Pete Tongs Radio 1 Top 50 Best Dance tracks shortlist of the past 20 years

I Love the Jaguar skills mix but if like me you want to really listen and properly evaluate the songs for merit before casting your vote then here's the complete top 50 play list back to back.

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Really tough to choose just 1 track from this little essential selection. Gotta say I really think there are some stonkers missing. What no Fatboy, no Silence (Tiestos mix), no Snap the Power 96, so many others that really ought to have been there and some curious tracks that made the cut seemingly just to include a genre.

Cast your official vote here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/petetong/dancevote/

This is the full listing:-

  1. Air – Sex Boy
  2. Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives
  3. Aril Brikha – Groove La Chord
  4. Armand Van Helden – Funk Phenomena
  5. Armand Van Helden – You Don't Know me
  6. Azzido da Bass – Doomsnight (Timo Maas Remix)
  7. Basement Jaxx – Rendez Vu
  8. Basement Jaxx – Flylife
  9. Bucketheads – The Bomb
  10. Cassius – 1999
  11. Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl
  12. Chemical Brothers – Saturate/Battle Weapon 8
  13. Clivilles and Cole – A Deeper Love
  14. Cut Copy – Saturdays
  15. Daft Punk – Around the World
  16. Daft Punk – Da Funk
  17. Daft Punk – One More Time
  18. David Morales – Needin U
  19. De'lacy – Hideaway
  20. Deep Inside – Hardrive
  21. Diss Reaction – Jiiieehaaaa
  22. DJ Mehdi – Signature (Bangalter remix)
  23. Double 99 – Ripgroove
  24. Energy 52 – Café del mar
  25. Eric Prydz – Pjanoo
  26. Gat Décor – Passion
  27. Goldie – Timeless
  28. Groove Armada – Superstylin
  29. Jaydee – Plastic Dreams
  30. Josh Wink – Higher State of Consciousness
  31. Kariya – Baby Let Me Love You For Tonight
  32. La Roux – In for the Kill (Skream remix)
  33. Laurent Garnier – Man with the Red Face
  34. Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
  35. Mr Oizo – Flat Beat
  36. Oxia – Domino
  37. Pete Heller – Big Love
  38. Prodigy – Everybody in the Place
  39. Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
  40. Prodigy – Your Love
  41. Riva Starr – I was Drunk
  42. Robin S – Show Me Love
  43. Roy Davis Jr – Gabriel
  44. Royksopp – What else is there (Thin White Duke remix)
  45. Sasha – Xpander
  46. Shapeshifters – Lola's Theme
  47. Stardust – Music Sounds Better
  48. Tim Deluxe – It Just Won't Do
  49. Underworld – Born Slippy
  50. Underworld – Rez/Cowgirl

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41 Responses to Pete Tongs Radio 1 Top 50 Best Dance tracks shortlist of the past 20 years

    • Got to be Gat Decor’s “Passion” a true classic that is still played today and is nearly 20 years old!

      • Its a close shave with Man with the red face for me, but think I’m swaying to Passion too.

  1. Cant help myself…

    Got to list my top 50

    1) Landlord – I Like it
    2) Nicole – Rock the House
    3) Evolution – Metropolis
    4) Brother Makes 3 – I wanna Dance
    5) Love Revolution – Give it to me Baby
    6) Dj Pierre Feroldi – Movin Now
    7) Rhythm Foundation – Let the hold world know
    8) DSK – What would we do
    9) Lisa Lisa – Let the Beat Hit em
    10) Control – Dance with me
    11) Exposse – Tell me why
    12) Project Feat Linda Rice – Out of Control
    13) Degrees of Passion ( Gat Decor vs Blue Pearl) (White Lable))
    14) Atmozfear Featuring Mae B – Atmosphere
    15) Donna Gardnier – Good Thing
    16) Ultraviloet – Kites
    17) Corina – Loving you like razy
    18) Black Riot – Just make that move
    19) Orange Lemon – Dreams of Santa Anna
    20) Brothers in Rhythm – Peace and Harmony
    21) Seduction – One and only true love
    22) Congress 40 miles
    23) 4 for Money – Its a moment in time
    24) Shades of Rhythm – Sweet Sensation
    25) Last Rhythm – Last Rhythm
    26) All Boxed in – These things happen
    27) Creative Theives Nasy Rhythm
    28) Urban Soul – Alright
    29) Axe Corner – Tortuga
    30) Jimi Polo – Better Days
    31) Ultra Nate – Deeper
    32) C&C Music Factory – Just a touch of love
    33) Nia Peeples – Streets of Dreams
    34) Tamara Knight – Believe In Me
    35) Cookie Watkins – I’m Attracted To You
    36) Yo-Bots – I Got It
    37) Ce Ce Peniston – Finally
    38) Jomanda – Got A Love For You
    39) Jomanda – Make my body rock
    40) Horse Carful
    41) Hysterix – Talk to me
    42) Kristene W – Land of the living ( Dekkard)
    43) Sasha & Marie – Be as One
    44) Reece Project – Direct Me
    45) Sasha – Expander
    46) Freefall – Skydive
    47) Isha D – Stay
    48) Dilemma – In spirit
    49) Delirium – Silence

