The Tentative Beginnings of my Greatest Trance Tracks List

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  4. This is the beginning of my greatest trance tracks list, it will be sometime in the making, there is lots of stuff to add and ordering to do. ATM this list is very incomplete, so feel free to leave suggestions on anything I may have missed out. I like goa/acid/classic trance. Its a good idea to not use words such as "Tiesto", "Paul", "Armin", "ASOT" in your suggestions =P

  5. Your first question on reading this list will be "Is this a Goa list or a Trance list?". Rest assured this is a Trance list, its just that I like Goa...a lot! Note the genres listed after the tracks mayn't be actual genres, for example "Hard Acid Goa" or "Dark Goa" are not genres, but I've inserted "Dark" so you know what kind of Goa Trance the track in question is. If there is no genre listed, then I'm not sure of the genre.

  6. So what does go into picking these tracks. Well...
  7. 1. What kind of feeling does each track give me on a careful listen?
  8. 2. How formulaic is it? It may give me that "feeling" but if it uses formulaic elements its a goner or will get a lower place. How do I figure the "formulas" out? Well if certain melodies and rhythms get repeated in tracks, they come to my notice and become "Formulaic". If you have no idea what I mean then you can try my lame attempt at explaining formulas. here.
  9. 3. When was the track produced? Tracks produces in the late 80s or early 90s get more credit for innovation than do track produced later. What Time is Love? and We Came in Peace benefited from this.
  10. Ultimately though, it comes down to the feeling a track produces.

  11. Lastly, any criticism is fine. If you have this Tiesto track which is really close to your heart, well you could post it if you really must.

  12. Hallucinogen - LSD (Goa)
  13. Etnica - Starship 101 (Goa)
  14. Dance 2 Trance - We Came in Peace (Classic)
  15. Artistically, it may not be as good as other tracks on this list, but for its time, it was supremely innovative, released way back in 1990, which is why it merits such a high place.
  16. Koxbox - Doktor Mesmer (Goa/Psy)
  17. Sound Pollution - Where (Goa)
  18. There are some tracks, rare as they are, that are such masterpieces that when you listen to them, you are completely absorbed in thier nuances, and lost to the world. Doktor Mesmer and Where are two such tracks. Listening to Where after Doktor Mesmer is one of the great auditory experiences you can have.
  19. Blue Planet Corporation - Crystal (Melodic Goa)
  20. Pleiadians - Maia (Goa)
  21. Astral Projection - Mahadeva (Goa)
  22. Solar Quest - Acid Air Raid (Hard Acid)
  23. This is the hard acid trance track for me. A total acid blaster with a bassline to boot!! What more could you want?
  24. Doof - Double Dragons (Goa)
  25. Man With No Name - Teleport (Goa)
  26. Sasha - Xpander (Progressive)
  27. Ziki vs Sesto Sento - Trance 'N' Roll (Morning Psy)
  28. Yeah its weird to put a psy track from 2007 in a top trance tracks list, but somehow this track combines psy, with a classic trance-ish atmosphere, to give you the perfect morning vibe.

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Underworld - Thing in a Book...what an obscure pick! I was an Underworld fan for nearly 5 years before I was able to find that track, but maaaaan, the only reason it wasn't on one of their studio albums is because it was too long! It's seriously amazing, definitely solidifying my position that UW is the best in the biz...

I found that track interesting, lots stuff coming together to form that track. For me, the longer the track the better =D To be honest, I got that track off xruntime's list.

Otherwise, I haven't really explored Underworld that much, maybe because I didn't like their most famous track - Born Slippy.

It's kind of a fluke, there really aren't any other tracks in the UW catalog like that one. It's pretty simplistic and a nice banging track but "Thing in a Book" is much more representative of their style. I would suggest giving the dubnobasswithmyheadman a try, it's one of my favorites, and is mostly deep and emotional.

I'll give it a listen :)

Nice list, though my waning interest in trance means I haven't really got much to say on it. I like the fact a lot of it is different from other trance lists.

