With the sunny days and sweltering nights of summer upon us, we begin to piece together the soundtrack of the season. The songs that will forever remind us of “that crazy summer of 2014” are just now being released, and ready to provide the background music for another year of memories. From lyrical electro-house tracks worthy of heavy radio rotation to progressive-house festival bangers—these are our picks for the seven EDM anthems of the summer:
“Bootcamp,” Jay Hardway
Jay Hardway took the club-tune formula and updated each element with surprises in the drops and twists in the beat. The Dutchman, who is best known for his collaborations with superstar Martin Garrix, is now making waves in the industry with his innovative solo release.
“Real Life,” Mat Zo
Mat Zo has created a song that pairs well with either poolside piña coladas or late-night vodka tonics. This catchy track will make dancers want to two-step and head bob in time with the up-tempo beats.
“The Little Death,” Tommy Trash & KillaGraham
Tommy Trash adds to his list of beloved club tracks with this collaboration with KillaGraham. “The Little Death” captures the signature Tommy Trash electro flow, and pairs it with KillaGraham’s darker, dubstep sounds.
“You” (Tiesto vs. Twoloud Radio Edit), Galantis
A vocal track with simple, memorable lyrics is an obvious choice for one of the best songs of summer. The familiar words and uplifting melody makes this Galantis remix a sure-fire go-to song for headlining DJs across the board.
“Apocalypse 2014” (Kryder & Tom Staar Remix), Arno Cost & Norman Doray
Kryder and Tom Staar add their magic touch to “Apocalypse 2014.” The song was added to tastemaker Pete Tong’s Essential Selection in April, and if Pete Tong says a track is cool, it is going to be cool.
“Sounds Like,” Dyro
Dyro emerged onto the mainstream scene as one of Hardwell’s supporting acts for the Revealed bus tour. His recent string of releases, including the single “Sounds Like,” hasve proven to dominate dance floors at nightclubs around the world.
“Tremor,” Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Martin Garrix
Leave it to the masterminds behind last summer’s festival anthems “Animals” and “Mammoth” to release a collaboration that will undoubtedly take over the nightclub scene. This track is the official Sensation 2014 anthem, and is also sure to be heard at main stages throughout the festival circuit.