Even with the shifting genre tides in dance music, there’s always room for some darker songs that breakthrough and become monster hits in their own right. FISHER’s surprise hit “Losing It” was released in July 2018 and then had a steady rise to the top of Beatport’s dance charts where it ruled for over a month. Shortly after — it made a steady climb up Billboard’s Dance Club charts finally nesting the number one spot last year. Spurring a mass amount of mashups and bootlegs, the song was so popular — it ranked again as one of the top tracks for 2019. It was an unlikely candidate for such a monster hit but the infectious deep beats and repetitive refrain just stuck to our brain like superglue.
FISHER followed that up with the equally dark “You Little Beauty” which samples (once again) the fabulous Loleatta Holloway making it his second #1 dance club hit. You could say he’s had a very good year and a half.
One of the most mesmerizing and infectious dark tracks of the year is “Piece Of Your Heart” by Meduza featuring Goodboys. This song is an earworm that burrows into your brain and takes up residence while on repeat. Meduza followed up this monster hit with the same song but this time featuring the added vocals of Becky Hill in a reworked version called “Lose Control.” That version also topped the charts later in the year. I’m not certain, but this may be the first time two different versions of the same song topped any chart — but, I could be wrong.
HOT DANCE ELECTRONIC SONGS
The artwork for volume two of the Year In Dance features the top Hot Dance Electronic Songs Artists. This is a chart that I only muse with passing interest as it usually has some overlap with the Dance Club charts but is geared more towards streaming, YouTube plays than anything else to compile its listings. In fact, Billboard has multiple sub-category charts under this, which frankly is redundant. This particular chart is important in that it features top songs that fare poorly on the Dance Club chart but often have more uptempo House versions that accompany them.
Marshmello appears to hit all the charts (including Top 40), while The Chainsmokers frat boy electronic dance music generally rules this chart, sometimes Top 40 but not Dance Club. The chart itself is often stale and lists songs that are over a year old — generally because of their ongoing streaming numbers.
Since a few of the Top 10 artists in this category never crossed over to Dance Club or were riding high from last year’s releases — I threw out three of them out and picked up three more from the Top 15. From left to right there’s Kygo, Ellie Goulding, Avicii, Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris, Marshmello, Swae, The Chainsmokers, Bastille, and Bebe Rexha.
One of the greatest DJ/producers of the modern era passed away. Avicii was a genius whose music moved millions of people on dance floors and festivals worldwide. Never content to rest on one style of music, he continued to experiment and even brought in folk music to create giant songs like “Wake Me Up.” The song “Levels,” which samples the vocals of the fabulous Etta James is a masterpiece in electronic dance music that will live on through the ages. He will be sorely missed.
Party Favorz is currently working on the third and final volume of the Year In Dance and expect to have this out on Monday. I’ve already begun compiling mashups, bootlegs and roof-raising tracks for the annual “Blow Your Own Horn” and hope to drop that Saturday of next week. Until then…ENJOY!
Album: Year in Dance 2019 Volume 2
Genre: EDM, House, Dance, Club
Total Time: 02:15:05
1. Tiesto & Mabel – God Is A Dancer (Extended Version)
2. Benny Blanco feat. Halsey & Khalid – Eastside (Charlie Lane Remix)
3. CamelPhat & Jake Bugg – Be Someone (Extended Mix)
4. DJ Regard – Ride It (Jonas Blue Remix)
5. FISHER – You Little Beauty (Original Mix)
6. Meduza feat. Goodboys – Piece Of Your Heart (Extended Mix)
7. Duke Dumont & Zak Abel – The Power (Original Mix)
8. Riton x Oliver Heldens feat. Vula – Turn Me On (Extended Mix)
9. Travis Scott feat. Drake – Sicko Mode (James Hype VIP Mix)
10. Black Eyed Peas, Corona & J Balvin – RITMO (Bad Boys For Life) (Liam Keegan Remix)
11. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike feat. Era Istrefi – Selfish (Ale Mora Extended Remix)
12. Halsey – Without Me (Danny Dove Remix)
13. Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved (James Godfrey Remix)
14. The Chainsmokers feat. Kelsea Ballerini – This Feeling (Joe Bermudez Remix)
15. Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care (Division 4 Mix)
16. Ariana Grande – Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored (Division 4 & Matt Consola Remix)
17. Roberto Surace – Joys (Purple Disco Machine Extended Remix)
18. Tony Moran & Jason Walker – Perfect Bitch (Moto Blanco Club Remix)
19. Lizzo – Good As Hell (DJ Kue Remix)
20. Boston Bun – Don’t Wanna Dance (Extended Mix)
21. Katy Perry – Never Really Over (R3HAB Extended Remix)
22. DJs From Mars – Gam Gam (Extended Mix)
23. Meduza x Becky Hill x Goodboys – Lose Control (Charlie Lane & Ethan James Remix)
24. Ariana Grande – Breathin (Division 4 & Matt Consola Remix)
25. Ellie Goulding x Diplo feat. Swae Lee – Close To Me (Charlie Lane Remix)
26. Jonas Brothers – Sucker (Division 4 Remix)
27. Kygo & Whitney Houston – Higher Love (Charlie Lane Remix)
28. Sam Feldt feat. RANI – Post Malone (Joe Stone Extended Remix)
29. Kygo & Rita Ora – Carry On (Tempo Elektrik Remix)
30. Mark Ronson feat. Camila Cabello – Find U Again (Country Club Martini Crew Remix)
31. Marshmello feat. Chvrches – Here With Me (Colin Jay Remix)
32. Post Malone – Better Now (Jacked Remix)