Recently I found myself reminiscing about many of the classic dance tracks that struck me during my formative years. From the late 1990s to the early 2000s I listened to quite a lot of EDM, however I also played the drums and the rock wave soon took over my musical life.

In around 2007 I came back to dance music, however, with advancing technologies, social networks like MySpace and new trends producing an exciting range of fresh electronic music. Production has improved with these advances, but it's still pretty mindblowing to think that the classics of the early 2000s were created without the tools that we have access to today.

15 classic dance tracks that moved me

Here's a round up of some of my favourites (in no particular order), that no doubt shaped the way I write, produce and think about music today:

Sandstorm - Darude (2000)

Sandwiches - Detroit Grand Pubahs (2000)

Get Get Down - Paul Johnson (1999)

The Launch - DJ Jean

Sing It Back - Moloko

Don’t Call Me Baby - Madison Avenue

Sun Is Shining - Bob Marley vs Funkstar Deluxe

Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400

Bullet In The Gun 2000 - Planet Perfecto

Lady (Hear Me Tonight) - Modjo

Flawless - The Ones

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk

2 People - Jean Jaques Smoothie

One More Time - Daft Punk

Somebody Answer The Phone - Mario Più

I don't think there's any surprise that Daft Punk are in there twice, but all of these tracks have been in my subconscious in some regard since the day I first heard them.

How about you?

Taking a moment to appreciate the tracks that shaped us provides a big insight into who we are now and why we do what we do. Do you remember any of these? What tracks impacted you most from your early years?

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