The 5 Best Techno Songs of the Twenty-First Century

I have picked out, in my opinion, the 5 Best Techno Songs of the Twenty-First Century.

I enjoy a wide variety of electronic music, so some of these picks might be better classified as Rave, Electronic Dance, Trance, Eurodance, Electronica or maybe even House. Genres are getting a little too specific anyway, and there are way too many different classifications. So, if the song was at least partly synthetic, and had a good enough beat to dance to, then it made my list.

Here are my top 5 picks, in chronological order…

1. Sandstorm by Darude, 2001

This is by far the best techno song ever made! I’ve analyzed it and I’m not quite sure what make this song so amazing. Maybe it’s the use of the rhythmic motifs or maybe the choice of synthetics. Whatever it is, it works and it works very well. I have yet to hear a techno song compare to this one. Absolutely amazing!

2. Castles in the Sky by Ian Van Dahl, 2001

This song was quite controversial at the time, since the woman seen singing this song in the video and at live performances was not the woman who recorded it. The woman who was miming the vocals was then replaced with Annemie Coenen. She is the lead singer of the group, which is now called AnnaGrace. The original woman who recorded this song is also no longer with the group. Despite all the drama, it’s still a great song.

3. Maybe by Freda, 2003

I first discovered Freda back when I had an account on garageband.com which has long since been taken down and merged with iLike. She is generally unknown, but is very popular with the people that know her. Her songs are very energetic with lyrics that are fun to sing along with. Check her out if you’ve never heard of her.

4. Technologic by Daft Punk, 2005

I was amazed when I first heard this song. It’s so simple, yet very appealing. The music video with the talking robot is a little creepy, but it doesn’t take away from power of the song. There’s just something about the synthetic background mixed with the rhythmic chipmunk voice using computer terms that’s fun to listen to.

5. Creatures of the Night by Mannheim Steamroller, 2006

You are probably thinking to yourself: Doesn’t Mannheim Steamroller make New Age and Christmas music? And the answer is: Yes they do, but this is their one and only song written for dance clubs. It’s featured on their second Halloween album, and also has a music video showing people doing a line dance created specifically for this song. Mannheim Steamroller is a pioneer of electronic music, and has been continually producing synthetic music since 1975. So, it wouldn’t be fair to exclude them from the list just because they don’t normally write in this genre.

Whether you agree with my picks or not, there is no disputing that Techno music is one of the most influential genres out there, and a dance is not a dance without it.