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