500 Greatest Electronic/Dance Songs of All Time



Criteria: These Electronic/Dance songs are meant to be taken as a basic starting point for a greatest songs discussion. All these electronic/dance songs are crucial to know for full appreciation of the history of electronic/dance music. Songs are based on influence, popularity, and acclaim.

(alphabetical order by artist name)

1. !!!
Me and Giuliani Down By the School Yard (A True Story)
2. 2 Bad Mice
Bombscare
3. 2 Live Crew
Throw the D.
4. 2 Unlimited
Get Ready for This
5. 4Hero
Mr. Kirk's Nightmare
6. 69 Boyz
Tootsee Roll
7. 808 State
Pacific State
8. A Guy Called Gerald
Voodoo Ray
9. A Number of Names
Sharevari
10. A Split Second
Flesh
11. Acen
Trip II the Moon
12. Adam Beyer
Drum Code I
13. Adam F.
Circles
14. Adamski
Killer
15. Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
Planet Rock
16. Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
Looking for the Perfect Beat
17. Afro-Rican
Give It All You Got
18. Age of Love
Age of Love
19. Air
Sexy Boy
20. Alex Reece
Pulp Fiction
21. Alexander Robotnick
Problemes D'Amour
22. Alice DeeJay
Better Off Alone
23. Altern-8
Activ-8
24. Aly-Us
Follow Me
25. Amber
This is Your Night
26. Amber
Sexual (Thunderpuss 2000 remix)
27. Amnesia
Ibiza (Loco Acid remix)
28. Amon Duul II
Archangels Thunderbird
29. Amon Tobin
Four Ton Mantis
30. Annie
Heartbeat
31. Aphex Twin
Digeridoo
32. Aphex Twin
Windowlicker
33. Aphex Twin
Come To Daddy
34. Aqua
Barbie Girl
35. Armand Van Helden
U Don't Know Me
36. Armand Van Helden
The Funk Phenomena
37. Art of Noise
Close (To the Edit)
38. Art of Noise
Moments in Love
39. Art of Trance
Madagascar
40. Artful Dodger
Re-Rewind
41. Ash Ra Tempel
Light and Darkness: Light - Look at Your Sun
42. Astral Projection
Mahadeva
43. ATB
9 PM
44. Autechre
Bike
45. Autechre
Dael
46. Autechre
Cavity Job
47. Aztec Mystic
Jaguar
48. Azzido Da Bass
Doom's Night
49. Baby D.
Let Me Be Your Fantasy
50. Baltimora
Tarzan Boy
51. Basement Jaxx
Red Alert
52. Basement Jaxx
Romeo
53. Basement Jaxx
Where's Your Head At?
54. Basic Channel
Phylyps Trak II
55. BBC Radiophonic Workshop/Ron Grainer & Delia Derbyshire
Doctor Who theme
56. Beloved
The Sun Rising
57. Billie Ray Martin
Your Loving Arms
58. Bizarre Inc.
I'm Gonna Get You
59. Björk
Human Behaviour
60. Björk
Venus As a Boy
61. Black Box
Ride on Time
62. Black Box
Strike It Up
63. Black Box
Everybody Everybody
64. Black Dog Productions/Plaid
Object Orient
65. Boards of Canada
Telephasic Workshop
66. Bob Marley vs Funk Star Deluxe
Sun is Shining (ATB remix)
67. Bomb the Bass
Beat Dis
68. Bobby O
She Has a Way
69. Brand New Heavies
Dream on Dreamer
70. Brian Eno
Discreet Music
71. Brian Eno
America is Waiting
72. Brian Eno
1/1
73. Bronski Beat
Smalltown Boy
74. Bruce Haack
Party Machine
75. BT
Flaming June (BT & PVD remix)
