Tomorrowland finished up last weekend in Belgium with thousands of EDM fans heading back to their home countries to rest their sore heads and frazzled minds. inthemix has published the Top 10 Most Shazamed Songs throughout the event’s two weekends and the results are unsurprisingly full of EDM bangers. Two of our writers with the least patience towards EDM agreed to review the 10 tracks and give themselves an education in four-to-the-floor, hands-in-the-air EDM.
All jokes aside, there are many reasons why Tomorrowland is one of the best festivals of its kind.
10. R3hab- & Deorro- Flashlight
[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/r3hab/r3hab-deorro-flashlight[/soundcloud]
Bianca: Had to take extra care there to include the 3 in R3hab.
Sam: That trumpet synth is giving me a heart-attack. At one point I thought the build-up was never going to end. Oscillates between a trumpet and farting noises. If the farting noise was intentional, Im in favour of the novelty.
Bianca: This isnt a case of when will the bass drop, but why. The build up is so fucking intense, I never want it to end. :'(
Sam: Aaaaand a completely different track after 1:40
Bianca: Im peaking.
9. David Guetta ft. Sam Martin Lovers on the Sun
[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/avicii-music-holland/david-guetta-ft-avicii-sam-martin-lovers-on-the-sun[/soundcloud]
Sam: That voice is almost as offensive as Nickelback.
Bianca: I’ve never heard a song before where the whistling was so completely unwelcome and unnecessary.
Sam: Surprise motherfucker one person comments when the twinkling synth comes in. Indeed. The bluegrass thing worked for Avicii but the Western stylings of this one for Guetta are woeful.
Bianca: The real question is…who in their right mind would bother to go through the process of bringing out their phone, unlocking it, opening the Shazam app, pressing the button and holding their hand up to the sky for a good 5 seconds so that they could have a record of this song?
Oh, right. Nobody was in their right mind.
8. Zhu – Faded
[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/zhu/faded[/soundcloud]
Bianca: I like this song and would Shazam it too…if Tomorrowland was 3 months ago. How does no one know the name of it by now?
Sam: I suppose its one of the better ones here and of course a song about getting wasted is going to appear in this list. Theres just absolutely no dynamics or anything interesting apart from a wistful voice singing hes wasted. Jessica Mauboys Pop A Bottle is more successful than this.
7. Secondcity- I Wanna Feel
[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/secondcityuk/secondcity-i-wanna-feel-radio[/soundcloud]
Sam: Deep house penetrates Tomorrowland, could this be the end of EDM? Judging by the rest of list, definitely not. Its been a massive hit in the UK and is probably heading for Australia. I suppose its an inoffensive enough slice of disco-house.
Bianca: At least this one has words. And its nice to have a little Toni Braxton influence but I honestly wouldve preferred Unbreak My Heart.
6. Netsky- Running Low
[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/netsky/running-low-feat-beth-ditto[/soundcloud]
Bianca: Why do EDM voices always have to be so…heavy and overly soulful? The beat is already intense, theres no need for the double whammy.
Sam: I really like Beth Dittos voice but oh my goodness that drum n bass whacks you right in the stomach. How do you dance to this? Please someone send tutorials.
Bianca: Oh, didnt realise it was Beth Ditto. Probably shouldnt have used heavy as one of my adjectives
Sam: Once again theres a lyric about drinking a lot.
5. Ommet Ozcan- Raise Your Hand
[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/ummetozcan/ummet-ozcan-raise-your-hands[/soundcloud]
Sam: At least I knew what to do from the title.
Bianca: Am I allowed to raise both? In surrender, I mean.
Sam: Id be out as soon as those trance synths hit. Take me to the clouds above.
Bianca: Can I get a read-out on what the Soundcloud peeps are saying?
“No. Just no.”
“And 1, 2, 3…Jump!”
Bianca: Probably agree with No & Turkey.
Sam: This is served to you right on a plate, with directions far easier than an Ikea manual.
Bianca: I think people did what the song intended them to do- to raise their hands- but they accidentally opened up Shazam in the process.
4. Dimitri Vegas & MOGUAI & Like Mike Mammoth (Original Mix)
[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/dimitrivegasandlikemike/dimitri-vegas-moguai-like-mike[/soundcloud]
Sam: Im really beginning to feel like Im taking multiple bullets to the head. I can imagine pulling out my phone and shazaming it for lack of knowing what else to possibly do.
Bianca: I think this hairy situation needs to stay in the Ice Age.
Sam: At this point Im struggling to find different adjectives to describe very similar tracks.
Bianca: Might I suggest, heavy?
3. Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman & Steve Angello- Payback
[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/sizerecords/payback-original-mix[/soundcloud]
Sam: My hands are still in the air from Ommet Ozcan tune and Im yet to be directed to put them down. Another screaming EDM banger with a drop that feels like a meteor. Im guessing Tomorrowland was the only festival where Outkast werent on the bill?
Bianca: Look, it might be a bit unfair to be judging these songs from behind my computer screen, with a lemon and ginger tea in my hand on a cold Tuesday afternoon. I guess you cant truly rate a banger like this when youre not surrounded by thousands and thousands of your closest friends.
2. Watermat- Bullit
[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/spinnin-deep/watermat-bullit-original-mix[/soundcloud]
Sam: Wheres the Titanium of this years Tomorrowland? I could do with a bit of Sia at this point.
Bianca: I wish Shazam had the capacity to tell you at what exact point these people Shazammed the tracks and were like oh, shit! I need to remember this exact moment! Was it the steady build? The peak? The drop?? So many questions!
Sam: It seems its all one in the same in this track. That whistling sound though is really something. Someone has commented on Soundcloud so chill. She must have an insanely hectic life.
Bianca: Sounds like an air raid over a Snake Charmer. Could be the second instalment to Outkasts B.O.B: Bombs over Bombay.
Sam: Could it be the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire 2: From Rags to EDM Riches.
Bianca: When you got EDM riches you got bitches.
1. Dimitri Vegas, Martin Garrix and Like Mike- Tremor
[soundcloud width=”700″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/martingarrix/dimitri-vegas-martin-garrix-like-mike-tremor-sensation-2014-anthem-original-mix[/soundcloud]
Sam: I am petrified. Am I ready for this?
Bianca: Number one…Everything in my life has been leading to this very moment.
Sam: Does anyone break ribcages at Tomorrowland? My poor little laptop, I promise Ill put on some Dido for you to recover afterwards.
Bianca: Really glad they had the countdown there so I knew exactly where the drop was.
Sam: …but in all seriousness this is in every way a #banger
Bianca: So many peaks and troughs I dont know what to do with myself. I might just have a lie down. Can I get a top up on my lemon & ginger tea?