It seems a lie but it’s true!! The A State Of Trance (ASOT) radio show, one of the main radioshows in the entire EDM scene and the biggest one in the Trance scene, has just reached the legendary mark of 1000 episodes.
Among so many beautiful and great stories created by humanity in the most diverse creative areas, this will certainly be a story to be taken into account in the music area.
What is in question here is not the fact that this radioshow has one of the best DJ’s of all time in its front line, but the 4-digit mark in the number of episodes, a very difficult mark to reach. Although there is not 100% certainty, apparently, in electronic music only a radioshow may have been able to get there first, in this case we are talking about Pete Tong’s Essential Mix which is broadcasted on BBC Radio 1.
Going back in time, we present a very brief overview of A State Of Trance before moving on to the top 1000 itself. It all started in May 2001, when Armin van Buuren decided to start making his own radioshow called “A State Of Trance“, a radioshow with the focus on progressive and trance genre (namely vocal, progressive and uplifting trance) in a 2 hour format and presented in dutch language. A State Of Trance, through its own website, the internet radio broadcaster Digitally Imported, among other resources, has always provided conditions for fans to interact with each other, improving them over the time. This radio show motivated other artists and “opened the doors” for other DJ’s to create their own radio shows (Eg: Above & Beyond with “Trance Around The World“, Markus Schulz with “Global DJ Broadcast“, among many others). Regarding other DJ’s, we can’t forget the 2 ASOT Co-hosts. Ruben de Ronde, Armin’s right-hand on this long journey, partially since 2007 and fully since 2011, and Ferry Corsten, the legendary trance artist who joined the team in 2020.
From the moment of creation until the present moment, there are episodes that deserve to be highlighted. The episode 183 is highlighted by the fact that Armin started to present the radio show in English, a change that allowed him to obtain biggest audiences. The episode 185 marked the beginning of a significant expansion caused by the synchronization of the radioshow with several national radio stations. Since 250th and every 50th episode of the show there are some celebrations with some trance DJ’s that play live. Since 400th episode these celebrations have place in different countries. The second part of the episode 800 is responsible for a major change, the radioshow, in addition to sound, also started to be transmitted by video from the amazing ASOT radio studio in Amsterdam, a studio built in the same building where Armada and Cloud 9 are installed.
The existence of this radio show led to the creation of a label with the same name, “A State Of Trance“, a label that spotlights releases from established artists and upcoming talents alike. Many of the label’s releases are featured on the globally respected and always highly anticipated installments of the “A State Of Trance” mix album series, which has been spoiling fans from all over the world with the year’s best Trance records since 2004.
Nowadays, ASOT is broadcasted to an estimated 40 million listeners across more than 84 countries and 100 FM radio stations per show (as well to the global audiences via online, vídeo live streams on Facebook and YouTube). The radio show of five-time number 1 DJ in the world won the award for “Best Mix Radio Show” at the International Dance Music Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Moving on to the subject of this article, almost 20 years later, ASOT has broadcasted episode number 1000 this week. For this special milestone, a different episode was also prepared. The top 1000’s countdown was done over 7 days on YouTube, just after the end of episode number 999 on January 14th. Only songs from position 50 to position 1 were part of the broadcast from the ASOT studio. Many fans reflected upon the past 20 years of the beloved A State Of Trance radio show and voted for their favourite ASOT plays of all time. Fans got to vote everything from the first-ever record they heard on the show to the tracks that resonated with them the most, as long as those records were played on A State Of Trance at least once. Taking the No. 1 spot of the ASOT Top 1000 is Armin van Buuren and Susana’s “Shivers“, followed Tiësto’s anthem “Adagio For Strings” and GAIA’s “Tuvan“. Two special announcements were made in this episode! The compilation “A State Of Trance 1000 – Celebration Mix” will be released on January 29, a compilation with the same format as the annual Year Mix’s composed by the songs that marked trance over 20 years. The official tracklist can be viewed below.
The second announcement is related to the ASOT 1000 show tour – “Turn The World Into A Dancefloor” and which was done together with ALDA Events. On September 3 and 4, all roads will lead you to Utrecht and other dates will be announced for some other cities around the world. Moscow and Krakow are the first two cities announced, with dates TBD. To accompany the tour, Armin van Buuren and Benno de Goeij (one of the Rank 1 members) battled in the studio for several weeks to produce the official tour anthem – “Turn The World Into A Dancefloor (ASOT 1000 Anthem)“, which resulted in a simply divine track.
The Top 1000’s full list has so many classics and amazing songs that we recommend that you see the complete ranking below! The list features tracks from artists including Ferry Corsten, Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, Markus Schulz, Above & Beyond, GAIA, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Gareth Emery, Rank 1, Chicane, Aly & Fila, ATB, BT, MaRLo, Jorn Van Deynhoven, RAM, Super8 & Tab, Cosmic Gate, Solarstone and many more.
You can check out the A State Of Trance Top 1000 full results here, and follow the playlist below: