The top 20 dance tracks of the last 20 years
It’s probably fair to say that by now Pete Tong is recognised as the voice of the global dance scene, hosting the aptly named Essential Mix and his own show on BBC Radio 1 in the UK.
Having been in the driver’s seat of the dance community for 20 years now, the BBC are rolling out the celebrations to honour Tong’s two decades of service, beginning with a listener-voted poll of the top 20 dance songs from 1991 to now.
As you’d expect from such a poll, the top 20 tracks of the last two decades are an interesting bunch, with veterans of the scene like The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers and Massive Attack all ranking highly, while DJ icons like Laurent Garnier, Josh Wink, Sasha and Eric Prydz received deserved nods.
Interestingly enough, it’s only Underworld and Daft Punk that rank with multiple entries in the top 20, with the latter scoring three places and an extra point for Stardust. While it’s a sign of the times that Skream’s (very good) remix of La Roux’s In For The Kill makes the list, no amount of dubstep fandom could keep Energy 52’s Cafe del Mar from top spot. Thus is the power/commitment of trance fans.
Check the whole thing out below and feel free to leave your personal selections and any It’s All Gone Pete Tong jokes in the comments section below.
A Celebration of Pete Tong: Top 20 Tracks – 1991-2011:
1.Energy 52 – Cafe del Mar
2.Underworld – Born Slippy
3.Sasha – Xpander
4.Daft Punk – One More Time
5.Stardust – Music Sounds Better
6.Robin S – Show Me Love
7.Daft Punk – Around the World
8.Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
9.Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
10.Eric Prydz- PjanooFind
11.Groove Armada – Superstylin’
12.Laurent Garnier – Man with the Red Face
13.Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl
14.Gat Décor – Passion
15.Josh Wink – Higher State of Consciousness
16.Daft Punk – Da Funk
17.Armand Van Helden – You Don’t Know Me
18.La Roux – In for the Kill (Skream remix)
19.Underworld – Rez / Cowgirl
20.Diss Reaction – Jieehaaa