There are songs that are simply instant classics, and then there are those which will never fall into oblivion. This article is dedicated to those tracks. In this case, the early 00’s ones. I am Tomás Matos from Wide Future, and I’m inviting you on a small trip to the past. Before we take flight, there are two things you should bear in mind: one – the word “remember” will be repeatedly used – and two – this is not a countdown, the songs are displayed by alphabetical order. Let’s roll!
Benny Benassi – Satisfaction – 2002
Push me, and then just touch me, ‘till I can get my… Satisfaction. It is hard to talk about electro house without mentioning this track. Its memorable melody and synthesized vocals have invaded and still invade dancefloors all around the world these days.
The song was the debut single from Italian DJ and Producer Benny Benassi. It was released in the Summer of 2002, being part of Benassi’s album “Hypnotica”. This tune projected the career of the Italian DJ and reached the 2nd position in UK’s charts.
Daft Punk – One More Time – 2001
Seriously, who doesn’t know this song? Released in the beginning of the millennium, “One More Time” is considered by many as the greatest dance music track of all time. It was the lead single of Daft Punk’s masterpiece, the album “Discovery”, alongside other anthems such as “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”, and “Digital Love”.
The synthesized vocals of American singer Romanthony, and the awesome melody of it, made “One More Time” a timeless banger, catapulting the French Duo into the success they have today.
Darude – Sandstorm – 2000
For our younger readers, this one is an internet meme. But a real dance music aficionado knows the impact this track had in the early 00’s. Released in 2000 by Finnish DJ and producer Darude in his debut album “Before The Storm”, it got really popular in Europe, reaching top places in the charts.
This trance anthem sold millions of copies at its time, and got famous recently due to an annoying meme that went viral within the gaming community. It got so viral that DJs started to play it in famous festivals, and even remixed it, as Mark Sixma did in 2015. In a recent interview, Darude revealed that he never experienced an actual sandstorm. A hell of a fact!
Eric Prydz – Call On Me – 2004
Who remembers this one? 2004 was a great year for Swedish DJ and Producer Eric Prydz. This track made him popular, and despite his “distancing” from it (he stopped playing it at his gigs), the song marked the beginning of his illustrious career.
The whole song is built around a sample of Steve Winwood’s 1982 song “Valerie”. Winwood liked Prydz’s creativity so much, that he re-recorded the vocals just to fit the track better. However, it was just not the song itself that became popular. Its aerobics class music video contributed a lot to the track’s success.
Modjo – Lady (Hear Me Tonight) – 2000
This epic song was the debut single of Modjo, a French duo, featuring a sample of “Soup For One”, by the band Chic, whose guitarist was, and still is, the legendary Nile Rodgers.
It made a lot of success, and became a top 10 in over ten countries. However, Modjo didn’t take advantage of it. They released a couple more singles until 2002, and then disbanded to pursue solo careers.
Rui da Silva feat. Cassandra – Touch Me – 2001
This one was a phenomenon. Released in the 1st of January of 2001, by the Portuguese DJ and Producer Rui da Silva featuring the likes of British singer Cassandra Fox, this became a timeless hit as well, and if you were born in the late 80’s, you definitely remember this one. And if you are Portuguese, you certainly remember Underground Sound Of Lisbon, the legendary Portuguese duo formed by Da Silva and DJ Vibe.
This single reached the number one position in UK’s charts, selling over 300 thousand copies, and it’s arguably Da Silva’s biggest hit. Until today, he is the only Portuguese act to reach number one in UK. Many recognize it as the best dance track of all time.
Safri Duo – Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song) – 2001
Oh… The memories. This sensational trance song, performed by the Danish percussion duo Safri Duo, was released in their 7th studio album, “Episode II”, and it got popular among the charts of many countries, reaching the number 1 spot in some of them.
Due to this song, “Episode II” sold over one million units, which made Safri Duo the most successful Danish act since the band Aqua (yes, the ones from “Barbie Girl”). The mix between tribal drums and the epic “trancy” melody puts this track in the museum of dance music hits.
Tiësto – Lethal Industry – 2001
We couldn’t end this list without the one and only Tiësto. The Dutch superstar, now 48-year-old, is still flying high today. He’s considered by many the greatest DJ of all time, and nicknamed “The Godfather” by the dance music community.
As most passionate fans know, Tiësto hasn’t always been the same. There’s this more commercial Tjis, and the good old Trance Tjis. In his Trance days, he lived his best days musically speaking. Hits like “Lethal Industry”, “Traffic”, “Adagio For Strings” and “Elements Of Life” are absolutely timeless, and placed DJ Tiësto in the top of the mountain for many years.
Released in 2001, “Lethal Industry” is from Tiësto’s first album, “In My Memory”. The track’s reputation grew due to Tjis’ live performances alongside Dutch violinist Mason. The iconic melody of the track is still played today in mash-ups across the globe, arguably being one of the greatest hits in dance music’s history.
The Spaceshifters – Lola’s Theme – 2004
Nostalgia. Nostalgia everywhere. This track is so popular that you, dear reader, certainly already heard it. It’s Lola’s Theme. Released in 2004 by the British-based duo The Spaceshifters, this 00’s hit still rocks dancefloors all over the world.
The song’s mythic guitar jam is sampled from a 1982 song, Johnnie Taylor’s “What About My Love”. I bet you thought the singer is called Lola. Wrong answer. Her name is Cookie, a British gospel singer. Fun fact: Lola, the woman who inspired the track, is actually the ex-wife of Simon Marlin, half of the duo.
Underdog Project – Summer Jam – 2003
Because summer is the most laidback time of the year, let’s end up this nostalgic article with the epic “Summer Jam”, by the German/Belgian/Canadian band The Underdog Project. The song is the lead single of their debut album, “It Doesn’t Matter”, released in 2001.
There are two versions of this song: the original, from 2001, and the sequel, from 2003. The last one was the most successful, because of its funky and summer-ish vibes. The base of the track comes from “Fiesta”, a 90’s single by a Dutch house group named The Sunclub, and the vocals are provided by Vic Krishna and Craig Smart, from The Underdog Project.
The song was the number one hit in many countries, and paved the way for other hits from The Underground Project such as “Tonight” and “Saturday Night”, that you probably remember as well.
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Written By: Tomás Matos