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Our Top 10 Songs Of 2011
Now that is officially 2012, we are all looking towards the future. But before we leave 2011 fully in the past, it’s time to look back and reflect upon the best songs of 2011. 2011 was a huge year for dance music, and with it came many anthems that touched our hearts. Whether you were at a festival, a club, or simply driving in your car when you heard that song that just hit you in a way that words cannot describe, dance music in 2011 was nothing short of magical. We will remember 2011 as the year that dance music erupted, attracting thousands of new EDM fans, even gaining validation in the mainstream. I believe that this boom in the EDM community fan base is due largely to the high volume of incredible songs that were released in the past year.
Here at I Can Give You House, there were so many songs captured our hearts in 2011. So naturally, coming up with a list of our picks for the top 10 songs of 2011 was a tall order. There was a lot of debate about which songs belonged on this list. It wasn’t easy, but we finally came up with a list. I would like to preface this list with the following disclaimer: this list is by no means a declaration of the songs that were most popular, or had the biggest impact in 2011. And though those factors were of course taken into consideration, this is more of a list of the songs that all of us at I Can Give You House jammed out to the hardest in 2011, a summary of our musical palate for the past year, if you will. Just about the only thing I can promise you is that this list will not match any other list you could come across in the EDM community. Additionally, while we love to give you house, we also love to give you music from every genre, from techno to dubstep. We decided that it would be best to create a separate list for bass music, which will be posted soon. So without further ado, here are the songs that really captured our hearts the most in 2011.
10. “Epic” – Sandro Silva, Quintino
This smash hit from Sandro Silva and Quintino definitely lives up to its name. From the strong chords to the hard drop, “Epic” definitely merits a spot on this list. One of the best after movies from a festival this year comes from Tomorrowland, and nothing gets me more pumped up in than when “Epic” comes on in the video and makes me want to jump into the action. This song, ladies and gentlemen, is massive.
If you haven’t seen the Tomorrowland After Movie, seriously do yourself a favor. And even if you have seen it, check out the magic that happens around 6:15, and you’ll see what i’m talking about. Shit just goes SO hard. But for real, this whole video is incredible.
9. “Eyes” – Kaskade
2011 was a big year for Kaskade. With a Marquee Las Vegas residency and the release of a major album, Kaskade further solidified his role as one of the most beloved artists in the EDM game. “Fire And Ice” was a huge success, with “Eyes” being arguably the biggest hit off the album. Classic Kaskade style topped with brilliant, beautiful vocals. What more could you ask for?
8. “Cry (Just A Little)” – Bingo Players
With hits like “Rattle” and “Mode,” Bingo Players did not disappoint in 2011, demonstrating their versatility as they created a diverse array of bangers. But perhaps the biggest hit from them last year was “Cry (Just A Little).” This groovy, emotional anthem is absolutely contagious. From the vocals to the catchy melody, “Cry (Just A Little)” is easily one of the best songs of 2011.
7. “Walking Alone” – Dirty South, Those Usual Suspects
We first heard Dirty South and Those Usual Suspects’ “Walking Alone” during Dirty South’s set at Nocturnal Wonderland 2011 and immediately fell in love. We anxiously awaited its release, and after a few torturously slow weeks, it finally arrived. We knew right away that “Walking Alone” was going to be one of the biggest hits of the year, and it certainly lived up to our expectations. An absolute anthem if i’ve ever heard one.
6. “Pressure (Alesso Remix)” – Nadia Ali, Starkillers, Alex Kenji
There is simply no denying the amazingness of Alesso’s remix of Nadia Ali, Starkillers and Alex Kenji’s “Pressure.” If I had a dime for every time I heard this song in a DJ set this year, i’d be well on my way to purchasing myself a nice pair of CDJ-2000s. Anyways, the bottom line is that this song is incontrovertibly one of the biggest anthems of 2011.
5. “Tung!” – Deniz Koyu
In 2011, Deniz Koyu made it clear to the world that he was going to be impossible to ignore. I cannot put into words how incredible “Tung!” is, and although he has released a number of hits this year, “Tung!” seems to be unparalleled in its epicness. When I heard “Tung!” back in Summer, I was immediately hooked on Deniz Koyu. The best thing about “Tung!” is that it is so incredibly unique, and in this day and age, that is an extremely refreshing quality. It’s no surprise that “Tung!” has received overwhelming support from some of the biggest DJs in the world.
