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The accessibility of the top EDM songs from all over the globe, being widely available is a relatively recent phenomenon! Think of it this way - electronic dance music has emerged from underground dance clubs and illegal raves to now become one of the most popular music genres on Earth.
What constitutes the best EDM, however? How do you gather together songs ranging from drum 'n bass to house to techno and all points in-between? Especially considering how each audience has very particular needs which are often quite contradictory?
That's not even to mention the challenge of finding the most popular EDM songs in the first place. If you follow electronic music at all, you'll know that the best singles and most innovative artists often don't even make it to an official release. You've got to scour DJ mixes, podcasts, and social media feeds to truly keep your finger on the global beat.
Which is precisely what we do here at We Are: The Guard.
To help take stock of the current EDM scene, let's take a look at some of its history. We'll also take a glance at some of the most popular EDM sub-genres to help you pick them apart and find the gems yourself.
The history of EDM goes all the way back to when electricity first started being pushed through wires. The earliest electronic instrument, the Orchestrion, was like a mixture of a player piano and a mellotron and acted as a kind of proto-Jukebox.
We're talking about electronic dance music, however. Not electronic reproductions of classical music. Or the wild, whirring bleeps and bloops of early 20th Century electronica. Early synthesizer records would only qualify as EDM tracks if you like to pogo to particle accelerators. We'll begin our pre-history of EDM with the Dr. Who theme song. Although 1963's "Doctor Who theme" - composed by electronic innovator Delia Derbyshire and Dick Mills and realized by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop - is more Musique concrète than anything with its reliance on tape splicing and manipulation, it's still got a funky bassline and you can get down to it.
The "Dr. Who Theme Song" also marks the moment when electronic music would enter mass media on a wider scale. No longer tied to images of flying saucers and global annihilation, electronic sounds were finally unleashed to reveal the full range of its capacities.
Electronic dance music as we know it today officially got its start in the '70s, however, with the advent of disco and euro dance.
Many of EDM's roots in the 1970s still don't sound much like the house-thumping, bassquake of today's club music. It still laid the groundwork for how EDM is both made and consumed to this day.