    • Wow, in that order? Sasha remix of Reece Project? Must admit I forgot about Sasha & Marie awesome trance heaven – happy daze.

  2. So glad to see Groove Armada is on the list with SUPERSTYLIN a FANTASTIC track that never really got the recognition it deserved.
    Superstylin gets my vote!!!

    • Damn Right, that is a major oversight. Think we should petition Pete to add some more tracks to the shortlist.

  3. I’m currently training for the London Marathon and can honestly say that some of the tunes on this list have got me through the last few months!! :-)

    I’d agree that there definitely needs to be a Faithless track or two…. would also add Robert Miles- Children, Ayla, and Tiesto mix of Darude- Sandstorm to the list!!

    If I was to pick from the list…. my vote goes to, Armand Van Helden – You Don’t Know me!

    • I did NY marathon and used Eminem Lose Yourself for the last mile through Central Park. That’s as inspiring as it gets – apart from Rocky Theme – Eye of the Tiger ;-)

  4. I really appreciate the way you put this together w/ the youtube slideshow. I feel like I got a music education lesson tonight, I hope you do more of this type of thing.

  5. jane renkel clarke says:

    underworld born slipp – it has to be unless they put faithless on or adajio for strings !

  6. great to see cassius. when i try to play tim deluxe i sadly get fat boy slim. what’s that all about?

    • The track is Tim Deluxe – It Just Won’t Do but played by Fatboy slim on Brighton beach. I thought Norman was unjustly not included in the shortlist so its just my little dig to get him in there!

  7. Sasha – Xpander gets my vote

    Although some top tunes missing;

    Faithless – Insomnia, We Come 1, God Is A DJ
    Paul Van Dyk – For An Angel
    Rui Da Silva -Touch Me
    Spiller – Groovejet
    Sasha&Emerson – Scorchio
    Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now
    Mauro Picotto – Lizard
    Moloko – Time Is Now, Sing It Back
    Nightcrawlers – Push The Feeling On

  8. Top tune of the last 20 years for me has gotta to be Delirium – Silence but number one from that list is Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar!

  9. Rather disappointing 50 to chose from. Granted there are some awesome tracks in here, but is this really the best 50 dance tracks from the past 20 years?

  10. FitsHisFace says:

    Hey guys this Pete’s List. We all have our favorite tracks from over the years. Pete is playing in my home town tommorow hence I looked up the list. Pretty mixed bag in the listing so not sure what the heck will play. (Gues he will just copy Guetta as usual LOL).

    As everyone is greeting aboot thier tunes not being there WHERE IS YEKE YEKE

  11. 36 tracks released in the nineties, 14 from the naughties. Suggests the golden age of house was a decade ago? Best years in the 50 are 1995 and 1999 – each with 8 tracks. TUNE(S)!

  12. K klass – let me show you
    K klass – Rhythmn is a mystery

    Two of the best dance tunes ever released and left off… i think we need a top 100!!

  13. Out of this list, Man With The Red Face gets my vote. But what about:

    Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke
    Nalin & Kane – Beachball
    Gouryella – Gouryella (or however it was spelt)
    Bizarre Inc – Playing With Knives
    Golden Girls – Kinetic
    Prodigy – Voodoo People
    Prodigy – Claustrophobic Sting
    Underworld – Pearl’s Girl
    Orbital – Chime
    MJ Cole – Sincere
    Massive Attack – Teardrop
    The delightful “Sash!” with Encore Une Fois
    Cirez D – On Off
    Bobby Brown – Two Can Play That Game
    DJ Jean – The Launch
    Xpansions – Move Your Body
    Kernkraft 400 – Zombie Nation
    Livin’ Joy – Dreamer
    Neneh Cherry & Youssou N’Dour – 7 Seconds

    Hmmm… maybe some of these are more than 20 years old, but thought I’d give them a mention anyway

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