Reddit crowdsources 22-track playlist seeking the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ of EDM
Yesterday, March 28, a Reddit user under the handle “EngineOfDestruction” posed a taxing question to the r/electronicmusic sub-Reddit community. The Redditor enquired, “In your opinion, what is the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ of EDM – A song that will be around forever?”
After the thread gained significant traction with close to 600 comments from other r/electronicmusic members weighing in with their nominees, EngineOfDestruction created a 22-song Spotify playlist, including 21 songs which reflected the poll results alongside Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” itself.
Given the often ephemeral nature of dance hits’ popularity thanks to content over-saturation in the industry, the question of timelessness is an interesting one to consider within the dance music space. When sub-genres and trends often fade out less than a year after their inceptions, what songs will survive decades into the future? Which hits will carry over into the next generation in the same way as Queen’s 1975 magnum opus?
In a crossover between sarcasm and seriousness, Darude’s “Sandstorm” was received the most upvotes in EngineOfDestruction’s initial thread. Hits such as deadmau5’s “Strobe” and Daft Punk’s “One More Time” were also highly represented in the poll’s results. Overall, the playlist does a thoughtful job in examining timeless dance music across a breadth of genres and time periods; ranging from recent commercial hits like Avicii’s “Levels” and Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” to classics like Kraftwerk’s “The Robots” and Tiësto’s take on “Adagio for Strings.”
The playlist, of course, isn’t perfect – there is, for instance, a noticeable dearth of any Gesaffelstein whatsoever. Yet, the process of compiling some of dance music’s most impactful hits isn’t only a recipe for making a widely-appealing nostalgic playlist – it’s a necessary exercise for considering dance music in the broader scope of this generation’s culture.
Stream the “Ultimate Classic EDM” playlist below:
Via: Reddit (r/electronicmusic).