Beatport reveals top 20 tracks, artists, and genres of 2014
Beatport’s annual rundown of the year’s top sellers serves as something of a census of the industry. As the leading digital market place for DJs, it sheds light on the tastes and trends of the past year.
At first glance, 2014’s results may be seem surprising. The #1 selling track of the year was not, in fact, a Heldens or Hardwell mainstage production, but rather Defected’s global house anthem, “Pushin’ On” by Oliver $ and Jim Jules. Of course, Heldens would follow next at #2 with “Gecko,” and Robin Schulz at #3 with his remix of “Waves,” but aside from those, the top 10 is largely dominated by non-commercial productions. Patrick Topping’s Ibiza staple “Forget” sits comfortably at #4, with Shiba San’s dirtybird bomb “Okay” and Ten Walls’ cinematic masterpiece, “Walking With Elephants,” following closely behind. Furthermore, you have Maceo Plex’s dark and dirty remix of GusGus’s “Crossfade” sitting at #8, and even a long-winded Sasha remix taking the #9 spot.
And while plenty of Spinnin’ Records big room bangers and the like still find their way into the chart, their presence is nearly overshadowed by the plethora of non-EDM material commanding the first ten positions. Could this be a sign of the times? Beatport’s genre charts reinforce the changing tastes of the industry. As the fads of the last two years would have it, deep house is still Beatport’s #1 selling genre of the year. Coinciding with the trend, tech house and techno follow next, with progressive house sitting all the way at #6. While this speaks to the growing resurgence of these genres, it also may point to the fact that DJs within these scenes are more likely to legally purchase tracks through Beatport than torrent them online.
Despite the popularity of deep house and techno on the charts, however, the top-selling artist list is convincing evidence to support the ongoing prosperity of EDM. With Martin Garrix taking the #1 spot and Hardwell, Oliver Heldens, R3hab and David Guetta following, the life-blood of commercial dance is clearly still thriving.