up 2012 – dance music's 3rd big year truly on the music industry's landscape – it's got to be "Clarity." The story of 2012 was the story of the rise of the young DJ's. You think Zedd's a baby at 23? -- try Avicii & Nicky Romero (also 23), Alesso (21), Porter Robinson (20), Madeon (18), and Erik Arbores (15). Lead by "Spectrum," arguably one of the biggest tracks of 2012, "Clarity" is a joy to listen to from start to finish.
Top 10 EDM Tracks of 2012
10) Okay, it's a tie: "Superlove" by Avicii feat. Lenny Kravitz
"NickTim," (now called "I Could Be The one") Avicii and Nicky Romero
"Dancing in my Head" (Avicii's Been Cursed Mix), Eric Turner vs. Avicii
The 2012 post-"Levels" Avicii trifecta. Beautiful original melodies, in each and every track.
9) "I Love It," Icona Pop feat. Charlie XCX
The YOLO anthem of late 2012, this one's definitely catching on steam.
(Warning: Explicit Language)
8) "Lessons In Love," Kaskade feat. Neon Trees
Kaskade, the biggest DJ from the U.S. on the world scene, had a big year, selling out stadiums and driving fans crazy. His Coachella set last April has been a crowd favorite of the year (http://soundcloud.com/kaskade/kaskade-live-at-coachella-2012). Although his last album, "Fire & Ice," came out in October 2011, this track was still huge for him in 2012.
7) "City Of Dreams," Alesso and Dirty South
What happens when the most up & coming Swede and Australian DJ's get together for a track? Dance floor magic...that's what!
6) "Silhouettes," Avicii feat. Salem al Fakir and "The Veldt," deadmau5 feat. Chris Lake
These two tracks share in common – rather than going for the high-energy thrill, the tunes revel in their more down tempo approach.
5) "Don't You Worry Child," Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin
The magnum opus of their "One Last Tour" shindig, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso & Steve Angello turn once more to vocalist John Martin (of SHM's "Save The World" fame) to go out with a bang.
4) "The Night Out," Martin Solveig
Solveig certainly had the #1 EDM song of 2010 with "Hello" (feat. Dragonette), and his big 2012 single is certainly nothing to scoff out. Originally released in 2011, "The Night Out" only hit big on its own this year.
3) "Spectrum," Zedd
Russian/German producer Zedd's career exploded this year when Lady Gaga selected him to open on her "Born This Way" tour, but the selection came with good reason. One of the best amongst the large crop of under-25 European DJ prodigies, Zedd showed his chops with a full debut album of amazing tracks on Interscope. His recent single with Justin Bieber and Nicky Minaj ("Beauty and a Beat") cemented his ability to succeed in mainstream pop production. But with "Spectrum," (featuring Matthew Koma), Zedd truly delivered the magnum opus to date of his budding career.
2) "In My Mind," Ivan Gough and Feenixpawl feat. Georgi
Australia represents dance music on the world music scene with the most ubiquitously played track of 2012 (thanks mostly to its inclusion in a KIA motors ad). Still, prior to its commercial success, producers Gough (TV Rock) and Feenixpawl (Aden Forte & Josh Soon) created a song that spoke universally to dance music fans the world over. The music video, featuring an endless summer theme of girls skateboarding in the desert, instantly cemented the song's legacy.
1) "Calling," Sebastian Ingrosso feat. Alesso & Ryan Tedder
Hands down THE #1 anthem of 2012. The combination of mentor (Ingrosso), with mentee (up & comer Alesso), adds to the poetic beauty of this track. There was rarely a big festival or small-town DJ who didn't incorporate this track into a set, and it mashes up beautifully with just about everything.
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