TUNES!

MUSICNOTE

Something different, to shake things up!

 

I asked on Instagram if you guys would be interested in seeing (or hearing, I suppose?) an article about some of the music I enjoy. As I mentioned in that Instagram post, people always tell me that I have “interesting” taste in music, and I’m taking interesting to mean good. I am very particular about what I listen to. I tend to be partial to house music in its early commercial stages (90s) and pop throwbacks (80s). Thanks to my parents, all I listened to growing up was disco, 80s pop, and what I’m going to refer to as “hilarious swinging diner jukebox nonsense from the 50s” (Dion and The Belmonts, anyone?). The only bandwagons I jumped on when I was in elementary school were Aqua and Spice Girls—I have the cassette tapes in storage! The only Backstreet Boys song I know is Backstreet’s Back and the only ‘NSYNC song I know is Tearin’ Up My Heart. Other than those songs, I wouldn’t be able to tell the two groups apart, even if my life depended on it. I’m an embarrassment to my generation. When CDs became a thing, I would ask for Ministry of Sound compilations for birthdays and Christmas. I guess my love of dance music stems from the familiarity of the four-on-the-floor rhythms of the disco music that saturated my childhood. We often like what is familiar, because it comforts us. Drum machines never fail to get my toes tapping.

So, without further ado, here is a set of 50 (that should keep you busy for a while!) songs that I’m crazy about. To keep this playlist from being too polarizing, I’ve included some earworms and some surefire crowd-pleasers amongst the “oddball” stuff. Just click on the YouTube links to take you to the songs. Since different countries have restrictions on what can be played via YouTube, I can’t guarantee that these links will work for you. But, at the time of posting, all of these links are active/current, and they all work with my own Canadian IP address.

You don’t have to listen to these songs in the order I’ve listed them here, but I have arranged them as such purposely, to make the different genres and sounds flow seamlessly into each other (so that you’re not listening to a light pop song first and a hard trance song second). In other words, listening to them sequentially will make for a better listening experience, and you’ll realize this as you progress through the list. I’ve included the genre of each song before the YouTube link, for reference. I hope you enjoy this mix as much as I enjoyed compiling it — maybe you’ll unearth some new favourites! If you want to download any of these songs after the fact, search for them using the exact names that I’ve provided below. Some of the titles on the YouTube videos are incomplete, missing, misspelled, or just plain wrong!

 

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[1] DELPHIC

“Doubt”

Genre: Indie Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BPXDZQBZrk

 

[2] SUPER MAL

“Light Years”

Genre: Indie Dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=658ZO8Ejyeg

 

[3] ALTER EGO

“Rocker”

Genre: Electro House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esg5bWgap94

 

[4] JEAN JACQUES SMOOTHIE

“2 People” (Mirwais Remix)

Genre: House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LArpoc5uQjA

 

[5] ELEVEN TIGERS

“Stableface”

Genre: Chillstep

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA7Upi-AhWc

 

[6] ELLIE GOULDING

“In My City”

Genre: Synthpop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BKGS2hNp-o

 

[7] THE BIG PINK

“Hit The Ground (Superman)”

Genre: Indie Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBIi4NIbLXo

 

[8] SEETHER

“Fine Again”

Genre: Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K416qnui8Ug

 

[9] DISCLOSURE feat. LORDE

“Magnets”

Genre: UK Garage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_KfnGBtVeA

 

[10] JAYDEE

“Plastic Dreams”

Genre: Tribal House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfywkkX6Xac

 

[11] GRACE

“Not Over Yet” (Perfecto Remix)

Genre: Trance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY1sDzfhuDM

 

[12] SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO feat. BETH DITTO

“Cruel Intentions”

Genre: Tech House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMwmHeUAn6E

 

[13] BEYONCÉ

“Ghost / Haunted”

Genre: Dubstep > Dance Pop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00xuaScheAc

 

[14] METRIC

“Monster Hospital” (MSTRKRFT Remix)

Genre: Electro House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0uo0o6V0hs

 

[15] THE KNIFE

“Heartbeats” (Rex The Dog Remix)

Genre: Electro House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn7_4jNSD7U

 

[16] SKY

“Love Song”

Genre: Pop Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4CwBqzyGCI

 

[17] CHARLES HAMILTON feat. RITA ORA

“New York Raining”

Genre: Hip Hop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRr5YeQ2iKk

 

[18] REMY SHAND

“Take A Message”

Genre: R&B

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS2EL3zBpIU

 

[19] BLU CANTRELL

“The One”

