Ten EDM Albums To Hear Before You Die

Electronic dance music is more than all the rage.

It's the chi of America's nightlife. It's the soundtrack of youth's most unforgettable moments. It's the persistent beat that pushes kids through their lowest times, the heavy drop that gives them something to break, and the chill groove perfect for just kicking back with your crew.

But a lot of people in this country are still all, "What's EDM?"

Well, you could spend a few years going to shows and clubs, sifting through blogs, reading terrible comment threads, and having lots of 4 a.m. conversations to get to the heart of the matter.

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Or you could check out Crossfade's list of ten EDM albums to hear before you die.

See also:

-Ten Richest DJs: From Pauly D to Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, and Tiesto

-Ten Reasons Rolling Stone's "25 DJs That Rule the Earth" Is Total Bullshit

-Ten Best DJ Booths in EDM: From DJ Shadow to Skrillex, Avicii, and Daft Punk

The Prodigy's Fat of the Land

This third studio album from English alt-beat industrial-boom duo The Prodigy blew the lid off of what dance music could be all about. A whole generation of kids more interested in rock music and heavy guitars began to see that drum machines and synth ruckus was just as fierce and biting as metal. Fat of the Land debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. It's gone double platinum. It even got inducted as the fastest-selling UK album in the Guinness books. With singles including "Smack My Bitch Up," "Firestarter," and "Breathe," it remains a source of inspiration and the standard for all future heavy producers.

AK1200's Fully Automatic

Dave Minner is a legend, a pioneer of the drum 'n' bass sound, and he happens to be from Sunny Florida. So go, us! His prolific career spans decades, and his collaboration with fellow DnB heavyweights DJ Dara and Dieselboy, known as Planet of the Drums, is one of the most exciting acts in the genre. He released this debut mix back in 1997 at the height of drum 'n' bass's first explosion, and the incredible tracklisting and mix quality makes it a favorite of AK1200 fans from start to finish.

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