So we thought a dance music playlist is just what you need in your life right now. At some point in the day we ALL get that urge to turn the headphones up and play some sweet dance music. Well we thought we'd save you some time by bringing you the cream of the crop when it comes to this year's best dance tracks. Check out the brand new edition of the best dance song of the year too!
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In a digital era of rampant piracy, plunging album sales, failing business models, and hotly contested streaming platforms, it is relatively easy to point fingers at record-industry executives and file sharing websites. Like most grey-hued aspects of life, the erosion of the system cannot be pinpointed to one particular element or another. No matter what unfolds, in the ever-evolving world of electronic music and its seemingly infinite sub-genres, art and ingenuity will prevail. They have before and they will again. From cult followings and underground basements, EDM arose over the past decades, punched a hole in the wall of mainstream music, and whipped up a bass-dropped fury that shows few signs of dissipating anytime soon. While the market is oversaturated with electronic artists clawing and kicking their way into the public consciousness, there are business-savvy musicians who have learned how to fuse the latest technology with their artistic sensibilities -- without bowing before those who hold the purse strings -- to push this industry in exciting directions. With cutting-edge software tools, artists can now deliver DIY products as polished as anything recorded in a plush studio. Like every musical genre, there are those who innovate and those who merely exploit the popularity of a particular sound and reap the benefits. Artistic integrity and innovation may not always persevere at the top of the charts, but where there are creative minds, there will always be great music, even if the industry collapses and is forced to rise from the rubble.
Despite occasionally feeling like a trip through a dishwasher filled with swamp water, managed to cough up a handful of musical gems from the murk. This was not a year for muted introspection, but for throwing back your head and letting it all out—which the year's 66 best tracks certainly demonstrate. Whether they're disco screamers, candy-paint EDM nightmares, queasy mutant love ballads, or mind-melting trance weapons, the songs below trace the full spectrum of emotions—from burn-it-all-down anger, to sadness, to exuberant abandon—that made us want to dance our hearts out this year.