EDM Songs That Changed My Life | What Are Yours?

You all know what I’m talking about.  There’s almost no point in describing what these types of songs are and what they do to us, because you all know.  But, I have a word limit that I have to fill. 😉

Growing up in a European family made it very easy for me to hear electronic dance music at a younger age.  As the scene was way larger over there in the 90’s, I had the pleasure of going on vacation and being introduced to the likes of Tiesto, David Guetta, Benny Benassi and other popular DJs.  I loved electronic music at first listen; the way fast-paced tracks got me moving instantly, or the way that a set of good female vocals on a trance song could bring me out of my current state of consciousness and lull me into a calm, mystifyingly beautiful mindset. As electronic music continues to rise in popularity and as I continue to write about it, I feel that it’s only fair that I share the songs that were a major part in not only my love for this genre, but songs that were major connections to my growth, my relationships and my life.

We all have these songs, so I urge you to share a few of yours with me in the comments section below. Enjoy 🙂

Tiesto – Adagio For Strings

This is was one of my favorite songs in high school.  It got me through homework, getting PRs in high school track, taking long drives to clear my head and more.  I’ll never get tired of the energy that this classic brings, and it was definitely a gateway song for me when I really started listening to electronic music.  I still have this on my running playlist to this day, especially during long rungs when I need a bit of a pick-me-up jam.

Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes (Gabriel & Dresden Remix)

If you know me personally on any level, you know that I am a HUGE sucker for good female vocals, especially if they’re as sensual as these.  I’ll have to admit that I’ve gotten down in the boom boom room to this song a few times (sorry Mom, Dad) and it really does take you away.  Gabriel and Dresden’s amazing chill mix of the original Motorcycle track has followed me through high school, through college and is still on at least two of my current playlists.

Kaskade – Raining

Sometimes (as in sometimes I mean oftentimes) I can be guarded.  For the most part I am quite the extrovert, but I don’t always let others get that close to me.  I’ll get in these moods sometimes where I need to decompress and tune out of life, and going on drives with the music blasting is one of those things that I really enjoy.  The lyrics, the rain, everything in this song is perfect.  “I’m in the car, speeding from the past..” I’m sure we’ve all been there.  My first massive in the US was at the Gorge for the Identity tour in 2011.  Kaskade’s set was one of the most amazing I’ve ever seen.  When he opened with “Raining” I immediately started crying.  My friend asked me what was wrong and I replied, “Nothing…everything is just so perfect.”

Daft Punk – Da Funk

This song came out when I was seven years old.  SEVEN.  Kind of crazy to think about.  I’m a huge Daft Punk fan; my first concert was their 2007 Alive tour and it BLEW MY FREAKING MIND.  I love their old stuff, their new stuff, you name it I dig it.  I’ll never forget hearing this come on the radio during a European vacation and doing a little dance to it.  I still jam to this on a regular basis and if you haven’t checked out the original video, it’s pretty LOL-worthy.

Tiesto – Walking On Clouds

Like I said, this girl loves sensual female vocals…just about as much as I love Tiesto.  I’ve been writing up each song as I listen to it and this one takes the cake for giving me goosebumps throughout the entire thing.  The only thing sexier than great female vocals are great female vocals that WHISPER in your ear when you’re wearing your earbuds.  I freak out at the 5:28 buildup every. single. time.  This has been another one of those amazing driving songs, allowing me to step out of reality for a second when I’m feeling down.  I also highly recommend this as an afterparty song 🙂

Eric Prydz – Call On Me

Do NOT turn on the video at the office, very NSFW.  Opt for the extended Soundcloud version instead.

If I could pick one song to have been played at my high school dances, it would be this one.  But no..I had to settle for “Poor Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard, “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC and “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy” by Big & Rich on a regular basis.  This one was on CDs in my car a lot, and I generally played in on the way to football games and the like with my friends laughing at me for liking “techno music.”  It’s an upbeat, feel-good song that I can throw on anytime I want and I never get sick of it.  Prydz has never let me down throughout the years and I love him. <3

Deadmau5 – Strobe

The sheer power of this song can instantly set me into a near-catatonic state.  I can be in my car, sitting at my desk at work or laying on the floor of my bedroom with the lights off…there is never a time that this track plays and I am not deeply emotionally affected by it and I know that many of you can say the same.  Seeing Deadmau5 live a few years ago was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I’ll never forget it.  The 10 and a half minutes of this song truly takes you on a journey that no other electronic song ever will.  I’m usually very antsy for the drop in most longer tracks, but I adore the fact that this one takes its time.  My recommendation if you’re a first-time Strobe listener? Head to your room, switch off the lights, plug in your best quality headphones and drift off.  Don’t believe me that it’s good? I think the 22 million YouTube views speak for themselves.

Rusko – Hold On

When I studied abroad in college I started listening to a lot more electronic music than normal and wanted to be more involved in the scene. Around this time was when dubstep and drum & bass were becoming more popular, and I couldn’t get enough of it.  I knew that I had finally found my favorite electronic subgenre and Rusko had definitely caught my attention. When I got back to the states and he came to town, I knew I had to go to his show. I had also just started dating a guy (who would eventually become a long-term boyfriend) and I had the most magical evening with him and my friends.

