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Tiësto’s classic anthem ‘Adagio For Strings’ turns 16 years old

When you hear the first few beats being played out a festival, you scream in excitement just like the rest of the crowd in anticipation for what’s coming. The beats that we’re talking about come from ‘Adagio For Strings’Tiësto has been the genius behind a lot of iconic tracks over the years of his career, but this one takes the cake for easily being the most iconic. There’s some tracks that have defined us as electronic fans, and this is probably a lot of people’s.

Released all the way back in 2004 in all of it’s nearly 8 minute long glory on the ‘Just Be’ album, 2020 marks the 16th year of it being out in the world. back in 2013, Mixmag had it down as the second greatest dance track of all time (just behind Daft Punk’s ‘One More Time’) and it’s no wonder. There are very few songs that can still get as massive of a crowd reception 16 years on, but ‘Adagio For Strings’ is the pinnacle of massive.

The original journey began back in 1936, when American composer Samuel Barber premiered the original orchestral version of ‘Adagio For Strings’ that very year, and back then it had garnered amazing critical reception with one even dedicating over 20 pages to the arrangement. Inspired by Ferry Corsten’s 1999 remix, Tiësto breathed new life into the classical piece and thus a dance classic was born.

Do you have any special memories with this Tiësto classic ‘Adagio For Strings’? Let us know in the comments and watch a video of it in action below!



A 21 year old dance music enthusiast from Manchester, UK. Lover of all genres, especially dubstep and house. Find me at gigs and festivals across the world.

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