Top 10 EDM Songs of 2013 (So Far)
Even though the EDM world doesn't necessarily revolve around singles, electronic dance music has been responsible for some of this year’s most infectious songs.
The list of the Top 10 EDM Songs of 2013 includes music from familiar hit makers like David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Daft Punk, as well as names that may be new to mainstream pop audiences, such as Rudimental and Disclosure. Read on to discover PopCrush’s favorite EDM songs of 2013 so far.
Twin sisters Miriam and Olivia Nervo have solid credentials behind the scenes, with writing credits for the likes of Kesha, David Guetta, Kylie Minogue. Now, they’re making a name for themselves with their 2013 EDM song ‘Hold On.’ The girls’ breathy vocals combine with a foundation of swirling dancefloor beats for a memorable dance track featuring the appealing plea, “Give us a chance / I just wanna hold on.”
Swedish duo Icona Pop followed up the success of ‘I Love It’ with their 2013 single ‘Girlfriend,’ which turned the hook from Jay-Z and Beyonce’s ‘’03 Bonnie & Clyde’ into an anthemic summer party song. “All I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend,” Icona Pop sing cheerfully, repeating the line first heard in a classic song by Tupac Shakur. The dance-pop tune is from Icona Pop’s still-untitled forthcoming album, which will mark the pair's first release in the U.S.
‘Bubble Butt’ is one of those EDM songs that is completely ridiculous, but it’s so catchy and fun that everyone dances and sings along anyway. Bruno Mars, Tyga, and Mystic all join Major Lazer on the hottest booty anthem since ‘Baby Got Back.’ The track from ‘Free the Universe’ features the instructive hook, “Turn around / Stick it out / Show the world you got a / Bubble butt / Bubble, bubble, bubble butt.”
With Akon and Ne-Yo on board and a killer sample from Alice Deejay’s ‘Better Off Alone,’ one of the most recognizable dance songs of the ‘90s, ‘Play Hard’ was destined for success from the beginning and has not disappointed, reaching the Top 10 in the U.K. and on the U.S. Dance Singles chart. The track from David Guetta’s ‘Nothing But the Beat 2.0’ features Ne-Yo repeating the hustler’s mantra, “We work hard, play hard / Keep partyin' like it's your job.”
One of PopCrush’s Artists to Watch in 2013, Zedd didn’t need much time to make an impact this year. He performed a quiet rendition of ‘Clarity’ with Foxes on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' on Jan. 3, then watched as radio began playing the uptempo version of the track, helping it soar all the way to No. 1 on the Dance/Club Play chart. Co-written with Porter Robinson and Skylar Grey, ‘Clarity’ features lyrics about relationship issues that are more complex and thought-provoking than the average EDM song.
Though Disclosure is a new name to U.S. audiences, in Britain, the sibling duo has scored three big hits and hit No. 1 with their latest release, ‘Settle.’ The voice of Eliza Doolittle provides the muscle on 'You & Me,' an ode to couplehood. She coos, “You got my secret combination / And I don’t be giving that out easily.” The track feels moody but subtle, catchy without needing to beat the listener over the head with driving synths.
Rudimental’s ‘Waiting All Night’ begins slowly with vocalist Ella Eyre repeating the words, “I’ve been waiting all night for you to tell me what you want / Tell me that you need me.” Nearly two minutes in, the EDM song blasts open into a drum and bass frenzy. The U.K. chart topper appears on the British band’s debut studio effort ‘Home,’ an album that also features Alex Clare and Emeli Sande.
Avicii lit up dance floors everywhere last year with 'Levels' and returned in 2013 with 'Wake Me Up,' a creative track driven by acoustic guitar, a rollicking, foot-stomping beat and the soulful vocals of R&B singer Aloe Blacc. If not for the bouncy synth rhythms, we'd have no idea the song was created by an EDM artist. Blacc gets serious with the hook, "So wake me up when it’s all over / When I’m wiser and I’m older / All this time I was finding myself / And I didn’t know I was lost.” 'Wake Me Up' is the first single from Avicii's next album, '#TRUE.'
Daft Punk’s funky disco-tinged track ‘Get Lucky’ is easily the biggest chart hit among this bunch, and it stands out as an exception on our list of the Top 10 EDM Songs of 2013 because it emphasizes real instruments rather than electronic sounds. The French duo brought in a number of respected live musicians to create the music and R&B star Pharrell Williams to lay down the vocals. ‘Get Lucky’ danced its way all the way to No. 3, becoming Daft Punk’s highest-charting single ever.
Rounding out our list of the Top 10 EDM Songs of 2013 is the killer dance track ‘I Need Your Love’ from Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding. Synth bloops complement a forceful beat that contrasts nicely with Goulding’s sweet vocal delivery. ‘I Need Your Love’ topped the U.S. Dance Club Songs chart, and in the U.K. it made Harris the first artist in history to score eight Top 10 hits from a single album, breaking the record previously established by Michael Jackson. EDM is such a force these days that it's shattering records set by the King of Pop!