We chose the Top 30 biggest tracks of 2013 for DJs that played at the Vegas pool parties from Dancing Astronaut’s top 50 biggest tracks of 2013. We edited down the list to the top 30 dance music songs of 2013 so that it only included DJs that play in Las Vegas and play at one of the Vegas pool parties!
Some of these DJs you will only be able to see in Vegas on one of the big holiday weekends, while some of the others can be see much more frequently.
30. Dillon Francis + TEED – Without You (Original Mix)
Dillon Francis teamed up with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs for “Without You.” An ode to a bad breakup, Francis and TEED show each other their scars on the collaboration, blending Dillon’s chirpy, 8-bit style with TEED’s more traditional tech house leanings. It’s a mature moment for the talented class clown with the unlikelieness of the collaboration only serving to enhance its appeal.
29. Nicky Romero – Symphonica (Original + BARE Remix)
Nicky Romero’s “Symphonica” was one of the catalysts that kicked off 2013′s Vegas pool season. Its fresh melody and heavy spattering of grinding synthesis made it an essential cog in the main stage zeitgeist. Matching electro grit with orchestral string work, Romero’s musical mindset made “Symphonica” a festival presence that stifled even the most strict of critics. Throw in BARE’s trap remix and you’ve got a one-two punch of catchy melodies and persuasive percussion.
28. Tiësto – Take Me (Original Mix)
Tiësto held onto his crown all through May even without an original production. Remix after remix kept the king powering through with music for his fanbase, but eyes opened even wider when “Take Me” was finally unveiled. His only solo record for Club Life Volume 3 allowed him to make room for other artists while teasing fans of a sound that would later come on the lead single of his new album, “Red Light,” without them even knowing it.
26. Alesso & Calvin Harris – Under Control (Original Mix)
One collaboration this year warranted a “really?” response; as in, “really? that’s not even fair.” The teaming up of Alesso and Calvin Harris is in many ways a monopolization between the two most talented production hands in popular electronic music. Nonetheless, they came together for “Under Control.” While their collaboration didn’t throw many people off guard, that was due to such greatness being expected.
25. Depeche Mode – Soothe My Soul (Steve Angello & Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
While Steve Angello had been garnering attention for his departure of Swedish House Mafia and his prominence as the engine behind dance music’s most respected record label, his best production effort of the year wasn’t one of his high-profile outings. Alongside Jacques Lu Cont, Steve quietly released a remix for Depeche Mode’s “Soothe My Soul,” reminding fans that house aficionado’s gritty roots couldn’t be relinquished. The Angello of old will never be conforming and will always be lingering to deliver a mean dance music: the case of his collaborative take on “Soothe My Soul” drove that statement home.
23. Afrojack – As Your Friend (Original Mix) Featuring Chris Brown
Two Afrojack’s were present in 2013. There was the live event kingpin, main stage attraction, and one-and-only master of his own sound. That Afrojack lead his legion with the like of “Raybomb.” The other steered creatively away from that world and officially kicked off with “The Spark” as the first indicator of what his new album was sound like. In transition, Afrojack linked up with Chris Brown for “As Your Friend,” and stamped his Afrojack-Music trademark upon the likeness of pop culture in vein of “Take Over Control,” capturing nothing short of the dance titan’s greatest strength.
20. Baauer – Harlem Shake
The most viral dance music song of all time, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” became an internet phenomenon and a cultural identifier for the pop culture year as a whole. Far exceeding its home in the fringe genre of trap, “Harlem Shake,” proved that it doesn’t take major label support to crest the Billboard charts — just an infectious hook and an internet meme.
19. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Wakanda (Original Mix)
Competing with “Mammoth” for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s biggest track, the Axtone-released “Wakanda” takes top honors for the duo’s pre-eminent output of 2013. A track that may be responsible for the “drop epidemic” of this past year, “Wakanda” took everyone by storm when it was first debuted. Breakneck percussion, blaring Dutch horns and tribal chants turned the track into a Frankenstein monster that quickly overran main stages worldwide. Often imitated, but never duplicated, “Wakanda” set the bar for festival music in 2013.
18. Mark Knight & Funkagenda – Man With The Red Face (Hardwell Remix)
Hardwell’s approach to the Mark Knight & Funkagenda original “Man With The Red Face” stood out as the most soundly adapted cut on the comp. Shying away from his big room electro successes, Hardwell’s take stands up well against the label’s techier leanings. Reminiscent of his last Toolroom release “Three Triangles,” this remix showcases his production talent outside of the commercial house arena.
14. Major Lazer – Bubble Butt (ft. Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic)
Major Lazer’s efforts in 2013 exceeded all previously acceptable standards in dance music. The live act aside, their Free The Universe album sparked creativity in electronic music, primarily lead by reggaeton influence. The album’s standout, however, wasn’t the typical record expected of the “Pon De Floor” creators. Diplo and his squad drew all lovable sounds in a twisted manner for “Bubble Butt,” weaving a defiant attitude from Bruno Mars and tasteful hip-hop verses with electronica. There is no right genre, place, or time for “Bubble Butt.” But that’s what made it so right for 2013. You can see Major Lazer playing at 1Oak and Eclipse pool party as well as Light Nightclub.
