Whether we were working it out on an Ibiza dancefloor, frolicking in the white sands of a beach party in Greece, or more realistically, breakdancing around the coffee table in our living room, we found ourselves spoiled this summer with an abundance of uplifting dance hits. Everywhere we went, big beats and sizzling basslines blasted from the radio, letting us know that the electronic dance wave of the past few years was no mere fluke: Dance music is bigger than ever, and it’s here to stay…for now, at least! (Case in point: Sony’s upcoming dance-themed film Battle Of The Year, in Theaters September 20.)
Unfortunately, summer is not here to stay and, as a matter of fact, already seems to be looking for the exit signs. Before we give in to another school year or worse — long pants and sweaters! — we’re heading out to the club for a final twirl. Make that five final twirls…we could never resist a list.
So dance music enthusiasts, throw on your shorty-shorts and meet us in the middle of the floor for one last boogie as we count down this summer’s top five dance jams! These songs kept us hot all summer and we’ll probably keep playing them well into the autumn months. We don’t care, we love them!
Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”
Summer began on a high note when France’s funkiest robots returned with this ode to disco, a plucky sex call fronted by the always-irresistible Pharrell and legendary axeman Nile Rodgers. The track’s vintage hustle was appropriately Chic and as inescapable as the heat, with Pharrell’s laidback delivery reminding us what’s been missing from so much of today’s EDM workouts: pure soul!
Ideal dancefloor: The balcony of Studio 54 with a bottle of champagne, approximately 35 years ago.
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