There have been countless EDM songs topping the charts for years. A lot of these songs are so good that you’re bound to hear them at a rave even a decade after their release date. Whether you’re at a club or a festival, we want you to be prepared to dance your heart out to these noteworthy hits. If you're headed to your first rave, here is a crash course in some of the most famous EDM songs to come out over the last three or four decades, but by no means is this a complete list!
Sandstorm - Darude
Sandstorm: the ultimate hype song. This is one that will make everyone rage like nobody’s watching. It was released 23 years ago and is still a crowd favorite.
Stereo Love - Edward Maya
This is like the ultimate tropical vibe EDM song. This song feels like a sunset beach club on an island like Ibiza or Bali. This song was released in 2009 but feels like a complete classic.
Everytime We Touch - Cascada
This number was playing on every station in 2006, and it’s one of the best throwback EDM songs. Belt it out and reminisce on the mid-2000’s.
Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia
You can't think about famous EDM songs without thinking about Swedish House Mafia. This beloved classic came back this year when Swedish House Mafia reunited at Coachella and it was a slice of nostalgic heaven for ravers that grew up in this era.
Levels - Avicii
Avicii produced hit after hit in his prime. The one he is probably most well known for is “Levels”. You may recognize the lyrics, sampled from Etta James’ “Something’s Got A Hold On Me.” “Levels’” iconic beat is still remixed into any and every song today.
Bangarang - Skrillex
It was pretty hard to pick just one of Skrillex’s bangers for this list. We have to give “Cinema” and “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” an honorable mention because like “Bangarang,” they are truly exceptional.
One More Time - Daft Punk
“One More Time” quickly became a party anthem in 2000. Not only does it have a killer beat, but it’s fun to sing along to! Rolling Stone even named it the number one dance song of all time.
Animals - Martin Garrix
Believe it or not, Martin Garrix was only 17 years old when this ultra-famous track was released. Garrix’s use of Pryda snares is sure to get you moving even before the first drop. This one is known for generating intensity.
I Can’t Stop - Flux Pavilion
“I Can’t Stop” helped bring melodic dubstep to life back in the early 2010’s. The drop is exhilarating and the lyrics perfectly encapsulate the energy it produces. You won’t be able to stop dancing to this one.
Clarity - Zedd ft. Foxes
This is one of the ultimate bangers that came out in 2012. Clarity was one of the first major EDM radio hits to make it onto Top 40 radio at the time and was a true cultural reset. Today it's considered a classic.
Tsunami - DVBBS & Borgeous
“Tsunami” is commonly played at festivals, raves and sports games. It almost immediately became the most mixed song at festivals around the world in 2013 and is still hot today.
Pursuit of Happiness - Kid Cudi ft. MGMT & Ratatat, remix by Steve Aoki
This party mix has been hyping up crowds everywhere since its release in 2009. The combination of Steve Aoki’s electrifying drops and Kid Cudi’s killer vocals creates an unbeatable energy.
The Middle - Zedd
We wanted to include a more recent release and The Middle was an easy choice. With over a billion streams since it came out in 2018, this song is certainly a hit.
It was almost impossible to pick just a handful of songs you need to hear before your first rave because there are so many legendary tracks to choose from! Check out these songs and browse your favorite streaming service for more. You can start with anything by Avicii, Skrillex or Swedish House Mafia to get yourself excited to enter the world of raving.