This starts the beginning of an eight part series of Top 10s. Through each I will list my personal favourite tracks of a particular genre in (as best as I can manage) the order of preference. It’s difficult to narrow down so many tracks to just ten, so it’s likely I’ll forget some and I’m sure my lists will be different to yours.
As every year, 2014 was not short on dance tracks. Whether it’s huge artists that have been in the game for years or up and coming new artists, with a small following.
1. Clean Bandit – Rather Be (ft. Jess Glynne)
Clean Bandit’s smash hit released way back in January spent four weeks at the top spot in the UK chart and has become an international hit, with over 192 million views on YouTube. This song has dropped in my rating since release, simply because of how much it was overplayed earlier in the year. Ignoring this, it gets my top spot for the best song of the year and slightly wins over ‘Extraordinary’ and ‘Come Over’.
2. Sigma – Nobody To Love
Having to choose between Sigma’s two number one hits ‘Nobody to Love’ and ‘Changing’ was hard! I then thought back to when I first heard ‘Nobody to Love’. Such an amazing track!
3. Shift K3Y – I Know
Shift K3Y made a massive breakthrough in April with the release of his single ‘Touch’. Although the follow up single ‘I Know’ wasn’t as popular sales wise, peaking at 25 in the UK charts, this one gets on my top 10 greatest.
4. Duke Dumont – I Got U (ft. Jax Jones)
I Got U is a great upbeat summer anthem. It reached number one earlier this year, followed by his second single ‘Won’t Look Back’ which climbed to number 2 during the summer.
5. Calvin Harris – Summer
Harris released three new singles this year from his new album ‘Motion’. The first track of the year ‘Summer’ had classic Calvin Harris written all over it. It’s an electro dance upbeat track with his own vocals on top.
6. Mr Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)
Technically this should be in my Top 10 remixes, but being more popular than the original, it deserves it’s place in here. You know you’ve done a good job with a remix when it’s got more sales, plays and views than the original. 29 million views to Mr Probz, 41 million to Robin Schulz. Good work!
7. Wilkinson – Dirty Love (ft. Talay Riley)
This is Wilkinsons’ latest single, featuring vocals from Talay Riley. His drum and bass tracks and remixes are all worth a listen.
8. Bakermat – Vandaag
A super catchy song. It was initially released back in 2012, but rose to fame after a re-release under Sony.
9. Basement Jaxx – Never Say Never (ft. ETML)
Basement Jaxx have been out of the limelight for a number of years now. Never Say Never comes from the duos first album in 5 years ‘Junto’
10. The Chainsmokers – Kanye
The Chainsmokers really broke through earlier this year with their smash hit #SELFIE. The video has totalled 279 million views on YouTube. It’s a love it or (more likely) hate it song, but their more recent track ‘Kanye’ is a totally different story.