2010-2019: The 100 biggest hits of the decade

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2019, we also bid farewell to the decade. ‘The Teenies’ were, undoubtedly, the most pivotal period for dance music in the genre’s entire history. Back in 2010, the term ‘EDM’ was yet to birth itself, as dance music still bubbled under the surface of the mainstream, reserved for club goers and pool-party attendees in idyllic hotspots such as Ibiza and Miami. That soon changed, as acts like David Guetta merged the lines between pop music and dance, with several of the world’s biggest R&B or hip-hop stars lining up to feature on his chart-topping hit singles. But it wasn’t until a baby-faced Swede by the name of ‘Avicii‘ came along that the sub-genre really started to soar. The resulting years saw a true golden age for ‘EDM’ with Calvin Harris gaining a lucrative Las Vegas residency, as Sin City became the latest destination to open their doors to the movement.

Following Swedish House Mafia‘s ‘farewell’ at Ultra Music Festival in 2013, the progressive-tinted era started to fade, with big-room taking the mantle at #1, a fact highlighted by Hardwell‘s crowning as the world’s number one DJ, where he fought with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and then Martin Garrix, for the title across the course of the next 7 years. We’ve since seen brief spells of dominance for tropical house, as well as the deep-house movement led by acts such as Disclosure, Ben Pearce, and many more UK acts. But by the time Avicii had passed away, and SHM had returned – again at Ultra – and in 2018, the landscape of our scene was an entirely different place, and after a future house revolution led by the likes of Oliver Heldens, Tchami, and Don Diablo, it was tech-house that had become the trending topic, as acts like Fisher and CamelPhat enjoyed various GRAMMY nominations.

To celebrate this incredible decade, we here at We Rave You have pieced together a playlist featuring 100 of our favourite – and most iconic – tracks of the decade. There’s no finer way to ring in the birth of 2020 than by whacking this playlist on, and turning your volume to max. Enjoy, and from all of us here… We wish you a happy new year!

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

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