Playlist: David Guetta's Top Dance-Floor Classics
"In dance music there are two elements that are almost opposed," says superstar DJ-producer David Guetta, whose all-star LP, Nothing But the Beat, features everyone from Lil Wayne to Nicki Minaj. "You need a hypnotic feeling, which is created by repetition. But emotion comes from changes, chord progressions, melodies. Having both of those elements at the same time is what makes a record a classic."
1. "Around The World" | Daft Punk, 1997
As successful as I've become, I still feel like there's Daft Punk, and then there's the rest of us.
2. "French Kiss " | Lil' Louis & The World, 1989
House music was born in Chicago, but this was a revolution. For the first time, an underground instrumental record was on the radio. It was the beginning of house going pop.
3. "Strings of Life" | Rhythim is Rhythim, 1987
Techno was being invented in Detroit. It was about not respecting musical rules. It's almost out of tune, but it works.
4. "I'll House You" | Jungle Brothers, 1988
I totally relate to this one, because I've always loved hip-hop and I've always loved house. And 20 years later, I've finally managed to put them together again!
5. "Higher State of Consciousness" | Josh Wink, 1995
Very aggressive and absolutely amazing. I was organizing and playing raves – thousands of kids, no safety, no regulation. "Higher State of Consciousness" was the soundtrack.
6. "Finally" | Kings Of Tomorrow, 2000
"Finally" – and vocal house tracks by producers like David Morales and Masters at Work – brought me back to house after a moment as a hip-hop DJ. I still play it. Beautiful.
7. "Professional Widow (Armand Van Helden Remix)" | Tori Amos, 1996
Epic bass line! Armand's remix uses very little of the original – his arrangement is what made it a hit. This is around when DJs start to become superstar DJs.
8. "Smack My Bitch Up" | The Prodigy, Shahin Bada, 1997
Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers were basically punk bands – except instead of guitars they had synthesizers.
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