Genre: R&B

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-sBCbF3icc

 

[20] IAN CAREY & ROSETTE feat. TIMBALAND & BRASCO

“Amnesia”

Genre: Dance Pop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD0lMViCdJs

 

[21] THE SOURCE feat. CANDI STATON

“You Got The Love” (Now Voyager Remix)

Genre: House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxEAwsw5KMw

 

[22] NYLON BEAT

“Rakastuin Mä Looseriin”

Genre: Dance Pop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMCgqb0PpQM

 

[23] VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ

“Ana” (Cinematrik Smooth Dub)

Genre: Downtempo House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewIpN2VyCOw

 

[24] DJUMA SOUNDSYSTEM

“Les Djinns” (Trentemøller Remix)

Genre: Deep House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qzEEISZYbI

 

[25] SUB FOCUS feat. ALPINES

“Tidal Wave”

Genre: Drum & Bass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xEYZ0g1vyI

 

[26] KLAXONS

“Golden Skans”

Genre: Indie Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX2KX0OaofI

 

[27] ANBERLIN

“Haight Street”

Genre: Pop Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIxZrBPaIHM

 

[28] COCKNBULLKID

“Distractions”

Genre: Pop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxp4xyUfXws

 

[29] CALVIN HARRIS

“Merrymaking At My Place”

Genre: Electro House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyVwfVeYag0

 

[30] FONZERELLI

“Moonlight Party” (Aaron McClelland Remix)

Genre: House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yzXw87SQXg

 

[31] 4 STRINGS feat. ELLIE LAWSON

“Safe From Harm”

Genre: Trance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKLSIdKX4hs

 

[32] SUGIURUMN

“Star Baby” (Axwell Remix)

Genre: House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HQjv_i5CZ0

 

[33] THE LOST BROTHERS feat. G TOM MAC

“Cry, Little Sister (I Need U Now)”

Genre: Hard Trance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaS5dF36C_E

 

[34] YORK

“O.T.B. (On The Beach)” (CRW Remix)

Genre: Trance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASf25UGveBQ

 

[35] THE GRID

“Swamp Thing”

Genre: Techno

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7t2nIc2LVM

 

[36] MOLOKO

“Familiar Feeling” (Timo Maas Remix)

Genre: House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbTnJnVqmpI

 

[37] BOOKA SHADE

“Sweet Lies”

Genre: Tech House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMvH9TanBU4

 

[38] EVIL NINE vs. ADAM FREELAND feat. JUICE ALEEM

“Hired Goons (c/ Heel ’N’ Toe A Cappella)”

Genre: Breakbeat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-3PwkOIuxo

 

[39] EXAMPLE

“Never Had A Day”

Genre: Grime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=welrkgWMdvk

 

[40] JIMMY EAT WORLD

“Here It Goes”

Genre: Pop Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jck4-hyIDX8

 

[41] BRAN VAN 3000

“Astounded”

Genre: Disco House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj7As96p5DM

 

[42] JULIET

“Avalon”

Genre: House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi8H6UMxlv4

 

[43] LOVE INC.

“Broken Bones”

Genre: Euro House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_RdNUHtMNQ

 

[44] SCISSOR SISTERS

“Sex And Violence”

Genre: Glam Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeIZ6po1jgI

 

[45] GAMES feat. LAUREL HALO

“Strawberry Skies”

Genre: Synthpop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5scYXIvAr7w

 

[46] THE TING TINGS

“Wrong Club”

Genre: Indie Pop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7CTEdDvsdk

 

[47] CHARLI XCX

“Nuclear Seasons”

Genre: Synthpop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGmM2l39LEs

 

[48] LATE NIGHT ALUMNI

“Drummer”

Genre: Ambient

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TwGTeFkjEg

 

[49] FELIX DA HOUSECAT

“Silver Screen Shower Scene” (Thin White Duke Remix)

Genre: Electro House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-P_CGj0cf8

 

[50] THE ASTON SHUFFLE

“Your Love”

Genre: Electro House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86p-4WdlYcE

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2 thoughts on “TUNES!

  1. Love this! I have very eclectic taste in music and I’m always looking for recommendations.
    I too, have cassette tapes in storage… I just could not part with my mixed tapes! 😛 I did finally part with the majority of my 500+ CDs by donating them to a friend… I used to love visiting used CD stores in Toronto. 🙂
    Just glancing at your list, I know a handful of songs listed (Yessss Love Inc. Broken Bones!) and I can’t wait to discover the rest! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together!

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