EDM Identity’s Top Tracks Of 2016

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As we close out the year, it is time for us to look back and reflect on our favorites from 2016. Check out which tracks stood out to EDM Identity Team Members this year!

Albums, Artists, Events, they all can be fairly easy to narrow down to what the top few are from your year. Tracks, on the other hand, are a monumental feat to select from. Why? Well aside from the fact that websites such as SoundCloud and streaming services like Spotify have allowed for a boom in releases, it does seem as if more tunes are being released every year. Gone are the days when an artist would release a minimal amount of music, owning up to the sounds that they push and perfecting the tune before it is fully released. So, for someone who likes many different genres, or a wide range of artists, the task of narrowing things down to five tracks that are “the best” of the year can seem like an insurmountable task. We have done our best here at EDM Identity to do this, and I’m sure that many of us have forgotten a tune or two along the way. Check out the playlist and find out our favorites below!

EDM Identity’s Top Tracks Of 2016

Grant’s Picks

  1. “Never Be Like You” – Flume
  2. “Beneath With Me” – Kaskade x Deadmau5
  3. “Strobe” (Dimension Remix) – Deadmau5
  4. “Innerbloom” (Lane 8 Remix) – RÜFÜS DU SOL
  5. “Tell Me” – it’s different x Helen

It is insanely hard to narrow this down to five but hopefully you find that my five represent some epic tunes that were released this year. Sure, there is an absence of some genres like trance or dubstep on here, but these are the tracks that I found myself replaying the most.

Drew’s Picks

  1. “Memory Lane” – Kyau & Albert
  2. “Faded” (Markus Schulz Remix) – Alan Walker
  3. “Save Me” – Gareth Emery feat. Christina Novelli
  4. “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers feat. Daya
  5. “Purple Lamborghini” – Skrillex & Rick Ross

I think we need to pay respect to the artists who help crossover electronic music into the mainstream. Both The Chainsmokers and Skrillex this year released catchy songs that made their ways into pop culture through the radio and movies. On the other hand, Trance heavyweights continue to produce quality tracks that I come back to every year.

Tamlyn’s Picks

  1. “Innerbloom” (What So Not Remix) – RÜFÜS DU SOL
  2. “Youth” – Manila Killa (feat. Satica)
  3. “Dynamite” – Boys Noize
  4. “The New Order” – SNBRN X Shaun Frank X Dr. Fresch
  5. “Prophecy” – Tchami & Malaa

Cassey’s Picks

  1. “Don’t Say” – Allen & Envy feat. Victoriya
  2. “Amber” (Skylex Remix) – The Thrillseekers pres. Hydra
  3. “Out There 2016” (Robert Nickson Remix) – Masters & Nickson feat. Justine Suissa
  4. “By My Side” – Bryan Kearney & Christina Novelli
  5. “Once More” (Dan Stone Remix) – Luke Bond vs CARTEL [TIE]
  6. “Save Me” (John O’Callaghan Remix) – Gareth Emery feat. Christina Novell [TIE]

Connor’s Picks

  1. “Closer” (feat. Halsey) – The Chainsmokers
  2. “Save Me” (feat. Adara) – Adventure Club
  3. “Smoke & Retribution” (Ekali Remix) – Flume
  4. “Her” – Vincent
  5. “Never Be Like You” – Flume

Abisola’s Picks

  1. “Evoke” – Simon Patterson & Magnus
  2. “Far From Home” (Craig Connelly Remix) – Gareth Emery ft Gavrielle
  3. “Reckless” (Standerwick Remix) – Gareth Emery
  4. “7FT” – Freigeist
  5. “All Or Nothing” (Allen Watts Extended Remix) – Ben Gold feat. Christina Novelli

Maria’s Picks

  1. “Neba” – Gouryella
  2. “Lies Cost Nothing” (Will Atkinson Remix) – John O’Callaghan ft. Clare Stagg
  3. “Drum’s A Weapon” – Ferry Corsten
  4. “Colors” – Vini Vici & Tristan & Avalon
  5. Paradise” – Shane 54

Cliff’s Picks

  1. “Samurai” – Vanic
  2. “It’s Strange” – Louis the Child featuring K. Flay
  3. “Say It” – Flume featuring Tove Lo
  4. “Thief” – Ookay
  5. “Like It’s Over” – Jai Wolf featuring MNDR

Carlos’s Picks

  1. “Shelter” – Porter Robinson & Madeon
  2. “Symphony” – Zeds Dead
  3. “Wicked” – GRiZ
  4. Crazy Love” – Audien
  5. “Fuk Watchu Think” – Ghastly

Zach’s Picks

  1. “Say It” (Illenium Remix) – Flume
  2. “Shelter” (Mat Zo Remix) – Porter Robinson & Madeon
  3. “Helix” – Flume
  4. “Do You Don’t You” – Haywyre
  5. “Take Me” – RÜFÜS DU SOL

Grace’s Picks

  1. “Stay” – Chet Porter
  2. “Wait” (Inukshuk Remix) – Adventure Club
  3. “Shelter” – Porter Robinson & Madeon
  4. “After All” – Slander & Yookie
  5. “Don’t Let Me Down” (Illenium Remix) – The Chainsmokers

James’s Picks

  1. “Gettin’ That” – Rickyxsan x Dirty Audio
  2. “PLUR Police” (Jauz Remix) – Knife Party
  3. “Bottle Swervice” – Herobust
  4. “Hot Drum” – Joyryde
  5. “Like a Bitch” – Zomboy

MyStro’s Picks

  1. “Lifeline” (Extended Mix) – Solarstone & Ferry Tayle
  2. “The Only One” – Mark Sherry & Jamie Walker featuring Ross Ferguson
  3. “Secrets Of The Sahara” – PureNRG
  4. “The Long Goodbye” – Arnej
  5. “When The Lights Go Down” (Communion) – 4 Strings & Audrey Gallagher [Tie]
  6. “Amber” (Skylex Remix) – The Thrillseekers present Hydra [Tie]

Sebastian’s Picks

  1. “Evoke” – Simon Patterson & Magnus
  2. “Xiphos” – Mac & Monday
  3. “Wide Awake” – Stoneface & Terminal
  4. “Still Alive” (Thomas Datt Remix) – Lisa Miskovsky
  5. “Forgotten” – John 00 Fleming

Who were your top selections for 2016? Which artists impressed you the most? Let us know in the comments!