Electronic dance music, also known as EDM, includes rhythmic drum beats, synthesizers, and sample recordings designed to get people moving. If you’ve ever been to a rave or a club, you know how captivating EDM music can be. The world of EDM boasts a diverse selection of artists and a multitude of subgenres, from the haunting syncopations of dubstep to the melodic, playful synths of electropop music. It’s no wonder EDM is incredibly popular in today’s music landscape. EDM is known to significantly improve your mood and well-being, making it the go-to genre for the summer season. Here are seven electrifying and catchy EDM jams that will make your summer playlist feel like its own festival!
1. The Chainsmokers – “I Love You”
The Chainsmokers, comprised of musicians Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, are global headliners in the world of mainstream electro-pop music. In their new album released last May, “So Far So Good” (2022), the New York duo bring something new to their groovy, club-ready single “I Love U.” The title alone should tell you everything you need to know about the type of song it is. It’s heartfelt in all the best ways and shows the duo’s established comfort with openly wearing their hearts on their sleeves: “Another day goes by where I can’t get you out of my head.” With a seductive flow that’s effortlessly paced throughout, this song is sure to have your head bobbing with its bouncy, laid-back feel that perfectly complements a late summer night.
2. Kygo & Dean Lewis – “I Never Really Loved Me”
One of the leading faces of tropical house, Kygo collaborates with Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis on their summer single “Never Really Loved Me”. Released this month, the Norwegian producer taps into his vulnerable side with honest lyrics that are beautifully accompanied by his signature piano waves. It’s a summery, ear-friendly sound that blends seamlessly into the emotional tugs of the song’s heart: “Sometimes the beginning is the end / Just like the summer steals the memories.” It’s no wonder Kygo chose Lewis to deliver the heart and soul of this song with his soulful vocals. If you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe to unwind or cry on a hot summer afternoon, then this song is for you.
3. Ehrling – “Out of My Mind”
Swedish producer Ehrling is known for his beachy vibe and, like Kygo, is part of the tropical EDM niche. Released in April, Ehrling’s single “Out of My Mind” is a poppy dance cover of Belinda Carlisle’s classic song “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.” The producer keeps the hook from the 80s hit in a melodic piano beat but still manages to make the song his own. It’s a catchy track that makes you want to dance away your worries and forget about all the people who hurt you: “Don’t wanna think / don’t wanna cry. I just wanna keep you out of my mind. You won’t be able to resist the urge to clap as the song enters its euphoric yet somber chorus. The tropical and dreamy atmosphere of the song is simply irresistible.
4. Dabin, Nurko & Donovan Woods – “When It’s Over”
Canadian electronic music producer Dabin teams up with Nurko and Canadian singer-songwriter Donovan Woods on his standout single “When This is Over” from his third studio album, “Between Broken” (2021). It’s a thrilling and moving piece about the inevitable heartbreak between two lovers. Dabin opens the song with a rich guitar riff that epitomizes his ability to blend acoustic and electronic sounds. The song also has its starry, contemplative moments thanks to the delicate piano melody. As the song’s momentum builds, accompanied by a pulsing drumbeat, the words ring out, “When it’s over / Will we be haunted by how it ends?” It’s a question to which only the roaring, emotional answer will make you feel like you’re soaring through the air.
5. Lucas and Steve – “Letters”
“Letters” by Dutch DJ duo Lucas & Steve has a carefree vibe with its thrilling house beats that are perfect for any summer party. With a catchy melody that sets the tone for their uplifting debut album, “Letters to Remember” (2020), it’s a song that encourages you to reminisce about the good old days with all your favorite people. If you listen to the rest of the album, the dance-pop duo consistently deliver feel-good, high-energy tunes that focus on the ebbs and flows of life and love. It’s clear that the duo not only want to make music to have a good time, but also give listeners a chance to understand the messages of their songs. Once the chorus hits and you’re reminded that “these memories never die,” the duo take you on a thrilling ride that’s akin to cruising down the highway with all the windows rolled down. Buckle up: this song will have you singing at the top of your lungs.
6. Martin Garrix, Justin Mylo and Dewain Whitmore – “Find Yourself”
Dutch DJ Martin Garrix is one of the biggest names in progressive and big room house today and has headlined several festivals around the world. Released last April, his debut club album, “Sentio,” includes the single “Find You,” which he composed with fellow Dutch DJ Justin Mylo and singer-songwriter Dewain Whitmore. It’s a hopeful, thoughtful song about wishing you were with the one you love again: “And I’ll chase that feeling / Till the end of time to find you.” With sparkling beats that ignite the song’s fiery melody, this song is sure to hit you in the feels. It’s sublime, serene and sincere from start to finish. And if you are wondering about the best way to listen to this song? Go out and look at the stars.
7. Avicii – “The Days”
Now, it wouldn’t be a fitting end to this EDM list without Swedish dance music legend Avicii (aka Tim Bergling). Known for their unifying and fiery anthems, Avicii explores themes of life that no other artist in the EDM sphere can match. His upbeat song “The Days,” which was released in 2014 in a two-track EP alongside the hit “The Nights,” teaches us that we should always look on the bright side despite everything we’ve been through. We must appreciate the beauty of today: “These are days we will not regret. These are the days we will never forget. This track shows Avicii’s signature blend of soul, country and electric pop that is sure to make our hearts dance.