This last decade has almost officially transpired, and a new list by Billboard highlighted 100 moments from the 2010s that dominated the headlines. Amongst the top results come to the stories that defined Dance Music’s presence for years to come, like Skrillex’s effect on the expansion of Bass Music in America and the viral nature of songs like Bauuer’s Harlem Shake and Latch from Disclosure. The list also took the time to highlight the overall population of Dance Music, noting the divide between new and old generations.

An indisputable element of the list was the handful of transformational moments for artists. Porter Robinson’s discovery of his World’s sound, Diplo and Skrillex’s Jack U project causing a stir in the Pop music world, and this list’s top moment: the weighty story of Avicii’s rise and fall. After reading all of these highlights, you’ll realize one thing for sure: if there is some kind of “EDM Bubble,” it’s made out of steel or something. Dance Music will remain a movement no matter what size it is as the 2020s come and go.

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The Top 100 Moments of the EDM Decade

100. Beavis & Butthead watch the “First of the Year” video (2011)

99. The Zedd-Matthew Koma beef (2019)

98. DJ Pauly D drops “Beat Dat Beat (It’s Time To)” (2010)

97. Guy Gerber and Diddy make the world’s most random album (2014)

96. EDM goes K-pop (2017)

95. The Girls That Look Like Skrillex Tumblr

94. Shaquille O’Neal goes viral as DJ Diesel

93. Skrillex scores the Spring Breakers soundtrack (2012)

92. Daft Punk collabs with The Weeknd (2016)

91. Diplo becomes the first DJ to headline Stagecoach Music Festival (2019)

90. The advent of on-site drug testing at Shambhala

89. Noisia breaks up after 20 years (2019)

88. Pete Tong relocates to Los Angeles (2013)

87. Feed Me outs Marshmello on Instagram (2017)

86. Paris Hilton debuts as a DJ (2012)

85. Skrillex Goes b2b with Mija at Bonnaroo (2014)

84. The inaugural Dirtybird Campout establishes the cred of the Dirtybird brand (2015)

83. Skrillex Gets a Phone Call From Marshmello During Katie Couric Interview (2015)

82. The Prodigy’s firestarter Keith Flint dies (2019)

81. Ultra’s KFC Debacle (2019)

80. Deadmau5 mixes “Animals” into “Old MacDonald” on the Ultra Main Stage (2014)

79. Ten Walls implodes his career by being a total homophobe (2015)

78. Dancing Astronaut lifts off (2011)

77. The DJ Snake and Dillon Francis prank-off (2015)

76. Krewella dumps Rain Man (2014)

75. The end of Dim Mak Tuesdays in Los Angeles (2011)

74. David Guetta getting lost in space at Tomorrowland (2014)

73. Lisa Ling goes in-depth at Mysteryland (2015)

72. Philippe Zdar dies tragically (2019)

71. The launch of Eric Prydz’s EPIC shows (2011)

70. Robert Sillerman wilds out (2014)

69. Steve Aoki stops caking (2015)

68. Walter White comes to EDC (2015)

67. The Death of DJ Rashad​ (2014)

66. Skrillex fan inadvertently coins the question “Where’s the Drop?” (2011)

65. Anna Lunoe performs while eight months pregnant (2017)

64. Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” becomes the first No. 1 with a dubstep drop (2011)

63. CRSSD Festival finds a middle ground between the mainstream and underground (2015)

62. The dance community responds to the Pulse Nightclub shooting (2016)

61. Calvin Harris drops the live show to focus on producing (2012)

60. Space Ibiza closes after 27 years (2016)

59. Diplo and Skrillex on Charlie Rose (2015)

58. The rise of The Black Madonna and activist DJs

57. Daft Punk and Gesaffelstein collab with Kanye West on Yeezus (2013)

56. Kaskade accidentally causes a riot (2011)

55. Rise of the L.A. Beat Scene

54. The Chainsmokers become America’s band

53. Madonna joins Avicii at Ultra and asks if anyone has seen Molly (2012)

52. Al Walser sneaks his way into a Grammy nomination (2013)

51. Kraftwerk re-emerge as a live force (2012)

50. Griz comes out in heartfelt letter on the Huffington Post (2017)

49. The great TomorrowWorld disaster (2015)

48. Porter Robinson re-brands… twice

47. Calvin Harris moonlights as an underwear model (2015)

46. Tiësto and Martin Garrix crash their boat into David Guetta’s dock (2015)

45. David Guetta and Deadmau5 appear with Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Foo Fighters at the Grammys (2012)

44. The rise of Burning Man as a place to see big-name DJs

43. Ultra Music Festival absurdity

42. Kaskade draws record crowds at the Coachella Main Stage (2015)

41. Calvin Harris becomes the first DJ to close the Coachella Main Stage (2016)

40. Diplo’s “Express Yourself” twerk madness (2012)

39. The closing of Fabric London (2016)

38. Dance music revives Justin Bieber’s career (2015)

37. Frankie Knuckles’ death (2014)

36. The rise of Berghain

35. Kygo reaches a billion Spotify streams in record time (2015)

34. Calvin Harris named top-paid DJ for six consecutive years

33. Diplo and Skrillex change the face of pop (2015)

32. We Are Your Friends bombs at the box office (2015)

31. SPIN’s “The New Rave Generation” Issue, Starring Skrillex (2011)

30. “Lean On” becomes Spotify’s most-streamed song of all time

29. Alison Wonderland and Anna Lunoe become the first solo women to play the EDC main stage (2016)

28. The rise of the “Underground” sound

27. Martin Garrix becomes the scene’s youngest superstar producer with “Animals” (2013)

26. Seth Troxler talks mad s–t about EDM (2015)

25. LCD Soundsystem says farewell… but not really (2011)

24. Rave death hysteria

23. DJs making bank

22. The generation gap

21. Daft Punk embark on a multimedia blitz to promote Random Access Memories (2013)

20. The gender gap

19. The mental health conversation (2018)

18. Skrillex wins three Grammys (2012)

17. Coachella adds the Yuma Tent (2013)

16. Deadmau5 vs. Everybody

15. Avicii quits touring (2016)

14. “When Will the Bass Drop?” satirizes EDM culture (2014)

13. Daft Punk perform at the Grammys (2014)

12. Electric Daisy Carnival moves to Las Vegas (2011)

11. The rise of the Sahara Stage at Coachella


10. SFX declares bankruptcy (2016)

9. The Las Vegas residency wars

8. Live Nation buys Cream Holdings, Insomniac Events and HARD Events (2012)

7. “Harlem Shake” goes viral (2013)

6. Deadmau5’s ‘We All Hit Play’ post (2012)

5. The emergence of Disclosure’s “Latch”

4. Skrillex launches American dubstep

3. Swedish House Mafia’s One Last Tour (2012-2013)

2. “EDM” becomes dance music shorthand, and not without controversy

1. The rise and fall of Avicii


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