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We Rave You’s Top 100 tracks of 2019

With 2019 slowly drawing to a close, dance music fans all across the globe have been treated to another truly stellar year for electronic music. With the likes of CamelPhat continuing their ascendancy, the past 12 months have seen FISHER follow up his ‘Losing It’ success with ‘You Little Beauty‘ to ensure tech-house stays at the summit as the most trending sub-genre of the industry.

This has also been a huge year for the likes of David Guetta, who scooped 1001Tracklists‘ ‘Top producer of 2019‘ award thanks to the deep and dark sounds of his Jack Back alias, and Oliver Heldens, who has hit a recent Autumnal purple patch in the form of ‘Turn Me On’ and Firebeatz collab ‘Lift Me Up’, sandwiched either side of ‘Poseidon’, the new tech-whopper from his HI-LO moniker.

So with a bursting back-catalogue of tracks released between January and now, we’ve taken the somewhat impossible task of trying to condense the highlights of the year into a list of 100, with our century of selections dipping into the areas of progressive house, EDM, tech-house, prog-trance, techno, bass-house, trance, house, future jack, disco-house, and many more. In fact, just about the only stipulation of this billing is that there is – somewhat confusingly – still no new Swedish House Mafia music to include. Here’s hoping for 2020 eh chaps?

You can catch the full 100 in our Spotify playlist below (randomly ordered to avoid any ranking debates), but in the meantime, here’s a few highlights from the list:

Alesso – Time (Alesso & Deniz Koyu Remix)
What a year 2019 has been for Swedish prog-prince Alesso! After delivering his incredible ‘Progresso‘ EP in Spring – featuring huge hit ‘Confession’ – the progressive producer gave us an epic rework of his own ‘Time’ just in time for summer, teaming up with Deniz Koyu for the first time since their iconic ‘I Wanna Know‘ mix.

Chocolate Puma – Zhong
Considering the fact Axtone‘s back-catalogue has become famous for some of the biggest prog-hits of all time, few could have ever expected to see the name ‘Chocolate Puma‘ against one of the imprint’s releases. However, the move was soon entirely justified when the legendary bass duo delivered this absolute whopper!

David Guetta & MORTEN feat. Aloe Blacc – Never Be Alone
Enjoying a simply remarkable career resurgence in 2019, French icon David Guetta teamed up with MORTEN on a number of tracks this year, and the pair were soon confirmed as a production marriage made in heaven. This deep and dark number – premiered at Tomorrowland – is surely the best track of 2019 to open any set with!

Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman – Penny
Prog-pair Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman have widely been considered Gods of the genre for many years now, having produced iconic hits such as ‘Payback’. However, they went one further in 2019, with ‘Penny’, which soon hit headlines as Tiësto dropped this incredible edit of the track during an emotional Avicii tribute on the Tomorrowland main-stage.

Francisco Cunha – For Life
Portugese maestro Francisco Cunha burst into stardom this year with the launch of huge anthem ‘For Life’. The track was then picked up by Armin van Buuren, who dropped it during his set at Ultra Music Festival. Cunha, meanwhile, is currently gearing up for his debut UK performance, where he’ll play at The EVENT in Liverpool this Christmas!

Kosling – When We Were Young
One name making faster strides than most over the course of the past 18 months has been that of enigmatic Frenchman, Kosling. Already amassing a flurry of releases across esteemed imprints such as Protocol, and Revealed Recordings, it was this euphoric slice of perfection on SIZE Records which truly highlighted the fast-rising star’s potential.

Leftwing : Kody – I Feel It
A true Ibiza anthem, this monster production on Toolroom Records dominated the white isle during the summer 2019 season, recording a spot as the second-most played track on the Balearic island this year (behind Roberto Surace‘s Defected weapon, ‘Joys’). True feel-good house perfection from start to finish!

Meduza – Piece of Your Heart (CYA Remix)
There wasn’t a single raver in the world who didn’t know how to follow the line “What? Sorry, just quickly, what if it’s da, da, da” this year, with Meduza snatching the title of 2019’s most-loved, and played, dance track. However, it was this deeply melancholic and blissfully progressive rework from CYA which gave the release a whole new flavour.

Solardo & Eli Brown – XTC
With tech-house once again dominating dancefloors globally in 2019, nobody embodied the spirit of the genre’s rise more than Mancunian duo Solardo, who nailed down their own Ibiza residency at Tuesday night event ‘Bodyworks‘. Blessed with a rich hook and deep rumbling bass, this one was a firm festival favourite!

Third Party – Together
Despite being pushed hard for the title by the late contender of Grum‘s ‘Deep State’, UK pair Third Party deservedly sealed the crown of 2019’s greatest album with the release of ‘Together’. With every track showcasing the powerful production prowess of the pair, it was this album-titled track which proved the jewel in the crown for ‘the Release Family.’

You can catch the full Spotify playlist below, and be sure to let us know your favourite tracks of 2019 on social media!

(BA Hons Journalism), 30, London. NCTJ-accredited journalist and dance music lover specialising in interviews, features, editorial work, and reviews.

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