76. Bucketheads
The Bomb
77. Buggles
Video Killed the Radio Star
78. C + C Music Factory
Gonna Make You Sweat
79. Cabaret Voltaire
Nag Nag Nag
80. Cajmere
Coffee Pot/Percolator
81. Cameo
Word Up
82. Can
Mushroom
83. Can
Spoon
84. Can
Oh Yeah
85. Carl Craig
At Les
86. Cascada
Everytime We Touch
87. Cathy Dennis
Touch Me
88. Ce Ce Peniston
Finally
89. Cerrone
Love in "C" Minor
90. Charles Wuorinen
Times Encomium
91. Chemical Brothers
Block Rockin' Beats
92. Chemical Brothers
Setting Sun
93. Cher
Believe
94. Chicane
Offshore
95. Chicory Tip
Son of My Father
96. Chip E.
It's House
97. CJ Bolland
Sugar Is Sweeter (Armand Van Helden remix)
98. Cluster
Rote Riki
99. Coil
The Anal Staircase
100. Coldcut
Say Kids, What Time Is It?
101. Coldcut feat. Lisa Stansfield
People Hold On
102. Colonel Abrams
Trapped
103. Confetti's
The Sound of C
104. Corina
Temptation
105. Corona
Rhythm of the Night
106. Crush
Jellyhead (Motiv8 remix)
107. Crystal Method
Busy Child
108. Crystal Waters
Gypsy Woman
109. Crystal Waters
100% Pure Love
110. Culture Beat
Mr. Vain
111. Cybersonik
Technarchy
112. Cybotron
Clear
113. Cybotron
Alleys of Your Mind
114. D-Train
You're the One for Me (Francois Kevorkian)
   (Hubert Evans III remix)

115. D.A.F.
Der Mussolini
116. Daft Punk
Da Funk
117. Daft Punk
Around the World
118. Daft Punk
One More Time
119. Dance 2 Trance
We Came In Peace
120. DaRude
Sandstorm
121. Dave Clarke
Wisdom to the Wise
122. David Bowie
Sound and Vision
123. David Morales & The Bad Yard Club
In De Ghetto
124. Dead or Alive
You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)
125. Death in Vegas
Aisha
126. Debbie Deb
When I Hear Music
127. Deborah Cox
Nobody's Supposed To Be Here (Hex Hector remix)
128. Deee-Lite
Groove is in the Heart
129. Deep Dish
The Future of the Future
130. Deep Forest
Sweet Lullaby
131. Delerium
Silence (DJ Tiesto remix)
132. Dem 2
Destiny
133. Depeche Mode
Enjoy the Silence
134. Depeche Mode
Just Can't Get Enough
135. Devo
Whip It
136. Dieselboy
Invid
137. Dirty Vegas
Days Go By
138. DJ Casper/Mr. C the Slide Man
Cha Cha Slide
139. DJ Hype
Weird Energy
140. DJ Miko
What's Up?
141. DJ Misjah & DJ Tim
Access
142. DJ Seduction
Hardcore Heaven
143. DJ Shadow
What Does Your Soul Look Like? Part IV
144. DJ Shadow
In/Flux
145. DJ Trace
Mutant Revisited
146. DJ Zinc
Super Sharp Shooter
147. DNA feat. Suzanne Vega
Tom's Diner
148. Donna Summer
I Feel Love
149. Double 99
RIP Groove
150. Double Dee & Steinski
The Payoff Mix
151. Dust Brothers
Chemical Beats
152. Dynamix II
Just Give the DJ a Break
153. Ed Rush
Bludclot Artattack
154. Eddie "Flashin'" Fowlkes
Goodbye Kiss
155. Edgar Froese
Epsilon in Malaysian Pale
156. Eiffel 65
Blue
157. Einsturzende Neubauten
Yu-Gung (Futter Mein Ego)
158. Electronic
Getting Away With It
159. EMF
Unbelievable
160. Energy 52
Cafe Del Mar (Three N One remix)
161. Enigma
Sadeness Part I
162. Enya
Orinoco Flow
163. Erasure
Chains of Love
164. Eric B. & Rakim
Paid In Full (Coldcut remix)
165. Eric Prydz
Call on Me
166. Euromasters
Where the Fuck is Amsterdam?
