BBC Radio 1 has been providing listeners in the UK with the world’s greatest music since 1967. While the trend of the day certainly might not seem relevant in 2017, one particular radio show produced by the world renowned broadcaster would capture the sound currently dominating every popular chart. Started over 2 decades ago, The Essential Mix has become a benchmark by which dance music’s biggest names measure success. One particular show stands out in Essential Mix history, Swedish House Mafia‘s iconic takeover in 2010.
Presented by taste maker to the masses, Pete Tong, the weekly radio show culminates to a climax with ‘Essential Mix Of The Year’, an incredibly prestigious title awarded to the most popular mix of any particular year. Up until 2010, the annual occasion showcased some of the world’s leading DJ’s, including the likes of Tony De Vit, Sasha & John Digweed, Above & Beyond, and Dave Clarke, names that immediately instill a feeling of respect among their peers. Celebrating a mammoth 15 years at the time, the 2010 edition held more anticipation than ever before, with ecstatic listeners from around the world tuning in to hear Swedish House Mafia rip up the decks at Creamfields 2010.
Now celebrating its 7th Birthday, the trio’s 2010 Essential mix sounds as fresh today as it did back then. Made up of Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso, Swedish House Mafia captured the admiration of crowds around the globe. While the group would continue to dominate the world of dance music for another 2 years, they would eventually split up, making their 2010 ‘Essential Mix’ one for the record books. While you may not have the chance to see them in action as a trio, Axwell Λ Ingrosso continue punting an evolved version of the trio’s infamous sound, with Steve Angello also continuing rocking crowds in his own unique way.
Check out a clip from Swedish House Mafia’s 2010 Essential Mix below.