100 Greatest Electro Dance Songs


Criteria: The 100 greatest Electro records of all time. Songs are based on impact, influence, and popularity. Electro records that are more freestyle-oriented (such as Shannon's "Let the Music Play") are excluded.

Background: Electro music evolved from disco, funk, and Krautrock, especially Kraftwerk. There are generally two types of electro - soulful electro (Freeez, D-Train, and NYC Peech Boys) and the hip hop of electro-funk (Afrika Bambaataa, Freestyle, and Newcleus). Electro-funk was birthed by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force's 1982 track "Planet Rock". Electro music peaked from 1982 to 1985 and was revived again in the '90s with artists such as Drexciya, Anthony Rother, and Aux 88. A variant, electroclash, was born in the late 1990s and early 2000s with artists such as Tiga, Adult, Fischerspooner, and Little Computer People.
Electro Dance Songs
1. Planet Rock
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
2. The Message
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
3. Rockit
Herbie Hancock (with Grandmaster D. St.)
4. Looking For the Perfect Beat
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
5. White Lines (Don't Do It)
Grandmaster Melle Mel
7. Clear
Cybotron feat. Juan Atkins
8. Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop)
Man Parrish feat. The Freeze Force Crew
9. Situation
Yaz (Yazoo)
10. You're the One For Me
D-Train
11. Jam On It
Newcleus
12. Don't Make Me Wait (All Night)
NYC Peech Boys
13. Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
Hashim
14. I.O.U. (And Sometimes Y)
Freeez feat. John Rocca
15. Don't Stop the Rock
Freestyle
16. Play At Your Own Risk
Planet Patrol
17. Egypt, Egypt
Egyptian Lover
18. Electric Kingdom
Twilight 22
19. The Smurf
Tyrone Brunson
20. Wild Style
Time Zone
21. Play That Beat Mr. DJ (Lesson 1: The Payoff Mix)
Double Dee & Steinski
22. The Show
Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew feat. Slick Rick
23. (You Make My) Love Come Down
Evelyn "Champagne" King
24. Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)
Newcleus
25. Pack Jam (Look Out For the OVC)
Jonzun Crew
26. Body Mechanic
Quadrant Six
27. Nunk (New Wave Funk)
Warp 9
28. Roxanne Roxanne
U.T.F.O.
29. Buffalo Gals
Malcolm McLaren & The World Famous Supreme Team
30. One For the Treble (Fresh)
Davy DMX
31. No Sell Out
Malcolm X and Keith LeBlanc
32. The Party Scene
Russell Brothers
33. Beat Bop
Rammellzee vs K-Rob
34. Break Dancin' - Electric Boogie
West Street Mob
35. It's Like That
Run DMC
36. Walking on Sunshine
Rocker's Revenge feat. Donnie Calvin
37. One More Shot
C-Bank feat. Jenny Burton
38. Play That Beat Mr. DJ
G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid
39. Breakin' & There's No Stoppin' Us
Ollie & Jerry
40. Freaks Come Out At Night
Whodini
41. Fresh Is the Word
Mantronix feat. MC Tee
42. World Destruction
Time Zone
43. Light Years Away
Warp 9
44. I Can't Live Without My Radio
L.L. Cool J.
45. The Real Roxanne
The Real Roxanne with U.T.F.O./Roxanne's Revenge - Roxanne Shante
46. The Show
Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew feat. Slick Rick - La Di Da Di
47. 808 Beats
Unknown DJ
48. Friends
Whodini
49. Bad Times (I Can't Stand it)
Captain Rapp
50. The Roof is on Fire
Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three
51. Boogie Down Bronx
Man Parrish
52. It's Yours
T. La Rock & Jazzy Jay
