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Global Dance Festival's most overplayed songs

One of the enthusiastic dancers at this year's Global Dance Festival.
One of the enthusiastic dancers at this year's Global Dance Festival.
Aaron Thackeray

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It's inevitable: When you cram over fifty of the biggest names in the local and national electronic music scene into one bill, you're bound to hear the same songs repeated during some acts' sets, from the go-to tracks that undoubtedly get played to the pop-tastic remixes of Top 40 songs that, for some reason, also get played. Here's the ten most over played songs we got more than enough of at this past weekend's at this year's Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks.

10. Ni**as in Paris - Kanye West and Jay-Z

Hardwell dropped this sample, mixed in with an Empire of the Sun cut from "Walking on a Dream." Hardwell's set was nearly untouchable by means of track selection, but that annoying opening keyboard of "Ni**as in Paris" was old before it even came out. It seems to have lost that "provocative" attraction that lured so many people into its web of shittyness.

9. Breakn' a Sweat - Skrillex w/ the Doors

When the Grammy film Re:Generation dropped last year showcasing the talents of DJs from all genres, Skrillex made an anthem with a legendary band. Unfortunately, everyone and their mother picked up the song and decided that it needed to be played at every moment of every electronic show. It's a great song, but at some point you will most definitely find it somewhere on a 2013 Jock-Jams album for high school football teams to run out to.

8. Levels - Avicii

The hook for this song was great when it was released in 1962 by Etta James. Since then, Pretty Lights, Flo Rida and Avicii have worn this cut out so badly you wouldn't pay two cents to hear it --- hell, you might pay not to hear it. Alas, in its anthemic state, it hits hard and people love it.

7. Young, Wild and Free - Wiz Khalifa ft. Snoop Dogg and Bruno Mars

This is one of those songs that was written so high school kids could sing along at concerts about how much they party. It's like Asher Roth snuck into your brain and dumped bong water all over it, reminded you that you like to party and then made a faultless crime. I don't want to hear this song ever, and I don't care who knows.

6. Forcefield - Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris is a very talented producer, and this song was great before it was smeared all over the radio and television. If you hear a song on the radio, it's past its prime and needs to be retired. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen, and since it is on the radio, it seems to be the modus operandi of all DJs to play it. It's like a mulligan when you hit a bad shot...er, mix poorly.

5. Rolling Stone T-Shirt - Dada Life

This is a great song. It was great when it was previewed, and it was great upon its release. The thing here is that this list is the ten most overplayed songs, and this song gets ridiculous spins by club DJs on Monday nights, and obviously also by festival acts on Saturday nights. I can't wait for someone to write a track called "Dada Life Banana Suit," but that probably won't be for another fifteen years.

4. Glad you came - The Wanted

The Wanted wrote a great track with "Glad You Came," and it became a mega hit when Afrojack remixed it. Everyone at these festivals are all about P.L.U.R. -- Peace, Love, Unity, Respect -- and this song always makes everyone smile and trade rave-candy. It's one of those hands-up-sing-to-the-sky kinds of tracks, and then you start jumping.

3. By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers

I guess when you play to a generation that grew up on the tail-end of MTV's dominance, you pretty much can pull any song from the Carson Daly Top 20 countdown and remix it. Some songs just weren't meant to be remixed. We all know the lyrics to this song because they were blasted at us from all angles as Red Hot Chili Peppers slowly withered away, but the rebirth has happened thanks to Hardwell, and we are forced to listen again. By the way, this song is old.

2. The Veldt - Deadmau5 ft. Chris James

At this point, with Deadmau5 smearing his own name in the mud, all of his songs are overplayed. It was really cool when he made us raise our weapons, and even cooler when "Ghosts 'N' Stuff" were all we thought about, but now we want more. Sorry Joel Zimmerman, but you're going to have to do something epic to remind us that you are legit, aside from making the occasional banger.

1. Somebody that I used to know - Gotye

I am sure that Wouter De Backer, the talented musician behind Gotye, is loving the success of this delightful break-up track, just as I am sure that weepy guys love singing it in the mirror when their girlfriends don't text them back. Sadly, it's been used more than a single girl's copy of Pretty Woman, except dudes don't get the benefit of enjoying a gallon of ice cream with it. Thanks for creating a popular track that gained even more success when every DJ wanted to capitalize on its mainstream success.




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