The 15 Best Songs From the Electronica Era

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Seeing as we were around during the last huge electronic music phase in America, it's hard to not look at today's EDM scene and compare it to the last time America truly gave a fig. The period stretching from the mid-'90s to the Y2K bug scare was a marvelous time to be a fan of dance music, as labels were setting up subsidiaries and pouring decent amounts of money into life-changing acts like Daft Punk, The Prodigy, and the Chemical Brothers. There wasn't a huge market, so it felt like there was a freedom to experiment, not worrying about ad dollars or keeping small imprint afloat to sustain a career. All of those factors lead to some of the most extraordinary electronic music ever, and in living in an age where EDM is being pushed as the new pop, we wanted to look back at a time when electronica was churning out gems just to make timeless music.

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  • Ultragrrrl

    Y U NO make soundcloud playlist of these?

    • Colin C.

      you don’t need to, just find a copy of MTV’s Amp CD, 90% of this list is taken right from its track listing…

      • Jon-Michael DeShazer

        I thought the same thing! I have both of those CD’s still and nearly every one of these songs appears on them.

        I’m honestly surprised Underworld’s Born Slippy NUXX wasn’t on this list.

        • Colin C.

          Born Slippy’s No. 4. on it….

          After you’re done with AMP 1 & 2, follow up with Cold Front/K-Tel’s “DIgital Empire” compilations and you’re all set for some nostalgic chin-stroking! :)

        • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

          did you really read this or just skim through it?

          • Jon-Michael DeShazer

            I read through it completely. That’s what surprised me when Born Slippy was actually mentioned, I don’t know how I skipped past it. Another track I would add to this list? Little Fluffy Clouds by The Orb.

          • Jon-Michael DeShazer

            Also, I was old enough to remember this era too. When the author talked about being 9 when ‘Praise You’ hit the American radio waves, that made me feel very old :-) . I was old enough to drink when that song came out.

      • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

        since when did 1/3 become 90%?

        • Colin C.

          90% is the new 1/3, didn’t you get the memo? :P

          • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

            ;) lol

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