As Spin recently pointed out , sales of dance music recordings have surged in the last year: Daft Punk and Avicii both snagged high rankings on the Billboard Top , and artists like Zedd, Martin Solveig, and Afrojack sold 1 million downloads each. And then, of course, there's the barely-legal electro-house heartthrob Martin Garrix, whose single "Animals" topped the UK charts a few months ago. All this makes it seem like EDM has finally "made it" in America—and in a way, it has, because dance music has never sold so many recordings, even during the disco and electronica booms of decades past. But let us never forget the house hits that reared their kandied heads on the international singles charts of yesteryear. I graduated high school in , meaning I can only remember as far back as Aqua and the Vengaboyz, so I had to make a couple phone calls and hit the history books to assemble this list of historic rave crossovers.
1. Hyper On Experience – Lord Of The Null Lines (1994)
Written by Ian McQuaid Published on Do U remember '92? This clutch of banging old-skool tunes will put a smile y on your face.
2. Bass Selective – Blow Out Part 2 (1992)
Leeds lads Jez Willis and Tim Garbutt met at the Mix club in Harrogate and carved a niche by featuring audacious samples on their tunes. This hit clips the distinctive hook from Cloudbusting by Kate Bush. Not tonight. Mark Archer and Chris Peat made a splash by rocking up with chemical hazard suits and facemasks and covering their tunes with the sound of raving crowds. This track samples the house classic Strings Of Life and the video includes a Boglin - remember those? The 90s! Forget Ebeneezer Goode, this is pure Shamen. The band started life as a politically-charged indie guitar outfit, but found house in the Second Summer Of Love and never looked back. Blissed-out tune featuring vocals from Kirsty Hawkshaw, the daughter of the bloke who wrote the Grange Hill theme. House turned to techno in Leeds in , with Gez Varley and Mark Bell releasing their self-titled debut single that summer.
With the venue closing its doors shortly the collective are going back to back with the legendary rave icon that is Mark Archer this Friday. It was hard to quantify how exactly we rated each tune, but the basic parameters revolved around how legendary each track was, the rave influences it held and how good each one would sound in a warehouse at 2. If you can figure out how to scroll and press play on each one with your arms in the sky then this list should make for ample viewing and listening.