I’ll never forget these lyrics, watching everyone stare into the eyes of the one they love, singing in sync:

I know you waited all your life
And finally you’re here with me tonight
One hand tied behind my back and steal your breath away
Come dance with me…
Come dance with me, baby

This song will always remind me of that night.  I’ve heard Rusko play this song a few times live now, and he usually starts with this version, moving into the more upbeat, awesome drum & bass remix by Sub Focus.

Ferry Corsten – Fire

After getting introduced to the trance god (Tiesto) in middle school, I started expanding my electronic music library in high school, which included Ferry Corsten’s 2005 hit, “Fire” which was what started getting me into other subgenres like house and yes, *sigh* even happy hardcore.  This was just a feel-good track that I listened to from time to time but it always sticks in my head.  It’s a great classic, and the ice bikini girl in the music video is pretty sweet too.

David Guetta – The World Is Mine

I’ll just start this one by saying RIP Guetta.  I miss you.  Where did you go?  The music you put out now can’t really be from your own doing, can it?  I’ll openly and honestly say that I really dislike most of David Guetta’s tracks that he’s put out in the past 4 years or so.  But his older stuff? I can’t get enough of it. In the summer of 2009, one of my best friends and I jetted off to Spain to see a friend who had been a foreign exchange student who stayed with my family in the past. I couldn’t believe that I was heading off to my first European club to see none other than Guetta. I was BEYOND stoked. So here I was, 19, out at Pacha in Salou, Spain chugging down some lemonade and vodka on my way to my first club. I can’t describe the experience in words, but every minute of it was breathtaking, up until we took our shoes off and ran down the beach at 6:30 a.m., watching the sunrise as we had exited the club. That was the point that I knew this music was always going to be part of my life.

BT – Somnambulist

BT is a magical human being and DJ, let’s just get that out of the way.  Second thing to get out of the way is how simply TRUE the lyrics to the chorus are. “Simply being loved is more than enough…” Isn’t that what we all crave as human beings?  This has always been a great song for me just to jam out, and also a great feel-good track to play with your friends after spending time together at an awesome show.  And JC Chasez of ‘N Sync makes it onto the track too…what else is there to ask for?  Check out BT’s interpretive dancing in the video too; it’s pretty fancy.

Guru Josh Project – Infinity 2008

By far one of the goofiest rave videos I’ve seen that was made after 2006 (you think they would have learned by then…) that shows a girl getting down while watching a Guru Josh Project show on a TV, shirtless saxophone player and all.  That’s besides the point though.  This one came out right when I had started college, moved to Seattle and finally learned about the joys of C89.5, Seattle’s electronic dance music radio station.  I swear to god everytime I turned this radio station on, Infinity 2008 was playing.  Honestly it’s not one of my favorites but it was a huge part of my freshman year of college and with all the times I had the pleasure of hearing it on the radio, I’ll never forget it.

Atb – Ecstacy

This one goes back, back in the day to the end of elementary school when I honestly really had no grasp on the concept of ecstacy (neither the feeling and definitely not the drug!) but there was just something that I loved about it.  The first time I ever heard it, I was at a roller rink.  No joke.  I took my rollerblades and RIPPED it around the rink to this song.  I was a super fast skater, you’d be jealous 😉 It’ll always be a classic for me, rollerblades or no rollerblades.

Nero – Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)

Although Rusko was the beginning of my love for dubstep, Nero will always be one of my favorites.  I listened to “Act Like You Know” When I studied abroad in 2010 and was HOOKED.  Then I got home and learned a little more about Skrillex and this remix is just fantastic.  The reason is stands out to me the most is because one of my best friends and roommates at the time played this song EVERY. DAMN. DAY…and I didn’t hate it 🙂 When we saw Nero on at Identity that summer, her and I went nuts, holding hands and looking like a couple of joyous midgets jumping up and down.  I don’t think I’ve ever raged harder for any other four and a half minutes in my life and I’ll never forget it.

OceanLab – On a Good Day

We all have our shitty days.  We also all have our really, really shitty days…the ones that make us want to crawl into a hole for days at a time, ignore anyone who says they “want to help” or who comes over to check on it.  We also all know that these days usually pass with a bit of time, self-reflection and in my opinion, some good music.  I’m currently crying while I’m writing this portion of the article, not because I’m sad but I realize how much I truly love this song, my friends, my family and my life.  We spend our entire lives trying to figure out exactly who we are, and what our purpose is in the time that we’re alive.  The magic that is Above & Beyond becomes that much better with the addition of vocalist Justine Suissa and this song has been with me through a lot of good times and a lot of bad.  To all of my friends and family reading this, I love you all so much and you have no idea how much you mean to me.


Again, I urge you to share the EDM songs that have changed or affected your life in some way…I have a plan for a bigger project. 🙂



I'm a bit of a witty firecracker whose name you'll never be able to pronounce. I like long walks on the (Burning Man) playa and I've got a bit of a secret romance with minimal techno. My favorite tracks range all genres - music is music, no matter which way you play it. Watch out, because I can dance like a dinosaur.
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