53. Scorpio
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
54. Fix It In the Mix
"Pretty Tony" Butler
55. Electric Funky Drummer
Maurice Starr
56. Siberian Nights
Twilight 22
57. Set It Off
Strafe
58. Surgery
The Wreckin' Cru
59. King of the Beat
Pumpkin & The Profile Allstars
60. Breakin' In Space
Key-Matic
61. Rockin' It
Fearless 4
62. Magic's Wand
Whodini
63. Rockberry Jam
L.A. Dream Team
64. Breaker's Revenge
Arthur Baker
65. Change the Beat
Fab 5 Freddy
66. (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew
The Rocksteady Crew
67. Dial-A-Freak
Uncle Jam's Army
68. Double Dutch Bus
Frankie Smith
69. Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight
Dominatrix
70. Rumors
Timex Social Club
71. White Horse
Laid Back
72. Get Wet
C-Bank feat. Jenny Burton
73. Pop Goes My Love
Freeez feat. John Rocca
74. Beat Box
Art of Noise
75. (Nothing Serious) Just Buggin'
Whistle
76. Tour De France
Kraftwerk
77. In the Bottle
C.O.D.
78. Juice
The Wreckin' Cru
79. What People Do For Money
Divine Sounds
80. I'm the Packman (Eat Everything I Can)
The Packman
81. Computer Power
Jamie Jupitor
82. Return of Captain Rock
Captain Rock
83. 2, 3 Break
The B-Boys
84. Reckless
Chris "The Glove" Taylor and David Storrs with Ice T.
85. Confusion
New Order
86. Techno Scratch
Knights of the Turntables
87. Can You Feel It?
Original Concept
88. Freak-A-Zoid
Midnight Starr
89. Needle To the Groove
Mantronix
90. Street Dance
Break Machine
91. Cheap Thrills
Planet Patrol
92. Thanks To You
Sinnamon
93. I'm In Love
Evelyn "Champagne" King
94. Just Be Good To Me
S.O.S. Band
95. 19
Paul Hardcastle
96. Axel F
Harold Faltermeyer
97. London Bridge Is Falling Down
Newtrament
98. Big Butt
Bobby Jimmy & The Critters
99. Strange Life
Arabian Prince
100. Beat Freak
Bobby Broom
Bubbling under:
Candy Girl
New Edition
Sucker DJs (I Will Survive)
Dimples D.
Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz)
George Kranz
Rock the Planet
Megatrons
Honerable Mentions
On a Journey (I Sing the Funk Electric)
Electrik Funk
Electrophonic Phunk
Shock
Top 10 Electro-Freestyle Records
1. Let the Music Play
Shannon
2. I Wonder If I Take You Home
Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam
3. When I Hear Music
Debbie Deb
4. Don't Stop the Rock
Freestyle
5. Lookout Weekend
Debbie Deb
6. Funky Little Beat
Connie
7. Give Me the Night
Shannon
8. On the Upside
Xena
9. Release Yourself
Aleem feat. LeRoy Burgess
10. All Night
Trinere
Top 5 Early Techno Electro Records
Human Wreck
Adult
Red Light District
Anthony Rother
Superior Race
Aux 88 pres. Dopplereffekt
Satisfaction
Benny Benassi pres. The Biz
1, 2 Step
Ciara feat. Missy Elliott
Sandwiches
Detroit Grand Pubahs
Bubblemetropolis
Drexciya
Skin
Ectomorph
Silver Screen Shower Scene
Felix the Housecat feat. Miss Kittin
Emerge
Fischerspooner feat. Lizzy Yoder
Keynell I
Gescom
Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass (Alden Tyrell mix)
I-F
May the Funk Be With You
Jedi Knights
No More Lies
Michel'le
Lose Control
Missy Elliott feat. Ciara and Fatman Scoop
Fuck the Pain Away
Peaches
Comfortably Numb
Scissor Sisters
Sunglasses At Night
Tiga & Zyntherius
Electronic Warfare (Take Control mix)
Underground Resistance
Influential Records
1. Trans-Europe Express
Kraftwerk
2. I Feel Love
Donna Summer
3. Autobahn
Kraftwerk
4. Computer Games
Yellow Magic Orchestra
5. Numbers
Kraftwerk
6. Alleys of Your Mind
Cybotron

Last Updated: 2007-08-21