The time has come to dance 2016 away once and for all. To warm you up and get your body moving, we've put together these 21 tracks from some of our favorite EDM acts descending on Denver for the Decadence electronic music festival. Whether you'll be joining Denver's tripping twenty-somethings at the Convention Center, holding your own solo dance party in your Capitol Hill studio, or sneaking off to a clandestine DIY warehouse the city hasn't broken up yet, here are 21 must-hear beats sure to help you prepare to shake off the old and strut your way into 2017.
1. "Closer" ft. Halsey
Oh, God. It's everywhere. Make it stop! Come on. This music video has nearly one billion views on YouTube. The song has been topping the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart longer than any other. So is it really a surprise that we're opening our playlist with this it? Just suck it up, soak it in and feign like you won't be queuing up your Snapchat for when the Chainsmokers drop "#SELFIE" at Decadence.
2. The Mixtape
If you're cringing that we started with "Closer," let us redeem ourselves with Flume's The Mixtape, an insane 22 minutes showcasing tracks off his debut deluxe album, layered with rhymes from Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan, Killer Mike of Run the Jewels, Freddie Gibbs and M.O.P., among others.
3. "Bass Head"
Before Crime Mob's "Knuck If You Buck" was turned into "Juju on That Beat," Cali Swag District re-appropriated Doug E. Fresh's signature dance move into its only hit single: "Teach Me How to Dougie." Bassnectar took this track in 2010 to lay the foundation for one of his signature songs, "Bass Head."
4. "Crave You" (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)
This remix by Decadence artist Adventure Club is what put the duo on the map five years ago. They took a soft and melodic Flight Facilities song and supplied some bass drops. If you've somehow escaped this song, you're in for a treat.
Okay, who the hell is Marshmello? After researching his identity on Reddit and music blogs, debating who he is with friends and even an Uber driver after a show, I'm still flummoxed. Whoever he is, Marshmello's career has exploded in 2016. Here's one of his biggest singles this year.
6. "Escape Me"
Last year, deep house and trance legend Tiësto played Beta Nightclub. This year, he'll be joining the Decadence lineup. Tiësto has slowly moved from his signature Dutch style to more mainstream dance tracks, like his recent remix of DJ Snake & Justin Bieber's hit, "Let Me Love You." Above is one of his techno masterpieces from 2009: "Escape Me."
7. "Dum Dee Dum"
Keys N Krates
Keys N Krates has a post-midnight set on the 30th and is definitely worth checking out if you want to twerk to some trap. Here's the infectious "Dum Dee Dum" track.
8. "Breathe" (feat. Rob Swire)
Eric Prydz has been churning out house hits for more than a decade. It was tough refraining from spotlighting his legendary track "Call on Me," but multiple set lists suggest he no longer plays it. So instead, we have a single off of his latest album.
How do you select just one Disclosure track? With songs showcasing a boat of platinum recording artists such as Sam Smith, Lorde, Miguel and the Weeknd, it's difficult to choose just one song to get you moving. Here we have included the full version of the song "Boss."
10. "Infinite Daps"
Baauer & RL Grime
RL Grime and Baauer have joined forces for their set at Decadence. Either DJ could bring it solo, but putting the two together will have face-melting consequences, as demonstrated by their SXSW Boiler Room set. In late 2013, they combined efforts for this trap banger, "Infinite Daps."
Showtek & Eva Shaw
Showtek has worked with the likes of Major Lazer, Noisecontrollers and David Guetta to produce hit singles. If you're into some big room house, the nu-disco smash "N2U," featuring Martha Wash on the vocals, is right up your alley.
12. "Eyes on Fire" (Zeds Dead Remix)
This deep, bass-heavy, heady remix is a dark way to demonstrate Zeds Dead. The duo burst onto the scene to create remixes of other electronic songs and has since branched out to have a wide spectrum of trap-, dubstep- and hip-hop-inspired electronic songs.
13. "Wanna Lose You"
Borgeous goes slow and soft on his latest release, "Wanna Lose You." The producer/DJ, who has a vast library of songs, is well worth a listen.
14. "Someone to Talk About," ft. Grace Mitchell
The duo Phantoms is known for its guest appearances in the hilarious Snapchat productions of Dillon Francis. Straight and simple, the act's newest single is just plain awesome. This dance track with vintage A-Trak Los Angeles vibes definitely warrants a glass of champagne in hand.
15. "Good Times Roll"
GRiZ & Big Gigantic
With his own positive version of jam-band, funky electronic music, it's nearly impossible to not groove to GRiZ — especially when he's wailing his saxophone atop a DJ booth. His song "Good Times Roll," with Big Gigantic, is loaded with the works: electronic beats, a soulful songstress, a horn section, simple call-and-response lyrics and awesome samples to drag you to the dance floor.
16. "Start Over (feat. Cindy Zanotta) [Sean Tyas Remix]"
Trance fam: This one's for you. Up-and-comer Sean Tyas's track was featured on episode 790 of legendary Armin Van Buuren's A State of Trance. Brace yourselves: Tyas is sure to take you to another world.
17. "Funk With Me (feat. Big Gigantic)"
Snails is another one of the jam-band, funky, Big G-partnering dance acts at Decadence this year. Chances are if you like GRiZ, Big Gigantic, Gramatik — perhaps with a slight hint of Bassnectar — then Snails is another one to add to your list. Or maybe you're just here for the sax.
18. "All I Ever Wanted"
Haitian DJ Michael Brun typically combines island influences in his songs; however, he took on a strong Deadmau5 influence in this track that he produced for the Netflix original movie, XOXO. Brun is a regular at Ultra in Miami and Coachella, so make sure to check out what all the hype is about with this world-traveling DJ.
19. "Aftergold feat. Tove Stryke"
If you're familiar with the MØ/Major Lazer collaborations, this exploratory song from Big Wild should put you at ease. With brilliant sampling and magnificent vocals from Tove Stryke, this song, and the accompanying music video shot in Las Vegas and Colorado, will make you want to strike out on an adventure.
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20. "After the Rain."
For even more electro-funk, we turn to our penultimate artist, Sunsquabi. More laid-back than GRiZ and Snails, Sunsquabi offers a reprieve from Decadence's fast-paced, bass-filled lineup. If you're feeling coked out after listening to the other songs on our list, mellow out to this track, "After the Rain."
21. "Cockney Thug"
Caspa & Rusko
Last but not least, we offer you Rusko, who played the official Decadence pre-party at Beta on Thursday night. From this godfather of dubstep, we end with "Cockney Thug," off his album FabricLive.37, with Caspa, live from London's famous Fabric nightclub.