Immerse yourself in a musical journey through the past as we present the Top Dance Songs of 2018. Party Favorz is taking you on a trip down memory lane, recalling the unforgettable hits that dominated the dance music scene. Party 2 of our year-end dance retrospective further enhances this musical extravaganza by including more of the year’s most influential club hits!
A curious query arose from one of our followers recently regarding the usage of radio edits in our mixes. The response, initially simplistic, turned out to be more complex than a straightforward ‘yes’ or ‘no’. The reality lies somewhere in the middle, so let’s dive deeper.
In the era of streaming services, dance music, like most genres, is becoming increasingly influenced by this shift, especially by platforms like Spotify. This trend arguably took root in 2009 when Mariah Carey’s album, “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel“, was extensively remixed by Jump Smokers, leading to a collection of dance radio edits rather than full-length dance tracks. While these tracks were not DJ-friendly, it signaled the beginning of a trend for shorter, more condensed “dance remixes”.
As we fast forward to the year 2018, a significant proportion of remixes adopted this shorter format. The reason? Streaming platforms operate in a similar vein to traditional radio stations, providing on-demand music without the ads, and they favor quick, accessible listens before moving onto the next track. Extended intros and outros don’t fit this model, and hence the shift towards more condensed tracks.
This evolution posed a challenge for DJs, stuck between delivering popular songs and preserving the art of mixing. The solution is a delicate balance, combining the shorter edits with longer dance remixes to maintain a seamless flow. Although this approach might dampen the traditional joy of mixing, it offers a practical way forward, especially for the future of remixing like on the Top Dance Songs of 2018.
Another interesting trend observed in 2018 was the emergence of labels focused on producing dance music tailored for streaming platforms like Spotify or Apple Music. Their business model is based on the number of streams generated rather than music sales. This approach has led to the creation of some excellent dance tracks that, sadly, may never grace club DJ decks, despite being included in the list of Top Dance Songs of 2018.
Despite these developments, platforms like Spotify still restrict the inclusion of dance music podcasts, like Party Favorz. Even though these podcasts offer a unique, non-stop music experience that complements their curated playlists, they remain absent from these platforms. Allowing such content could generate additional revenue streams for artists and publishers, and broaden the variety of music available to listeners.
As Party Favorz enters its 12th year of delivering high-quality dance music podcasts, it would be beneficial to gain recognition from leading players in the streaming industry. With an impressive five million streams or downloads globally and a solid listener base even without social promotion, it’s clear that our selection of Top Dance Songs of 2018, and indeed every year, resonate with music lovers worldwide.
I’ll be back tomorrow with the final installment of the Top Dance Songs of 2018. Until then…ENJOY!
Album: Year in Dance 2018 pt. 2
Genre: EDM, House, Dance, Club
Total Time: 02:30:22
1. U2 – Love Is Bigger Than Anything In It’s Way (Intro Version feat. Raanana Symphonette)
2. Martin Garrix & David Guetta feat. Jamie Scott & Romy Dya – So Far Away (Nicky Romero Remix)
3. The Perry Twins feat. Harper Starling – Euphoria (Kue Remix)
4. Jax Jones feat. Ina Wroldson – Breathe (Ultimix by DJ Strobe)
5. CliQ feat. Alika – Wavey (Nathan Jain Extended Remix)
6. Janelle Monae – Make Me Feel (EDX Dubai Skyline Extended Mix)
7. DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B – Taki Taki (Ryan Skyy Pony Extended)
8. Dan + Shay – Tequila (Maverikk Remix)
9. Olivia Holt – Generous (Martin Jensen Remix)
10. Ellie Goulding x Diplo feat. Swae Lee – Close To Me (Colin Jay Remix)
11. Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next (Division 4 & Matt Consola Remix)
12. Kylie – Dancing (Anton Powers Remix)
13. Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – Promises (Mousse T’s Extended Disco Shizzle Remix)
14. Janet Jackson & Daddy Yankee – Made For Now (Eric Kupper Extended Mix)
15. Beck – Up All Night (Nathan Jain Remix)
16. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (Barry Harris Remix)
17. Ariana Grande – God Is A Woman (Charlie Lane Remix)
18. Kesha – Woman (Barry Harris Club Enhanced)
19. Troye Sivan – My My My! (Barry Harris Mix)
20. David Guetta & Afrojack feat. Charli XCX & French Montana – Dirty Sexy Money (Joe Stone Remix)
21. Bazzi – Mine (Vice Extended)
22. Lenny Kravitz – Low (David Guetta Extended Remix)
23. Tiesto & Dzeko feat. Preme & Post Malone – Jackie Chan (Sebastian Perez Extended Mix)
24. Loud Luxury feat. Brando – Body (Extended Mix)
25. Sean Paul & David Guetta feat. Becky G – Mad Love (Cheat Codes Remix)
26. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. David Guetta feat. Kiiara – Complicated (R3hab Remix)
27. P!nk – What About Us (Cash Cash Remix Extended)
28. Sigala & Paloma Faith – Lullaby (Martin Jensen Remix)
29. Skylar Stecker – Blame (Dave Aude Extended Remix)
30. Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack – Rise (Jonas Blue & Eden Prince Club Mix)
31. Gryffin feat. Elley Duhe – Tie Me Down (L’TRIC Club Remix)
32. Weiss – Feel My Needs (Purple Disco Machine Extended Mix)
33. Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino – In My Mind (Original MIx)
34. Tom Budin & Luciana – X With U (Extended Mix)
35. Purple Disco Machine – Dished (Male Stripper) (Alphalove Remix)