6 Songs From Your Favorite Producers Before They Blew Up

6 Songs From Your Favorite Producers Before They Blew Up

6 Songs From Your Favorite Producers Before They Blew Up

Today, a fair portion of the mainstream/top 40 charts contain EDM songs, or songs containing production influenced by electronic dance music. Almost every pop song on the radio contains a dance break or synthesized chord progression. Since the early 2010s, EDM slowly began breaking its way into international airwaves, some of the well-known producers at the forefront of the dance music scene were hard at work making a name for themselves. Here is a list of some danceworthy songs that may have gone over your head.

  1. “Paper Planes” by M.I.A. (produced by Diplo)


Some of Diplo’s earliest work involves him behind the boards of M.I.A.’s notable songs, launching the careers of both himself and the Sri Lankan rapper. “Paper Planes” went on to peak at Number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2008.



  1. “Starry Eyed Surprise” by Paul Oakenfold featuring Shifty Shellshock


Anyone who watched television in the early 2000s will have a feeling of nostalgia when they hear Paul Oakenfold’s “Starry Eyed Surprise”, as this song found was featured in several TV commercials and movie trailers. This song features vocals from Shifty Shellshock of Crazy Town, the band known for it’s 2000s hit, “Butterfly”.



  1. “Take Over Control” by Afrojack featuring Eva Simons


Despite currently struggling to see success on US mainstream radio, producer and DJ Afrojack delved into the rhythmic scene with his 2010 hit “Take Over Control”. This was one of the first songs with a post-chorus dance-break to hit radio. Since “Take Over Control”, Afrojack has collaborated with the likes of Chris Brown, Paris Hilton, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, and many more.



  1. “I Can Change” by LCD Soundsystem


Like “Starry Eyed Surprise”, LCD Soundsystem’s song “I Can Change” appeared in commercials and video game soundtracks. The electronic/new-wave music group disbanded in 2011, however, recently announced a comeback. LCD Soundsystem is set to headline this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival in October.



  1. “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland


The dance pioneer and the former Destiny’s Child vocalist released their collaboration “When Love Takes Over” in 2009, although the song failed to hit big, peaking at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100, it was a #1 hit on the Billboard Dance Club charts. This song, along with the Akon-assisted “Sexy Bitch”, helped bring Guetta’s name to prominence in the US,



  1. “You Used to Hold Me” by Calvin Harris


Before having made mainstream hits with the likes of Rihanna and Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris began his career by singing on his self-produced tracks. Although it’s rare that his vocals appear on his more current works, he delivers an emotional ballad on his 2010 single “You Used to Hold Me”.


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