167. Eurythmics
Sweet Dreams
168. Evelyn "Champagne" King
Love Come Down
169. Evelyn Thomas
High Energy
170. Everything But the Girl
Missing (Todd Terry remix)
171. Faithless
Insomnia
172. Farley "Jackmaster" Funk
Love Can't Turn Around
173. Fatboy Slim
The Rockafeller Skank
174. Fatboy Slim
Praise You
175. Fatboy Slim
Everybody Needs a 303
176. Felix
Don't You Want Me?
177. Felix Da Housecat
Silver Screen Shower Scene
178. Fennesz
Endless Summer
179. Fingers Inc.
Can You Feel It?
180. Fischerspooner
Emerge
181. Fragma
Toca's Miracle
182. Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Relax
183. Frankie Knuckles
Your Love
184. Frankie Knuckles
Tears
185. Freeez
I.O.U.
186. Freestyle
Don't Stop the Rock
187. Front 242
Headhunter
188. Future Sound of London
Papua New Guinea
189. Gary Numan
Cars
190. George Winston
Sea
191. Gigi D'Agostino
I'll Fly With You
192. Gina G.
Ooh Aah...Just a Little Bit
193. Global Communication
14:31
194. Giorgio Moroder
The Chase
195. Giorgio Moroder
From Here to Eternity
196. Goldfrapp
Ooh La La
197. Goldie
Inner City Life
198. Goodmen
Give It Up
199. Gorillaz
Clint Eastwood
200. Grandmaster Flash
The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel
201. Green Velvet
La La Land
202. Groove Armada
I See You Baby
203. Hashim
Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
204. Haddaway
What is Love?
205. Hallucinogen
LSD
206. Happy Mondays
Step On
207. Happy Mondays
Kinky Afro
208. Hardfloor
Hardfloor Acperience
209. Hazell Dean
Searchin'
210. Herbert
Around the House
211. Herbie Hancock
Rockit
212. Hot Butter
Popcorn
213. Human League
Don't You Want Me?
214. Human Resource
Dominator
215. Humanoid
Stakker Humanoid
216. Humate
Love Stimulation (Paul Van Dyk remix)
217. I-F
Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass (Alden Tyrell remix)
218. iiO
Rapture
219. Immortals
Techno-Syndrome (Theme from "Mortal Kombat")
220. Information Society
What's on Your Mind?
221. Inner City
Big Fun
222. Inner City
Good Life
223. Innerzone Orchestra
Bug in the Bassbin
224. Irene Cara
Flashdance...What a Feeling
225. Jam & Spoon
Stella
226. James White aka James Black
Contort Yourself
227. Jamiroquai
Space Cowboy
228. Jaydee
Plastic Dreams
229. Jean-Michel Jarre
Oxygene Part IV
230. Jeff Mills
The Bells
231. Jesse Saunders
On and On
232. J.J. Fad
Supersonic
233. Joe Smooth
Promised Land
234. Joey Beltram
Energy Flash
235. Johnny Jungle
Johnny Jungle
236. Jonny L
Piper
237. Josh Wink
Higher State of Consciousness
238. Jungle Brothers
I'll House You
239. Junior Senior
Move Your Feet
240. Justin Timberlake
SexyBack
241. Justice
D.A.N.C.E.
242. Karlheinz Stockhausen
Gesang der Junglinge
243. Karlheinz Stockhausen
Elektronische Studie II
244. Kitaro
Shimmering Light
245. Klaus Schulze
Satz Ebene
246. Klein & M.B.O.
Dirty Talk
247. KLF
America: What Time is Love?
