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Top 10 Best Techno, Dance and Dubstep Albums Ever Made

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Here’s a rundown of the best techno, dubstep and dance album’s in the world. Music to live your live by.

10. 4×4=12

Artist: Deadmau5

Year: 2010

Deadmau5 4x4=12
Deadmau5 debut artist album is a perfect mix of high tempo trance songs, intertwined with more relaxed melodies. The album starts off with the popular song, “Some Chords” which was a hit before the album released. And towards the end is “Raise Your Weapon”, one of Deadmau5’s most popular mainstream hits. In between are a bevy of songs that trance music fans are sure to be familiar with, and casual listeners will come to love.

4×4 may not equal 12, but this album does amount to a great set of tracks and music. Every song is unique and sure to keep you entertained while listening.

9. Ray Of Light

Artist: Madonna

Year: 1998

Madonna - Ray of Light
What’s great about this album from Madonna is that it was unexpected, yet the music culminated to perfection. While the majority of Madonna’s previous albums have been geared on mainstream America, Ray Of Light took a look at Madonna’s interest in the house music and showed how versatile one of the most prolific artists of all time can be.

Madonna may not be your typical DJ, but her album makes this list for the pounding songs that she made for this CD. And even if you rarely catch her behind a set of turntables, her music has been used for inspiration for many aspiring DJ’s.

8. The Richard D. James Album

Artist: Aphex Twin

Year: 1996

The Richard D. James Album - Aphex Twin
When England native Richard James made this CD, he seemed to do so with a bit of anger in his heart. Anger that made this album one of the best DJ albums of all time. This track list produces some of the best songs that make you want to drop everything your doing, lower your head, and jump up and down. For example, Boy/Girl Song sounds like a mix between teatime in London and a brawl for your life in ancient Rome. Either way, it’s the perfect album to hear from a DJ when you want to dance the night away.

7. Computer World

Artist: Kraftwerk

Year: 1981

Kraftwerk - Computer World
The highlight of Computer World was the time that it was created and how they implemented electronic sounds into the music. For an album that was released in the early 80’s, this song is more of a trailblazer than any other you can imagine. One can wonder if we would have the likes of Deadmau5, Daft Punk, Moby, or others, without this album. It’s especially fun to look at the album cover now, and be amazed that we really used to work on computers that looked like that!

6. You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

Artist: Fatboy Slim

Year: 1998

Fatboy Slim - You've Come A Long Way Baby
Was there any song that was hotter than “Praise You” around the turn of the century? Maybe it was because of the epic music video and popularity of MTV, or possibly because of the catchy lyrics and chorus. Either way, “Praise You” was a popular song that it seemed everyone knew and could enjoy. What most people didn’t know was that the rest of You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby was an epic house mix. Fatboy Slim had a way of mixing pop, comedy and house music all into one album. How is that possible? Check out songs like Gangster Trippin, Rockafeller Skank and You’re Not From Brighton. The songs will have you laughing and bobbing your head, all at the same time.

5. Bangarang

Artist: Skrillex

Year: 2011

Skrillex - Bangarang
To be fair to the music world, we put Skrillex right in the middle of this list of 10 best DJ albums ever made. Sure, some people may not like the new-age music that Skrillex brings to the tables, but nonetheless, his music is heard at nearly every party and event involving neon lights and glow sticks. Chances are you love or you hate Skrillex, so that averages out to be a middle of the list candidate for us. And considering he’s still young enough to put out more music, chances are his popularity will only continue to grow.

4. Until Now

Artist: Swedish House Mafia

Year: 2012

Swedish House Mafia - Until Now
It hasn’t taken long for Swedish House Mafia to skyrocket to one of the top spots in popularity for current house music. This is due large in part to their album, Until Now and the hits like “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Miami 2 Ibiza”. If you were, or somehow still are, unfamiliar with Swedish House Mafia, chances are you were dancing to their music and you didn’t even know it. The trio of DJ’s are one of the most sought after groups for major concerts and music festivals, and the songs from Until Now can be heard blaring throughout. Like a fine wine, this album will only gain popularity as it ages.

3. Play

Artist: Moby

Year: 1999

Moby - Play
Much like Skirllex, Moby is a love/hate kind of guy. But no matter how you feel for the artist, he is possibly the most influential and important DJ for house music in the 90’s in America. Play was used for more commercials than you could ever imagine, and still is for that matter. But also, Play dropped just before the turn of the century. While some may wonder if the popularity of the CD was due in part to fear of Y2K and everyone throwing caution to the wind, you can’t deny that the album is full of popular and catchy tracks, making it one of the best DJ album’s of all time.

2. Sessions

Artist: Carl Craig

Year: 2008

Carl Craig - Sessions
Before house music went mainstream, Carl Craig was making beats for musicians and was one of the most recognizable producers in the industry. When the wave of popularity came and took DJ’s like Skrillex or Deadmau5 to the forefront of the industry (maybe because of wild haircuts or overblown doll heads), Craig kept doing his thing and making awesome beats that people can dance to. Sessions is a fantastic two-disc mix of a culmination of artists on his audio tracks. With 19 tracks, this album is yet to get old and each song fits a perfect mood. If you’ve never heard of Carl Craig, and wonder how he made it towards the top of this list, check out Sessions and you will immediately understand his greatness and importance in the house music industry.

1. Discovery

Artist: Daft Punk

Year: 2001

Daft Punk - Discovery
To be fair to other DJ’s, we held back on putting a Daft Punk CD until the number one spot. However, we could’ve just as easily put them in the top 10 greatest DJ albums of all time, two or three times. Not only is Homework a historic album made by the duo, but the newly released Random Access Memories is just as good, showing how awesome these guys can be after years together. However, it was Discovery that really put Daft Punk on the map, as well as sparked an interest in pop-electro music throughout the world. While some imitators came up immensely short of the talent that Daft Punk has, and others may have gained success without deserving it, Daft Punk changed the house music industry into what it is today. The entire CD has tracks that you can listen to for hours on end and hardly get tired of. If you haven’t heard Discovery, it’s probably time to turn in your neon lights and extra tall boots for something a little less amazing than the greatest DJ album of all time.

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