EDM's Ten Best Tracks and Albums of 2012

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Flosstradamus ran 2012 trough the trap.
EDM was bigger and badder than ever this year.

Lady Gaga went on tour with electro-wunderkind Zedd. Skrillex won three Grammys. Shit, even the American Music Awards created an EDM category.

Of course, this also means a lot of garbage is being produced. But thankfully, there are still loads of artists who take their craft (and the dance floor) seriously.

Let's take the time to look back and celebrate those artists who delivered with monster tracks, EPs, and even full albums. If we don't reward them now, we'll only ever get more cheese.

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-Worst Songs of 2012: Lil Wayne to LMFAO

10. Zedd's "Spectrum"
In 2011, this Russian-German DJ-producer worked on official remixes for pop goddess Lady Gaga and then he joined the megastar for her 2012 tour. But his biggest success to date would definitely be "Spectrum," a progressive and edgy electro-house anthem released June 1 on Interscope. No doubt teenagers will be finding themselves to its massive builds while driving on highways late at night for years to come.

9. Nari & Milani's "Atom"
They're not pop superstars, but this Italian electro duo produced one of the year's biggest hits with dark, driving single "Atom." Chances are, if you're an avid partier, this track's been a highlight of about 60 percent of the DJ sets that got you uhntz-uhntz-ing in 2012.

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@helixdelay also lol at Justin Martin showing up on that list out of nowhere


fyi that justin whoever track ("ghettos and gardens" i tink) is a straight rip off of "night" by benga and coki. its pretty bad - and I usually am pretty lenient about interpolation as long as it fits well in the song. if u like that song just listen to night, its way better.

ps madeon sucks and even tho flosstradamus aint bad, "trap" can go suck my nuts. its just goddamn hip hop stop it with the fucking trapaholics samples if u arent part of trapaholics. also everyone knows the best song was "drum track" by helix

Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott

Sorry, but I do not count Dubshit as music. I have listened to it - not fucking possible. It is the most nauseating headache inducing electronic shit I have ever heard. I have a very, very open mind. Please tell me how exactly does one dance to Dubshit? The crowds I have seen at Skrillex shows look to be the youngest people - many under 21. Maybe if I was 19 and full of molly i could bear listening ….


the best part about Nari & Milani - Atom is the Nitzer Ebb sample!


@Stephen Scott tho for real if u want actual 'dubstep' (ie before the term was misused) check out some late 2step garage/early dubstep http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZScIt7DvCo  (zed bias really helped push garage into dubstep) - also el-b, shackleton, skream, benga, coki, dmz, anyone who played at fwd>> etc

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