248. KLF
Justified and Ancient
249. KLF
3 a.m. Eternal
250. Kraftwerk
Numbers
251. Kraftwerk
Autobahn
252. Kraftwerk
Trans-Europe Express
253. Kraftwerk
The Model
254. Kraftwerk
Home Computer
255. Kraftwerk
Elecktrisches Roulette
256. Kraftwerk
Von Himmel Hoch
257. Kraftwerk
Klingklang
258. Kylie Minogue
Can't Get You Out of My Head
259. L.A. Style
James Brown is Dead
260. La Bionda
One For Me, One For You
261. La Bouche
Be My Lover
262. Lady Gaga
Poker Face
263. Lasgo
Something
264. Laura Branigan
Gloria
265. LCD Soundsystem
Losing My Edge
266. LCD Soundsystem
Daft Punk is Playing At My House
267. Leftfield
Song of Life
268. Leftfield
Not Forgotten
269. Leftfield
Open Up
270. Lennie De Ice
We Are I.E.
271. LFO
LFO
272. Lil' Louis
French Kiss
273. Lil' Suzy
Take Me in Your Arms
274. Lime
Babe, We're Gonna Love Tonight
275. Lime
On the Grid
276. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
I Wonder If I Take You Home
277. Lisette Melendez
Together Forever
278. Livin' Joy
Dreamer
279. Londonbeat
I've Been Thinking about You
280. Lords of Acid
I Sit on Acid
281. Los Del Rio
Macarena (Bayside Boys remix)
282. Louis & Bebe Barron
Forbidden Planet theme
283. LTJ Bukem
Demon's Theme
284. LTJ Bukem
Music
285. L'Trimm
Cars with the Boom
286. M
Pop Muzik
287. M People
Movin' On Up
288. M-Beat feat. General Levy
Incredible
289. Madonna
Into the Groove
290. Madonna
Holiday
291. Madonna
Ray of Light
292. Madonna
Vogue
293. Madonna
Hung Up
294. Man Parrish
Hip Hop, Be Bop
295. Mainx
88 to Piano
296. Mantronix
Needle to the Groove
297. Manuel Gottsching
E2-E4*
298. Marcia Griffiths
Electric Boogie '89
299. Marky Mark
Good Vibrations
300. Marmion
Schoneberg
301. M/A/R/R/S
Pump Up the Volume
302. Marshall Jefferson
Move Your Body
303. Massive Attack
Unfinished Sympathy
304. Massive Attack
Protection
305. Massive Attack
Teardrop
306. Masters @ Work
To Be In Love
307. MC A.D.E.
Bass Rock Express
308. Meat Beat Manifesto
Strap Down Part II
309. Mescalinum United
We Have Arrived
310. Metalheadz
Terminator
311. M.I.A.
Galang
312. Michael Jackson
Billie Jean
313. Mighty Dub Katz
Magic Carpet Ride
314. Mike Oldfield
Tubular Bells
315. Ministry
Jesus Built My Hotrod
316. Miquel Brown
So Many Men, So Little Time
317. Miss Kittin & The Hacker
Frank Sinatra
318. Moby
Go
319. Moby
Thousand
320. Model 500
No UFO's
321. Modjo
Lady
322. Moloko
Sing It Back
323. Morton Subotnick
Silver Apples of the Moon Parts A and B
324. Mory Kante
Ye Ke Ye Ke
325. Mouse on Mars
Twift Shoeblade
326. Mousse T. vs Hot N Juicy
Horny
327. Mr. Fingers
Mystery of Love
328. Mr. Fingers
Washing Machine
329. Mr. Oizo
Flat Beat
330. Nalin & Kane
Beachball
331. Natural Born Chillers
Rock the Funky Beat
332. Nayobe
Please Don't Go
333. Neu!
Negativland
334. New Horizon
Find the Path
335. New Order
Blue Monday
336. New Order
Confusion
337. New Order
Bizarre Love Triangle
338. Newcleus
Jam On It
339. Nightcrawlers
Push the Feeling On
340. Nightmares on Wax
Aftermath
341. Nicki French
Total Eclipse of the Heart
342. Nine Inch Nails
Closer
343. Nine Inch Nails
Head Like a Hole
344. No Mercy
Where Do You Go?
