Top 10 Dance Music Albums For People Who Don't Know Shit About Dance Music

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7) Ian Pooley
Since Then (2000)
Underlying a lot of great dance music is the fantasy of the endless party, a place where the sun is always shining, the drinks are always flowing, the beautiful people never stop dancing, and the drugs never wear off. The closest anyone's ever come to capturing all that on disc is this gloriously sun-kissed, Brazilian-tinged set from German producer Ian Pooley. Now, where's that drink?

6) Paul van Dyk
Vorsprung Dyk Technik: Paul van Dyk Remixes 92-98 (1998)
Paul van Dyk is sort of the Bob Marley of trance. Even if you don't like the subgenre, van Dyk's work -- especially his early stuff -- manages to be uplifting in a reasonably non-cheesy way. This three-disc set of his early remixes might seem like overkill, but it's more consistently entertaining than any of his studio LPs and features the definitive version of his biggest hit, "For an Angel."

5) Skrillex
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (2010)
Dance music snobs hate Skrillex because his music is pretty much all about the same thing: simplistic pop melodies with brutally choppy, squelchy bass drops that are the musical equivalent of getting donkey punched. But you know what? His shit is fun as hell, and a way better introduction to dubstep than the austere-to-the-point-of-boring soundscapes of Burial and Kode9. Call it fratstep if you must, but Skrillex's steez gets the party started.

See also: Skrillex: L.A. DJ, Producer Is Boy King of Electronic Dance Music

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First of all, there should have been a list of 20 or 25 albums to lend this this list some solid credibility. Some good albums in there, but I would have chosen different a different album for Drum'n'Bass. Maybe one of the old Goldie, Grooverider, or Roni Size albums, or even Dieselboy. Hawtin's Decks Efx & 909 would have a been a perfect Techno mix. There should have been at least ONE Sasha & Digweed album in there; Northern Exposure Vol. 1, imo. I think a lot of landmark artists were left out. Artists who influenced and shaped the dance music culture in a big way: Laurent Garnier, James Holden, Carl Cox, Hallucinogen/Shpongle, Trentemoller, Jeff Mills, James Zabiela, etc. 

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"The trick to understanding drum 'n' bass is to realize that it's not really meant for dancing." Right. And by the same token, the trick to comprehending 4 Loko is to realize it's not really meant for getting you shithoused.  That's ALL it's meant for, doofus, it's fucking dance music.

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