• 10 Classic Singles Every Trance Fan Should Own

    Trance is all about the feels. As lovers of the genre know, the vibe and camaraderie between fans is heartwarmingly unparalleled in any other genre falling under the vast electronic music umbrella. Love, hope, energy, and maybe even a tear or two are all found on the dancefloor as trance soars into the night sky. But long before there were festivals like Dreamstate, in an age when teased hair and acid wash gave way to flannel, trance was already planting its roots. We dug deep into the record crates and took a walk down memory lane for the 10 trance classics every fan should know.

    SEE ALSO: 10 Trance Albums Every Fan Should Own

    The KLF “What Time Is Love” [1988, KLF Communications]

    Why you need it: One of the first times a trance track was labeled as such was 1988. The British acid house act the KLF released “What Time Is Love” as part of their Pure Trance series of singles. Reworking the song in 1990—with new vocal samples and bassline, some house rhythms, and rhymes from Isaac Bello—propelled the song into mainstream success, topping out at #5 on the UK Singles Charts.

     

    The Age of Love “Age of Love” (Jam & Spoon Watch out for Stella Mix) [React, 1992]

    Why you need it: Though the Age of Love’s self-titled single was a trance track in itself when it was released in 1990, it was German trance duo Jam & Spoon’s remix two years later that won over trance fans. British cinema lovers may recognize “Age of Love” from the film Human Traffic. In 1997, Paul van Dyk remixed the track, and there are more than 70 releases in all.

     

    Paul van Dyk “For an Angel” [MFS, 1994]

    Why you need it: Though Paul van Dyk made his first big impact with his remix of Humate’s “Love Stimulation,” the standout #TranceFamily fan favorite is “For an Angel.” Widely regarded as not only one of the most influential trance tracks, but also a top force in dance music on the whole, the track’s 1998 rework rose to #1 on the UK Dance Chart. In 2013, readers of Mixmag voted it the #8 greatest dance record of all time.

     

    Robert Miles “Children” [DBX, 1995]

    Why you need it: The beautiful melody of Robert Miles’ “Children” embodies the uplifting and emotional vibes of trance to a T. Italian producer Miles has stated the song was inspired by photographs of child war victims his father showed him from a humanitarian mission. Additionally, he created the song to end his sets with something that would mellow out ravers before their drive home, as car accident deaths after parties were all too common. “Children” reached #1 in over a dozen countries and was certified gold and platinum.

     

    Darude “Sandstorm” [16 Inch Records, 1999]

    Why you need it: Thanks to burgeoning internet music-sharing as the millennium was upon us, Finnish producer Darude uploaded his trance composition demo “Sandstorm.” The world took notice, but so did his record label, and he had to take it down in 2000. As the lead single from his debut album, Before the Storm, the song made waves in pop culture and became a favorite for numerous DJs, sporting events, and even flair bartenders in Vegas. “Sandstorm” earned a #1 spot on the UK Dance charts, as well as #5 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart. Ten years after its release, it was certified gold in the US.