345. Normal
Warm Leatherette
346. Ofra Haza
I'm Nin'Alu
347. Olive
You're Not Alone
348. Omni Trio
Renegade Snares
349. Orb
A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld
350. Orb
Little Fluffy Clouds
351. Orbital
Chime
352. Orbital
Halcyon + On + On
353. Origin Unknown
Valley of the Shadows
354. Outhere Brothers
Boom Boom Boom
355. Oval
Do While
356. O-Zone
Dragostea Din Tei
357. Paperclip People
Throw
358. Patrick Cowley
Megatron Man
359. Paul Hardcastle
19
360. Paul Oakenfold
Southern Sun
361. Paul Van Dyk
For An Angel
362. Peech Boys
Don't Make Me Wait
363. Pet Shop Boys
It's a Sin
364. Pet Shop Boys
West End Girls
365. Pete Heller
Big Love
366. Phuture
Acid Tracks
367. Pigbag
Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag
368. Planet Soul
Set U Free
369. Plastikman
Spastik
370. Portishead
Sour Times
371. Portishead
Glory Box
372. Praga Khan
Injected With a Poison
373. Primal Scream
Rocks
374. Primal Scream
Higher Than the Sun
375. Primal Scream
Loaded
376. Prince
1999
377. Prodigy
Charly
378. Prodigy
Firestarter
379. Prodigy
Breathe
380. Propellerheads
History Repeating
381. Pump Panel
Confusion (Pump Panel Reconstruction remix)
382. Quad City DJ's
C'mon 'N Ride It
383. Rapture
House of Jealous Lovers
384. Raze
Break 4 Luv
385. Real McCoy
Another Night
386. Real McCoy
Run Away
387. Reel 2 Real
I Like To Move It
388. Renegade
Terrorist
389. Rhythim is Rhythim
Strings of Life
390. Rhythim is Rhythim
Nude Photo
391. Rick Wakeman
Catherine of Aragon
392. Right Said Fred
I'm Too Sexy
393. Robert Armani
Circus Bells
394. Robert Hood
Minus
395. Robert Miles
Children
396. Robin S.
Show Me Love
397. Ron Trent
Altered States
398. Roni Size & Reprazent
Brown Paper Bag
399. Rotterdam Termination Source
Poing
400. Royal House
Can You Party?