4. “Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix)” – Coldplay
Fedde Le Grand had a MASSIVE year with 5 #1 hits on the overall Beatport charts over the course of the year, but his remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise” might take the cake. This song is a definite fan favorite and has been rockin’ dance floors everywhere since its release. After the wild success of the single, Fedde joined Coldplay in concert in Madrid, a massive feat for an EDM artist. Fedde had this to say about the opportunity:
I think this is the first time Coldplay has asked a DJ to join them for the support. It is a huge honor. But at the same time it feels like a logical next step. In my music I am always looking for exciting new connections. Different elements that come together and create something new. I feel you can hear that in the remix I did for Coldplay’s “Paradise” as well.”
This concert was streamed live and watched from thousands and thousands of viewers across the world. Fedde’s remix of “Paradise” is undoubtedly one of the biggest songs of 2011.
3. “Save The World” – Swedish House Mafia
Does Swedish House Mafia’s massive anthem “Save The World” really even need an introduction? When my 12 year old sister declares “Save The World” her favorite song, that speaks volumes about the magnitude of impact that this song has. One of seemingly everyone’s favorite songs in 2011, “Save The World” truly is a feel good banger.
2. “Levels” – Avicii
“Levels” is quite possibly one of the most recognizable EDM songs of 2011. Remixed by an array of huge EDM artists, sampled by Flo Rida in his song “Good Feeling,” i’m pretty sure even my grandma has jammed to some variation “Levels.” There is NOTHING that injects energy into a dance floor crowd like “Levels” does. “Levels” is a heavenly musical experience, and the vocals sampled from Etta James’ “Something’s Got A Hold Of Me” simply cannot be topped. Overall, “Levels” is a recipe for a good time, and is guaranteed to put you in a good mood. Oh, oh, sometimes I get a good feeling.
1. “Calling” – Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso
In July, we heard Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso’s “Calling” for the first time. All it took was one listen for all of us to know that this banger would quite possibly be the biggest song of the entire year. In late August, “Calling” was finally released, and it lived up to our highest expectations and beyond. Sure, other songs in 2011 may have been more popular, perhaps had more mainstream appeal, but we believe that the success of a song is measured by the feeling it evokes in your soul, and for us, “Calling” is unparalleled in that respect. This warm, euphoric progressive house banger has all the elements of a bona-fide anthem. It may be months after the release of “Calling” but we still have yet to pick our astounded jaws up off of the floor. “Calling”, my friends, is a true masterpiece.
Honorable Mention (In No Particular Order):
-”Mush Mush” – Bassjackers
-”Awooga” – Calvin Harris
-”Maximal Crazy” -Tiesto
-”Fade Into Darkness” – Avicii
-”Rattle” – Bingo Players
-”Mode” – Bingo Players
-”Madagascar” – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Yves V, and Angger Dimas
-”The Way We See The World (Tomorrowland Anthem)” – Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nervo
-”Raise Your Weapons (Madeon Remix)” – Deadmau5
-”Titanium (Alesso Remix)” – David Guetta feat. Sia
-”Dangerous (Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel Remix)” – James Blunt
-”Good Love feat. Amy Pearson (Alesso Remix)” – Devolution
-”Invisible (Kaskade Remix)” – Skylar Gray
-”Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Avicii’s ‘Tour’ Mix) – Coldplay
-”Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Swedish House Mafia Remix)” – Coldplay
-”Big Bad Wolf (Dada Life Remix) – Duck Sauce
-”Flash (Nicky Romero Remix) – Green Velvet
-”Happy Violence” – Dada Life
-”White Noise, Red Meat” – Dada Life
-”Coming Home (Dirty South Remix)” – Diddy Dirty Money feat. Skylar Gray
-”Prutataaa” – Afrojack, R3hab
-”What Happens In Vegas” – Chuckie feat. Gregor Salto
-”Low Battery” – Gregori Klosman
-”So Much Love” – Fedde Le Grand
-”Around The World” – Arty
-”Kate” – Arty
-”You Got The Love (Mark Knight Remix) – Florence + The Machine
-”The End” – Tommy Trash
-”Kendo” – Nari & Milani
-”Slumber (Tommy Trash Remix)” - Steve Forte Rio feat. Lindsey Ray
-”Las Vegas” – Tiesto
-”Levels (Morten Breum Remix) – Avicii
-”Strobe (Special Features Remix) – Deadmau5
-”Reboot” – Ummet Ozcan
-”Otherside (Third Party Remix)” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
-”I Believe In (Third Party Remix)” – Junior Sanchez
-”Music Talks” – Hayley Parsons
-”Outro (EDX’s Fe5tival Remix)” – Sander van Doorn
-”Drink To Get Drunk” – Sander van Doorn
-”Marsch Marsch 2011″ – Thomas Gold
-”I Can’t Help Myself (Tim Mason Extended Version) – Lucid
-”Heart Is King “- Axwell
-”Hertz” – Deniz Koyu
-”Overdose” – John Dahlback
-”Antidote” – Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party
-”Internet Friends” – Knife Party
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