10 Classic Singles Every Trance Fan Should Own
ATB “9 PM (Till I Come)” [Kontor Records, 1998]
Why you need it: André Tanneberger’s first solo release as ATB rose up the charts to the #1 spot on the UK Singles Chart. The German producer found his signature sound of the pitched guitar while messing around in the studio, and it became the trademark of the worldwide hit. “9 PM” was so popular internationally that the Signum remix was featured as the title song of the FIFA Premier League All Stars 1999 video game.
Rank 1 “Airwave” [Free for All, 1999]
Why you need it: As some of the originators of the Dutch trance sound, duo Rank 1 found commercial success with 1999’s “Airwave.” The song hit the #10 spot on the UK Singles Chart, as well as #25 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart. Rank 1 continued to ride the success of the song by remixing it and adding vocals for “Breathing (Airwave 2003),” as well as a 2014 version.
Cosmic Gate “Fire Wire” [EMI Electrola, 2001]
Why you need it: If NASA really wanted to get the attention of aliens with that gold record sent into space, they should have included Cosmic Gate. Though they literally are trying to contact beings from another planet in their “Exploration of Space” video, it was their later single “Fire Wire” that garnered the attention of humans. The German duo’s fifth single hit No. 9 on the UK Singles Charts and is their bestselling hit to date.
Delerium ft. Sarah McLachlan “Silence 2004” (Above & Beyond Remix) [Nettwerk, 2004]
Why you need it: Though the original version of “Silence” was a hit in its own right and the Airscape remix did well, the one the #TranceFamily gravitated toward was Tiësto’s version, and it was a favorite of Paul Oakenfold in his sets. However, we personally are partial to Above & Beyond’s “Silence 2004” incarnation. The driving BPMs provided a perfect contrast to the airy, melodic vocals from singer Sarah McLachlan, complemented by piano nuances and an added edge of emotion.
Tiësto “Adagio for Strings” [Magik Musik, 2005]
Why you need it: Back when Tiësto still had “DJ” in front of his name and before he abandoned his trance roots for EDM, he made one of the genre’s most influential tracks. A driving, pulsating energy infusion gives way to heart-tugging orchestral strings for an emotional roller-coaster. A cover of the classical composition by Samuel Barber, Tiësto’s version rose to #4 on the Billboard Hot Dance Single Sales Chart and was voted as the second-greatest dance record of all time by Mixmag readers.
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