13. Nicky Romero & Krewella – Legacy (Original Mix)
This has been an amazingly successful year for Krewella and hits like “Alive” and “Live For The Night” have been inescapable and remixed time and time again. The voices of Jahan and Yasmine have been the most desirable in dance, and they put it to enormous use when teaming up with Nicky Romero for “Legacy.” Bringing their admired live vocal and well-animated act to the live circuit for the first time, Light Nightclub became the trio’s landmark as they ascended through the roof set by predecessors. It was there that “Legacy” was premiered by both Krewella and Nicky Romero.
12. Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr – Eat Sleep Rave Repeat (Original + Calvin Harris Remix)
Calvin Harris’s remix of Fatboy Slim’s Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat. One of the indicators that a track is bigger than the stages it may grace is when you find the title and/or lyrics not only being hummed from fans bull-rushing festival gates, but plastered on t-shirts and being blasted through the web as a life of its own. No other records this year captured that sentiment like “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” did.
11. Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)
Before officially being release this year, Cedric Gervais’s remix of “Summertime Sadness” rapidly swept live sets and sound systems everywhere. Perhaps the most applauded remix of the year, it sparked a trend that had everyone from top to bottom putting spins on Del Rey’s vocals. Cedric’s take even on this song is most likely the track that a listener would hear. This song also earned Cedric Gervais a Grammy nomination.
10. Axwell – Center of the Universe (Remode)
Axwell, digging back for “Center Of The Universe,” he revamped his previously unreleased tune to bring the grooves of his 2009 sound to the modern spectrum. The traditional house core, re-mastered for a postmodern house audience made for the perfect storm.
9. OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself (Alesso Remix)
Alesso is one to release his product sparingly. That in-studio precision and uncrushed work ethic results in only the most well-polished records in dance, and that came to fruition best on his remix for OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself.” The popular tune stands for everything fans support about the young Swede, and even symbolized his growth in succeeding mentor Sebastian Ingrosso.
8. Knife Party – LRAD (Original Mix)
One of 2013′s most played tracks came at the hands of Knife Party and their work on “LRAD.” Combining punchy breaks with their finely tuned electro and dubstep style, Knife Party set into motion what could only be described as the “year of the drops” for 2013.
7. Pryda – Power Drive (Original Mix)
The Essential Mix heard around the world, the one from Eric Prydz early this year, had the dance community hypnotized as they tuned into BBC Radio 1 on a cold February night. Prydz released this track on Pete Tong BBC Radio 1. “Power Drive” was the tune that lifted emotions best during those two hours.
6. Kaskade – Atmosphere (Original Mix)
Kaskade released an amazing track this past year with “Atmosphere,” which has Kaskade on the beat AND Kaskade on the vocal. “Atmosphere” provided the all-American veteran with the steam to take on an arena tour, album release, and everything in between. Sharing the same title with its host album, Kaskade’s original stood out as the one explosive track within tunes nostalgic of younger dance duties.
5. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Nicky Romero, Fast Eddy – S.O.T.U. (Original Mix)
Despite its acronym, it’s the sound of a lot of things. Sunnery James, Ryan Marciano, and Nicky Romero’s “S.O.T.U.,” injected one of the most popular vocal snippets into the live atmosphere. Releasing their collaboration on Size Records, they’ve blurred the line between tribal and heavy-electro synthwork. From the massive Main Stage of Tomorrowland to the dark late nights at Pacha NYC, “SOTU” served as 2013’s most transcendent record in dance.
4. Disclosure – White Noise (feat. Alunageorge)
HypeM’s most blogged about artist in 2013, Disclosure played a crucial role in defining the sound of the past year. Their album, Settle, was a genre defiant look back on the dance music of old but it was their lead single alongside Alunageorge, “White Noise,” that earned them a #1 single in the UK and global recognition. Mixing their trademark future garage style with Alunageorge’s sugary pop vocals, the collaboration led to the revival of the genre they call home — and landed the Lawrence brothers’ single firmly at our number 4 spot.
3. Armin van Buuren – This Is What it Feels Like (Original + Remixes)
ARMIN is continuing as one of the most scheduled electronic acts in the business and he still found time to produce an album called Intense. This album had everything that you could expect from an Armin van Buuren album, but also brought “The Is What It Feel Like,” which was highly played due to W&W’s remix.
2. Avicii – Wake Me Up (feat. Aloe Blacc)
This is the song that sounds like country that is now in rotation around the world. Avicii is leading the charge with a genre-bending debut album in True, Avicii joined forces with Aloe Blacc to surprise the relatively small community of dance music, and to soon after take the rest of the world along for the ride. “Wake Me Up” was shrugged at when debuted in March as the lack of boundaries instilled shock value, but months later has claimed the record for longest-running number one single on Billboard’s dance music chart.
1. Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell & Nile Rodgers)
When Daft Punk released their latest album this past year thus ending a eight year drought they released a well-polished new album and a lead single for the books. There was no bigger song of the year in all of music, let alone electronic music. This track was one of the most talked about tracks even before it officially had a name. “Get Lucky” gained a crazy buzz from a brief video teaser at Coachella that was practically world news to its domination of pop culture throughout the summer, Daft Punk struck gold when teaming up with Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams and executing their goal of going backwards to move forwards.
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