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2023’s Dance Music Essentials Volume 2: Discover the Year’s Top Dance Songs and Biggest Hits

Welcome back to Volume 2 of the Party Favorz Top Dance Songs of 2023, showcasing this year’s most significant dance hits!

A prominent trend in today’s music consumption is streaming, a phenomenon that gained even more importance during the pandemic, impacting the dance music industry significantly. While festivals still thrive with their EDM-centric, visually spectacular shows, club venues have suffered, leading to the closure of the Billboard Dance Club chart due to reduced DJ feedback from large venues.

Even in major cities, where nightlife is concentrated, this shift has resulted in a decrease in the volume of new dance music releases. At Party Favorz, we’ve felt this reduction since last year. With less music comes fewer standout hits, and many of today’s hits often sample popular tracks from 10 to 20 years ago, repurposing these melodies into new creations.

However, the silver lining in fewer releases is that it allows gems like “Water” by Tyla, “Body Moving” by Eliza Rose and Calvin Harris, and Peggy Gou’s hit “(It Goes Like) Nanana” to shine, reaching a broader audience. In a different era, these tracks might have been overshadowed by a flood of new music.

Exploring other dance music genres, artists have reinvigorated styles like Drum ‘n’ Bass. While not our personal favorite, especially in a full DJ set, it has its place. Becky Hill’s “Disconnect” is so Punk Rock that the D’n’B production by Chase & Status was a natural fit for the song. Issey Cross’s “Bittersweet Goodbye” is another significant Drum ‘n’ Bass track, infusing the genre’s energy with orchestral elements borrowed from the Verge alternative classic “Bittersweet Symphony,” which got them in hot water for borrowing the string section from the Rolling Stones “The Last Time.” Despite its potential, this genre can be challenging for DJs without advanced equipment to blend with contemporary dance music. Still, Drum ‘n’ Bass is seeing a small rebirth when we were hoping for a Breaks resurgence in mainstream dance which has shown a lot of promise lately. We’ll have to wait and see what 2024 brings.

Latin House has also seen a rise in popularity. Jain’s “Makeba” classic emerged as a major hit this year with the Ian Aisher remix and reminiscent of the “Macarena” with its catchy refrain. We selected Axel Paerel’s version for this set, focusing on the instrumental part that really gets people moving. This approach is similar to the initial instrumental version of “Macarena,” which later had lyrics added for broader appeal.

Other Latin-influenced hits include “Marianela” by Merk & Kremont x Hugel vs. Lirico En La Casa and “Let’s Go” by and J Balvin. With the global reach of Latin artists, we anticipate more crossover hits in the coming year.

Overall, Party Favorz is excited about the diversity in this year’s dance scene. Moving beyond standard big room EDM and Future House, artists are incorporating a wider array of sounds, enriching the club experience. This variety ensures the dance music scene remains vibrant and engaging.

While our compilation of the top dance songs of 2023 may not align with everyone’s taste, we believe it fairly represents this year’s dance music landscape. Some may prefer a more underground, niche list, but the beauty of on-demand music is that there’s something for everyone.

We’re also preparing our annual “Blow Your Own Horn” series, the ultimate year-end dance party mix. We’re also working on releasing it on time for our friends in the southern and eastern hemispheres but won’t make any guarantees. Until the next time…ENJOY!

*  The loop on “Here We Go Again” by Oliver Tree & David Guetta has been fixed
Album: Top Dance Songs of 2023 | Volume II
Genre: Future House, Tech House, House Music, Big Room, Latin House
Year: 2023
Total Time: 02:56:17

1. Sonny Fodera & MK feat. Clementine Douglas – Asking (Extended Mix)

2. Dom Dolla – Saving Up (Extended Mix)

3. Kylie Minogue – Padam Padam (Corey D Original Extended Club Mix)

4. Blondish, Eran Hersh & Darmon x Madonna – Sorry (Extended Mix)

5. Purple Disco Machine & Kungs – Substitution (Extended Mix)

6. David Guetta & MORTEN – Something To Hold On To (Extended Mix)

7. Gabry Ponte – Easy On My Heart (Extended)

8. Alok, Sigala & Ellie Goulding – All By Myself (Extended Mix)

9. Alok & Ava Max – Car Keys (Ayla) (Extended Mix)

10. Sigala x Talia Mar – Stay The Night (Original Mix)

11. Joel Corry x MK feat. Rita Ora – Drinkin’ (Extended Mix)

12. Merk & Kremont x Hugel vs. Lirico En La Casa – Marianela (Extended Mix)

13. Sam Green feat. Carla Monroe – Jam Inside Your Love (Extended Mix)

14. Troye Sivan – Rush (Extended Mix)

15. Alan Walker & Zak Abel – Endless Summer (Extended Mix)

16. Felix Jaehn & Ray Dalton – Call It Love (Lovra Extended Remix)

17. James Hype feat. Kim Petras – Drums (Extended Mix)

18. Eliza Rose & Calvin Harris – Body Moving (Extended Mix)

19. Adam Ten & Maori – Spring Girl (Extended Mix)

20. Chris Lake & Aluna – Beggin’ (Extended Mix)

21. Dom Dolla with Nelly Furtado – Eat Your Man (Extended Mix)

22. FISHER x Aatig – Take It Off (Extended Mix)

23. Tiesto feat. Tate McRae – 1035 (Joel Corry Extended Remix)

24. Loud Luxury & Two Friends feat. Bebe Rexha – If Only I (Extended Mix)

25. Martin Garrix & Lloyiso – Real Love (Extended Remix)

26. & J Balvin – Let’s Go (Steve D Hype Chant Redrum )

27. Ofenbach feat. Norma Jean Martine – Overdrive (Extended Mix)

28. Meduza feat. Sam Tompkins & Em Beihold – Phone (Extended Mix)

29. Rema x Selena Gomez – Calm Down (Tom Bvrn Club Mix)

30. Jax Jones & Calum Scott – Whistle (Extended Mix)

31. Jung Kook feat. Latto – Seven (David Guetta Extended Remix)

32. Coi Leray – Players (David Guetta Extended Remix)

33. MK & Dom Dolla – Rhyme Dust (Extended Mix)

34. Kim Petras & Nicki Minaj – Alone (CraigWelsh Extended)

35. Young Bombs feat. Discrete & Alex Hosking – BAD (Extended Mix)

36. D.O.D – Set Me Free (Extended Mix)

37. Borai & Denham Audio – Make Me (Paul Sirrell Remix)

38. Axel Paerel – Makeba (Extended Mix)

39. Sophie & The Giants x Purple Disco Machine – Paradise (Extended Mix)

40. Alok & James Arthur – Work With My Love (Extended Mix)

41. Tyla x Marshmello – Water (Extended Mix)

42. Taylor Swift – Cruel Summer (Ray Rhodes Remix)

43. Aqua x Nicki Minaj x Ava Max – Barbie Girl (RAY ISAAC Extended Remix)

44. Oliver Tree & David Guetta – Here We Go Again (Mixshow Cold Ending)

45. Becky Hill x Chase & Status – Disconnect (DJ Intro – DJ Outro Dirty)

46. Issey Cross – Bittersweet Goodbye (Extended Mix)

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