In the transformative year of 2009, the landscape of dance music experienced a major shift. Online retailers selling dance music began to stake their claim on the burgeoning music market. It was a notable period when legal online distribution of dance music found its stride. The Top Dance Songs of 2009 emerged in an ecosystem where companies like Beatport, Traxsource, and Juno Download were curating quality house music that you couldn’t find in your local record store, which, in fact, was swiftly becoming a relic of the past.
These online platforms offered an extensive catalog from thousands of dance labels across the globe. Their success rested in meticulously sorting music into genre-specific categories, making it easy for users to discover tunes that align with their tastes. For instance, my go-to sections were “House Music” in Beatport, “Soulful” in Traxsource, and “Funky House” in Juno Download. It was in these niches that I would unearth music gems that were obscure to many but ignited the dance floors across the globe. Now, Party Favorz could share these hidden treasures from the Top Dance Songs of 2009 with our podcast listeners.
However, in the rush to dominate the dance music market, not every player made it. Companies like XpressBeats met their end, and others like Juno and DJdownload merged. The cut-throat competition was a sign of an industry on the cusp of evolution. It became clear that survival hinged on three factors: serving a niche market that major distributors overlooked, creating an easy-to-navigate platform, and ensuring a fast, intuitive search experience. Beatport emerged as the leader in delivering on all of these fronts, while others like Juno Download and Traxsource grappled with issues around layout and speed.
In this exciting period, Masterbeat was one service that showed significant promise. Being the sole online platform to negotiate deals with big labels for dance remixes of popular artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, or Madonna, Masterbeat was ideally poised to make a big splash in our Top Dance Songs of 2009. Their struggle, however, lay in managing the expectations of these big labels, which often interfered with their business operations and deviated from their original goal of promoting mainstream dance music alongside popular underground house.
As the year progressed, it became evident that these online dance music retailers were a vital part of the music industry’s evolution. They played a key role in promoting and distributing the Top Dance Songs of 2009, ushering in a new era of music discovery. Meanwhile, services like iTunes began to broaden their offering, with the aim of becoming the Wal-Mart Superstore of online entertainment.
Reflecting back on this transformative year, it’s clear that 2009 was a turning point in the dance music industry. Despite some challenges and growing pains, it paved the way for platforms to deliver the best dance music directly to fans. So, here’s to remembering the Top Dance Songs of 2009 and the year that fundamentally changed how we discover and enjoy music. To wrap up this recollection, I’d like to share Stevie Bishop’s remix of Lilly Allen’s powerful song “Fuck You.”
Until the next time…ENJOY!
Album : Year-end Edition v3
Genre : Electro, Funky, House, Progressive
Year : 2009
Total Time : 1:52:00:00
1. Agnes – Release Me (Cahill Club Edit)
2. The Killers – Human (Armin Van Buuren Club Remix)
3. Katy Perry – Waking Up In Vegas (Manhattan Clique Bellagio Remix)
4. Meck – Windmills (Club Mix)
5. Max Vangeli & Digital Lab with Simone Denny – Your Love (Original Mix)
6. Faithless feat. Cass Fox – Music Matters (Axwell Remix)
7. Freemasons feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer) (Club Mix)
8. Serge Devant – Addicted (Club Mix Re-edit)
9. Lady Gaga – Paparazzi (Dave Aude Club)
10. Janet – Make Me (Dave Aude Club Mix)
11. Pussycat Dolls – Bottle Pop (Moto Blanco Club)
12. Jade Ewen – My Man (Cahill Club Mix)
13. Cascada – Evacuate The Dancefloor (Cahill Remix)
14. Wale feat. Lady Gaga – Chillin (Bimbo Jones Club Mix)
15. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance (Dave Aude Club Mix)
16. Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne – Let It Rock (Tony Arzandon Remix)
17. Lily Allen – The Fear (Stonebridge Club Mix)
18. KeSha – Tik Tok (Fred Falke Club Mix)
19. Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow (David Guetta’s Electro Hop Remix)
20. Bob Sinclar feat. Sugarhill Gang – Lala Song (Tocadisco Remix)