Some songs just never die.
You could run them into the ground at 100 mph, but they'll be right there around the corner, waiting to be dropped in the very next set you hear. Some of them have been around for decades. And some of them are new, but feel as old and used as a middle-aged whore.
In a world where Daft Punk's "One More Time" never gets old, these jams don't shine with the same color-safe, 30-wash brilliance. Here are Crossfade's ten most played-out EDM songs.
Sandro Silva and Quintino's "Epic"
Alright y'all. This track from Quintino and Sandro Silva track is sick as fuck. That minimal drop set our ass on fire the first ten times we heard it at a festival. But now it's starting to be less and less exciting. Giving it a trap rinse doesn't make things any better either. It actually just makes them worse.
Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites"
Yeah yeah, Skrillex changed the world with his music, and this was his first big hit. We're all still reeling from the bass womps and reverb, but isn't it time we give this OG banger a rest? Like, why have we heard it in every dubstep set since 2010? Isn't there more to the scene than that?
Deadmau5's "Ghosts 'n' Stuff"
Another monumental achievement by a previously unknown artist who rocketed to superstardom. This song is pretty fantastic, but it's wearing on us. In particular, we aren't fans of the rework featuring sappy lyrics from Rob Swire, another repeat offender. Trust us, the song wasn't missing that saccharine garbage. Now it's just like any another vocal track.
Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Mr. Dim Mak turned a rather downtempo, introspective sad song by Kid Cudi and turnt it up into a club anthem for the ages. We're not bitter about it. We think it's a great rework. But we're really tired of hearing it ad nauseum. We've even witnessed Aoki dropping it twice in one set. That's a new level of low, bro.
Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child"
This song came out less than a year ago, and we're sick of it. It should have been buried after Swedish House Mafia made their exit in late March, but other DJs have grabbed the torch and carried it onward. Should we start worrying that it will never actually go away?
Afrojack's "Take Over Control"
I want you to please GTFO. This song launched Afrojack into the stratosphere as one of the most commercially successful DJs in the EDM world. When this song came out, it was guaranteed to be all over the place for at least a year. But today, if we hear this jam, we just groan and look at our cellphones until the moment passes. Whatever.
Baauer's "Harlem Shake"
Damn, this song used to be so good. Now it's just cringe-worthy. It doesn't even sound normal outside of those stupid memes anymore. It's been entirely appropriated by the Internet, and we just hope Baauer can escape this giant monster he never knew he was birthing.
Knife Party's "Internet Friends"
Speaking of the Internet, it may never be safe again. If you still have that iPhone ringtone (you know the one), change it right now. You're unwittingly helping this crapbeast to grow. And no Mr. DJ, an ironic remix of this song doesn't make it any better.
Oh, you knew this one was coming. And admit it, the moment you read this headline, you heard these poppy chords come ringing through your conscious mind like a bat out of Hell. We don't even have to explain our reasoning with this one, it's the butt of all EDM jokes and then some.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Miami New Times's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Miami's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
Benny Benassi's "Satisfaction"
But before there was "Le7els," and even after "Le7els," there was "Satisfaction." You still can't go out dancing without being begged to "push, push, push" on the floor. With every new movement or buzz genre, there's a "Satisfaction" remix waiting in the wings to make an entire career for whatever lucky producer breaks it. In fact, Benny Benassi has made an entire career off this song. You can't tell us it's not 80 percent of the reason he's booked for anything. We used to think of "Satisfaction" as a classic. But these days, we'd be satisfied to never hear it again.