401. Royksopp
Poor Leno
402. Rozalla
Everybody's Free
403. Run-D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins
It's Like That
404. Rune
Calabria
405. Ryuichi Sakamoto
Riot in Lagos
406. Sabres of Paradise
Smokebelch II
407. Saint Etienne
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
408. Sasha
Xpander
409. Second Phase
Mentasm
410. S'Express
Theme from S'Express
411. Shamen
Move Any Mountain
412. Shamen
Ebeneezer Goode
413. Shannon
Let the Music Play
414. Sharkey & Hixxy
Toy Town
415. Shut Up & Dance
Raving I'm Raving
416. Shy FX
Shake Ur Body
417. Silver Apples
Oscillations
418. Skinny Puppy
Assimilate
419. SL2
On a Ragga Tip
420. Slam
Positive Education
421. Sleezy D
I've Lost Control
422. Smart E's
Sesame's Treet
423. SNAP!
The Power
424. SNAP!
Rhythm is a Dancer
425. Sneaker Pimps
Spin Spin Sugar (Armand Van Helden Remix)
426. Soft Cell
Tainted Love
427. Sonique
It Feels So Good
428. Soul II Soul
Back to Life
429. Soul II Soul
Keep on Movin'
430. Source
You Got the Love
431. Space
Magic Fly
432. Sparks
The Number One Song in Heaven
433. Speedy J
Pull Over
434. Spiller
Groovejet
435. Squarepusher
My Red Hot Car
436. St. Germain
Alabama Blues (Revisited)
437. Stacey Q
Two of Hearts
438. Stardust
Music Sounds Better With You
439. Stereo MC's
Connected
440. Steve Halpern
Spectrum Suite
441. Steve "Silk" Hurley
Jack Your Body
442. Stone Roses
Fools Gold
443. Strafe
Set it Off
444. Suicide
Frankie Teardrop
445. Suicide
Dream Baby Dream
446. Sven Vath
L'Esperanza
447. Sylvester
(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real
448. T La Rock & Jazzy J
It's Yours
449. T. Power vs MK-Ultra
Mutant Jazz
450. T-99
Anasthasia
451. Tag Team
Whoomp! There It Is
452. Talvin Singh
Light
453. Tangerine Dream
Alpha Centauri
454. Tangerine Dream
Rubycon Part I
455. Tangerine Dream
Atem
456. Tangerine Dream
Phaedra
457. Technohead
I Wanna Be a Hippy
458. Technotronic
Pump Up the Jam
459. Telepopmusik
Breathe
460. Telex
Moskow Diskow
461. Terrorist
The Chopper
462. Terry Riley
A Rainbow in Curved Air
463. Throbbing Gristle
20 Jazz Funk Greats
464. Throbbing Gristle
Zyklon B Zombie
465. Time Zone
World Destruction
466. Tina Moore
Never Gonna Let You Go '97 (Kelly G remix)
467. Todd Terry
Weekend
468. Tomita
Snowflakes Are Dancing
469. Tori Amos
Professional Widow (Armand Van Helden remix)
470. Tramaine
Fall Down (Spirit of Love)
471. Trans X
Living on Video
472. Transglobal Underground
Shimmer
473. Tricky
Black Steel
474. Tricky
Aftermath Version I
475. Tubeway Army
Are Friends Electric?
476. Ultra Nate
Free (Mood II Swing remix)
477. Ultravox
Hiroshima Mon Amour
478. Ultravox
Slow Motion
479. Underground Resistance
The Final Frontier
480. Underworld
Born Slippy .NUXX
481. Underworld
Rez
482. Underworld
Cowgirl
483. UNKLE
Rabbit in Your Headlights
484. Utah Saints
Something Good
485. Vangelis
Theme from "Chariots of Fire"
486. Vengaboys
We Like to Party
487. Visage
Frequency 7
488. Walter Carlos
Two-Part Invention in D Minor
489. Walter Carlos
Two-Part Invention in F Major
490. Wendy Carlos
Spring
491. Whitney Houston
I'm Every Woman
492. Whigfield
Saturday Night
493. Yanni
Keys to Imagination
494. Yello
Oh Yeah
495. Yellow Magic Orchestra
Computer Game
496. Yellow Magic Orchestra
Rydeen
497. Yellow Magic Orchestra
Kimi Ni Mune Kyun
498. Yellow Magic Orchestra
Behind the Mask
499. Young Disciples
Apparently Nothin'
500. Zombie Nation
Kernkraft 400
Honorable Mentions
Influential recordings on Electronic/Dance music, though not all are electronic
Augustus Pablo
King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
BBC/University of Manchester, Autumn 1951
Baa Baa Black Sheep and In the Mood on Ferranti Mark I computer, a commercial version of the Baby machine.
Beach Boys
Good Vibrations
Beatles
Tomorrow Never Knows
Double Exposure
Ten Percent
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Lucky Man
Goodman & Buchanan
The Flying Saucer
Incredible Bongo Band
Apache
James Brown
Funky Drummer
John Oswald
Plunderphonics (1988 EP and 1989 album)
Joy Division
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Laurie Anderson
O Superman (For Massenet)
Leon Kirschner
String Quartet No. 3
Manu DiBango
Soul Makossa
Stevie Wonder
Superstition
The Who
Baba O'Riley
Winstons
Amen, Brother

Last Updated: 2009-05-14
Newly added names are in Red

About This List: This list focuses on the modern era of electronic music as well the culture and aesthetic associated with this genre of music, which begins with krautrock, particularly Kraftwerk. Some important avant-garde and experimental classical works from the pre- and post-Kraftwerk eras are also included. Disco and funk for the most part were organic musical styles and mostly do not fit in with the definition of electronic music. Hip hop, on the other hand, shares some similar roots and stylings of electronic music, though it has its own distinctive culture and aesthetic.