The 100 Greatest Dance Singles Of All Time

On the occasion of my 100th post, here’s something fun, nostalgic, and appropriate. Upon publication in 1996, this supplement to the April issue of Mixmag wasn’t only essential reading, it was a shopping list. Even fifteen years later, these choices continue to be enduring classics, with nary a duff tune among the lot.

The 100 Greatest Dance Singles Of All Time (pdf)

01. Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives (1990)
02. Joey Beltram – Energy Flash (1991)
03. Ce Ce Rogers – Someday (1988)
04. Josh Wink – Higher State Of Consciousness (1995)
05. Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full (Coldcut Remix) (1987)
06. Underworld – Cowgirl/Rez (1993)
07. Mariah Carey – Dreamlover (1993)
08. The Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea (1991)
09. Joe Smooth – Promised Land (1987)
10. Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy (1990)
11. Orbital – Chime (1990)
12. Donna Summer – I Feel Love (1977)
13. Nightwriters – Let The Music Use You (1988)
14. FPI Project – Everybody (All Over The World) (1990)
15. Jaydee – Plastic Dreams (1993)
16. X-Press 2 – London X-Press (1993)
17. Rhythim Is Rhythim – Strings Of Life (1988)
18. Jam & Spoon – Stella (1992)
19. Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It (1987)
20. Inner City – Good Life (1988)
21. Everything But The Girl – Missing (1994)
22. Gat Decor – Passion (1992)
23. Leftfield/Lydon – Open Up (1993)
24. Bizarre Inc – Playing With Knives (1991)
25. DSK – What Would We Do (1991)
26. Hardfloor – Hardtrance Acperience (1992)
27. DJ Misjah & DJ Tim – Access (1996)
28. The Stone Roses – Fool’s Gold (1989)
29. LTJ Bukem – Horizons (1995)
30. Dave Clarke – Red 2 (1994)
31. Phuture – Acid Trax (1987)
32. Funky Green Dogs From Outer Space – Reach For Me (1992)
33. The Sabres Of Paradise – Smokebelch II (1993)
34. K-Klass – Rhythm Is A Mystery (1991)
35. Moby – Go! (1991)
36. Urban Soul – Alright (1991)
37. Age Of Love – The Age Of Love (1992)
38. Candi Staton – You Got The Love (Bootleg Mix) (1989)
39. Frankie Knuckles – Your Love (1989)
40. Aphex Twin – Digeridoo (1992)
41. The Goodmen – Give It Up (1993)
42. Baby D – Let Me Be Your Fantasy (1992)
43. Circuit – Shelter Me (1990)
44. Jam & Spoon – Follow Me (1993)
45. Bassheads – Is There Anybody Out There? (1991)
46. A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray (1988)
47. Billie Ray Martin – Your Loving Arms (1995)
48. Ron Trent – Altered States (1990)
49. Brothers In Rhythm -Such A Good Feeling (1991)
50. Empirion – Narcotic Influence (1994)
51. SL2 – DJs Take Control (1991)
52. De’Lacy – Hideaway (1995)
53. Lil’ Louis – French Kiss (1989)
54. Degrees Of Motion – Do You Want It Right Now? (1991)
55. Sueno Latino -Sueno Latino (1989)
56. Ravesignal 3 – Horsepower (1991)
57. Last Rhythm – Last Rhythm (1991)
58. Shades Of Rhythm – The Sound Of Eden (1991)
59. Slam – Positive Education (1993)
60. The Bucketheads – The Bomb! (1994)
61. Lionrock – Packet Of Peace (1993)
62. Inner City – Pennies From Heaven (1992)
63. Glam – Hell’s Party (1993)
64. Hashim – Al Naafyish (The Soul) (1983)
65. South Street Player – Who Keeps Changing Your Mind? (1993)
66. Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body (1986)
67. Kariya – Let Me Love You For Tonight (1988)
68. Subliminal Cuts – Le Voie Le Soleil (1994)
69. Mantronix – King Of The Beats (1988)
70. River Ocean – Love And Happiness (1993)
71. Urban Shakedown – Some Justice (1992)
72. Nightcrawlers – Push The Feeling On (1994)
73. M People – How Can I Love You More? (1993)
74. 808 State – Pacific State (1989)
75. Capricorn – 20 Hz (1993)
76. LFO – LFO (1990)
77. Leftfield – Not Forgotten (1990)
78. Dee Patten – Who’s The Badman? (1992)
79. Dan Hartman – Relight My Fire (1979)
80. Frankie Knuckles – The Whistle Song (1991)
81. Outlander – The Vamp (1991)
82. Ruffneck – Everybody Be Somebody (1995)
83. Red Planet – Stardancer (1993)
84. Nitro Deluxe – This Brutal House (1987)
85. Sterling Void – It’s Alright/Runaway Girl (1989)
86. The Prodigy – Out Of Space (1993)
87. Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’ (1989)
88. Liquid – Sweet Harmony (1992)
89. Stetsasonic – Talkin’ All That Jazz (1988)
90. Disco Evangelists – De Niro (1993)
91. Grace – Not Over Yet (1993)
92. Young MC – Know How (1989)
93. Robin S – Show Me Love (1992)
94. Rhythm On The Loose – Break Of Dawn (1991)
95. Cool Jack – Just Come (1992)
96. D:ream – U R The Best Thing (1992)
97. Robert Owens – I’ll Be Your Friend (1991)
98. Felix – Don’t You Want Me? (1992)
99. A Homeboy, A Hippie & A Funki Dread – Total Confusion (1990)
100. Jesus Loves You – Generations Of Love (1990)