Ever thought of getting into Minimal or Techno? My minimal list (and darktremor's) and sljiva's techno list are good starting places. To me, they just seem to have infinitely more depth than trance now. I think sometime in the future I'll check out all this goa though, as it is a better sub genre (akin to acid or classic) than most from what I've heard.

You're right, I've been focusing on Goa too much. Minimal trance doesn't appeal to me all that much, I prefer more variation. Techno sounds good. Anyhow all the new psy is blurring the line between trance and techno.

I'm fairly certain now that goa will be my #1 forever. Btw goa has a lot of depth too, try Blue Planet Corporation or Etnica for depth!

If you do think up some recommendations, I'd like to hear them :)

Nah stick to what you like, I wasn't bashing your opinions sorry if it came across that way. I will definitely get Etnica soon, as soon as I'm back in England.

No! It didn't come across like that, I was just stating my opinion. I do want to check out techno, but I still have gigabytes of goa to be listened to first! =]

karan, you have wonderful taste in trance! I wish I'd of found your list sooner. I am an avid fan of goa trance, but classic is where I always find myself back into.

If you don't already know it, might I recommend Ayla-Ayla (original vinyl mix) if you can get ahold of it (Most of the recordings I've found that call themselves "original" are actually DJ Taucher.) It's absolutely breathtaking and mesmerizing.

Thanks :D This listen is still nascent even though its been on for long because I haven't had enough motivation to fully explore classic trance despite the excellent lists on here, so all recommendations are doubly welcome :)

I think I got the original mix. Its nice, makes you float away, but don't you feel it relied on the symphonic sounds a little too much? Doing what Airwave did? Ofcourse its nowhere as cheesy but I'll need to give it a few more listens before before I consider it for this list.

Have you tried "Artificial Intelligence II" from Warp Records? Its an IDM release from '94 and to be honest, I do find some of it very trancey. For example, Balil's Parasight is actually on that compilation.

I agree with you fully on the sound of the original mix; I much prefer the Taucher remix. Though, I have a soft spot for the symphonic approach.

I will most definitely take a look into "Artificial Intelligence II". I'm very happy to check out new recommendations!

I must admit, I was very excited to see all of the goa trance on your list!

I really think MWNN - Teleport deserves a place here, it is absolutely incredible.

You're probably right. It's just that I'm trying to hold off making this list too Goa/Psy heavy. Since it's a greatest trance tracks list, I try to make it as inclusive as possible :) Honestly, otherwise, there would be a _lot_ more Goa/Psy on here.

I see that "Age of Love" did not quite "cut it" for your list. The Jam & Spoon mix of the track is objectively one of the most important tracks in the history of trance music, so it simply MUST be here. :)

Listening to this after a long time, I think my tastes have matured a little now. I first heard it when going through my 'goa trance phase', and all trance had to be acidic and intense. Plus yup this is one of the most important tracks ever. How much of a kickstarter was it in trance though? Since I've only been listening to trance for what 6 years, it's hard to judge how 20 year old tracks were perceived when they were released.

Also, where on Earth is "Café Del Mar (Three N One remix)" by Energy 52? It is absolutely essential.

I guess the reason is that it sounds dated to me, having started listening to trance only in the late 00s. The song only really takes off halfway through and the melody is rather typical in trance, a variation on the '1-2' repetition as is in Children. Hmm, but since it was such an early release it was new and fresh at that time, so it perhaps it should make the list?

Since you're big into goa and psy-trance, maybe consider an Infected Mushroom song or two. I think "Bust a Move" is regarded as one of their best -- and "Becoming Insane" is perhaps the most popular. "Cities of the Future" is another goodie.

Most goa/psy fans have mixed feelings about IM. First 2/3 albums = good. Everything from them on is downhill. The stuff they make these days is unrecognizable psy-dubstep or something. I honestly don't feel any of those three compare to the music that's already on this list. Never Never Land perhaps. I'll need to give their first few albums a re-listen, but from what I remember, while the quality was good, no one song stood as as being absolutely brilliant.