The Ten Best EDM Singles of 2012
This Grammy-nominated single forwarded Skrillex' position as the de facto leader of the worldwide dubstep movement and proved his staying power, a rough-hewn sophistication. He represents the just-don't-take-it-too-seriously fun of the genre he has forged.
No matter your take on electronic music as mainstream pop, what was abundantly clear in a thousand festival dance tents around the globe this year is that this hybrid sound was the stuff capturing the feet and pumping fists of millions of neon-clad early twenty somethings. From the crop of producers satiating this youth movement, it was Avicii's pretension free and unabashedly joyful singalong "Silhouettes" that embodied the best of the dance world crossover realm and made the Swedish producer the current torch bearer of mainstream EDM.
Deadmau5 flared up early in the year with feel good dance track "The Veldt," but it was this darkly alluring floataway single from his 2012 LP >Album Title Goes Here< that reminded us why Joel Zimmerman is the reigning nerd punk-king of progressive house.