You should find a few of these around here somewhere.
Feel free to share your own top 10 list in the comments section.

Posted on May 15, 2011, in dj Shelf, VARIOUS ARTISTS. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. HAPPY 100!!!
    Gimme some time to think of my top 10. It’s gonna be tough….

  2. Here’s my Top 10 – only up to 1999

    U R The Best Thing – D:ream (Sasha Mix)
    Your Loving Arms – Billie Ray Martin (BIR/Vaquez Mixes)
    Break 4 Love – Raze
    Sing It Back – Moloko (Boris Musical Mix)
    The Real Thing – Tony Di Bart
    Not Over Yet – Grace (BT Mix)
    Back To Love – Brand New Heavies (GP Mix)
    Finally – Ce Ce Peniston
    Where Love Lives – Alison Limerick
    Groove Is In The Heart – Deeelite

  3. Here’s a supplement to Mixmag’s list to round out the decade up to 1999:

    LTJ Bukem – Horizons
    Goldie – Inner City Life
    Underworld – Born Slippy
    Daft Punk – Da Funk
    Robert Miles – Children
    Ultra Nate – Free
    Faithless – Insomnia
    Roy Davis Jr. – Gabriel
    Paul van Dyk – For An Angel
    Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
    Energy 52 – Café Del Mar
    Basement Jaxx – Red Alert
    System F – Out Of The Blue
    Bedrock – Heaven Scent

  4. =Happy 1OO
    interresting article of mag,

    here’s my list (1988>1995)

    Westbam – disco deutschland – 1988
    Raze – brake 4 love – 1988
    Joe Smooth – Promised Land – 1989
    Hithouse – Jack To The Sound Of The Underground – 1989
    Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam – 1990
    Moby – go – 1992
    Dance 2 Trance – Power of American Natives – 1992
    Nightcrawlers – Push The Felling On -1993
    Rmb – chakk chakka def -1994
    Sultana – Powertrack Mix
    Winx – Don’t Laugh – 1995

    thank you for this great blog

  5. You know Ric, I totally forgot about Junior’s mix of “Your Loving Arms” – probably his best remix of all time and such a HUGE anthem in 1995. And sadly, I don’t have it!

  6. I have a feeling you won’t be sad for long

  7. I’d say I agree with about 60% of the list.
    But that’s one mix I’d like to hear, the BPM’s are all over the place. If it was pulled off right it’d sound fuckin’ wicked.

  8. That would be one crazy-ass mix. There’s a challenge for an ambitious DJ…

  9. Quot homines, tot sententiae…but a nice list :).

    Here is my Top 10

    1. The Orb – A huge ever growing…(U know…That Thing with the very long Title)
    2. The Future Sound of London – Cascade
    3. Aphex Twin – On
    4. The Orb – Toxygene
    5. The Future Sound of London – We have explosive/ My Kingdom
    6. Underworld – REZ/ Cowgirl
    7. System 7 – Desir
    8. The Orb – Little fluffy clouds
    9. The Orb – Blue Room
    10. The KLF – What Time is Love?

    Cheers

  10. Bit of an obvious list, don’t you think?

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