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Global Dance Festival's most overplayed songs

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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.

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